More than 50,000 people watched this Twitch streamer walk around playing Pokémon Go

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He really, really wants to evolve his Psyduck into a Golduck.

Pokémon GO is a phenomenon. Since its release last week in Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S., Pokémon GO has had so many people trying to play at once that the servers have constantly gone down. Nintendo’s stock, meanwhile has gone up a casual 33 percent. And it's not just fun to play, apparently. 

Earlier today, more than 50,000 people tuned in to watch popular Twitch streamer Byron “Reckful” Bernstein walk around Austin, Texas trying to catch ‘em all.

The game uses augmented reality to allow players to catch Pokémon in the real world, forcing them to walk around in the pursuit of filling up their Pokedex. And that’s exactly what Reckful did, sharing his journey with all of his viewers on Twitch. And boy was it a journey.

Streaming Pokémon GO is not easy. Reckful set up a camera so that viewers could see him walking around and interacting with people as well as playing the game and used his phone to get the stream live.

For 30 minutes, he stopped at a restaurant with his entourage because it had a "lure" on it—something that attracts Pokémon to the area for a particular amount of time. It was also a “great Psyduck spot,” which he really, really wanted to evolve into a Golduck.

That’s when the drama started. The stream crashed because someone called his phone, he got it back up, and then someone called the restaurant he was sitting at to tell him they were going to come there. He asked everyone that was walking past whether they were playing Pokémon, and had a chat to them when they said yes (pretty much everyone was playing). Then he realized that his phone battery was quickly getting drained and went in search of a charger. He walked into a Starbucks, and was swiftly kicked out for recording.

The journey to find a charger and keep the stream going commenced. Unfortunately, it was not to be. On the way to buy a charger the stream died, leaving around 52,000 people looking at his offline graphic surely with tears in their eyes and the echo of his words ringing in their ears: “This has been the best stream ever,” he said before it went down. “I don’t want it to end.”

While Reckful is best known for playing World of Warcraft and Hearthstone, that could quickly change now that Pokémon GO is around. And he’s not alone. Another popular streamer, Jaryd “summit1g” Lazar, was also streaming at the same time, with around 26,000 people watching. He totaled around 50,000 once Reckful’s went down. The game is even gaining the attention of League of Legends players.

This is not the end of Pokémon GO for Reckful, who said he'll stream it far more once he has the logistics worked out. After all, he really wants that Golduck—and he wants you to be there when it happens.
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