Valkyrae, the popular streamer whose real name is Rachell Hofstetter, has re-upped with YouTube Gaming, the 30-year-old announced via a short reveal video today.
Hofstetter left Twitch to join YouTube Gaming two years ago, but on Jan. 14 announced a break from streaming, Dexerto reports, following the expiration of her YouTube contract.
Hofstetter is a co-owner of the 100 Thieves, and has in recent months discussed investing away from streaming in order to pursue other business ventures – to varying degrees of success. She unveiled her inaugural merch venture in September, and then debuted a skin care company called RFLCT in November, which shuttered two weeks after launching amid widespread criticism about its scientific claims.
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You can check out Hofstetter’s announcement video – in which various handlers appear to be pressuring her for a major move despite the ultimate revelation that she’s “just staying on YouTube” – below.
Other creators signed to YouTube Gaming include Ludwig Ahgren, Jack CouRage Dunlop, TimTheTatman, and DrLupo. Hofstetter operates three channels, and on her flagship hub has amassed 3.6 million subscribers and 5 million monthly views.
— rae☀️ (@Valkyrae) January 31, 2022