IShowSpeed is an Ohio-born American sensational YouTuber and Content Creator who became popular for posting gameplay videos and sharing NBA 2K tutorials. IShowSpeed enjoys streaming for hours. His YouTube Channel by the same name has over 13.5k subscribers and attracts millions of views with one such video (titled Shake Official Music Video) having as many as 154 million views. IShowSpeed is definitely one to watch this decade.
Who is IShowSpeed and What is his Real Name?
Darren Watkins Junior is the face behind the IShowSpeed YouTube channel. Darren who was born in Ohio on 21 January 2005 began his YouTube adventure back in 2016. On his channel, he shares gaming videos, personal life experiences, and his own music videos. Apart from being a gaming YouTuber, IShowSpeedy is also a soccer athlete, a hip-hop musician, and a ‘variety content creator/streamer’. He is also famous on Snapchat, TikTok, Twitter, and Instagram, having many followers on these platforms.
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Darren was born on January 21, 2005, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is currently 17 years old.
IShowSpeed Career & Rise To Fame
IShowSpeed is popular now but how did he get so famous? Darren’s rise to the limelight came in 2020, during the pandemic when he began uploading NBA 2k videos and other gameplay videos. This attracted viewers and consequently, subscribers to his channel making him popular. IShowSpeed would become even more famous when his fans started publishing clips of him on the red-hot TikTok. Clips of Speed became memes as a result.
However, IShowSpeed did not have it easy at the beginning. A look at his YouTube channel which was launched back in 2016 showed that his first videos were not hits. He was not consistent at the beginning, focusing instead on football. Darren worked part-time for a nursing home, helping them deliver food to elderly people.
Darren Watkins Jr. resumed posting on his channel IShowSpeed during the pandemic after being motivated by his friend who urged him to post content about what he loves on YouTube.
Speedy is also a music artist/rapper, he has recorded many songs some of which are freestyles and covers. His song Shake attracted lots of controversies as the lyrics were deemed inappropriate by most listeners. Overall, Speed has recorded over 30 songs between 2020 and 2022, including his own “World Cup” song for the 2022 FIFA World in Qatar. Music videos of his songs are available on his channels.
IShowSpeed’s Net Worth
The Ohio-born singer is reportedly worth over $1 million. Darren earns advertising revenues from his YouTube channels where he also accepts donations. Other known sources of income include
- Paid promotions
Partnership with Sky Sports and Controversies
IShowSpeed appeared on a couple of Sky Sports coverage of Manchester United matches during the 2022/2023 Premier League season. He is a massive fan of Cristiano Ronaldo. Speed’s partnership with Sky was shortlived as the UK media giants announced that they would not be featuring him anymore after videos of the teenager making misogynistic and derogatory comments about women appeared online. Sky Sports also removed all content that showed the YouTube star from their social media channels and websites.
It was not the first time that Darren was involved in a controversy. During a live stream collaboration with Adin, Speed made sexist comments targetting Ash Kaash which led to his ban on Twitch. Another instance was his song ‘Shake’ which has “inappropriate lyrics”. IShowSpeed was also involved in an online feud with his rumored ex-girlfriend Ermony Renne.
Darren Watkins Jr. reportedly has a daughter who he is believed to have fathered at the age of 15. However, the girl’s mom is not known and details of Darren’s personal life are kept away from the public.
IShowSpeed however revealed that he has a daughter when he denied rumors that alleged that he is gay. His daughter is 2 years old in 2022.
Who has IShowSpeed dated?
Darren is rumored to have dated TikTok star Ermony Renne, known as Dream. He introduced her to his fans in one of his videos, however, it is not clear if they are still together. It is also rumored among his fans that Speed was involved with TikTok singer Ava Barbie, who is transgender.
IShowSpeed Youtube Channels
Darren Watkins Jr. operates a number of social media accounts. He has three YouTube channels by the names IShowSpeed, Live Speedy, and Speedy Boykins. He also operates two Instagram accounts named IShowSpeed and IShowSpeedy. Speed had an account on Twitch but got banned for making sexist comments.
Interesting facts about Darren Watkins Jr. IShowSpeed
- Darren is passionate about gaming since his childhood. Some of his first videos on Youtube were gameplay clips from NBA 2K18, Fortnight, and Talking Ben.
- He spent his entire childhood in his hometown and has two little siblings.
- His YouTube journey was not an instant hit, it took him a while to become this famous.
- He was active on Twitch with over 170k followers before his account got banned.
- Playing football is one of his favorite hobbies.
- He has collaborated with other famous streamers.
- Darren thinks school is exhaustive and has considered dropping out to focus more on his YouTube channels.
FAQs about IShowSpeed
Q. What time does IShowSpeed stream?
After getting banned from Twitch, Darren creates most of his content on YouTube, with various streaming schedules daily.
How Tall is IShowSpeed?
- Darren is 5 feet 8 inches tall.
Where does IShowSpeed live?
- Darren currently lives in Los Angeles, California, US.
How old is IShowSpeed live?
- Darren Watkins Jr. is 17 years old (in 2022)
Why do people love IShowSpeed?
- People love him for many reasons but mostly because of his lively streams.