On Monday Jan 11, Spanish Fortnite streamer, David "Grefg" Cánovas Martínez, started up a Twitch live stream to officially reveal his Fortnite skin getting added by Epic Games. And as his clock winded down, ticking closer to zero that would signal the official reveal, Grefg broke 2 million concurrent viewers on his stream, not only smashing the previous record but becoming the first to break into the third million. He eventually peaked at 2.5 million before the numbers started falling.
Grefg created his Twitch account in 2013, but he became much more popular over the last year during COVID-19, starting 2020 with 1.5 million followers on the platform and ending 2020 with 5.5 million. And while he's been gaining popularity at an incredible rate, gaining the fourth most followers in 2020, his previous highest viewer peak was 540,000, which he just beat by a factor of five.
Grefg's stream sparked an interesting conversation online about the leading markets of streaming and general gaming. One of the previous concurrent viewership records for Twitch was set by Tyler "Ninja" Blevins, who was a Twitch leader before leaving for Mixer, and who also got a skin in Fortnite. His record was just under 650,000 in 2018, and now a few years later, that record was more than tripled, showing the strength of the international Twitch market.
Check out Grefg on his Twitch channel here, and look out for others who may attempt to take his record away!
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