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Alinity responds after Ninja calls out "toxic" greedy streamers

by Virginia Glaze
Alinity, Twitch / Ninja, Mixer

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Mixer star Tyler “Ninja” Blevins gave a pointed message to broadcasters who guilt-trip their fans for subscriptions and donations — but Twitch streamer Alinity weighed in on the subject with a different view.

Streaming sites like Twitch often give fans the ability to support their favorite content creators in a variety of ways, from subscribing to their channels to gifting subs and even directly donating cash.

However, some streamers have lashed out at their viewers for not supporting them monetarily, as seen in the case of ‘BadBunny,’ who went viral in December after hitting out at her fans for not subscribing.

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In response, Ninja released a statement in March directed at these streamers, who he called “horribly toxic” and reminded them that their viewers were to thank for their Affiliate status and ability to receive subscriptions, in the first place.

However, Alinity Divine had a different view on the matter, which she explained in a detailed response to Ninja’s video a day later.

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While she agreed with his sentiments on the subject, she also noted that some of these broadcasters may rely on their viewers’ donations to pay their bills, and understood why they might prioritize monetary support from fans.

“I agree 100% with you, appreciate your viewers,” she replied. “But a full-time streamer with 200 subs may be stressed about not being able to pay his bills."

"So, it is easy for big streamers that don't have to deal with that stress," she continued. "You make enough in ad revenue and deals to make up for it.”

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However, plenty of commenters disagreed with her opinion, with one user arguing that broadcasters shouldn’t go full-time unless they can easily pay their bills by streaming.

“The problem with streaming is that your income can fluctuate a lot from month to month,” Alinity responded. “...I think people should chase their dreams, but I also agree that you should have a safety net for slow months.”

It’s clear that Alinity is passionate about the subject, even though Ninja was obviously not speaking about her in his Twitter post.

Instead, he probably had the aforementioned BadBunny in mind, as well as CoD content creator “wingsofredemption,” who recently came under fire for raising his fee from $10 to $25 per hour just to continue streaming the game.

Wingsofredemption was mocked for what he said, as WoW broadcaster "McconnellRet" joked about the matter to his fanbase a month later.

Both sides make compelling arguments, but what’s your stance on the topic? Who do you agree with — Ninja or Alinity?