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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Dec 13, 2019 at 07:30. 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 at 09:05. 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 at 08:45. 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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Riley MacLeod Riley MacLeod Oct 08, 2019. 4 comments

Trans Streamers Lead Fundraiser Ahead Of Landmark Supreme Court Hearing

Trans Streamers Lead Fundraiser Ahead Of Landmark Supreme Court Hearing

Transgender nonprofit Trans Lifeline is running a streaming fundraiser this month. This week, in tandem with several events relevant to LGBTQ rights, the lineup will consist entirely of trans streamers.

Trans Lifeline runs two programs: a crisis line serving and staffed by trans people and a program offering guidance and financial assistance for trans people changing their legal names and...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Oct 05, 2019. 19 comments

Twitch Stars Are Becoming More Like Regular Celebrities, For Better Or Worse

Twitch Stars Are Becoming More Like Regular Celebrities, For Better Or Worse

These days, Twitch streaming is an avalanche that drowns potential viewers in a daily rush of new names and faces. No matter how much you watch Twitch, you’ll never be able to keep up with even a fraction of the tens of thousands of partners and their daily streams, which generally last multiple hours. As a result, streamers’ fame exists in pockets. In one space, like this year’s TwitchCon,...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Oct 01, 2019. 23 comments

PlayStation Now Price Drops To $10 A Month, Adds New Games

PlayStation Now Price Drops To $10 A Month, Adds New Games

Sony’s streaming game service has been slowly improving since it launched in 2014, transforming from a library of older games with ridiculous pricing into a nice selection of old and new games with questionable pricing . Today Sony cut PlayStation Now’s $20 a month subscription fee in half and added a handful of high-profile games like God of War to boot.

Sony’s been trying to nail down...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Oct 01, 2019. 8 comments

I Waited In Line For Two Hours To Have Pizza With Pokimane

I Waited In Line For Two Hours To Have Pizza With Pokimane

The sun is bright. Blinding, almost. It is late afternoon on the last day of TwitchCon, and I have been waiting in line for 40 minutes. I’m not in the convention center, but rather, about half a mile away, outside a San Diego pizza restaurant called Ciro’s. The line wraps around the building. Well over one hundred people have gathered to attend a pizza party hosted by Twitch mega-star Imane “

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Sep 28, 2019. 9 comments

Twitch Is Making Ads Less Annoying

Twitch Is Making Ads Less Annoying

Twitch, like so many other platforms on the “free” internet, runs on ads. These ads are annoying as hell. They also represent a raw deal for the majority of streamers. Soon, however, both those things are going to change.

As part of today’s TwitchCon opening ceremony, the company announced a slew of upcoming changes, including a new creator dashboard, new channel pages, improved moderation...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Sep 27, 2019. 5 comments

New Streaming Mic Displays Emoticons, Because Why Not

New Streaming Mic Displays Emoticons, Because Why Not

A large percentage of on-camera streamers share the screen with microphones that do nothing but sit there and capture sound. Razer’s new Seiren Emote, announced today at TwitchCon, comes with a built-in 8-bit emoticon display that can link to Twitch and react dynamically to subscriptions, follows, and chat messages.

Using Razer’s Streamer Companion App in conjunction with the $180...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Sep 18, 2019. 19 comments

Twitch's Latest Crackdowns On 'Sexual' Content Are Leaving Streamers Baffled

Twitch's Latest Crackdowns On 'Sexual' Content Are Leaving Streamers Baffled

Earlier this week , Twitch suspended a streamer named Quqco for wearing a cosplay of Street Fighter heroine Chun-Li on stream, deeming her outfit “sexually suggestive.” This took Quqco—and many others—by surprise, given that the outfit was not overtly risqué. But this was not an isolated incident. In the past few days, Twitch has been cracking down on so-called “sexually suggestive” content...

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