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Kai Beats Elden Ring After +150hrs, Trouble On Valorant, YouTube Upfront Presentation

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Happy Tuesday Streamers!

Some exciting news to start out this edition! The Dim The Lights Newsletter just hit 100 subscribers over the weekend. I want to thank everyone who has supported me over the last year, especially those who have encouraged me to continue writing. The newsletter has evolved quite a bit in its first year. I’m looking forward to what the next 12 months bring!

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Elden Lord Kai

Kai Beats Elden Ring After +150hr Playthrough

Kai Cenat has become a name synonymous with breaking barriers in the streaming world. Known for clinching multiple ‘Streamer of the Year’ awards and boasting the record for the highest number of subscribers on Twitch, Kai continues to captivate audiences with what might be his toughest challenge yet: conquering the notoriously difficult game, Elden Ring.

But Kai didn't just dive into the game—he turned it into a spectacle with a hype-building trailer and some fun props in his stream room. Take notes streamers: the excitement starts before the stream even goes live!

After an intense 156 hours and a staggering 1,701 deaths, Kai emerged victorious. The formidable boss Malenia, who accounted for 400 of those deaths, finally fell. This monumental achievement wasn’t just a personal victory for Kai; it catapulted Elden Ring back into the Twitch spotlight, boosting its viewership by 283% that week. Great timing considering FromSoftware is releasing DLC for the game in less than a month.

I even noticed a few mutuals pick up Elden Ring! Coincidence????

The climax of Kai’s marathon was shared on Twitter, quickly racking up 7.6 million views. His stream peaked at an impressive 230,000 concurrent viewers, highlighting his massive influence on the platform.

Kai's journey through Elden Ring is more than just gameplay—it's a testament to how engaging content can captivate and grow an audience, regardless of the streamer's skill level. It’s a powerful reminder of the potential within each streamer to leverage their unique personality and creative ideas to entertain and engage viewers.

For those crafting their path in the competitive world of streaming, Kai’s approach offers valuable lessons in audience engagement, resilience, and the art of turning every stream into a must-watch event.

A Discussion on Sexual Harassment in Gaming

TW: r*pe, SA

Last week, a disturbing incident during a Valorant game captured on video went viral on Twitter, amassing over 40 million views. The clip featured Twitch streamer TaylorMorgan, who was subjected to a shocking threat of r*pe by a male player during the game. The severity of the comments forced Taylor to abruptly leave the game, highlighting a well-known issue within the gaming community: the gaming industry does not protect female gamers from online harassment.

In her post, Taylor criticized Riot Games for their inadequate measures to protect female players from such harassment. The tweet sparked widespread discussion, receiving over 14,000 responses. While many expressed support for Taylor, alarmingly, some users attacked her and even sided with the aggressor.

Those misogynists often like to say that women make up a minority of gamers, but the truth is that women constituted 46% of gamers in 2023. A separate 2021 survey also revealed that 49% of female gamers had experienced online harassment, marking an 8% increase from the previous year.

Despite numerous calls for action, there's no indication that Riot Games has addressed this specific case. This event is part of a longstanding issue of harassment in gaming, which has seen some progress over the years but still requires much more effort from both gaming studios and platforms to create a safer environment.

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🎮 Gaming News

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