Streamer Sets World Record By Playing Games For 572 Hours

Last month, Cecilia ran a great feature on Andrew “GiantWaffle” Bodine, who was in the middle of an attempt to set a world record by streaming himself playing video games for 570 hours. Yesterday, he reached the finish line.

Obviously, like any world record attempt these days in pretty much any field, participants are allowed a certain period of rest so as not to physically endanger themselves. Over 30 days, Bodine completed a 19-hour stream every single day, resulting in a total of 572 hours broadcast.

Some of the games Bodine played during the marathon were Red Dead Redemption 2, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Escape From Tarkov, Rocket League, Factorio and Rainbow Six Siege. He also blew through the entirety of Death Stranding, taking just over 30 hours to finish it.

He spent months training for the run, adjusting his circadian rhythm to let him grab the precious few hours of sleep he needed between streams to complete the 30 days.

If you’re wondering why he’d subject himself to something like this, which is not only brutal on a personal level but also representative of a wider problem of “grind” amongst streamers, Bodine says the stress “is 100% worth it in my eyes. Viewership goes through the roof for the entirety of the month. Currently I’m averaging 4 to 10 times my normal statistics such as: viewer hours, unique visitors, subscribers.”

“Streaming 19 hours a day isn’t healthy,” Bodine told us last month. “It’s very obvious and I’m well aware of it. But when put into perspective, a lot of people trying to break records push themselves to the limit in ways that are not seen as healthy. It’s not easy. It was never meant to be easy.”

And now that the record is his?


Comments

    I still don't get why he picked a 30 day month he could've had 10% more sleep in a 31 day month!

      I guess he wanted to do the record sooner rather than later, and December is out (Christmas, family get togethers, etc). January would probably be out too (starting off with the new year) and February too.

        Yeah true and if he had the previous record there's probably not much competition!

    “It’s very obvious and I’m well aware of it. But when put into perspective, a lot of people trying to break records push themselves to the limit in ways that are not seen as healthy. It’s not easy. It was never meant to be easy.”That's a pretty distorted perspective to try and put things in. You don't justify the risks of doing something by saying "Well other people did it too so it's fine."

    As long as he's happy with putting himself at risk for something that will quickly become a bit of trivia you bring up at parties I guess.

      I didnt read that as him thinking "Well other people did it too so it's fine" but more recognising that many record attempts see people push their bodies well beyond whats considered healthy. And he's right on that - many that run a marathon for example are drained for days or weeks after and wont be in any condition to do anything, let alone run another marathon.

      Whether it was worth it or not is a matter of personal choice. I dont think it was, but if he gets something out of that 4x-10x spike in followers, then thats something.

    Anyone who's ever been longterm unemployed, fell into an unmotivated depression and had nothing to do all day but play games (well, that was the excuse...) knows this isn't a 'record', it's a way of life ;)

    Wait, was that just me?????

      Nope, not just you. I remember a sweltering summer just like that, in my tiny share-house room with no AC, laying back almost entirely, with an icecube tray on my chest as I played Super Mario Galaxy and other games for hours to no end.

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