Destiny (streamer)

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Destiny
Personal information
BornSteven Bonnell II
(1988-12-12) December 12, 1988 (age 30)
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
Nationality
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
OccupationTwitch streamer/YouTuber
Websitedestiny.gg
Twitch information
Channel
Years active2011–present
GenreVideo gaming, political commentary
Games
Followers430 thousand
(2019-7-25)
Total views93.5 million
(2019-7-25)
Follower and view counts updated as of July 2019.
Destiny
YouTube information
GenrePolitics/Gaming
Subscribers212 thousand
(July 2019)
Total views81 million
(July 2019)
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers March 2018

Steven Kenneth Bonnell II (born December 12, 1988),[1] better known by his online alias Destiny, is an American Twitch streamer, YouTube personality, political commentator, and podcaster. His most streamed games include League of Legends, Starcraft II, Black Ops 4, Terraria, and Apex Legends.[2] He is also well known for his debates with other online personalities in which he discusses politics and other philosophical issues from a progressive point of view, and oftentimes playing the role of Devil's Advocate for certain positions.

Career

Before taking off as a streamer, Destiny cycled through many careers including supervising in a restaurant, working in a casino, and carpet cleaning.[3][4]

Destiny began his career as a livestreamer in January 2011 on the website Justin.tv.[5] He was among the first people to commit to full-time streaming and received some attention as a pioneer of the emerging industry.[6] Since then, he has become involved with the Twitch.tv platform, achieving a top 100 spot for channel views, and remaining over the years as one of the most watched Twitch streamers.[7]

Destiny began his career as a professional Starcraft 2 player,[6][8] signing eventually with Quantic. Later, Destiny would end up 4th in the 2011 MLG Global invitational.[9] Since then, Destiny renowned fame across the platform due to his political debates, and controversial beliefs on certain topics referenced by his community as "hot takes".

Destiny has since moved deeper into the political sphere debating the likes of Sargon of Akkad, Lauren Southern, Martin Shkreli, Count Dankula, Jesse Lee Peterson and other conservative commentators.

Controversy

Throughout Destiny's early career, he was well known for his edgy persona and common use of crass language,[10] which he was eventually forced to give up, partially due to Twitch Terms of Service changes, and changes of personal opinion. This led to a few temporary suspensions from the Twitch platform for insensitive language. While Destiny accepted his ban for his use of a slur, he expressed confusion over what Twitch considered a joke, as both he and the target considered it a joke.[11]

Destiny has also been repeatedly banned from Twitter. His first permanent suspension came after he jokingly threatened to bomb his nearest Cox Communications node so the company would fix their poor network service in the area. After this, Twitter did not lift his account's permanent suspension but did allow him to create a second account.[12] His second permanent suspension, however, does not have a confirmed cause. Following this, Destiny has created several alternative accounts, which have all been banned.[13][14][15][third-party source needed]

A debate between Destiny and well-known YouTuber JonTron became viral.[16] In this debate, JonTron made multiple claims that many considered racist: that rich black people create more crime than poor white people,[17] expressed concern over Hispanics entering "the gene pool", and that westerners "have gotten rid of discrimination in our Western countries",[18] causing developer Playtonic to remove JonTron as a voice actor in their game Yooka-Laylee.[19] Destiny later stated that he did not think that JonTron deserved to be removed from their game while still maintaining his criticisms of JonTron's statements.[20]

References

  1. ^ "Steven Kenneth Bonnell II (@destiny) Instagram".
  2. ^ "Destiny - Played Games". TwitchTracker. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  3. ^ Destiny (May 17, 2016), My Life Before I Started Streaming, retrieved November 2, 2018
  4. ^ "My Journey In Streaming". Destiny. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  5. ^ "My Journey In Streaming".
  6. ^ a b McCormick, Rich. "This is why people want to watch other people play video games". The Verge. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  7. ^ "Top 100 Twitch Streamers Sorted by Channel Views - Socialblade Twitch Stats | Twitch Statistics". socialblade.com. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  8. ^ "This is why people want to watch other people play video games". Edge. July 1, 2013. Archived from the original on July 7, 2013. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  9. ^ "2011 MLG Global Invitational - Liquipedia - the StarCraft II Encyclopedia".
  10. ^ McCormick, Rich. "This is why people want to watch other people play video games". The Verge. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  11. ^ "Destiny, M0E, Alfie and other Twitch streamers banned as company crack down". Polygon. July 3, 2018. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  12. ^ Bonnell, Steven. "How My Old Twitter Account Got Banned". YouTube. Destiny.
  13. ^ Bonnell, Steven. "De-Platforming, My Twitter Ban & Future Content". YouTube. Destiny.
  14. ^ "Twitter / Account Suspended". twitter.com. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  15. ^ Bonnell, Steven. "Destiny Talks Twitter Ban, Deplatforming, Advertiser Boycotts". YouTube. David Pakman Show.
  16. ^ Gaianan, Mahita (March 14, 2017). "YouTube Star JonTron Under Fire for Controversial Comments on Race and Immigration". time.com. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  17. ^ Bonnell, Steven. "Debating JonTron". YouTube. Destiny.
  18. ^ Bonnell, Steven. "Debating JonTron". YouTube. Destiny.
  19. ^ Vogel, Mitch (March 24, 2017). "Playtonic Removes JonTron's Voice from Yooka-Laylee". Nintendo Life. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  20. ^ Bonnell, Steven. "Talking About JonTron, Sargon, My Emotional Well-being and More". YouTube. Destiny.