Rachell Hofstetter (born January 8, 1992), better known as Valkyrae, is an American Internet personality. She has been YouTube’s most-watched female streamer since 2020, and appeared on Forbes‘ 30 Under 30 list in 2022. She was named “Gaming Creator of the Year” by Adweek, and has won a Game Award and a Streamy Award.
Hofstetter is a co-owner of 100 Thieves, an esports and an apparel company, and has been a content creator for the brand since 2018. Hofstetter is an advocate for women in online gaming, sometimes playing games on all-female teams.
Early work and recognition (2014–2020)
After graduating from community college, Hofstetter worked various jobs, including a job at GameStop, In 2014, while working, she began sharing her gaming hobby on Instagram, gaining a significant following. She was encouraged by various Instagram followers, friends, and Twitch streamers to start streaming on Twitch, beginning in 2015. After gathering a following, Hofstetter began posting gaming videos on YouTube.
In 2018, she became the first female gamer and content creator for 100 Thieves, a competitive American esports team. On January 13, 2020, Hofstetter left Twitch for an exclusive streaming contract on YouTube. While initially struggling to maintain an average viewer count of 5,000 towards the beginning of 2020, her YouTube channel experienced a significant boost when she started playing the online multiplayer social deduction game Among Us and began collaborating with popular streamers including Disguised Toast, Sykkuno, Pokimane, Jacksepticeye, Cr1TiKaL, Corpse Husband, xChocoBars, and Fuslie.
Hofstetter became the fastest growing female streamer of the year and surpassed Pokimane as the most-viewed female streamer of 2020. Towards the end of 2020, Hofstetter’s stream regularly peaked at concurrent viewer counts exceeding 100,000, typically during Among Us sessions.
Hofstetter is of part Filipino and German descent and was raised in Moses Lake, Washington. She has two brothers and one younger sister. Her father died of cancer in 2017. She graduated with an associate in arts from a community college in Washington.
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