GabeN is an original emote created for the streaming website Twitch.tv as part of the BTTV emotes.
The emote features Gabe Newell, the co-founder and leader of Valve Corporation, from a portrait view, with a mild smile.
The emote can be used to react to insane luck of given streamer while playing a game or to wish someone good luck.
GabeN as a meme started in 2010. during the reveal of Team Fortress 2 while commentating, Gabe Newell said his email address witch starts with the word “gaben”.
This has started a YouTube meme spread with funny GabeN mashup videos and later became the “Lord Gaben” meme/reaction image, when steam sales started to rise in popularity, but on streaming sites like Twitch.tv the meme started to spread with unboxing videos becoming more common.
Spread and Usage
Due to the ever so popular gaming platform Steam, the reaction image/emote is very popular on the internet.
As of 10/12/2019 according to the website StreamElements, GabeN is the 83rd on the list of most popular/used emotes on the website Twitch.tv, making it one of the most popular emotes.