A well-meaning parental figure in one’s life might warn against playing too many video games because it will never get someone where they want to be in life. That same parent will regret that video games are simply a waste of time. Known internet personality Valkyries would have to strongly disagree.
She has made an entire career out of her love of video games streaming on platforms like Twitch and YouTube. She has gained a large following, which naturally lends itself to curiosity. Many fans want to know everything there is to know about her favorite player, like height, so let’s get to know a little about Valkyrae.
Rachel “Rae” Hofstetter aka Valkyrae was born on January 8, 1992. She was born in Washington. According to her Instagram account, she is “one quarter German, Filipino, Spanish and Swiss!”
His in-game name was once Legend of Rae in reference to Legend of Zelda but she quickly got over that nickname. When she came across the word valkyrie, which in Norse mythology is a servant who carries dead warriors to Valhalla, she knew she was on the right track. She added her name “Rae” to the end to make Valky-rae.
Hofstetter was attending community college and working at Gamestop when he created an Instagram account based on his gaming experiences. Her friends and followers encouraged her to expand to Twitch, according to an interview with Business Insider.
“I’ve played games all my life, so I decided to start a gaming channel on Instagram. People kept telling me I should stream on Twitch, so I was like, ‘Sure, why not?’ Hofstetter has had a lot of success on Twitch, which has led her to expand again this time to YouTube.”
“The one thing I regret the most is not uploading it to YouTube sooner. That’s where so many people in the Fortnite community found me, mainly because the audience is younger there. Children cannot watch the broadcast in the middle of the day, so it helps that they have videos to watch when they get home from school or wherever they are.”
She also started playing Between us and collaborating with other streamers like Disguised Toast on YouTube.
She now exclusively streams on YouTube and, as of 2020, is the most-watched female streamer on the platform. In 2020, she won the Content Creator of the Year award at the Game Awards. In 2021, Ad Week named her the game maker of the year.
Being a player is not easy.
While Valkyrae has managed to monetize his love of video games, it hasn’t always been an easy career. The game is still a male-dominated world and when a woman is successful at it, she will inevitably deal with sexist internet trolls. Fortunately Valkyrae has a great attitude about it.
“No matter what you do in life, people will harass you, so you just have to do what you want anyway.”
In April 2021, she announced that she was one of the owners of the lifestyle game company 100 Thieves. She got into music by releasing a cover of LilyPichu’s song “Last Cup of Coffee” featuring Natsumiii. She may be considering an acting career too, having appeared in a few music videos, including one for “Daywalker!” by Machine Gun Kelly.
Not all of his ventures were successful. She was criticized for her now-defunct RFLCT skin care line, which claimed to protect skin from the blue lights of gaming devices and computers. The science wasn’t there to support this product’s claims and the line was quickly shut down. It was a blow to Hofstetter’s credibility, but fear not, it still stands. But how high, one wonders?
Straight from the source itself, Valkyrae confirmed on her Twitter account that she is 1.60 m tall. The question about her height was asked because she posted a photo that made her look extremely short, but evidently good things come in small packages.