Friday, August 4, 2023 11:03PM
UNION SQUARE, Manhattan (WABC) — The crowd of thousands of people who gathered in New York City’s Union Square on Friday afternoon did so for an Internet personality’s hyped giveaway.
Kai Cenat, 21, is a video creator with 6.5 million followers on the streaming platform Twitch, where he regularly livestreams.
He also boasts 4 million subscribers on YouTube, where he posts daily life and comedy vlogs ranging from “Fake Hibachi Chef Prank!” to his most recent video, “I Rented Us Girlfriends In Japan!”
His 299 YouTube videos have amassed more than 276 million views.
In 2022, he was crowned streamer of the year at the 12th annual Streamy Awards.
According to Kai Cenat’s website, he was born December 16, 2001 in New York City.
He uploaded his first YouTube video on January 13, 2018. He began streaming on Twitch in February 2021.
He was temporarily banned from Twitch earlier this year “due to a violation of Twitch’s… terms of service.”
Cenat holds that record for having the most subscriptions to his Twitch channel with more than 300,000.
On Firday, Cenat posted an image on his website and on Instagram promoting a giveaway at 4 p.m. Union Square Park.
Some young people leaving the park said they had come expecting to get a computer for livestreaming and a new PlayStation.
Instead, thousands showed up and chaos ensued.
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