Whippy thought he was “amounting to nothing”, because he could not see beyond rural New South Wales and paying off large amounts of mortgages.
This Whippy can’t believe the progress he has made since his first live stream over ten years ago.
The actor, now based in Brisbane, announced his exclusive Twitch deal on May 29. Twitch is Amazon’s largest streaming service. This streaming agreement will tie Whippy to Twitch for many years. It is similar to other deals we have seen in the past. This contract is a major milestone for any streamer, but Whippy sees it as more than that: He’s made something out of his life.
Whippy is signed to Click Management as well. He realizes that he exaggerates when he claims he “never amounts to anything” in another lifetime, but it was something he carried deep within until this moment. Whippy was called “the dumb child” in school, and he wasn’t allowed to show his worth. He was influenced by that.
It wasn’t easy to decide that streaming was something he wanted.
Whippy (now 22 years old) used to be able to escape from a shed at the start. It was the wooden pole at its center that held everything together. It was impossible to control the temperature, so it could get very hot out. Whippy would sleep in the mornings and wake up at night to catch the U.S. hour. The windows were covered with plastic bags, which barely blocked the sunlight. There were no temperature control; it could get very hot out. Cold? Extremely cold?
The hours that he worked in the United States also disrupted his life. Whippy settled on a Twitch stream schedule, which saw him streaming from 10 to 8 am. Although he claims that it was viewed by a lot of Americans, it almost cost him his entire income.
Moreover, rural New South Wales was still not covered by the NBN’s internet rollout. Whippy had to pay $1AUD per gigabyte for streaming, which was a steep price that he could not avoid. Costs quickly mounted.
Whippy said that the first 24 months of his life were difficult. He was forced to choose between accepting what he had and trying for better fish.
Although he had reached an audience of over a million people in Australia in the wee hours of the evening, and others were coming in throughout the day, his numbers had slowed down and his mental state was getting worse.
Whippy was determined to do it. As it turned out, GTA’s star got it right.
It was a lot of work. The popular No Pixel roleplaying site, well-known for streamer-led Grand Theft Auto theater adventures, was upgraded to “3.0.” in February 2021.
Whippy already had the benefit of GTA roleplaying. His central characters were the drug-addicted leader of the gang Irwin Dundee, and Crocodile Ste, who was also an Australian. He had a large fan base. His celebrity or notoriety depended on the character he was playing allowed him to do a time swap and get involved in new GTA adventures.
Whippy was the one to do it as No Pixel Relaunched.
The 3.0 update brought more success. Twitch was the hub of the GTA roleplaying community. The platform saw the biggest names in the industry quickly create characters for the chaos world Los Santos.
Whippy was able to play with some of the biggest stars in YouTube, Sykkuno and xQc. He also built a larger following thanks to Dundee & Steve.
Whippy’s popularity grew. He reached 6,600 viewers per stream in April 2021. This was a record he kept for the remainder of the year.
Although the number of viewers has dwindled to just over 4,000 in 2022 to see Whippy bring Dundee to life in Los Santos at any one time, he still maintains a steady stream of 6,000 to 7,000 subscribers each month.
He still cannot believe it, even after he’s been on the rollercoaster. Because of Whippy’s loyalty, Whippy continues to be on Twitch.
According to Dot Esports, there were many other choices for the 22 year-old. However, he chose Twitch. He explained that it would have been “disloyal” to go after half a century of growing his fans on Twitch.
Whippy says that there will be more to Twitch than GTA now that he has signed up. A racing car stream and cooking are on the cards, but he wants to let his Twitch followers know that he isn’t leaving anytime soon.
Whippy’s major Twitch announcement is just days after another private celebration. He has paid off his mom’s mortgage, after streaming for years. Since he started streaming, Whippy had been thinking about this goal. On the day of his resignation announcement, he has finally achieved that goal.