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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Aug 12, 2019. 20 comments

Ninja Understandably Upset That His Old Twitch Channel Was Promoting A Porn Stream [Update]

Ninja Understandably Upset That His Old Twitch Channel Was Promoting A Porn Stream [Update]

Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, who recently left his 14 million-follower Twitch account behind to go and stream on rival platform Mixer , has issued a statement labelled “disgusted and so sorry” today after that now-dormant account—which he no longer operates—was promoting streams from other users, including one broadcasting pornography.

Ninja obviously has no control over that Twitch landing page...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Aug 08, 2019. 17 comments

As Police Investigate Threats To Twitch Offices, Employees Told To Work From Home

As Police Investigate Threats To Twitch Offices, Employees Told To Work From Home

After multiple threats were sent to Twitch’s offices in San Francisco, California, the company has asked employees to work from home for the day. Police are investigating.

Business Insider first reported on the situation earlier today. Twitch confirmed the publication’s report in an email to Kotaku.

“We were made aware of a threat against our San Francisco HQ on Tuesday, and have been working...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Aug 07, 2019. 6 comments

What Mixer Has That Twitch Doesn’t (Besides Ninja)

What Mixer Has That Twitch Doesn’t (Besides Ninja)

Microsoft recently put their streaming service Mixer back in the spotlight by securing exclusive rights to Tyler “Ninja” Blevins , who had been one of the top streamers on Twitch. Exclusive streamers aside, there are several compelling reasons to stream and watch streams on Microsoft’s platform instead of Amazon-owned Twitch.

Mixer started life as Beam, an independent streaming service...

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Aug 06, 2019. 2 comments

The Latest Twitch Sensation Is Chickens, Goats, And Bees

The Latest Twitch Sensation Is Chickens, Goats, And Bees

Each morning, as the sun rises over her Indiana farm, Erica Hopkins wakes up and tends to the goats. She has three major tasks: milk her herd of Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats, bottle-feed the babies, and, of course, respond to the Twitch chat watching it all go down.

It would probably take Hopkins less time to tend to the goats each morning if she weren’t streaming it on Twitch, but that’s not...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Aug 05, 2019.

Twitch Updates Ninja's Channel With Mario Reference To Let Viewers Know He's Left

Twitch Updates Ninja's Channel With Mario Reference To Let Viewers Know He's Left

Last Thursday, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins announced he was leaving Twitch to stream exclusively over on Mixer. Twitch has subsequently added a tongue-in-cheek reference to the original Super Mario Bros. at the top of his channel to mark the popular streamer’s departure.

“The Ninja you’re looking for is in another castle,” a banner at the top of the page now reads. It then encourages viewers to...

Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Aug 02, 2019. 24 comments

Ninja To Stream Exclusively On Mixer, Not Twitch

Ninja To Stream Exclusively On Mixer, Not Twitch

Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, the patron saint of Twitch, announced today that he is moving his channel over to the significantly less popular streaming platform Mixer. News of the frankly shocking transition comes the day before Blevins’ Lollapalooza stream, which will now take place here on Mixer.

“I know this may come as a shock to many of you, but as of today, I will be streaming exclusively on...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jul 31, 2019. 24 comments

Streamer Sparks Debate Over Whether Twitch Should Allow Breastfeeding

Streamer Sparks Debate Over Whether Twitch Should Allow Breastfeeding

When a Twitch streamer breastfed her baby on stream last week, clips of the moment ended up getting removed from Twitch, and it sparked a debate about whether or not the practice violates Twitch’s terms of service, with some arguing that breastfeeding constitutes “sexual” content.

Being a parent on Twitch isn’t easy . As independent contractors, parents have to deal with inconsistent work...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Jul 30, 2019. 14 comments

Twitch Streamers Plan ‘SlutStream’ To Raise Awareness Of Online Harassment

Twitch Streamers Plan ‘SlutStream’ To Raise Awareness Of Online Harassment

Tomorrow, a veteran Twitch streamer is organizing a day called “SlutStream” for women gaming online to band together and deflate the power of the word “slut.”

For over a decade, the word “slut” has been under siege. At annual SlutWalks, thousands march in “sexy” attire to protest the idea that women’s clothing or lifestyles could in any way invite sexual violence. In high schools, teenagers...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Jul 27, 2019. 12 comments

Young Women Are Reclaiming The Word ‘Egirl’

Young Women Are Reclaiming The Word ‘Egirl’

Jayden “YourPrincess” Diaz is haunted by the term “egirl.” A League of Legends streamer competing among the top two percent of players, Diaz hasn’t been able to escape it for years—every day in Twitch chat, in League of Legends games and across social media.

“I let it really hurt me,” Diaz, 20, told Kotaku of the word, which she defines as a woman who “exploits the fact that she’s a girl to...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Jul 23, 2019. 10 comments

Streamer Apologizes For Throwing Her Cat

Streamer Apologizes For Throwing Her Cat

Natalia Mogollon, who streams under the name “Alinity Divine” on Twitch, was playing Apex Legends on camera on July 18 when she took her cat from off her desk and threw it behind her, a clip that soon went viral. Mogollon has since apologized for it, while others, including from inside Twitch, are calling for her to temporarily be banned from the platform.

The incident blew up on social media...

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Riley MacLeod Riley MacLeod Jul 19, 2019. 19 comments

'The Discord Is The Church:' A Place For Gamers To Worship

'The Discord Is The Church:' A Place For Gamers To Worship

A few months ago, I was watching streamer Matt Souza play Fortnite on a custom server while I played along with his community, GodSquad Church. With a laptop earbud in one ear and my PC headset over another, I landed randomly on a hilltop near Polar Peak, only to immediately be killed by a player I didn’t see. As my screen swerved to spectate my killer, I saw their screen name: PastorSouzy,...

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Jul 13, 2019. 8 comments

The Twitch Streamers Who Put People To Sleep (Literally)

The Twitch Streamers Who Put People To Sleep (Literally)

I don’t know if I’ve ever been fully conscious for an entire David “Dog” Caero Twitch stream. The Hearthstone personality (and now inaugural Masters Tour champion) lives in Nevada, which means that when he hits the internet, it’s already twilight in my Brooklyn apartment. There’s nothing to blame but human chemistry; Hearthstone is a sedate viewing experience, and Caero maintains a placid,...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Jul 13, 2019. 23 comments

Stop Freaking Livestreaming While Driving

Stop Freaking Livestreaming While Driving
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A worst-case scenario: being the subject of a video on thesubreddit Livestream Fail titled “Guy wrecks car while reading Twitch chat and driving.”

In the 2018 video, a Twitch streamer named Jaystreazy is at the wheel of his car, rapidly shifting his eyes between the road and what is presumably a mounted phone screen...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Jul 08, 2019.

Some Of Amazon's New Games Actually Sound Pretty Cool

Some Of Amazon's New Games Actually Sound Pretty Cool

Amazon finally showed their hand last night during TwitchCon, announcing a trio of new games that their studios have been developing over the past few years. A couple of them sound pretty damn cool.

For example, there’s New World, an open-world game about colonizing a supernatural version of 17th-century North America:

New World is a massively multiplayer, open-ended sandbox game that allows...

Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jun 27, 2019. 16 comments

Twitch Launches Subscriber-Only Streaming Feature

Twitch Launches Subscriber-Only Streaming Feature

On Twitch, fans can subscribe to their favorite streamers, typically for $4.99 per month. Usually, that comes with minor perks like subscriber-only emotes, subscriber badges, and access to subscriber-only chat, if streamers decide to enable it. But now, streamers are getting a big addition to their arsenals: subscriber-only streams.

Previously, no matter how many subscribers a streamer...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Jun 26, 2019. 21 comments

Two Weeks After Suspending Dr. Disrespect For Livestreaming In Bathroom, Twitch Restores His Channel

Two Weeks After Suspending Dr. Disrespect For Livestreaming In Bathroom, Twitch Restores His Channel

Last night, Twitch reinstated Guy “Dr. Disrespect” Beahm’s gargantuan Twitch channel. This follows its removal after an incident at E3 involving a camera, a public bathroom and a 14-day channel suspension.

Dr. Disrespect, whose whole schtick is bald-faced irreverence, was attending California’s E3 convention when, on the show’s first day, he and his cameraperson live-streamed Dr. Disrespect...

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Riley MacLeod Riley MacLeod Jun 19, 2019. 10 comments

Fortnite Competition Hosts Help Deaf Teen Player Feel Welcome

Fortnite Competition Hosts Help Deaf Teen Player Feel Welcome

During last weekend’s Fortnite Summer Block Party, 13-year-old Deaf streamer Soleil “Ewok” Wheeler played in the event’s Celebrity Pro-Am and met some of her favorite streamers. While it was cool to see a young player have an awesome time, it was even cooler to see a high-profile example of accessibility in gaming.

As reported by Dexerto, Ewok was a small Fortnite streamer who hit the public...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jun 12, 2019. 24 comments

Dr Disrespect Streams Inside An E3 Bathroom, Gets Banned From Twitch [Update: E3 Badge Revoked]

Dr Disrespect Streams Inside An E3 Bathroom, Gets Banned From Twitch [Update: E3 Badge Revoked]
E3 2019It's time for the biggest gaming show of the year. We've got articles, videos, podcasts and maybe even a GIF or two.  

Today, popular Twitch streamer Guy “Dr Disrespect” Beahm got suspended from Twitch after streaming from inside a bathroom at the Los Angeles Convention Center during E3. His E3 badge was also revoked.

Dr Disrespect is attending E3 and, purportedly for the first time...

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Joshua Rivera Joshua Rivera Jun 01, 2019. 7 comments

Twitch Isn’t Just For Watching Games, It’s For Waiting For Them

Twitch Isn’t Just For Watching Games, It’s For Waiting For Them

Earlier this week, Sony announced the Death Stranding release date via a nearly day-long Twitch stream that mostly just showed handprints appearing on a black screen. The reasons why fans would watch this is obvious: Anticipation is exciting, and infectious. The reasons why it is encouraged by publishers is also obvious. Marketing on the internet has always sought to use fan enthusiasm to...

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson May 21, 2019. 24 comments

Socialist Twitch Streamer Says He's Changing Minds

Socialist Twitch Streamer Says He's Changing Minds

Leftist Twitch streamer Hasan Piker guested on the popular leftist podcast Chapo Trap House, and told the Chapo hosts that he’s breaking through to the insular, potentially reactionary teens on Twitch.

Hasan Piker, who works for the left-wing news YouTube news show The Young Turks, is a pretty popular Twitch streamer with over 90,000 followers. He’s also an outspoken socialist, and his...

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