It seems like everyone has a bit of free time this quarantine period, with some more than others!
With the surge in online concurrent user count on streaming platforms and digital video game spending, people across the globe are turning to gaming for a meaningful way to kill their time.
Accordingly, one brave soul used the quarantine period to attempt the world record for the longest livestream at 200 hours.
Grueling 200 hours
Now, the longest uninterrupted livestream belongs to a small-scale Twitch streamer CallMeCypher at 200 hours.
The record was previously held by fellow streamer LosPollosTV, who made the headlines back in April with his 161+ hour broadcast.
Before the pair of gamers broke world records in only a short span of time, the original longest uninterrupted live stream belonged to American subscription video on-demand service Hulu.
In May 2019, the network’s social team and guests managed to hold a broadcast for about 161 hours, 11 minutes, and 32 seconds.
A complete accident
Cypher wasn’t really set on a specific goal of breaking a world record. In fact, he started the record quest merely by accident when he was trying to surpass his own personal record best.
After consecutive long hours of streaming, his chat pushed the idea: why not keep going and go for gold?
He posted about his official attempt in a tweet:
That's a New WORLD RECORD BABY! 196 hrs and counting lets keep it rolling! https://t.co/gZeEgLfBRF pic.twitter.com/EgwK9KjR9t
— CallMeCypher.com (@CallMeCypher_TV) April 29, 2020
“That’s a New WORLD RECORD BABY! 196 hrs and counting lets keep it rolling! https://www.twitch.tv/callmecypher”
To keep his attempt going, the streamer played lots of Valorant beta – Riot’s hyped tactical shooter.
The growing hype over the game seems to be effective in luring interested players and gaming enthusiasts to check out his stream. What only made it unique is that Cypher’s also attempting a world record while at it.
Suffice to say, it’s now one of the hottest games to be streamed on Twitch and other streaming platforms.
The record-breaking stream had to come to an abrupt end because of technical issues.
Cypher’s streaming PC only run on 8 GB of RAM. With grueling hours of heavy streaming-related activities, it wasn’t design to keep up.
“My PC was just freezing and stuttering.”
He officially ended the stream at the 200 hours, 18 minutes, and 17 seconds mark.
With the VOD remaining live and the livestream being down for ninety seconds, it’s also possible that the official time could be higher.
Talking about his feat, Cypher says he felt “pretty good” about the milestone.
LosPollos wants the title back
LosPollosTV may have implied he will attempt to get his record back after hearing the news, but Cypher remained unbothered and even encouraged him to try.
“It could have been literally anyone and I still would have tried to do this because I always like pushing myself and my boundaries.”
Perhaps we’ll see another contender for the title sometime soon?