Emoji Challenge

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What does Emoji Challenge mean?

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The Emoji Challenge is a viral internet challenge in which participants hilariously reenact or otherwise interpret emoji in real life.

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Examples of Emoji Challenge

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Examples of Emoji Challenge
someone do the emoji challenge with me right now
@bunniejulie, March, 2019
The Emoji Challenge has been picking up speed on Twitter recently, showing off some competitive spirit. If you want to get in on the game, just pick an emoji, recreate it as best you can IRL, then send it to your group chat and see who can one-up you.
Sage Anderson, Mashable, March, 2019
Pedestrian TV / Daily Mail  

Where does Emoji Challenge come from?

YouTube

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.

Another group chat the Emoji Challenge, posted by @iamjeyonce, went even more viral in March 2019, covered everywhere from BuzzFeed to the BBC.

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.

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