Kai Cenat in police custody after PlayStation 5 giveaway event

Kai Cenat is in police custody due to a mass gathering stemming from a video game giveaway.

Popular YouTuber and top Twitch Streamer Kai Cenat was on vacation not long ago. The content creator was in Tokyo and had a good enough time that he lamented the fact that he had to return to the United States. Even still, he likely didn’t expect that he would be arrested shortly after his return. 

The New York Police Department has taken Cenat into custody due to a mass gathering of his fans in Union Square. The gathering stemmed from a planned giveaway by Cenat that would have seen him give fans Best Buy gift cards and PlayStation 5 consoles. 

Before prizes started getting handed out, the NYPD arrived and reportedly took action to disperse the crowd. Cenat seemingly appeared on Twitch as this unfolded and stated that the police had begun launching tear gas into the crowd. He then exited a bus and could be seen running with an entourage through a crowd of people before the broadcast cut out.

The gathering allegedly violates New York law and has Cenat potentially facing legal trouble. There are no reports of serious injuries. The NYPD estimated that 40 people were arrested surrounding the event.

What happened to Kai Cenat in New York?

Kai Cenat was taken into police custody during a planned giveaway of PlayStation 5 consoles and Best Buy gift cards in New York City.

The streamer appeared on Twitch before arriving at the gathering and stated that police were already there, dispersing the crowd. After, Cenat was seen being escorted by police into the back of a cruiser.

Kai Cenat escorted by New York Police

As of this writing, Cenat is in custody and potentially facing charges. Depending on what charges are pressed, he could face significant legal trouble.

Surrounding the giveaway, video footage of a crowd swarming an SUV spread across social media. The SUV moved slowly through the crowd but sped up after as people continued hanging off it. Reports say that Cenat was in the vehicle, but it is unclear if this is true.

Is Kai Cenat arrested?

Kai Cenat is not arrested, but is in police custody and may face charges as of this writing.

Authorities are deliberating on what charges to press, if any. According to Kotaku’s Zack Zwiezen, charges could include inciting a riot.

The giveaway drew a crowd of thousands. New York state law defines “mass gatherings” as more than 5,000 people, but it is unknown if Cenat attracted a crowd of that size. Local reporting estimated the crowd size to be around 2,000 people. Police stated that the large group obstructed traffic in the area.

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Written by Steven Rondina

Steven Rondina has been playing video games since he was a toddler and appreciates every genre out there. He has earned the platinum trophy in every Soulsborne game, is regularly Master Ball-ranked on the competitive Pokemon ladder, and has spent thousands of hours missing shots on Dust 2. His work has previously been featured by Bleacher Report and The Washington Post, and he was an Assistant Editor at You can follow him on Twitter / X at @srondina.

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