Update: After pretending live footage of Saturday’s UFC 218 main event was in-game footage of EA’s UFC 3 game, inventive streamer AJ Lester has been handed a 24-hour ban on Twitch.
In the Periscope broadcast featured below, Lester reacts to his newfound popularity—suggesting he’s since gained thousands of followers across Twitter, Twitch and YouTube.
“This viral stuff has went out of control, man. I had to turn all of the notifications off on my cell phone,” says Lester. “My YouTube has inflated, I’ve gained over one thousand subs—that’s crazy. All for the 20-second clip. I’ve is now to ride the wave and pray I cannot pay a visit to jail. Or get sued.”
Lester adds that although he accepts what he did was illegal, he feels a number of other streamers are responsible for punishment should he himself get into trouble. He also admits the fact that current buzz is “cool for the best part”, which helps people see his “wild and funny side”, as much as his streams come to mind.
He continues: “The timing of the usb ports was perfect too because beta just was launched. Just visiting ride the wave. You undoubtedly think you can receive in danger? I mean, I’ll, should they wanted to.
“All these postings: ‘Eh! This and that’, for like, my dear god.”
Later during the broadcast, Lester jokes about trying to find himself on the internet as well as extent of his overnight celebrity-ism.
“People emailing me for interviews and shit. I’m like: bruh, you must pay me, this ain’t free. I want a minimum of 10 Gs to ask me some questions. I’m famous right this moment. Only to communicate with me costs 10k, what is happening? Send me a contact [will] financially impact you five, what up?”
Lester also reckons we’ll soon see streamers doing something similar for some other games, for example livestreaming basketball games by using NBA 2017.
UFC 218 came about on Saturday, with featherweight fighters Max Holloway and Jose Aldo headlining the event’s main card. By pretending live footage with the fight was in-game footage on the latest EA Sports UFC videogame (UFC 3), streamer AJ Lester broadcast the otherwise pay-per-view event to everyone.
In the british isles, subscribing to BT Sport grants you the means to access Mma events, however a few other PPV models—which includes the UFC Fight Pass—apply worldwide. What AJ Lester did is, clearly, illegal however that hasn’t stopped this clip of the stream from going viral on Twitter.
Despite downloading copyrighted movies, AJ Lester’s persistence for the ruse is admirable—his grunts and sharp glances for the stream’s text chat make it feel like he’s answerable for the struggle.
Yesterday, AJ Lester returned to his regular Fortnite stream to spot his newfound fame.