Drake, noted fan of Starbucks and spicy whiskey and practically every good sports team in existence, is also a confirmed gaming fanboy. The Toronto superstar basically burnt Rap Twitter to a crisp when he tweeted that he was going to livestream a match of the popular game Fortnite: Battle Royale with popular Twitch user Ninja, real name Tyler Blevins.
Soon enough, the stream had racked up over 600,000 concurrent viewers according to Polygon (with the number still rising as of this writing). The previous streaming record for non-tournament play was almost half that with 388,000 concurrent viewers. The previous record crashed the server, so clearly, some extra prep was done before this one went live.
Soon after Drake announced the stream, fellow rapper Lil Yachty posted his intention to join the match as well, as he was online (like many 20-year-olds in the middle of the night) and raring for some action.
Drake proved his gamer bonafides during the stream, revealing that he’s aware of the game League of Legends, that he plays on PS4, and is playing with a Scuf controller. Also, apropos of nothing, he’s a vegetarian who enjoys pineapple on pizza. Take that as more reason to hate or love him.
As a non-gamer myself, I can’t really tell how he’s doing, but our Uproxx experts tell me that he’s not bad at the game so far. However, he did suffer at least one ignominious death at the hands of the environmental hazards that was just too good not to share.
Drake joins Snoop Dogg as the latest high-profile rapper to get in on the Twitch streaming action. Snoop helped launch an early release of the game SOS a few weeks ago, proving that rappers can enjoy a night in with a controller every bit as much as a night on the town with stacks of cash.