Hasan Piker

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Hasan Piker
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Hasan Piker at TwitchCon Europe in 2019
Personal information
BornHasan Dogan Piker
July 25, 1991 (1991-07-25) (age 30)
New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States
NationalityAmerican
EducationRutgers University (BA)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, United States
Occupation
  • Twitch streamer
  • political commentator
Home townIstanbul, Turkey
RelativesCenk Uygur (uncle)
Twitch information
Channel
Years active
  • 2013–present
  • 2018–present (Twitch)
Genre
Games
  • Sekiro
  • Call of Duty: Warzone
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Fortnite
  • Dark Souls III
  • God of War
  • Escape from Tarkov[1]
Followers785,000
Total views34 million
Associated acts
  • The Young Turks
  • Chapo Trap House
  • Ryan Grim
YouTube information
Channel
Genre
  • Political commentary
  • gaming
Subscribers292,000
Total views28.2 million
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2020

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Hasan Dogan Piker (born July 25, 1991), also known as HasanAbi, is an American Twitch streamer and political commentator. He is a former host, journalist and producer at The Young Turks (TYT) and former columnist at The Huffington Post. He currently streams on Twitch, where he does political commentary and plays a variety of different video games.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Piker was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and raised in Istanbul, Turkey.[4] Growing up, Piker describes himself as an "outcast" who questioned the dogma he learned in school and was interested in games and the gaming culture; he would regularly read the only monthly Turkish video game magazine.[5]

Piker moved to the United States and attended the University of Miami for two semesters, earning a 2.9 GPA. His parents then forced him to transfer to Rutgers University, where he graduated Cum Laude with a double major in Political Science and Communications in 2013. At Rutgers, he was a member of the Theta Delta Chi fraternity.[6][7]

Career[edit]

The Young Turks[edit]

In 2013, during the spring break of his senior year of college, Piker interned at The Young Turks (TYT), the network run by his uncle, Cenk Uygur. After graduating, he got a job in the ad sales and business department. However, Piker requested to be put on camera as a fill-in at TYT, and became a host and producer.[6]

In 2016, Piker created the show The Breakdown, a Young Turks video series which aired on Facebook that would show left-leaning political analysis.[8][9] It was nominated for "Best Web Series" category at the 10th Shorty Awards.[10] He also wrote articles for The Huffington Post.[11][12] In 2019, Piker created a new series called Agitprop with Hasan Piker at TYT.[13] He departed TYT in January 2020 to focus on his streaming career.[5]

Twitch[edit]

In March 2018, Piker started streaming on Twitch, while also being a host on The Young Turks.[3][14] Piker said he ended up on Twitch because other platforms like YouTube had established footholds by money interests and media entities backed right-wing channels[15] and Facebook users were old whereas Twitch can reach young audience.[16] He became an active left-wing political streamer on Twitch[17][18] and appears in political mainstream media and podcasts.[19][20][2] He also does gameplay and commentary of various games on his stream.[1][21][5] He posts highlights of his political and gameplay Twitch streams on his YouTube channel.[22][23]

On August 21, 2019, during a Twitch stream, Piker criticized U.S. Representative Dan Crenshaw for his continued opposition to stop sending arms to Saudi Arabia. Piker questioned why Crenshaw would be opposed and made vulgar comments on how Crenshaw lost his eye while serving.[24] Twitch subsequently banned him for one week for his comments. In the same stream, Piker also went on a rant about American foreign policy and made controversial comments on how it led to 9/11, stating things such as "America deserved 9/11." These caused outrage on social media and were covered by networks such as Fox News.[25]

During the first 2020 United States presidential debate on September 29, Piker had over 125,000 viewers watching his livestream,[26] the highest viewership on Twitch of the debate, watching his and Ryan Grim's commentary[27][28] and final 2020 United States presidential debate on October 24, 2020, Piker's livestream had over 100,000 viewers watching his and many streamers and journalists as guest hosts doing the commentary. Ashray Urs, head of product at Streamlabs, stated that "Top live streamers like HasanAbi watched both debates with over 100,000 viewers, It is clear live streaming will continue to play a growing role in this and future elections as politicians seek to reach young voters."[29]

On October 19, 2020, U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) recruited Piker and Pokimane to organize and play Among Us[5] with her on Twitch for the "Get out the vote" initiative.[30][31][32] The next day, AOC and U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar played the game with Piker and many other popular streamers on Twitch,[33][31][34] the total concurrent viewers of the livestreams was almost 700,000.[35][36]

During election night of the 2020 United States presidential election on November 3, Piker's stream covering the results peaked at 230,000 viewers.[37][38] Among YouTube and Twitch coverage of the election results, Piker's stream was 4.7% of the market share.[39] He became the most watched Twitch streamer during the election week with 6.8 million hours watched and average viewers of 75,000.[40] It is said that the appeal for this kind of coverage is that, Piker consumes information and news with his commentary in real time and engages with commentators in the livestream's chat and responds to them, which is seen as different, relatable and natural than traditional news media.[37] Sara Clemens, Twitch's chief operating officer, stated that Piker’s stream was one example of how Twitch has diversified its content beyond video games over the past year, that his stream reached Twitch’s “core” viewership: millennials and Gen Z. “It’s a really powerful way to engage with that audience”.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Piker is the nephew of Cenk Uygur, creator of The Young Turks.[41] He dated popular adult actress Janice Griffith in 2018.[42]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2018 10th Shorty Awards Best Web Series The Breakdown Nominated [10]
2020 10th Streamy Awards Best News Pending [43]

Gaming tournaments[edit]

Date Game Location Event Placement Winnings (US$)
August 28, 2020 Fall Guys[21] Online Twitch Rivals: Fall Guys Fridays 16th $1,500[44]
June 24, 2020 Call of Duty: Warzone Online Twitch Rivals: COD Warzone Showdown 29th $300[45]
March 27, 2020 Call of Duty: Warzone[46] Online Twitch Rivals: Warzone Streamer Showdown 28th $300[47]
March 26, 2020 Call of Duty: Warzone[46] Online Twitch Rivals: Warzone Streamer Showdown 26th $300[47]
April 13, 2019 Apex Legends Berlin, Germany Qualifier 2
Twitch Rivals: Apex Legends TwitchCon Europe Showdown
13th[48] N/A

See also[edit]

  • Chapo Trap House

References[edit]

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