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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Jan 15, 2020. 18 comments

Final Fantasy Tactics 'Battleground' Lets You Gamble Fake Money On Fake Matches

Final Fantasy Tactics 'Battleground' Lets You Gamble Fake Money On Fake Matches

FFT Battleground is a Final Fantasy Tactics Twitch stream that lets you place bets on competing teams of randomized characters, all controlled by AI. The bets are based on fake money, which is good, because if they weren’t, there’s a non-zero chance I might have done some real damage to my bank account by now.

Spotted by PCGamesN earlier today, the program behind the Twitch stream runs mini...

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Jan 13, 2020. 8 comments

Furries Raise Over $17,000 For Australian Bushfire Relief

Furries Raise Over $17,000 For Australian Bushfire Relief

Streamers, celebrities, game publishers and studios have all gotten behind fundraising efforts to help everyone recover from the Australian bushfires with a speed and generosity that Australia’s federal government could learn from. Now, the furry community has done their part with a stream raising over $17,000 for the Australian Red Cross.

The YouTube stream from the Imaginiatively...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jan 11, 2020. 5 comments

BioShock Speedrunner Fakes Catastrophic Crash During AGDQ Run

BioShock Speedrunner Fakes Catastrophic Crash During AGDQ Run

BioShock is an especially harrowing game to watch people speedrun, largely because of all the small things that can go wrong. Unpredictable framerate and physics glitches can send otherwise flawless runs careening off the rails, and this instability makes it easy to screw up crucial skips. Speedrunner BloodThunder knows this better than anybody, and last night, he decided to take advantage of...

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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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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Jan 07, 2020. 21 comments

Escape From Tarkov, A 2-Year-Old War Game, Is Suddenly The Biggest Thing On Twitch

Escape From Tarkov, A 2-Year-Old War Game, Is Suddenly The Biggest Thing On Twitch

Escape From Tarkov is currently the third largest category on Twitch, with over ninety thousand viewers as this article is published. This gritty shooter has a Twitch event to thank for its big glow up.

Escape From Tarkov, a military shooter currently in open beta, is about as hardcore as it gets. It’s the kind of game that asks you to count your bullets, inspect your magazines before you...

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Paul Tamayo Paul Tamayo Jan 03, 2020. 2 comments

Watch Us Play Perfect Dark Zero, A Game Set In 2020

Watch Us Play Perfect Dark Zero, A Game Set In 2020


In case you missed Heather and me playing a game from 2005 that takes place in 2020, here’s our Perfect Dark Zero stream archive! Follow us on Twitch for more streams like this one.

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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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Paul Tamayo Paul Tamayo Dec 17, 2019. 1 comments

The First 60 Minutes of Wattam

The First 60 Minutes of Wattam

I played the adorable Wattam earlier on our Twitch channel. Here’s the archive. Be sure to read Kotaku’s Mike Fahey’s impressions right here too!

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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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Paul Tamayo Paul Tamayo Dec 11, 2019. 4 comments

The First 70 Minutes of Hades Early Access

The First 70 Minutes of Hades Early Access

Now that Hades is on Steam Early Access, I decided to stream it live on our Twitch channel. Here’s the stream archive from earlier today. Follow us on Twitch for more streams!

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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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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Dec 03, 2019. 6 comments

Inside Twitch's Wildest Talk Show

Inside Twitch's Wildest Talk Show

It’s the beginning of another episode of the Rajj Show, a livestreamed reality show with what may euphemistically be described as 13 of Twitch’s strongest personalities, and already, it’s on a waterslide straight to hell’s navel.

A new guest is immediately cut off after introducing himself as a lawyer who streams at night. “Can you shut the fuck up?” said a guest named WesBTW. “You’re already...

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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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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Nov 27, 2019. 10 comments

Twitch Loophole Is Still Inflating Views

Twitch Loophole Is Still Inflating Views

Saqib “Lirik” Zahid, who has 2.5 million followers on Twitch, is the last streamer to need a viewbot. Nevertheless, over the last couple of days, his fans and followers wondered whether he’d somehow succumbed—this week, his average 27,000 viewer count for November shot up to a huge 76,000 for no discernable reason.

Zahid felt the need to clarify what was going on, but in truth, it only...

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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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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Nov 14, 2019. 17 comments

Twitch Streamer Sentenced After Assaulting Pregnant Girlfriend During Game

Twitch Streamer Sentenced After Assaulting Pregnant Girlfriend During Game

Last year, Fortnite streamer Luke “MrDeadMoth” Munday was heard assaulting his then-pregnant girlfriend during a stream in front of the pair’s two children . After being arrested in December 2018, he was sentenced earlier this week and found guilty of a “single count of common assault (domestic violence).

As Kotaku Australia reports, he has been handed a “14-month community corrections order,”...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Nov 13, 2019. 16 comments

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About The 'Omegalul' Emote (But Were Afraid To Ask)

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About The 'Omegalul' Emote (But Were Afraid To Ask)

Some memes explode into the collective consciousness with no remorse or regret, frothing at the mouth and daring hapless bystanders to remain out of the loop. One way or another, you’ll learn what they mean, and you’ll get sick of them in two weeks, just like God intended. Others, however, slink around in their own internet silos, and by the time they wind up in your scene, it’s like...

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