On Friday, a riot broke out at Union Square Park in New York City after an influencer failed to deliver on his plan to give away a Playstation 5.
From the New York Post
Kai Cenat , a Twitch gamer, scheduled the meet-up for 3:30 pm. He planned to give away PS5s as well as computers, microphones, and other gaming equipment.
Within a half hour, the crowd of almost 1,000 children had descended into chaos. Cones were thrown and there was brawling.
Online videos show children screaming and climbing up on what appears to be vehicles.
The NYPD riot squad was dispatched to the park.
Sources in the police department described it as “a full-on riot.”
The story is evolving…
View the video below:
Violent mobs wrecking havoc in Union Square Park in NYC rn: pic.twitter.com/Hr8wTC5yXK
— Libs Of TikTok August 4, 2020
NYPD responds to a massive gathering of teens and young adults in Manhattan. Multiple injuries have been reported. pic.twitter.com/HQP5eDhVKk
— AlphaFoX (@Alphafox78) August 4, 2023
Kai Cenat, Fanum and others caused a riot at NYC’s Union Square, after they promised to give away free PS5, PCs, gift certificates, etc.
Fights broke out between hundreds of young people.
The NYPD were on the scene to disperse and warn of traffic and mass transit delays. pic.twitter.com/qZhbM2MpOE
BoreCure (@CureBore August 4, 2020
#BREAKING : Twitch streamer influencer giveaway sparks a massive riot in Union Square Park
A riot has broken out in Manhattan’s Union Square Park. Hundreds of young teens and adults have gathered after a Twitch live… pic.twitter.com/6WynfWFlDB
— R A W A S A L E T S (@rawsalerts). August 4, 2020
Chaos unfolding in Union Square, NYC: pic.twitter.com/zlzDIkRAFB
TheBlaze August 4, 2019