Raúl Álvarez Genes
5 November 1988
Badalona, Catalonia, Spain
|Occupation||YouTuber, Twitch streamer|
|Partner(s)||Sara "Biyín" Moledo (2013–)|
|Also known as||Auron|
|Total views||3.62 billion|
Updated: 6 Sep 2021
|Total views||135 million|
|Follower and view counts updated as of 6 Sep 2021.|
As of September 2021[update], 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.
Raúl Álvarez Genes was born 5 November 1988 in Badalona, Catalonia, Spain. 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.
Álvarez created his YouTube channel in 2006. His online alias, AuronPlay, derives from the name of Auron, a character in the video game Final Fantasy X. 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." 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.
Álvarez has published several autobiographical books, the first of which he presented at the 2016 Madrid Book Fair. With Spanish YouTuber Wismichu, Álvarez performed live shows under the production company YouPlanet.
In March 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Álvarez donated masks to the Institut Català de la Salut, part of the Catalan health system. Later that year, he hosted livestream that raised funds for the Spanish Federation of Food Banks.
GQ Spain has described Álvarez as "the precursor to the vlogger world in Spain". 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". In 2020, Forbes Spain included Álvarez on their list of the top 100 influencers in Spain for the year.
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.
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.
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." 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.
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2021||MTV Millennial Awards||Streamer of the Year||Won|||
|Kids' Choice Awards Mexico||Gamer MVP||Won|||
|11th Streamy Awards||Live steamer||Pending|||
- "About AuronPlay". YouTube.
- "auronplay's Twitch Stats Summary Profile". Social Blade.
- Erzberger, Tyler (2 August 2020). "Top 10 most watched streamers on Twitch in July". ESPN. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
- "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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- "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.
- 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.
- "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.
- "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.
- 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.
- "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.
- 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.
- 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.
- "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.
- "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..
- 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.
- 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.
- "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.
- "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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- "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.
- "Los 100 mejores influencers 2020" [Top 100 Influencers 2020]. Forbes España (in Spanish). 1 October 2020. Retrieved 27 October 2020.
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "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"]. eldiario.es (in Spanish). 19 June 2019. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
- 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.
- ""La resistencia" desbarra al bromear sin tacto sobre el VIH". ABC (in Spanish). 6 July 2018. Retrieved 27 February 2021.
- 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.
- "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.
- Munday, Billy (4 September 2019). "YouTuber AuronPlay reveals how he was reported to police by Josep Maria Bartomeu". Marca English. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
- Plunkett, Luke (5 September 2019). "YouTuber Reported To Police For Saying Powerful Soccer Executive Looks Like A Doraemon Character". Kotaku. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
- "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.
- 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.
- "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.
- "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.
- 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.
- Spangler, Todd (20 October 2021). "YouTube Streamy Awards 2021 Nominations Announced, MrBeast Leads With Seven Nods". Variety.
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