Former UFC champion Ronda Rousey agreed to an exclusive deal with Facebook Gaming, adding to the long list of celebrities involved in the gaming industry. On Thursday, she announced the news to her 2.6 million Twitter followers. Fans are excited to finally watch her stream as they know her to be a long-time gamer.

Through a video posted on her Facebook page, she happily calls her new streaming channel “the baddest stream on the planet”. She makes an additional comment that highlights her longtime love of video games.

“As many of you know, I have been an avid gamer for most of my whole life. And if you don’t know, now you know.”

Rousey’s first scheduled stream

The first game she will stream is Pokemon Sword and Shield. According to Rousey, her first stream will be February 18 at 3 PM PST. Going forward, she plans to stream every Sunday and Monday morning. All of the channel’s proceeds will benefit the recovery of Australia’s recent bushfires.

As previously mentioned, Rousey has always been a huge fan of video games. In 2015, she held a Reddit AMA in which she shared her love for games such as Mortal Kombat and Pokemon. She is also a former moderator for video game forum GameTalk, where she had a Pokemon forum profile.

Facebook Gaming and celebrities

This is an exciting step for gaming as more celebrities sign on to become streamers. Launched in 2018, Facebook Gaming hoped to create a community of gamers and viewers that can enjoy streams of their favorite video games. Recently, former Twitch streamer Jeremy “Disguised Toast” Wang made the move to stream exclusively on Facebook. They also signed Super Smash Bros. player Gonzalo “ZeRo” Barrios.

Another popular gamer that uses the platform is Melonie Mac, known mostly for her Tomb Raider streams. As Facebook Gaming continues to compete with Twitch and YouTube Gaming, it will be interesting to see which platforms celebrities choose to stream with.

Carly Soba
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