YouTuber and Twitch personality Kai Cenat found himself in hot water after a riot broke out during his unlicensed giveaway of Playstation 5s. The event, which was meant to be a fun and generous gesture, quickly spiraled out of control, leading to Cenat's arrest and the detainment of 65 people, including 30 juveniles.
The scene was chaotic, with thousands of people gathered, some fighting and others throwing fire extinguishers at each other. At least 12 people were injured during the incident. The NYPD was on the scene, trying to disperse the crowd and restore order.
Cenat, who has a following of 5.5 million on Instagram, had announced the giveaway on the platform with fellow streamer Fanum. However, the event took a turn for the worse when the crowd became unruly. The city's official notification system advised people to avoid the area, and trains were not stopping at the busy Union Street station.
The incident has sparked a debate about the responsibilities of influencers and the potential dangers of unregulated events. Mayor Eric Adams condemned the violence and warned his own son to stay clear of the area until the situation was resolved.
Despite the chaos, Cenat seemed to revel in the crowd's reaction during a live stream. He was seen emerging from an SUV and directing his followers to a nearby truck containing boxes labeled PS5. However, when the crowd became too large and unruly, the car sped away from the scene.