Where does Emoji Challenge come from?
An early Emoji Challenge occurred on January 19, 2014 in a collaboration video of YouTubers Timmy Timato and Ashley Mardel. In the video, the two take turns mimicking emoji.
Later that year, other YouTubers also performed Emoji Challenges, perhaps inspired by Timato and Mardel. The most notable of these was the challenge performed by Wassabi VLOGS, which eventually earned over five million views.
At this time, variations on the Emoji Challenge emerged, such as a charades-like “Guess the Emoji” or interpretations of “emoji sentences.”
The Emoji Challenge went viral in 2018 thanks to Twitter user @Dee_TakeOff, who posted a group chat of friends performing the Emoji Challenge, a video of which earned nearly two million views.
Emoji challenge! Our GroupChat better than yours! 😂🤪💀 pic.twitter.com/K11zvIowTd
— Dee Hughes (@Dee_TakeOff) July 27, 2018
Another group chat the Emoji Challenge, posted by @iamjeyonce, went even more viral in March 2019, covered everywhere from BuzzFeed to the BBC.
Brooo we did the emoji challenge in my group chat and I’m cryinggg watch til the end 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/24WURZLibT
— Jeydah Weydah✨ (@iamjeyonce) March 27, 2019
Examples of Emoji Challenge
Who uses Emoji Challenge?
The Emoji Challenge remains a popular game online.When played, creative or very silly attempts at emoji are encouraged. Some players go the extra mile and even use props or pets.
EMOJI CHALLENGE 😂 pic.twitter.com/q8PI7Xjmg3
— VMG (@VMiguelG) April 1, 2019
Pet Emoji Challenge! Steppin up the game!
— Elise (@xxTiny_Elisexx) April 2, 2019
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