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Feb 22, 2020 at 06:00. 22 comments

Body Painting Streamer Banned For Nudity Despite Efforts To Stay Within Twitch's Rules [UPDATE]

Body Painting Streamer Banned For Nudity Despite Efforts To Stay Within Twitch's Rules [UPDATE]

Twitch’s policies around content it deems “sexual” are inconsistently applied , but body painting—creating art using one’s face and torso as the canvas—doesn’t run afoul of them. Body painting even has its own official tag on the streaming platform. That, however, has not stopped Twitch from indefinitely suspending a streamer who says she was doing everything in her power to paint within its...

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Feb 06, 2020. 22 comments

Why Twitch Fans Donate Money To Wealthy Streamers

Why Twitch Fans Donate Money To Wealthy Streamers

Early last year, then-Twitch streamer Jeremy “Disguised Toast” Wang received an email from a fan who’d donated $200 to him in 2018. “Hey, I donated money to you a year ago,” read the email according to Wang, who spoke to Kotaku over the phone. “I’m having hard times right now. Do you think you could return that donation?” Wang did so without batting an eyelash, only for the fan to reply that...

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Feb 04, 2020. 10 comments

How Twitch Encourages Fans To Obsess Over Streamers' Viewership Numbers

How Twitch Encourages Fans To Obsess Over Streamers' Viewership Numbers

Sit in any sizable streamer’s Twitch chat for long enough, and the topic of numbers is bound to come up. Why isn’t viewership what it used to be? Why has the streamer plateaued? Why aren’t they as big as [insert bigger streamer here]? After a while, it starts to wear on some streamers.

Cory “King Gothalion” Michael is a Destiny streamer who signed an exclusivity deal with Mixer in October . He...

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Jan 30, 2020. 14 comments

Top Streamers Are Leaving Twitch Amidst Big Money And Shady Deals

Top Streamers Are Leaving Twitch Amidst Big Money And Shady Deals

Let’s say you’re an up-and-coming streamer. You’ve done it for a while and you make decent money, although you’re no Tyler “Ninja” Blevins. But you’re on your way there, or so you hope. A while back, you got the opportunity to sign with an agency that promised to help you set up deals to advertise brands on your streams. Today, that’s finally paying off. The agency calls you to offer a $10,000...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jan 09, 2020. 11 comments

Twitch Streamers Raise Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars To Fight Australian Bushfires

Twitch Streamers Raise Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars To Fight Australian Bushfires

Australia is on fire. Thousands of homes have been destroyed, countless people have been displaced, and 24 people have died. More than 15.6 million acres of land have burned. All this, and Australian summer is only just beginning. With the government failing to act against the blisteringly obvious effects of climate change, some streamers are doing their best to help.

In recent days, a handful...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Dec 20, 2019. 14 comments

Kind Words, A Game About Sending Nice Letters To Strangers, Is Successfully Resisting Trolls

Kind Words, A Game About Sending Nice Letters To Strangers, Is Successfully Resisting Trolls

I played Kind Words, a game about anonymously sending letters expressing fears, anxieties, and other concerns and receiving kind responses from real people, for 10 minutes today. I was immediately assaulted by a barrage of unironic positivity, I came away feeling immensely better than when I started—after just 10 minutes. Such is the power of a community hell-bent on being kind. What...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Dec 13, 2019. 5 comments

Microsoft Cancels Streamer's Partnership After "Sex Offender" Tweet

Microsoft Cancels Streamer's Partnership After "Sex Offender" Tweet

Harrison “HarrisonJr” Patrick Stewart had, until last week, been a verified streamer and partner on Microsoft’s Mixer platform. His deal has since been cancelled after he tweeted an image of himself alongside the text “Come watch a registered sex offender plays Fortnite with 10 year olds!!”

As The Hollywood Reporter...reports, Stewart—who had around 80,000 followers—posted the following tweet...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Dec 12, 2019. 21 comments

Popular WoW Streamer Hires YouTubers Who Leeched Off His Stream To Run Official Channel

Popular WoW Streamer Hires YouTubers Who Leeched Off His Stream To Run Official Channel

If you search any popular Twitch streamer’s name on YouTube, you’ll find countless videos scraped from their streams. Of these, some will likely come from the streamer, but many are the product of users who upload content that is not, strictly speaking, theirs.

Recent YouTube changes, however, are apparently making that more difficult. Instead of cheering YouTube leeches’ demise, WoW streamer...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Dec 10, 2019. 11 comments

Scammers Are Impersonating Popular Twitch Streamers

Scammers Are Impersonating Popular Twitch Streamers

Anybody can make an account on Twitch. It’s a quick, simple process that takes only a few minutes. You (a super villain, in this hypothetical scenario) might be wondering what’s to stop somebody from naming an account after a popular streamer and, say, scamming a bunch of people. Not much, it turns out.

Over the course of the past couple years, people have impersonated popular streamers across...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Dec 04, 2019. 10 comments

Psychiatrist Brings Streamer To Tears During Confessional Stream

Psychiatrist Brings Streamer To Tears During Confessional Stream

Everyone could benefit from therapy, especially streamers. While popular streamer Byron “Reckful” Bernstein’s on-stream conversation with Dr. Alok Kanojia was not an officially designated counseling session, it resembled one at times.

Bernstein is a former top World of Warcraft player and current streamer who’s now working on his own online game, Everland. Over the years, he’s been fairly...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Dec 03, 2019. 10 comments

Twitch Briefly Bans One Of The Biggest Moderation Bots

Twitch Briefly Bans One Of The Biggest Moderation Bots

If allowed to chatter and meme unchecked, Twitch chat can grow into an unstoppable avalanche of ugly behavior. Many streamers rely on at least a handful of volunteer or paid moderators, as well as chat bots that allow streamers to auto-block specific terms, stop spam before it starts, and quarantine questionable comments. Yesterday, Twitch accidentally banned one of the most popular bots,

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Dec 02, 2019. 23 comments

Streamer Sets World Record By Playing Games For 572 Hours

Streamer Sets World Record By Playing Games For 572 Hours

Last month, Cecilia ran a great feature on Andrew “GiantWaffle” Bodine, who was in the middle of an attempt to set a world record by streaming himself playing video games for 570 hours . Yesterday, he reached the finish line.

Obviously, like any world record attempt these days in pretty much any field, participants are allowed a certain period of rest so as not to physically endanger...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Nov 21, 2019. 17 comments

A Day Of Trying To Stream Xbox One Games While On The Go

A Day Of Trying To Stream Xbox One Games While On The Go

When Microsoft’s video game streaming service, Project xCloud, began its beta last month, there were only four games available to test. Now there are over 50. I spent a day taking the service on the road with me to see how it’s working.

Currently, the service streams games from Microsoft’s servers to a smartphone or tablet and requires a bluetooth controller, Xbox One or otherwise, to start...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Nov 20, 2019. 15 comments

Twitch Streamer Gives Away $5,000 After Failing To Catch Shiny Pokémon In 15 Hours

Twitch Streamer Gives Away $5,000 After Failing To Catch Shiny Pokémon In 15 Hours

You win some, you lose some. Some days you eat the bear, some days the bear eats you. Long have these sorts of aphorisms existed in the cultural lexicon. Now, thanks to popular streamer Jeremy “DisguisedToast” Wang, we’ve got a new one: Sometimes you catch the shiny Pokémon as part of two streams that last a total of 15 hours, sometimes you give your streaming audience $5,000.

Earlier this...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Nov 15, 2019. 12 comments

First Streamer To Hit 60 In WoW Classic Kicked From Top Esports Organization For Stealing Item

First Streamer To Hit 60 In WoW Classic Kicked From Top Esports Organization For Stealing Item

Before the tail end of August, Daniel “Jokerd” Gobey was basically a nobody. Then he won the worldwide race to hit level 60 in WoW Classic and became an overnight Twitch sensation, with over 300,000 people tuning in to watch his big moment just three days after Classic’s launch. But the 22-year-old player from Malta, who has yet to respond to Kotaku’s request for comment, is also a troll who...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Oct 29, 2019. 24 comments

Twitch Streamer Explains Why Painting Her Body On Camera Isn't Sexual

Twitch Streamer Explains Why Painting Her Body On Camera Isn't Sexual

The equation underlying Sophia “Djarii” White’s Twitch stream is really pretty simple. She loves video games, art, and makeup, so she combines those things to express herself, resulting in intricate paintings where her body is the canvas. White’s talent is immediately clear, and yet, she has courted no small amount of controversy for simply doing her thing. Some viewers insist her art is...

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Zack Zwiezen Zack Zwiezen Oct 28, 2019. 19 comments

Another Popular Twitch Streamer, King Gothalion, Moves To Mixer

Another Popular Twitch Streamer, King Gothalion, Moves To Mixer

You can now add another popular Twitch streamer to the growling list of streamers making the switch to competing service Mixer. This time it’s Cory “King Gothalion” Michael making the move to stream on the Microsoft-owned Mixer.

Over on Twitch, Michael has over one million followers. But he announced today on Twitter that he is moving to Mixer. Currently, his new Mixer account has already...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Oct 25, 2019. 11 comments

Twitch Star Shroud Moves To Mixer

Twitch Star Shroud Moves To Mixer

While it’s possible to split hairs all day over which metrics definitively determine whether someone is the top streamer on Twitch, there’s no denying that Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek is one of the platform’s biggest stars. Or, he was. Now he’s moving to Mixer.

Grzesiek has a Twitch follower count of over seven million and a 2019 record-high hours-watched total of 15 million in February. As a...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Oct 24, 2019. 14 comments

Facing Burnout, Stress, And Health Issues, Top Twitch Streamers Are Taking Extended Breaks

Facing Burnout, Stress, And Health Issues, Top Twitch Streamers Are Taking Extended Breaks

Last year during E3, streaming megastar Tyler “Ninja” Blevins took two days off from his regular schedule. A blip on the radar in the grand scheme of things. It cost him 40,000 paying subscribers . This seemed to issue a grim warning to other streamers: Take time off at your own peril.

Recently, though, it’s begun to feel like that tide is starting to turn—at least if you’re a big streamer...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Oct 10, 2019. 20 comments

Twitch Explains How Another Shooting Got Livestreamed On Its Site

Twitch Explains How Another Shooting Got Livestreamed On Its Site

Today, an armed gunman in Halle, Germany attacked people outside of a synagogue on Yom Kippur, one of the holiest days on the Jewish calendar, killing two and injuring at least two others in the process. He livestreamed his attack on Twitch, during which he referred to himself as “Anon” (likely referencing 4chan or 8chan) and espoused far-right talking points. Now, the livestream platform has...

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