Raúl Álvarez Genes (born 5 November 1988), better known by his online alias AuronPlay, is a Spanish YouTuber, Twitch streamer, and comedian.

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Raúl Álvarez Genes

(1988-11-05) 5 November 1988 (age 32)
Badalona, Catalonia, Spain
OccupationYouTuber, Twitch streamer
Partner(s)Sara "Biyín" Moledo (2013–)
YouTube information
Also known asAuron
Years active2006–present
Subscribers28.5 million[1]
Total views3.62 billion[1]
Associated acts
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2013
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2015
YouTube Diamond Play Button.svg 10,000,000 subscribers 2018

Updated: 6 Sep 2021
Twitch information
Followers10.2 million
Total views135 million
Follower and view counts updated as of 6 Sep 2021.

As of September 2021, his YouTube channel has over 3.6 billion total video views, and he is the third most-subscribed YouTuber in Spain, with over 27.7 million subscribers. He is also among the most popular streamers on Twitch, operating the third most-followed Twitch channel in the world, according to analytics company Social Blade.[2]

Early lifeEdit

Raúl Álvarez Genes[3] was born 5 November 1988 in Badalona, Catalonia, Spain.[4][5] Prior to his career as a YouTuber, Álvarez worked at a graphic arts and bookbinding company for nine years starting at the age of sixteen.[6]


Álvarez created his YouTube channel in 2006.[6] His online alias, AuronPlay, derives from the name of Auron, a character in the video game Final Fantasy X.[7] In a 2015 interview with Risto Mejide, he explained that he began making YouTube videos as a hobby, intending to commentate internet videos to "transform them into something funny."[8][9] He initially recorded videos when he left work, covering his face with a mask in videos to avoid identification. He started uploading videos full-time after leaving his job as a printing shop worker.[6]

Álvarez started a Twitch channel in September 2019,[10] where he broadcasts gaming and social content.[11]

Other activitiesEdit

Álvarez has published several autobiographical books,[12][13] the first of which he presented at the 2016 Madrid Book Fair.[14] With Spanish YouTuber Wismichu, Álvarez performed live shows under the production company YouPlanet.[15]

In March 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Álvarez donated masks to the Institut Català de la Salut [es], part of the Catalan health system.[16][17] Later that year, he hosted livestream that raised funds for the Spanish Federation of Food Banks [es].[18][19]

Personal lifeEdit

Since 2013, Álvarez has been in a relationship with Spanish streamer Sara Moledo, also known by the alias Biyín.[20][21]

Álvarez lives in Andorra.[22][23]

Public imageEdit

GQ Spain has described Álvarez as "the precursor to the vlogger world in Spain".[24] In 2016, 20 minutos described Álvarez as "one of the most successful YouTubers of [Spain]" and "one of the most experienced figures in online video production".[25] In 2020, Forbes Spain included Álvarez on their list of the top 100 influencers in Spain for the year.[26][27]

In a June 2019 Twitter correspondence, El Salvador president Nayib Bukele named Álvarez the country's "minister of YouTube" by "presidential decree".[28][29][30]


In 2015, Álvarez faced criticism on social media after publishing a YouTube video in which he criticised the third season of Spanish reality television series Gran Hermano VIP and promoted the hashtag "#GranHermanoVIH", a play on the title of the reality show and VIH, the Spanish-language acronym for HIV.[31][32]

In 2016, Álvarez and fellow YouTuber Wismichu published a video which involved making prank calls to Spanish firewood companies. The video led to a barrage of telephone calls to various firewood companies and a complaint made by several of the companies to the National Police.[6][33][34]

In September 2019, news media outlets reported that FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu had filed a criminal complaint towards Álvarez in October 2018. The complaint concerned tweets made by Álvarez in 2017, reportedly "for uttering comments against Barcelona, the player (Neymar) and the president."[35][36][37] Álvarez appeared in court at the end of 2018, although the judge decided not to formally admit the complaint. Álvarez and Bartomeu reconciled in December 2019.[38][39]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Ceremony Category Result Ref.
2021 MTV Millennial Awards Streamer of the Year Won [40]
Kids' Choice Awards Mexico Gamer MVP Won [41]
11th Streamy Awards Live steamer Pending [42]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "About AuronPlay". YouTube.
  2. ^ "auronplay's Twitch Stats Summary Profile". Social Blade.
  3. ^ Erzberger, Tyler (2 August 2020). "Top 10 most watched streamers on Twitch in July". ESPN. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  4. ^ "Auronplay, el 'gamberro' más simpático cumple 32 años" [Auronplay, the friendliest "hooligan", turns 32 years old]. Marca (in Spanish). 5 November 2020. Retrieved 7 November 2020.
  5. ^ Tosas, Gina (26 February 2015). "En Youtube no se premia la calidad" [Quality is not rewarded on Youtube]. La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  6. ^ a b c d Siccardi, Xiana (23 February 2018). "Auronplay, el currante de un taller de imprenta al que hoy siguen más de 7 millones de personas" [Auronplay, the printing shop worker who is today followed by more than 7 million people]. La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  7. ^ Pastoriza, María (29 September 2019). "Reaccionando al éxito: la historia de AuronPlay en YouTube" [Reacting to success: the story of AuronPlay on YouTube]. Dexerto (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 January 2021.
  8. ^ "El 'youtuber' Auronplay, a Risto: "Encuentro mierda en internet"" ["Youtuber" Auronplay, to Risto: "I find shit on the internet"]. El Huffington Post (in Spanish). 7 October 2015. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  9. ^ Gonzalez, Lucia (7 October 2015). "Risto Mejide frente al 'Risto' de los youtubers" [Risto Mejide opposite the "Risto" of YouTubers]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  10. ^ "Auronplay, el streamer de Twitch más visto del mundo en noviembre" [Auronplay, the world's most-viewed Twitch streamer in November]. Marca (in Spanish). 2 December 2020. Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  11. ^ "Los 3 españoles que brillan en el TOP10 canales de Twitch" [The 3 Spaniards that shine in the TOP10 Twitch channels]. Marca (in Spanish). 22 October 2020. Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  12. ^ Garrido, Manu (4 July 2016). "Hablamos con AuronPlay, Dalas Review y Rush Smith sobre sus libros" [We talk with AuronPlay, Dalas Review and Rush Smith about their books]. Vice (in Spanish). Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  13. ^ "Auronplay cuenta en un vídeo cómo era su vida antes de ser youtuber" [Auronplay recounts what life was like before being a YouTuber in a video]. El País (in Spanish). 24 October 2017. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  14. ^ Llanos Martínez, Héctor (5 June 2016). "Oído en la firma de un 'youtuber' en la Feria del Libro de Madrid" [Heard at the book signing of a "YouTuber" at the Madrid Book Fair]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  15. ^ Sotorrío, Regina (26 September 2015). "AuronPlay y Wismichu: de Youtube al escenario del Cervantes" [AuronPlay and Wismichu: from Youtube onto the stage of Cervantes]. Diario Sur (in Spanish). Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  16. ^ "Auron Play dona 7.000 mascarillas a los hospitales catalanes contra el coronavirus" [Auron Play donates 7,000 masks to Catalan hospitals against the coronavirus]. La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 28 March 2020. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  17. ^ "Simón pide ayuda a los 'influencers' ¿Son un buen modelo?¿Quiénes son los más seguidos? ¿Son responsables?" [Simón asks for help from "influencers". Are they good role models? Who has the most followers? Are they responsible?]. 20 minutos (in Spanish). 21 August 2020. Retrieved 24 September 2020..
  18. ^ Rodríguez, Paula (24 December 2020). "AuronPlay recauda más de 100.000 € para los bancos de alimentos españoles en un streaming solidario" [AuronPlay raises more than €100,000 for Spanish food banks in a charity stream]. Flooxer Now! (in Spanish). Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  19. ^ Ayora, Víctor (23 December 2020). "Auronplay recauda más de 100.000 euros en su evento benéfico" [Auronplay raises more than 100,000 euros in his charity event]. Movistar eSports (in Spanish). Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  20. ^ "Auronplay y Biyin anuncian su ruptura en un directo en Twitch" [Auronplay and Biyin announce their breakup in a Twitch livestream]. Marca (in Spanish). 25 February 2021. Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  21. ^ "Bjean, la novia de Auronplay y ¿futura streamer?" [Bjean, Auronplay's girlfriend and a future streamer?]. Flooxer Now! (in Spanish). Atresmedia. 27 November 2020. Retrieved 21 February 2021.
  22. ^ Cano, Jorge (18 January 2021). "¿Qué youtubers españoles se han ido a Andorra y cuáles son sus motivos?" [Which Spanish YouTubers have moved to Andorra and what are their reasons?]. Vandal (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 August 2021.
  23. ^ del Corral, Pedro (31 January 2021). "¿Cuánto ganan Ibai Llanos, AuronPlay y El Rubius, los 'streamers' de moda?" [How much do Ibai Llanos, AuronPlay and El Rubius, the fashionable "streamers", make?]. La Razón (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 August 2021.
  24. ^ López, David (21 January 2021). "AuronPlay tiene las sudaderas y camisetas que definen a un hombre de éxito en 2020" [AuronPlay has the sweatshirts and t-shirts that define a successful man in 2020]. GQ España (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  25. ^ "Auronplay, uno de los youtubers con más éxito del país, este domingo en El Batel" [Auronplay, one of the most successful YouTubers in the country, in El Batel this Sunday]. 20 minutos (in Spanish). 4 June 2016. Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  26. ^ "Los 100 mejores influencers 2020" [Top 100 Influencers 2020]. Forbes España (in Spanish). 1 October 2020. Retrieved 27 October 2020.
  27. ^ "María Pombo o Auronplay, la lista de Forbes con los mejores 'influencers'" [María Pombo or Auronplay, the Forbes list of the top "influencers"]. Marca (in Spanish). 3 October 2020. Retrieved 27 October 2020.
  28. ^ "AuronPlay y su hilarante historia como ministro de El Salvador" [AuronPlay and his hilarious story as minister of El Salvador]. ABC (in Spanish). 19 June 2019. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  29. ^ "Famoso youtuber habló sobre lo que piensa de "la gente de El Salvador" y los cibernautas reaccionaron" [Famous YouTuber said what he thinks about "the people of El Salvador" and netizens reacted]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 15 July 2020. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  30. ^ "El presidente de El Salvador nombra "por decreto" al español AuronPlay "ministro de Youtube"" [The president of El Salvador appoints "by degree" the Spaniard AuronPlay as "minister of Youtube"]. (in Spanish). 19 June 2019. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  31. ^ Casado, D. (16 January 2015). ""Gran Hermano VIP es basura", tema del momento pese a que arrasó en audiencia" ["Gran Hermano VIP is trash", the topic of the moment despite its success with the audience]. ABC (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 19 January 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  32. ^ ""La resistencia" desbarra al bromear sin tacto sobre el VIH". ABC (in Spanish). 6 July 2018. Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  33. ^ Cantó, Pablo (2 September 2016). "Varias empresas madereras denuncian acoso telefónico tras la broma de dos youtubers" [Various lumber companies report telephone harassment after prank by two YouTubers]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  34. ^ "Un empresario andaluz denuncia a Auronplay y Wismichu por haberle 'arruinado el negocio'" [An Andalusian businessman accuse Auronplay and Wismichu of "ruining his business"]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 2 September 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  35. ^ Munday, Billy (4 September 2019). "YouTuber AuronPlay reveals how he was reported to police by Josep Maria Bartomeu". Marca English. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  36. ^ Plunkett, Luke (5 September 2019). "YouTuber Reported To Police For Saying Powerful Soccer Executive Looks Like A Doraemon Character". Kotaku. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  37. ^ "Bartomeu denuncia a AuronPlay por decirle "Nobita, vamos a por ti"" [Bartomeu accuses Auronplay of telling him "Nobita, we're coming for you"]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 5 September 2019. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  38. ^ del Rio, Alex (19 December 2019). "Auronplay y Bartomeu firman la paz posando con un muñeco de Nobita" [Auronplay and Bartomeu make peace by posing with a Nobita doll]. Diario AS (in Spanish). Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  39. ^ "Bartomeu se reconcilia con AuronPlay tras la polémica del "Nobita, vamos a por ti"" [Bartomeu reconciles with AuronPlay after the "Nobita, we're coming for you" controversy]. La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 18 December 2019. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  40. ^ "Premian a lo mejor de la cultura pop en los Premios MTV MIAW" [Best of pop culture honored at MTV MIAW Awards] (in Spanish). EFE. 14 July 2021. Retrieved 13 August 2021.
  41. ^ Betancourt, Oswaldo (29 June 2021). "Kids Choice Awards México 2021 revela lista de pre nominados y cómo votar por ellos" (in Spanish). Canal 5. Retrieved 13 August 2021.
  42. ^ Spangler, Todd (20 October 2021). "YouTube Streamy Awards 2021 Nominations Announced, MrBeast Leads With Seven Nods". Variety.

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