5 memorable gaming moments caught on livestream
In 1984, George Orwell told us of how Big Brother was watching. It’s a theme which has spawned reality TV shows and essentially has come true with CCTV on every street corner. But now we’re even letting it into our private lives when we’re behind closed doors, chilling out at home playing on our PlayStation, or bluffing our way through a hand of poker.
The likes of Twitch.tv and other streaming services have sparked an online revolution with millions following live goings-on and becoming part of a huge community. In fact, such is its popularity, Amazon bought out Twitch.tv for a whopping $970 million. YouTube has vowed to become its greatest competitor, launching YouTube Gaming in August of 2015. It is an auto-generated YouTube channel to which gamers can subscribe. Its smart algorithms make sure you only get updates from games you’re interested in and it features both live and on demand videos.
Of course with this comes its fair share of memorable moments too. Whether it be moments that will stay with us forever, or simply gaffes that will keep us laughing into the night, streaming is certainly entertaining the world. The internet is the new America’s Funniest Home Videos. So it seems only right we countdown five of the funniest, and most memorable – because after all, live streaming has thrown up some pretty awesome surprises too – moments to be caught in livestream.
Twitch plays Pokemon
Let’s start with the game that during the late 1990s and early 2000s was the life and soul of every young child. In fact, it still is.
The Japanese Pokemon brand earned around $2 billion last year alone. So with such a huge fan base, it makes sense to bring the community together, not through a convention or forum, but through live streaming.
Twitch Plays Pokemon was launched in February of 2014 and aimed to complete the Pokemon Red game by bringing thousands of gamers together. It averaged over 80,000 concurrently with over 1.6 million people playing during the “social experiment.” Yes, that was the point: it was the viewers controlling the game!
The game itself was completed after 16 days of gameplay and received Best Fan Creation at the Game Awards in Las Vegas. To this day there is still interest in the channel, and it’s certainly changed the face of gaming once again, with this sort of community gaming something to look out for in the future.
After 16 days, seven hours, 45 minutes and 30 seconds it came down to the final battle. A level 81 Zapdos vs Blue’s Blastoise. After five minutes of confusion – due to the sheer number of players in the game – Zapdos defeated Blastoise with a Thundershock, making over a million gamers the new Pokemon Champion.
bladsonpoker wins big
Poker has become incredibly popular of late on the likes of Twitch, with thousands of people logging on to watch the likes of Jaime Staples, Jason Somerville, and Daniel Negreanu. It’s expanded the poker community and already thrown up some pretty exciting moments.
Leading the way on the new found platform is Staples who regularly live streams his games and during a session noticed that bladsonpoker was just moments away from becoming a millionaire while playing poker.Taking us straight into the heart of the action, Staples talks us through the three final players at a PokerStars Spin & Go single table tournament before it ends up heads-up between ooomlesnur and bladsonpoker. A flush takes bladsonpoker well into the lead and he wins $1 million just moments later with a high-card hand.
Spin & Go are among the most popular tournaments offered on the gaming platform, featuring various prizes which recently included qualifying for the EPT Grand Final Main Event in Monaco. The European Poker Tour is one of the most prestigious live poker tournaments in the world. Perhaps the craziest part about Staples’ win is that it only cost him $5 to enter the event, and he won the incredible first prize in only 29 hands of poker. Even just watching online creates an incredibly tense atmosphere, with the Polish player earning $34,000 every hand. It’s an amazing feat, and the beauty is that Twitch caught it all.
We’ve long known how exciting poker is on the television and now that we’ve got Twitch we can relive the most memorable online moments too.
Super Mario gets stressed
We feel it’s impossible not to include this moment. It’s impossible not to laugh and sympathize. It’s impossible not to watch again and again.
Of course gaming can be extremely frustrating. Losing life after life or not being able to shoot your way through tense situations in Call of Duty. But Super Mario? Not quite as expected. The fun and friendly plumber keeps players of all ages entertained. But just because it’s aimed at younger audiences, it doesn’t mean you have to behave like a little brat when you lose. Yes we’re looking at you Calebhart42! Sit back, and enjoy his tantrum.
Super Mario is still Nintendo’s most successful franchise, with over 310 million copies of the games bought worldwide since 1985’s release of Super Mario Bros. The franchise celebrated 30 years in 2015, along with 30 years of Nintendo consoles in North America.
Kootra raided by SWAT team
Of course there’s a downside to streaming your games online, you’ll make some enemies not just in the video game, but those playing against you right across the world.
Jordan Mathewson aka Kootra certainly did, and became subject to what is becoming an alarmingly popular prank, but it certainly made for some intense viewing.
During a streaming session of Counter-Strike in Littleton, Colorado, armed officers burst into his office and forced him to the ground. All the action was caught on Kootra’s webcam, and it looks quite the experience.
The moment sent social media into a frenzy with those watching, and those in the office building caring for the gamer’s welfare. Fortunately there were no injuries and the situation was resolved. A statement by the City of Littleton said, “The caller claimed to have shot two co-workers, held others hostage, and threatened to shoot them. He stated that if the officers entered he would shoot them as well.”
It’s an alarming new trend going on in the USA. All we can think however is poor Kootra!
Negreanu on the loo
After having half a dozen guns waved in your face we’d have forgiven Kootra from accidentally needing the bathroom while streaming, but he saved that honor for the $32 million man Daniel Negreanu.
He’s becoming a regular on Twitch.tv nowadays, with users not only getting a chance to see how Negreanu plays the game he’s oh-so-good at, but also learn about the man himself. And it turns out the man himself will even play when he receives a call of nature. Last April, the Canadian was so dedicated to continue playing on a Twitch stream that he had to answer nature’s call on the spot, during a livestream of a $400/$800 mixed online game. And he did so in front of hundreds of members of the online gaming community. “I am getting more and more comfortable with you people,” the poker pro joked.
Bizarrely, the incident made entertainment news across the world, and of course for us, it was just the time Daniel Negreanu really did take the pee at the poker tables.
With live streaming still in its ascendancy, we can expect plenty more memorable moments as it continues to grow. Gamers are continually throwing up weird and wonderful moments and we can’t wait to see them. But for now, we can quite happily sit and watch Calebhart42 again. And again. And again…