DrDisrespect returns to PUBG action, sets a new viewer record on Twitch (Updated)

Update 2: Twitch hasn't announced peak concurrent viewer counts, but a representative confirmed that DrDisrespect is now officially the record holder. "The highest peak concurrent for an individual is DrDisrespect with over 388K," the rep said. I'll update again with specific numbers if and when they become available.

Update: DrDisrespect's return stream has broken 387,000 concurrent viewers, surpassing Tyler1's 382,000 concurrents to set a new mark for an individual streamer on Twitch.

Original story: 

Famed PUBG streamer DrDisprespect returned to action today in his first livestream following a December 2017 confession of infidelity. It's a moment his fans were clearly waiting for, as he quickly racked up more than 350,000 concurrent views and may have even briefly kneecapped Twitch.

The tweet relates to a brief moment where it appeared as though Twitch was having difficulty keeping up with demand, although I suspect that was more of a coincidence than a DrDisrespect-ful overload: Twitch has handled larger concurrent previously without any issues, including more than 1.1 million concurrents during its coverage of E3 2017. 

On the other hand, the return last month of notorious League of Legends streamer Tyler1 attracted more than 382,000 viewers, and Twitch appeared to stagger under that load too. Tyler1's audience was the largest ever for an individual streamer on Twitch, but it's possible that DrDisrespect will break that record. 

Also, someone made him a pretty nice action figure.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.