Rapper and pop culture icon Drake had 200,000 viewers on two channels watching him bet millions at a time on roulette during a game stream on Twitch. For perspective, it’s on par with some of the most-watched streams this week, including the Summit Championship, which peaked at 215,000 viewers.
The rap sensation was losing up to $1 million per spin on the table.
The stream, set up by online casino Crypto Stake.com and broadcast on a “StakeDrake” channel, saw Drake sitting with his entourage betting thousands at a time via the website’s virtual lobbies. At one point, he said he “could have better luck at blackjack”, but still stuck to roulette during the opening hour.
At press time, Drake had just under $12 million in his betting pool. The stream’s viewership continues to climb and has reached 110,000 at press time.
Throughout the stream, Drake gave viewers money via “raffles.”
This is not the first time that the star has entered the Twitch universe. In 2018, 600,000 fans tuned in to see him play Fortnite with Ninja – a major record at the time.
He also did a sponsored game stream on the platform before, in May this year. Although he won big with a Payment of $16.5 millionhe lost $20 million in the end.
Drake’s streams have come at a time when talk of the unethical nature of sponsored game streams is once again swirling on Twitch, primarily due to Felix “xQc” Lengyel reversing his stance on them.
Asmongold, Imane “Pokimane” Anys, and Ludwig Ahgren are among the chorus of voices who have spoken out against it. However, that apparently didn’t deter people from watching: Drake’s stream averaged close to 100,000 viewers. His star power likely inflated interest, as well as the possibility of him dishing out millions again, but those are still solid numbers.
Another 104,000 people also watched the Adin Ross co-stream.
The ever-popular rapper has a gaming history, but his promotion of it on Twitch has once again thrown ethics into the foray of streaming discussions.