Darren Watkins Jr., better known by his online pseudonym IShowSpeed, is an American YouTuber, streamer, and Internet personality. He is known for his variety of live streams, in which he mostly plays video games, including Roblox, Fortnite, and FIFA. Watkin is notable for gaining over 1 million subscribers in 2021, making him one of the youngest creators with the fastest growing channel of that year.
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. Darren joined YouTube in 2016, occasionally uploading gameplay videos. He registered his channel “IShowSpeed” in 2017, mainly posting gaming content. That same year, he started live streaming and uploading videos of games like NBA 2K and Fortnite. Watkins began to achieve widespread fame when his fan base began posting clips of him on TikTok, many of them becoming Internet memes.
This includes his interactions with Outfit7’s Talking Ben, which are considered some of his most popular initiatives. This helped revitalize the app’s popularity, making the game one of the most downloaded apps around the time it streamed its first Talking Ben gameplay. In his videos, Watkins often shared his views on going to school and found school to be too time consuming. For this reason, he is dropping out of school to focus full time on his now successful YouTube channel.
Darren is famous on other social media platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, TikTok, and more. 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 known for his live streams and has collaborated with many other famous Twitch streamers such as Adin Ross which has sparked controversy.
Darren also released his album named ‘What Else IShowSpeed’ to gain more attention from viewers. His song, Shake, sparked controversy because of inappropriate song lyrics. Another controversy Darren faced was around the time he collaborated with Adin on a live stream. During the live stream, he took aim at Ash Kaash and made sexist remarks. Consequently, he was banned from Twitch because of violating rules and policies.
In November 2022, American rapper and singer Lil Nas X made his live streaming debut and appeared on the IShowSpeed stream. A month later, he won the Streamy Award in the “Breakout Streamer” category during the 12th Streamy Awards. Furthermore, Watkin is also a musician who released his debut single in 2021 “Dooty Booty” on his YouTube channel. After the song’s release, it became popular on YouTube and other social media sites. He then released his second single album titled “Shake” which contained a sample of “Ready or Not” by Fugees. The song’s accompanying music video has received over 160 million views on YouTube.
Furthermore, 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 entitled “Copa do Mundo” on Warner Records in honor of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. In November and December 2022, Watkins visited several football stadiums to try to watch his idol, the Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo play live.
Darren is 18 years old in 2023. He was born in January 21, 2005 in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States. Furthermore, he celebrates his birthday on 21st of January every year.
Watkin stands at an average height of 5 feet 9 inches high. he weighs around 60 kilos.
Darren is a young father of a daughter who has been featured on his YouTube channel. He is currently single, but was previously dating Ermony Renee. The couple went public with their relationship in 2021, with Ishowspeed featuring her on their live stream. However, he recently posted a video on his channel where he explains 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 released. However, more information about his parents and siblings is not available at the moment.
IShowSpeed net worth
Watkin has an estimated net worth of between $1 million and $10 million dollars. This contains your personal assets, money and income. His career as a YouTuber, streamer and Internet personality is his main source of income.