On January 30, 2020, Ranboo's channel was created. On August 13, 2020, he uploaded the first video on the channel called "I decided to play skywars, it was a nightmare" which is a video of him playing Skywars. Ranboo began streaming on his Twitch account on September 12, 2020.
When he first started his channel, he only had 13 subscribers, most of which were his friends. However, he quickly gained traction by posting on TikTok and reached 200 YouTube subscribers on his first day posting content (September 11, 2020). He started streaming on Twitch the next day, and on September 25 was raided by Punz with 5000 raiders, when his average viewer count at the time was less than 1000. Punz's raid led Ranboo to gain even more of a following, and over time he was able to talk to other well-known Minecraft streamers like Eret and Nihachu.
He later experienced massive growth on November 27, 2020 when he told his stream chat that he would run for president of L'Manberg, a nation on the Dream SMP, without even being on the server. He was raided by Ph1LzA and Fundy (two popular streamers on the Dream SMP) during this stream, and Dream invited him to join the server. Ranboo was able to reach 1 million YouTube subscribers before the end of the year, and in the next few months, became one of the most popular creators on the SMP.
Ranboo was invited to join the Dream SMP on November 27, 2020. During his second day on the server, Ranboo helped TommyInnit burn George's house, an event that led to Tommy's exile from L'Manberg. This immediately forced Ranboo into the server story, and he created his character later that night.
On the SMP, Ranboo plays an enderman hybrid character with memory loss. His character also has a state called "enderwalk" that is similar to sleepwalking, where he acts more enderman-like. He cannot remember anything he did in enderwalk after he wakes up, and due to this, a voice in his head (sounding exactly like Dream) has manifested that tries to tell him what he did while in the state.
Ranboo's character has apparently been helping Dream (the main villain of the server) while enderwalking, and struggles with this fact. He is currently trying to figure out more about his enderwalk state and how to stop it.
Ranboo's "lore streams" are some of the most popular on the SMP, often reaching over 100,000 live viewers, and his character acting/writing is a favorite of many fans. Ranboo has also impacted the server's writing as a whole - partially due to his extremely complex character, many other creators on the server have started fleshing out their characters by adding details like backstory, non-human features, unique abilities, and more.
On January 11, 2021, Ranboo announced the creation of the "RanbooLIVE" channel, which he wanted to use to upload Twitch VODs twice a week.
On February 16, 2021, Ranboo found a feature that allows him to email all of his Twitch subscribers, and created a sub goal promising to send an email. This caused a huge influx of subscribers who wanted to receive the email and led Ranboo to gain over 10,000 new subs throughout the rest of the stream, making him the #3 Twitch streamer in active subscriptions. After this, Ranboo decided to host a subathon stream on February 20 to become #1 in active subscriptions, where all of the stream's proceeds would go towards the Trevor Project.
Over the 10-hour charity stream, Ranboo was given incredible support, far surpassing his original goal of #1 - he gained 44,500 new subscribers (reaching 100,000 total subs), became the second-most-subscribed streamer of all time, had a hype train hit over 60,000%, and more. He was gifted large amounts of subs from several other creators on the Dream SMP, including Dream who gifted 1000 subs in total. The stream even caused glitches across Twitch. He later received thanks from the Trevor Project's official twitter for all of the money raised.
On March 16, 2021, Ranboo announced that he would be starting an ARG (or Alternate Reality Game) based around his Dream SMP character, called the Enderwalk ARG. This ARG follows the journal entries of a researcher named Z as they investigate the "enderwalk state". A list of all current information and clues can be found here.
Meet-up with Tubbo
Ranboo quickly became friends with fellow content creator Tubbo after he joined the Dream SMP. They have promised to do a meet-up in the UK once the Coronavirus travel ban is lifted, and in the meantime like to joke about things they might do together.
Ranboo has broken, and currently holds, several Twitch records:
- Currently #1 most subscribed streamer on Twitch (as of February), and #3 most subscribed ever (behind Ludwig).
- Most subs in a single day (44.5k).
- Youngest person to be #1 on Twitch and to hit 100k.
- Fastest person to be #1 on Twitch and to hit 100k.
- First Minecraft streamer to be #1 on Twitch and to hit 100k.
- His favorite color is royal blue.
- His favorite video games are Minecraft and Portal 2.
- He owns a Discord server named "Ranboo's No-Crime Cult!" with over 100,000 members.
- Ranboo always wears a mask, sunglasses, and gloves on camera.
- Ranboo has been blocked by Tubbo on Twitter multiple times.
- He has forced Eret to read fanfiction of Shrek from the DreamWorks franchise of the same name.
- He has declared every 26th day of the month to be National Ranboo Day.
- Ranboo became a Twitch partner on November 18, 2020.
- Ranboo got a custom YouTube URL for his YouTube channel on September 14, 2020, and was verified on November 9, 2020.
- Ranboo got the YouTube Rank on Hypixel on October 20, 2020.
- He has been playing Minecraft for around 9 years.
- He has a huge number of LGBT+ fans, with a poll during one stream showing 76% of his viewers to be LGBT+.
- Many of his transgender or nonbinary fans jokingly ask him to share "the gender", since there has been an overwhelming number of fans getting gender envy (the feeling of wanting to be like someone gender-wise or wanting to have someone's gender expression) from him.
- He uses the same microphone model as Philza and Tubbo.
- Ranboo "canonically married" Tubbo in the Dream SMP on February 23, 2021. They still talk about being husbands, divorce, or flirting, both on and off the server.
- He spent one summer learning everything about how to play Monopoly, which came in handy when he played Monopoly Plus on both Sapnap and Tubbo's streams.
- They say I'm built different, and I am built different in the fact that I have no moral backbone.
- A pity pickaxe? Tommy, you have to realize that nothing I ever did for you was out of pity. Nothing.
- I don't need to watch the streams anymore! I can just join and ruin the bits!
- Dream SMP: where the server is normal, but the people are not.
- It looks like a detonator!
- And I'm getting stabbed again. Always fun.
- If the crown fits, wear it.
- You can't see it, but I'm dancing... very, very white-ly.
- If the things the voice tells me are true... I deserve to be in that prison as much as Dream does.
- Goodbye, L'Manberg. You were never a good idea to begin with. But at least you tried.
- This is not supposed to be a good cake. This is supposed to be a cake that can kill god.
- Can I get a hype train for me and Tubbo's canon marriage?
Note: The following dates are according to
- 1,000 subscribers: September 13, 2020
- 5,000 subscribers: September 20, 2020
- 10,000 subscribers: September 26, 2020
- 25,000 subscribers: October 8, 2020
- 40,000 subscribers: October 13, 2020
- 50,000 subscribers: October 15, 2020
- 100,000 subscribers: October 30, 2020
- 150,000 subscribers: November 28, 2020
- 200,000 subscribers: December 5, 2020
- 300,000 subscribers: December 13, 2020
- 400,000 subscribers: December 20, 2020
- 500,000 subscribers: December 30, 2020
- 600,000 subscribers: January 6, 2021
- 700,000 subscribers: January 16, 2021
- 800,000 subscribers: January 24, 2021
- 900,000 subscribers: January 30, 2021
- 1 million subscribers: February 2, 2021
Twitch follower milestones
- 100 followers: September 12, 2020
- 2,000 followers: September 21, 2020
- 50,000 followers: October 18, 2020
- 100,000 followers: November 14, 2020
- 200,000 followers: November 29, 2020
- 300,000 followers: December 11, 2020
- 400,000 followers: December 19, 2020
- 500,000 followers: December 25, 2020
- 600,000 followers: January 2, 2021
- 700,000 followers: January 6, 2021
- 800,000 followers: January 11, 2021
- 900,000 followers: January 16, 2021
- 1 million followers: January 21, 2021
- 2 million followers: March 22, 2021