Who is Valkyrae? Rumors the gamer is leaving the spotlight have started to spread

Valkyrae, aka Rachell Hofstetter, is a gamer, YouTuber and entrepreneur. 

She has 3.36 million YouTube subscribers, is a winner of a prestigious Game Award and is pretty much building an empire. But with internet superstardom in the palm of her hands, there’s a rumor that she might be quitting it all. 

Who is Valkyrae? 

Born Rachell Hofstetter in Washington on Jan. 8, 1992, she is currently 29 years old. Valkyrae is of German and Filipino descent. After graduating with an associate’s degree in arts from community college she worked at GameStop. 

In 2014, she began sharing her gamer life on Instagram where she garnered a following on the platform and on Twitch. But in 2020, she snagged an exclusive streaming contract with YouTube and left Twitch for good. 

Valkyrae currently resides in Los Angeles and shares a house with other gaming superstars like xChocoBars and Pokimane. 

She’s played video games with major celebs

When Valkyrae appeared on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon this year she played Among Us with Stranger Things’ Gaten Matarazzo and Noah Schnapp, The Roots and Victoria Tran. 

She was in a music video with Machine Gun Kelly

She appeared in Machine Gun Kelly’s “DayWalker” music video along with fellow gamer Corpse Husband.

She co-owns 100 Thieves

In 2018, she became the first woman gamer and content creator for 100 Thieves, an esports team. But by 2021, she was announced a co-owner of the team along with Scooter Braun, Drake and founder Matthew Haag. The team is worth an estimated $190 million. 

 “As I get older, I am trying to plan how I am going to get out of this, what am I going to do next? It makes me so happy to be a pioneer and a role model for a lot of women in this industry,” she told the New York Times. 

She is the most-streamed woman gamer

A report from Stream Hatchet revealed that Valkyrae had the most views of any woman gamer in 2020 with 23.6 million hours watched. 

Is Valkyrae quitting streaming for good? 

On April 27, during a stream, Valkyrae said she would eventually “pivot” away from social media and opt to pursue business ventures instead. Panic ensued as people thought she was quitting streaming, but she later clarified her comments on Twitter

“BTW when I said I planned to “pivot out of streaming to do business/investing” I didn’t mean entirely,” she tweeted. “As long as there are games and my friends want to play with me, I’ll always stream it. I’ve been gamin’ my whole life why would I ever stop!”

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