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Twitch Plays Pokémon

Twitch Plays Pokémon (TPP) is a Twitch channel that mainly features an automated Pokémon stream which relies on input from users in stream's chatroom. The stream first launched on February 12, 2014, and it plans to run indefinitely as long as the channel can sustain itself.1)


The concept of Twitch Plays Pokémon was inspired by SaltyBet,2) and the Pokémon series was picked as it didn't require anything complex.3) It formally launched on February 2, 2014 with Pokémon Red and shortly exploded in popularity, putting immense stress on Twitch's chat servers.4) The first game concluded on March 1, 2014.5)6) However, the stream would immediately move onto its second game, Pokémon Crystal.

During this, the viewership took an immense drop since the stream already answered whether a game could be completed, most people aren't familiar with Pokémon past the first generation, and people got burnt out since they played games back-to-back. They later realized that playing games back-to-back was bad, so they inserted long betting game sessions between the runs as a cooldown for the community.7)

2017 Drama Bomb

On November 11, 2017, a developer named “The_Chef1337” leaked a new overlay to protest how poorly the founding “streamer” treated their volunteer developers.8)9) Panicked, the streamer attempted to dox him.10) The same developer would go on a live rant and killed the stream for 30 minutes.11) While the streamer wrote an apology to the community's subreddit after doxing him,12) most users didn't believe it was genuine.13)

The streamer later stepped down and decided to give ownership to “Aissurtievos” on November 15, 2017 to appease the community,14)15) so “The_Chef1337” came back to apologize to the developers in general for his impulsive actions during the whole situation.16) On December 17, 2017, “Aissurtievos” gave ownership to “Chaos_lord” as the responsibilities stressed him out.17)

2021 Drama Bomb

In 2021, a moderation fallout forced “Chaos_lord” to resign, so “asdf14396” (ax6) became interim owner on February 1, 2021.18) Over the following months, it was revealed that “Chaos_lord” and “Red031000” both exhibited sexually inappropriate behavior towards members of the community, but these two weren't officially banned until June 26, 202119) when “m4_used_rollout” (vorpalnorman) was granted ownership.20)

List of Runs

During the stream's lifespan, Twitch Plays Pokémon has played through the main Pokémon games, several randomizer hacks, challenging hacks, anniversary hacks, sprite hacks, a few Pokémon side games, hacks with tremendous amount of effort put into them, etc. The Bulbapedia and Wikipedia articles don't have links to the hacks in their respective articles, so I've compiled the links here.

Year Run Game Name
01 Pokémon Red
02 Pokémon Crystal
03 Pokémon Emerald
04 Pokémon FireRed (Randomized)
05 Pokémon Platinum
06 Pokémon HeartGold (Randomized)
07 Pokémon Black
08 Pokémon Blaze Black 2
09 Pokémon X
10 Pokémon Omega Ruby
11 Pokémon Anniversary Red
12 Touhou Puppet Play 1.8 Enhanced
Moemon Firered
13 Pokémon Alpha Sapphire (Randomized)
14 Pokémon Colosseum
15 Pokémon XD
16 Pokémon Anniversary Crystal
17 Pokémon Brown
18 Pokémon Platinum (Randomized)
19 Pokémon Prism
20 Pokémon Sun
21 Pokémon Waning Moon
22 Pokémon Chatty Yellow
23 Pokémon Blazed Glazed
24 Pokémon White 2 (Randomized)
25 Pokémon Pyrite
26 Pokémon Theta Emerald X
27 Pokémon Ultra Sun
28 Pokémon Red
Pokémon Blue
29 Pokémon Storm Silver
30 Pokémon Bronze
31 Pokémon Y (Randomized)
32 Pokémon Flora Sky
33 Pokémon Fused Crystal (Randofuser + Item Randomizer)
34 Pokémon Burning Red (Pokémon Red ⇄ Pokémon FireRed)
35 Pokémon Volt White
36 Pokémon Colosseum (Randomized)
37 Pokémon XG: NeXt Gen
38 Pokémon TriHard Emerald
39 Pokémon Ultra Moon (Randomized)
40 Pokémon Sword
41 𝕿𝖍𝖊 𝕲𝖆𝖚𝖓𝖙𝖑𝖊𝖙 / Pokémon Red
42 𝕿𝖍𝖊 𝕲𝖆𝖚𝖓𝖙𝖑𝖊𝖙 / Pokémon Crystal
43 𝕿𝖍𝖊 𝕲𝖆𝖚𝖓𝖙𝖑𝖊𝖙 / Pokémon Emerald
44 𝕿𝖍𝖊 𝕲𝖆𝖚𝖓𝖙𝖑𝖊𝖙 / Pokémon Platinum
45 𝕿𝖍𝖊 𝕲𝖆𝖚𝖓𝖙𝖑𝖊𝖙 / Pokémon Blaze Black 2
46 𝕿𝖍𝖊 𝕲𝖆𝖚𝖓𝖙𝖑𝖊𝖙 / Pokémon X
47 Pokémon Sirius
48 Pokémon Rising Ruby
49 Pokémon Vega
50 Pokémon Chatty Crystal
51 Pokémon Renegade Platinum
52 Pokémon Red (played by TwitchPlaysSpeedruns - 3rd)
Pokémon Green (played by TwitchPlaysPokemon - 1st)
Pokémon Blue (played by TwitchPlaysPaperMario - 2nd)
53 Pokémon Black (Randomized)
54 Pokémon Black 2 (Randomized)
55 Pokémon Blazing Emerald
56 Pokémon Spaceworld Gold Reforged
57 Pokémon Brilliant Diamond
58 Pokémon Legends: Arceus
59 Pokémon Chatty Crystal (Randomized)
60 Pokémon Red (Charity Event)
Pokémon Blue (Charity Event)
61 Pokémon Grand Colosseum
62 Pokémon XG Remix
63 Pokémon TriHard Emerald (Randomized)
64 Pokémon Star
65 Pokémon Scarlet
66 Pokémon Volt White 2 Redux
67 Pokémon Violet+ (Randomized)
68 Pokémon Prism
69 Pokémon Inverse Platinum (Following Platinum + Inverse Battle)
70 Pokémon Wilting Y
71 Pokémon Victory Fire
72 Pokémon SoulSilver (Randomized)
73 Pokémon Resolute
74 Pokémon Black and White 3: Genesis
75 Pokémon Mega Power
76 Pokémon Snakewood (DX?)
77 Pokémon Nameless
78 Pokémon Inverse White
79 Pokémon Inverse White 2

Note: This list is not religiously updated, so some information may be outdated.

Streamer (Person)

The founder of Twitch Plays Pokémon was an Australian21) programmer22) who programmed the stream to keep his mind of a recent breakup and had severe social anxiety23) since he lived alone with an abusive mother up until August 2016 when he was able to move in with extended family.24) Following the 2017 drama, he stopped justifying his drug habit in a realization and blamed withdrawal for the whole drama.25)

He would eventually manage to leave Australia to live alone in New Zealand26) and that's all he wrote so far. As for generally known information, we know that he was a huge fan of Vinesauce (specifically Vinny), said that Slowpoke was his favorite Pokémon, and preferred bullet hell shoot-em-up games like Crimzon Clover and DoDonPachi SaiDaiOuJou.27)28)


  • Twitch does not allow broadcasts to exceed 48 hours,29) so it will stop and reset every 48 hours.
  • In the past, Twitch Plays Pokémon used to automatically host SaltyBet when it went down.
  • Kotaku had a few articles on Twitch Plays Pokémon. I still consider the Pokemon Prism article30) to be a huge mistake as Nintendo was actively becoming known for its DMCA takedowns.
  • The community had adopted “PRChase” to parrot Pokémon Battle Revolution announcer Rodger Parsons and then-Twitch PR director Chase acknowledged their use in March 2017.31)32)
  • According to Twitch's October 5, 2021 leak, Twitch Plays Pokémon had been ranked at #8405.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon - The official stream for Twitch Plays Pokémon.
  • Rainbow Devs - Volunteer ROM hacking group, houses the TPP-specific hacks and Rijon hacks.
  • Badge Trading - Data for badges in circulation, which includes trade offers and badge rarity.
“SaltyBet”, formally “Salty's Dream Cast Casino” (Salty Bet), is a website that relies on a Twitch stream of M.U.G.E.N AI matches that people bet virtual money on. It launched sometime in 2013.
"Twitch Beats Pokémon!" (March 1, 2014). Kotaku.
"TLDR Season 1 (year 1 of TPP) involved us back to back playing runs." (December 20, 2017). Reddit /r/twitchplayspokemon.
"Presenting: TPP's new overlay" (November 11, 2017). Imgur.
"Presenting: TPP's new overlay" (November 13, 2017). Reddit /r/twitchplayspokemon.
"Imgur" (November 13, 2017). Imgur.
"Apology". (November 14, 2017). Reddit /r/twitchplayspokemon.
"Official transfer of leadership of the Twitch Plays Pokemon channel" (November 15, 2017). Reddit /r/twitchplayspokemon.
"Statement regarding the past few days" (November 16, 2017). Reddit /r/twitchplayspokemon.
"Stream leadership change" (February 1, 2021). Reddit /r/twitchplayspokemon.
"On Recent Events..." (July 6, 2021). Reddit /r/twitchplayspokemon.
"Farewell" (June 26, 2021). Reddit /r/twitchplayspokemon.
"Part 1" (February 14, 2016). Reddit /r/twitchplayspokemon.
"Part 2" (February 12, 2017). Reddit /r/twitchplayspokemon.
"Part 3 (edited)" (February 13, 2018). Reddit /r/twitchplayspokemon.
"Part 4" (February 13, 2019). Reddit /r/twitchplayspokemon.
"A very special Twitch Staff member visits us!" (March 14, 2017). Reddit /r/twitchplayspokemon.
twitch_plays_pokemon.txt · Last modified: 2024-02-12 23:40:38 by namelessrumia