April 2020: The lockdown continues.
Majority of countries continue to require people to stay at home and impose mandatory self-quarantine protocols, and to add to that, NASA dropped a new UFO footage (fueling alien speculation) and there’s an alleged rumor of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un passing away.
The month has truly been a roller coaster ride.
Considering you’ve been stuck to your phone screen browsing through your social media timelines more often this month, there might still be some news you missed out for April.
Let us help you with this quick recap:
Most fans are wondering, where is Belle Delphine and what happened to her?
The infamous girl gamer bathwater entrepreneur has been Missing-in-Action on all her social media channels, but her influence remains unparalleled. Even when she’s virtually missing, she recently managed to land on Twitter’s trending list.
Apparently, netizens are waging a stan war over Neekolul (a Twitch streamer turned TikTok influencer) and the OG gamer girl Belle Delphine. Fans call it the e-girl civil war for simps.
The comparison only fueled when Neeko attempted to do a TikTok dance meme Belle prior created.
Delphine didn’t exactly make the original dance, but she’s the one who helped it become viral.
Sean “Jacksepticeye” McLoughlin is the first streamer to join Forbes’ 30 under 30 Games Europe 2020 list.
Described by Forbes as “Ireland’s most popular YouTuber”, he is famous for his comedic vlogs and Let’s Play series. He has also found success in playing the titular sandbox game Minecraft.
According to an official estimate, he may have made up to $11 million in 2019. This makes him the 8th highest paid gamer in the world.
In 2018, he also ventured out of his YouTube career and became an entrepreneur by starting a clothing brand with fellow Youtuber Mark “Markiplier” Fischbach.
The YouTuber took it to Twitter to express his gratitude over such a honorable award:
“Yesterday I was honoured to join the forbes 30 under 30 list. This is such a crazy club to be part of and I am eternally grateful for all the good that has come my way! Thank you.”
A famous YouTuber and influencer, Shane Dawson has been using his platform in a positive light to encourage unity and empathy in the midst of a pandemic.
Dawson stands in solidarity with essential workers who still have to report to work in these trying times.
In his recent tweets, he doesn’t fail to express his appreciation and support for their sacrifices and is urging his audience to do the same.
“Sending appreciation and support to all the hospital, pharmacy, grocery store, and postmate/food delivery workers. Thank you guys for risking your health to help others. Please everyone be kind to them and tell them how much u appreciate them. They deserve so much love right now.”
Fans rallied up to thank him for using his Twitter platform of 9.8M in a good way.
The world of League of Legends literally took a horrific and heart-pumping turn when Riot released a video teaser of the much-anticipated Fiddlesticks rework.
Although the horrifying Fiddlesticks rework hasn’t hit the live servers yet, there are lucky individuals who got to try it out for the first time.
Some of them are streamers such as Bunny FuFu, NightBlue3, and Professor Akali. As you can see, their reactions usually revolve around the champ being scary as heck.
The NA Region’s most beloved trashtalker, Tyler1 even said
“I don’t do horror games anymore, okay? I resigned.”
He also added,
“if you’re going to fucking start adding shit like this to League, I’m going to fucking retire, you hear me?…I’m 25-years old now, my heart can literally not take this shit.”
DrDisrespect went on to diss Valorant in the most Dr Disrespect™ way possible. But do we expect anything else from the two-time?
Although the two-time claims he hates the game, he’s also somehow hooked and thus cannot stop playing it. No matter how painful his plays get and the frequent outbursts over it, he continues to grind on.
But it won’t be a classic DrDisrespect move if he doesn’t roast the title in his own way.
The problem with Valorant, according to the Doc, is that the game is lacking in speed and movement. It’s a slow, deliberate game compared to what he usually plays and prefers— speed, momentum, and some action.
That wasn’t the only aspect of Valorant’s beta access that Dr Disrespect dissed. Aside from how the game looks, he also voiced out his indifference on the game’s running animations, which to him is admittedly not that great.
Mixer wants to give back to its community in the midst of a global crisis.
The streaming platform is generously giving $100 to its partnered streamers amid the COVID-19 outbreak, in hopes of helping them stay afloat. This move remains unheard of and is considered as a first among major streaming platforms so far.
Microsoft’s streaming platform did not pay any important regard to each partnered streamer’s channel popularity. As long as they’re partnered with Mixer, they will receive the said amount.
The initiative wasn’t announced with any fanfare. In fact, there was no official announcement from Microsoft or the Mixer team itself. They only acknowledged the existence of said donations on Twitter when streamers were taken aback by the unannounced bonuses.
“Confirmed! We’re just happy to do whatever we can 💙“
Youtube Star David Dobrik remembers the time his parents actually wanted him to quit the video platform.
Turns out, his family were not at all pleased with his YouTube career before his successful rise to fame.
In a recent interview with Elite Daily, the founder of the famous Vlog Squad remembered a time when his parents went to “beg” him to quit uploading YouTube videos.
“I think my family is just constantly confused [about] what’s going on. I remember the first couple years I started doing this they were kind of like ‘OK, what’s going on?’”
Further explaining how adamant his family used to be about the prospect of a career in the streaming service platform, he further said:
“At first, they were like, ‘You need to stop doing this and go back to school.’ They were a little bit scared it was a fluke.”
Now that Dobrik found success and fame thanks to his YouTube videos, his parents are more supportive with his internet career.
Keeping various surfaces and gadgets clean is considered as a must these days. However, gaming giant Nintendo recently issued a warning about using alcohol to clean Switch joy-cons on its Japanese Twitter account.
“Please avoid using alcohol as plastic parts may fade or deform.”
Turns out, alcohol-based cleaning products can cause plastic parts of the console and its joy-cons to fade in color or be deformed.
Non-alcohol based wet wipes could also possibly damage the plastic components of the Nintendo Switch so its use is also discouraged, as is explained in a follow-up tweet.
Instead, Nintendo suggests using a dry soft cloth to wipe off dirt on your handheld consoles.
Team Shroud dominated the 100 Thieves Valorant Invitational, with a 13-5 final Game 2 score.
AZK, shroud, Skadoodle, Brax and Hiko met fan expectation and proved why they are to be watched out for in the Valorant gaming scene.
On April 14, 100 Thieves organized Valorant’s biggest tournament yet — the 100 Thieves Invitational.
Some of the gaming industry’s prominent stars competed in the event versus fellow icons. Big shot participants included Ninja, shroud, summit1g, and TimTheTatman among others.
There has yet to be an announcement whether the champions would win a prize pool or merely bragging rights. Nonetheless, 100 Thieves congratulated the winning team on their official Twitter handle:
“Congratulations to the 100 Thieves Invitational: VALORANT CHAMPIONS, Team @Shroud!”
InvaderVie, yet again, called out unsubbed viewers and even went as far as branding them “cheapskates.”
The 29-year-old claimed how she wasn’t asking for much from her unsubscribed fans and shamed unsubbed viewers for not supporting her content with a $5 payment:
“…It doesn’t matter how broke you are. If you have time to watch Twitch, you have ten dollars, truly. If you don’t have ten dollars, you probably don’t have time to watch Twitch, because you should be working.”
And by her tone, a subscription fee of $5 should be next to nothing even when a viewer went to explain they would gladly support the starlet if they weren’t unemployed, considering current global events that caused many to lose their jobs.
“No one’s gonna convince me that what I’m saying is so rude or so unacceptable or so outrageous,”
“It just simply isn’t. It’s five dollars. It doesn’t cost you that much to sub.”
The online community clapped back at her sense of entitlement on social media sites like Twitter and Reddit.
While many collectively agree how Animal Crossing: New Horizons has brought them the relaxation and calmness they need— it seems like it’s not always the case, at least to YouTube superstar Pewdiepie.
ACNH has been branded as the relaxing game everyone needs to play amid the pandemic, but the YouTube king believes otherwise:
“The game has mortgages and it has stock markets.”
And since he only played the title recently, Pewds was automatically made a part of the on-going Easter event.
“And don’t even get me started on the stress with Easter…”
“Imagine you’re playing an RPG and you’re trying to level up. But all of a sudden the game introduces RPG Easter Mode and then everything that gets you experience points are cut in half because instead you get eggs.”
The game’s Easter Celebration or “Bunny Day” is notoriously a stressful event for many members of the gaming community.
Suffice to say, Pewdiepie seemed to at least enjoy his time playing Animal Crossing even with the stress of the stock market, mortgages c/o Tom Nook, and the never-ending eggs.