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Asmongold finally reveals when he’s returning from Twitch hiatus

Published: 27/Mar/2020 1:38 Updated: 27/Mar/2020 6:10

by Isaac McIntyre

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Popular World of Warcraft streamer Asmongold has finally revealed when he’ll be making his long-awaited Twitch return, after an extended hiatus from streaming has seen him not go live in more than 100 days.

In the last days of December, Asmongold went live three days in a row. Across December 10 to 12, he streamed for over 23 hours combined. He missed his December 13-15 broadcasts, before announcing he would be “taking a break.”

At the time, the streamer offered a time frame for his break: “probably a week.” Nobody was shocked. He and Pink Sparkles had just ended their eighteen-month relationship, and he was dealing with that. He’d be back soon, his fans said.

Asmongold hasn't streamed on Twitch in more than 100 days
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Zack hasn’t streamed on Twitch under his Asmongold personality in more than 100 days.

That was more than 100 days ago. Zack was still active on social media, and even hosted the Allcraft podcast revival, but he simply wasn’t streaming. That is, until now. On March 26, the Twitch star announced a return date: April 2.

“One week… streams will resume one week from today. April 2nd. Imagine if I’d said April 1. I don’t think anybody would have expected streams to ever come back. So, that’s the plan right now guys,” the streaming star revealed.

He added he was “so very thankful” for all his Twitch fans who had waited patiently over the last few months. “Those of you that have not, I understand too, it’s been quite a while. I do apologize for that, but I think it’s about time.”

According to the World of Warcraft personality, he was sitting in his car “talking to himself” when he decided to return. If he was going to talk about anything and everything just like he would with Twitch chat, why not just go back?

“Usually those conversations I have are in the exact same tone as I have with my stream, so I figured might as well do that on camera once again. April 2nd, 9 or 10am, though I might be a bit late. Streams will resume [from then],” he said.

He did add an exception. If WoW’s Shadowlands Alpha goes live, he will “go live the second the alpha goes live.” On top of that, he said that would be the majority of his early streams. “I plan to climb Shadowlands’ highest mountains,” he added.

Asmongold said he'd come back early for WoW's Shadowlands Alpha build.
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Asmongold admitted he’d come back early for WoW’s Shadowlands Alpha release.

While many streamers treat their return streams as “big events,” Asmongold said he wants to just do “the usual stuff” during his April 2 broadcast. He’s never been one for big theatrics in his Twitch streams, and this seems no different.

He made that clear in his parting message too: “I don’t plan on making this some big event, anything like that. It’s another get-together with the boys. Come watch, come chill. Thank you for sticking with me through all of this, and I’ll see you soon.”

Overwatch

Former Overwatch pro Ryuhejong suspended from Gen.G following Twitch drama

Published: 19/Jan/2021 21:43

by Bill Cooney

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Former Overwatch League star Jehong ‘Ryujehong’ Ryu has been suspended from the Gen.G organization after reportedly making sexist comments on stream.

Widely regarded as one of the best Ana and flex support players around, Ryujehong is a familiar name to any Overwatch esports fan. He was one of the most popular players in OWL before stepping away from the competitive scene after the Vancouver Titans nuked their roster back in May 2020.

On January 11, 2021, Gen.G announced that RJH would be joining their org as a content creator, which makes sense, as he was a figurehead for the org’s Seoul Dynasty squad during the League’s first two seasons.

Following what was a very short honeymoon period, the Korean-based org has now suspended Ryu for sexist comments he made on stream that quickly caught the attention of social media, as you can see below:

On January 16, Jehong streamed alongside a female streamer named Haegi, and reportedly made a number of sexist comments towards her multiple times, and even called her out for interrupting him, claiming that women shouldn’t interrupt men.

Since the stream happened the VOD has been deleted, but this is the internet, and the comments were quickly translated into English, kicking off the storm of social media backlash.

On January 19, Gen.G’s Chief Operating Officer Arnold Hur announced that the org was suspending Ryujehong “indefinitely” due to his on stream-comments.

“I’m personally very disappointed in the language used during the stream by Jehong. He was wrong, and I find it uncharacteristic of the person I knew who has always been a considerate, kind-hearted teammate,” Hur wrote. “Our belief is that whether you are a player or streamer, anybody with a platform should understand the responsibility of the higher standards that come with it. As such, we have suspended all of Jehong’s team-related activities indefinitely.”

Like Hur mentioned, Jehong did put out an apology of his own after the firestorm started, where he apologized for what he said, and promised to watch how he speaks in the future, but added he won’t be censoring himself either, according to a translation provided by @hannahhycho on Twitter.

“I am trying to move my streams towards the streamer Ryujehong. I know there are many people who used to watch my old streams who are struggling to adjust to the chat and are confused by the fact I will be using ‘streamer memes’ but I hope you can understand,” RJH wrote, according to the translation. “From now on, I will listen to feedback for my streams and chat to develop them further… I saw some messages from people who aren’t my fans and I want to tell them to stop fanning the flames.”

Just in case there weren’t enough wrinkles to this story, Haegi, the female streamer who was broadcasting with Ryujehong when the incident took place, has come out and defended him according to translations by Reddit user Great-Reno, saying they were bantering back and forth and what happened wasn’t what it seemed.

“Why RJH gets all the blame when I made sexist jokes with him either? This is a bit undeserved,” Haegi said in a YouTube video posted after the outrage began, according to the translation. “I’m cool with it. Why does it matter when the person involved with the matter feels okay? I don’t see why people get offended by this. Live in comfort please.”

Opinion from the female streamer that RJH was with from Competitiveoverwatch

Now, even if it just was some friendly banter back and forth, the kind of language Ryujehong apparently used just doesn’t fly when you’re signed to a major esports org like Gen.G, and is also a huge disappointment to the greater Overwatch community who saw him as a role model, and just a genuine, stand-up dude.

It remains to be seen when or if RJH will return from his suspension to being an active member of Gen.G.