Update, 4/27, 7:30 p.m.: The Creator Games is officially YouTube’s most-viewed live Original ever, the platform tells Tubefilter. It peaked at 662K concurrent viewers, beating out Will Smith: The Jump (300K peak concurrents) and Taylor Swift: Lover’s Lounge (185K peak).
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In the end, it was Nadeshot versus Neistat.
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The two YouTubers triumphed over 30 other digital celebrities–including special guest Jack Black (4.6 million subscribers, 6 million views per month on YouTube)–and went head-to-head in the final round of MrBeast’s (34.4 million subscribers, 300 million views per month) virtual rock-paper-scissors tournament, The Creator Games.
100 Thieves founder Nadeshot (3.2 million, 2 million) ultimately defeated Casey Neistat (12M, 25M), winning $250,000 for the COVID-19 aid charity of his choice. He picked the CDC Foundation, an independent nonprofit created by U.S. Congress to raise money for the Centers For Disease Control.
On his road to victory, some of the internet’s most well-known creators rose and fell, won and lost. Here’s the final bracket:
If you’re wondering who won what rounds in the tournament here is the complete breakdown. What win shocked you the most? pic.twitter.com/fGNqAS9k0h
— MrBeast (@MrBeastYT) April 27, 2020
If you’re familiar with MrBeast–whose real name is Jimmy Donaldson–you’re probably not surprised his Creator Games charitable giving didn’t stop with Nadeshot’s $250,000 prize. During the April 25 live stream, some participants donated a specific amount per each round they won; for example, Ninja (3M followers on Mixer) pledged $10,000 for each round in which he advanced, and ended up donating a total of $20,000 after he defeated LazarBeam (13M, 180M) and Pokimane (4.6 million followers on Twitch), but lost to Nadeshot.
Donated 20k to the charity! 10k per round advanced <3
— Ninja (@Ninja) April 26, 2020
Ninja’s donation went to the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund–and so did more than $1 million donated by viewers and Google during the stream. YouTube’s parent company had pledged to donate $2 for every $1 given by fans, and over the course of the stream, they together donated more than $1 million to the fund, Donaldson tweeted after the event. (The total fundraiser, which is a YouTube Giving collection organized by the United Nations and thus can be promoted by creators across the platform, has raised $4.3 million of a $7.5 million, with 64 days to go).
Congratulations to @Nadeshot for winning the tournament, I can’t believe we raised over $1,000,000 😮
— MrBeast (@MrBeastYT) April 26, 2020
As we noted in an update above, The Creator Games became YouTube’s most-watched live Original of all time, with a peak of 662K concurrent viewers tuning in for the broadcast. The stream has been crystallized on Donaldson’s channel, and has so far netted more than 16 million views. It’s also No. 1 on YouTube’s Trending tab at press time.
You can check it out below.