On March 14, 2023, YouTube gaming sensation Rachell “Valkyrae” talked about presenting The Streamer Awards 2023 during a Just Chatting broadcast. She claimed that she has experienced “pretty surreal” feelings in her life.

The Los Angeles-based streamer claimed to have a “newfound respect” for her colleagues and to be quite proud of herself. She also remembered people coming up to her at the awards ceremony and complementing her. She remarked: “I felt more respected a bit from people. Like, random people were coming up to me. People I didn’t know. I did know. They were just so… so proud of me and complimenting me and, like, just would introduce themselves to me and be like, ‘I’ve been a fan. You are so cool.’ It was just real; oh, my god! I wish my dad was here to see this. You know what I mean?”

Valkyrae went on to say that the peaceful environment she was in was like being in a “daze.” She explained it further by saying: “I feel like I’m in a daze. Like, I feel like I’m in daze right now! It was like releasing so much stress. I feel like, I’m just like, I don’t know, really like, I’m really happy just to like, do a stream and 9 pm, just to talk to you guys and, like, I don’t know. I feel like I can do this now because I feel like it’s been a relief. Like, I didn’t realize, like, how stressed I was from that.” 

The 100 Thieves co-owner was ecstatic to see her mother enjoying The Streamer Awards. She then considered what her father may have thought of the noteworthy occasion: “I just like, want to know, like, what my dad’s reaction would have been like. And I’ll just never know. You know what I mean? I just want to know what his reaction would have been like and he probably would have watched and been like, really confused about all the categories and stuff. I just like, wonder, like, would he have understood at this point in my career, like, what I do. Like, would he have understood, like, what’s going on. Like, what I’m, you know, I wonder if he would have, like, understood, at this point.”

The YouTuber read aloud some of her followers’ comments and expressed how happy she was, saying: “I don’t know. I’m just very, very, very happy right now. Very, very happy. ‘I’m crying. ‘ Stop crying! ‘Not me crying.’ What? Stop it!”