Darren Watkins Jr. better known by his online handle IShowSpeed is an American YouTuber, streamer, and internet personality. He is known for his variety of live streams in which he mainly plays video games such as Roblox, Fortnite, and FIFA. Watkin is notable for gaining over a million subscribers in 2021, making him one of the youngest creators with the fastest growing channel this year.
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. Darren joined YouTube in 2016, occasionally uploading gameplay videos. He registered his “IShowSpeed” channel in 2017, posting mainly gaming content. That same year, he started live streaming and uploading videos of games such as NBA 2K and Fortnite. Watkins first rose to fame when his fan base started posting clips of him on TikTok, many of which became internet memes.
This includes his interactions with Outfit7’s Talking Ben, which is considered one of his most popular activities. This helped revitalize the app’s popularity by making the game one of the most downloaded apps by the time it aired its first gameplay on Talking Ben. In his videos, Watkins often shared his views on school and considered school to be time-consuming. Because of this, he even drops out of school to focus full-time on his now successful YouTube channel.
Darren is also famous on other social media platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, TikTok, etc. He has 2.4 million followers on Instagram and 6.2 million followers on TikTok. Now he has 25.4 million likes on his videos on TikTok. Watkins is famous for his live streams and he has collaborated with many other famous Twitch streamers such as Adin Ross which has caused controversy.
Darren also released his album as “What Else IShowSpeed” to gain more attention from viewers. His song, Shake, became controversial due to inappropriate song lyrics. Another controversy Darren faced was when he collaborated with Adin on a live stream. During the live stream, he targeted Ash Kaash and made sexist remarks. Hence, he was banned from Twitch due to violation of rules and policies.
In November 2022, American rapper and singer Lil Nas X made his live debut and appeared on IShowSpeed’s stream. A month later, he won the Streamy Award in the “Breakout Streamer” category at the 12th Streamy Award. Besides that, Watkin is also a musician who released his first single in 2021, “Dooty Booty”, on his YouTube channel. After the song was released, it became popular on YouTube and other social media sites. Following this, he released his second single titled “Shake”, which sampled Fugees’ “Ready or Not”. The song’s accompanying music video has received over 160 million views on YouTube.
Additionally, in June 2022, he released a song called “Ronaldo (Sewey)”, following his newfound admiration for Cristiano Ronaldo. A few months later, he released another single called “World Cup” under Warner Records in honor of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. In November and December 2022, Watkins visited various football stadiums to try and watch his idol, Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo playing live.
Darren is 18 years from 2023. He was born on January 21, 2005, in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States. Moreover, he celebrates his birthday on January 21 every year.
Watkin stands at an average height of 5 feet and 9 inches big. It weighs around 60 kilograms.
Darren is a young father to a daughter who appeared on his YouTube channel. He is currently single but previously dated Ermony Renee. The couple went public with their relationship in 2021, with Ishowspeed showcasing it on their live stream. However, recently he posted a video on his channel where he explained how his girlfriend dumped him and had an affair with someone else.
Darren is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Watkins. He has two younger siblings, a brother and a sister whose identity has not been revealed. However, more information about his parents and brother is currently not available.
IShowSpeed Net Worth
Watkin has an estimated net worth of between $1 million and $10 million. This contains his personal property, money and income. His career as a YouTuber, streamer and internet personality is his main source of income.
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