A well-meaning parent figure in his life may warn against playing too many video games because it will never get him where he wants to be in life. This same parent will lament that video games are just a waste of time. Well-known internet personality Valkyre should strongly disagree.
She has made a career out of her love of video games by streaming on platforms such as Twitch and YouTube. She has gained a massive following that naturally lends itself to curiosity. Many fans want to know everything about their favorite player, like height, so let’s get to know Valkyrae a bit.
Rachel “Rae” Hofstetter also known as Valkyrae was born on January 8, 1992. She was born in Washington. According to her Instagram, she is “quarter German, Filipino, Spanish and Swiss!”
His game name was once Legend of Rae in reference to The Legend of Zelda but she quickly outgrew that nickname. When she came across the word valkyrie, which in Norse mythology is a servant who leads slain warriors to Valhalla, she knew she was on to something. She added her name “Rae” at the end to make Valky-rae.
Hofstetter was attending community college and working at Gamestop when she created an Instagram account based on her gaming experiences. Her friends and followers encouraged her to grow on Twitch, according to an interview with Business Insider.
“I’ve been playing games my whole life, so I decided to start a gaming channel on Instagram. People kept telling me I should stream on Twitch, so I ended up saying “Sure, why not?” Hofstetter had a lot of success on Twitch, which led her to expand again this time on YouTube.
“The one thing I regret the most is not uploading to YouTube sooner. That’s where so many people in the Fortnite community found me, mainly because the audience there is younger. Kids can’t watch the stream in the middle of the day, so it helps if they have videos to watch when they get home from school or wherever they are.
She also started playing Among us and collaborate with other streamers such as Disguised Toast on YouTube.
She now streams exclusively on YouTube and, as of 2020, is the most-watched female streamer on the platform. In 2020, she won Content Creator of the Year at The Game Awards. In 2021, Ad Week named her Video Game Creator of the Year.
Being a player is not easy.
Although Valkyrae was able to monetize her love of video games, it wasn’t always an easy career path. Gambling is still a male-dominated world and when a woman succeeds in it, she will inevitably have to deal with sexist internet trolls. Fortunately, Valkyrae has a great attitude about it.
“No matter what you do for a living, people are going to harass you, so you just have to do your thing anyway.”
In April 2021, she announced that she was one of the owners of lifestyle game company 100 Thieves. She got into music by releasing a cover of LilyPichu’s song “Last Cup of Coffee” with Natsumiii. She may also be considering an acting career, having appeared in some music videos, including one for “Daywalker!” by Machine Gun Kelly.
Not all of his ventures were successful. She was criticized for her now-defunct skincare line RFLCT, which claimed to protect skin from blue lights from gaming devices and computers. The science was not there to back up the claims of this product and the line was quickly discontinued. It took a toll on Hofstetter’s credibility but, never fear, she still stands tall. But how high, one wonders?
Well straight from the source herself, Valkyrae confirmed on her Twitter account that she is 5ft 3.5in tall. The question of her size was asked because she posted a photo that made her look extremely small but, of course, good things come in small packages.