Twitch Plays Pokémon Wins a Guinness World Record

Twitch Plays Pokemon Helix Fossil

Ever played Twitch Plays Pokémon? Well, following the presentation of an award at this year’s E3, you can now officially count yourself a Guinness World Record holder!

Accepted by Twitch CEO Emmett Shear on behalf of the Twitch community, the award recognised a new world record for the most participants on a single-player online video game, with a total of 1,165,140 people playing Pokémon Red via Twitch Plays Pokémon between 12th February and 1st March 2014.

Said Shear, “I feel a little bit like [Wheel of Fortune presenter] Vanna White, but praise the Helix!”

Presenting the award, Annie Nguyen from the Guinness World Records team described Twitch Plays Pokémon as “an amazing social experiment” and said that Guinness were “excited to celebrate this achievement with Twitch and the Twitch Plays Pokémon community”.

The award is featured in the 2014 Guinness World Records Gamers’ Edition, already published and currently available to buy. A second award presented to the Twitch platform is also featured in the book, recognising a world record for the most concurrent viewers for a video game live streaming service, with 826,778 people watching Twitch streams on 15th March 2014.

Host djWHEAT explained that this record was made on the weekend of IEM Katowice, “an enormous event for the audience of Twitch and for IEM. There were several events that weekend, but that was one of the ones that really helped drive the traffic.”

Unlike the first, this second award came as a complete surprise to Shear, who described it as “amazing”:

“It’s so awesome to see the huge crowds we get at Twitch and to see the Twitch community get recognised for getting that many people in one place at one time to watch something,” he said. “I never thought that would happen. I remember the first really big event we ever had was the Reddit Starcraft Invitational and we were so, so excited because we hit 15,000 viewers.”

“We didn’t quite cross 900,000, but that’s okay. We’ll get there. We’ll keep trying,” he added, optimistically.

Speaking a little more about the Guinness World Records Gamers’ Edition, Annie Nguyen said that:

“With Guinness World Records, we’re always trying to look for new creative and innovative organisations to recognise, and Twitch has grown so fast in the gaming world and grown so fast online. For that reason, we are looking towards more records related to online streaming, live streaming and especially games: eSports in particular.”

She later went on to say that:

“Gamers’ Edition is very special to Guinness World Records. We want to recognise the greatest achievements for everyone in the world, and particularly with gaming. Who is the best at being the most passionate? Gamers! And that’s what the Guinness World Records Gamers’ Edition represents. The 2014 edition is available right now, and we are currently working on the 2015 edition, and we’re excited to see Twitch in that edition also. Right now it’s still in production and we’re hoping to see so many more records….The book is an almanac of every single game possible, anything you could think of. We focus on RPGs, first person shooters, MMORPGs… It’s separated and indexed in that way, so you get the whole gamut of the gaming world, from mobile gaming to online gaming, to eSports.”

The Guinness Book of World Records: Gamers’ Edition is currently available to purchase. Watch the full video below, streamed from E3 via Twitch. The awards section begins at 43:35.


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