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Battle for No1 on Twitch: Tfue set to overtake shroud after Ninja leaves

Published: 3/Aug/2019 15:08 Updated: 3/Aug/2019 16:53

by Connor Bennett


The battle for Twitch supremacy is on with Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek and Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney going head-to-head, following Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins’ departure for Mixer.

On August 1, Ninja shocked the world when he announced that he would be leaving Twitch after eight years and taking his stream to Mixer. The former Halo pro, who still has the most followed channel on the platform, has always held an incredible lead over his fellow streamers in the popularity race.

Yet, now that his Twitch channel is set to become dormant, the chase to become the most followed streamer boils down to a few leaders. Dr Disrespect might lead the way in production, with xQc ways ahead for Overwatch specific broadcasters, but both are lagging way behind shroud and Tfue. 

Ryan HadjiNinja moved from Twitch to Mixer and has already set about breaking records.

According to TwitchMetrics, a website that tracks a wide number of stats for the livestreaming platform, shroud is the current clubhouse leader to replace Ninja with over 6,770,000 followers at the time of writing.

However, Tfue is hot on his tail and is less than 70,000 followers behind – boasting a 6,714,462 million following of his own. Of course, both channels have their own loyal fanbases, but Tfue’s is growing at a significantly quicker rate than shroud’s.

TwitchmetricsA current look at the top of the Twitch follower chart.

Again, thanks to TwitchMetrics, it can be noted that Tfue gained 239,719 followers in the month between July 2 and August 2. 

That number is 63,000 more than shroud, who himself was able to attract around 176,318 followers in the same timeframe. While the former CS: GO pro will likely be able to keep his lead in the short-term, it appears as if Tfue will overtake him sooner rather than later.

TwitchmetricsTfue’s channel grew substantially compared to shroud.

Now, it remains to be seen if Tfue can continue his huge growth, or if he was given a boost with the hype surrounding the Fortnite World Cup – which he underperformed at. He is however the undisputed leader for Fortnite, now that Ninja has left the platform.

Regardless of their growth, it will take some doing to see either channel dethrone Ninja’s incredible figure of over 14 million. That number might, quite simply, never be surpassed – even though he has chosen to go elsewhere.


Dream angered by backlash blaming him for his fans’ actions

Published: 24/Jan/2021 2:07

by Theo Salaun


Following a wave of online controversy, popular Minecraft YouTuber Dream took to Twitter to address critics and show them why he believes all of the backlash is inherently misguided.

Dream and the Dream Team, with friends like Tommyinnit and Quackity, have been one of the largest sources of online entertainment thanks to a consistent flood of content across YouTube and Twitch. While their videos and streams, including of the entire Dream SMP Minecraft server, have brought Dream a huge amount of fans — that popularity appears to have come with a downside.

Originally, most of the drama surrounding Dream involved accusations about him cheating during a 1.16 Minecraft speedrun. But now, a very different sort of critique has emerged, as fans and critics bemoan the content creator’s inability to restrain the least appropriate segments of his community.

Over the past week, #dreamwaswrong began trending on Twitter and similar complaints moved across social media. The basis for this backlash surrounded a subculture of Dream fans that had begun creating inappropriate fanfiction and art involving the minors who represented the Dream Team. In response, Dream has shot down those critics.

Drawing a theoretical parallel, the faceless content creator philosophically makes his perspective known. Mocking his critics, Dream criticizes the media and his detractors using a hypothetical scenario.

“Dream has refused to condemn murder after one of his fans turned out to be a murderer. Will he finally be held accountable?”

Essentially, Dream suggests that people criticize him for the actions of others — noting that he ought to be “held accountable” for the vile actions (in this hypothetical instance: murder) of his fans. The point of this example is to highlight the absurdity of a causal relationship between influencer and the influenced.

Dream Artwork Dream Branding
Who needs a face when you have a lot of fans?

While fans and critics appear to be divided on the efficacy of Dream’s tweet, it’s clear that he is trying to push back against those who blame him for the actions of his viewers. In the social media age, this relationship between popular figure and stan is a particularly nuanced one.

For what it’s worth, Dream has also taken a much more firm stance against inappropriate subcultures of his fandom on his alternate account, DreamWasTaken. It remains to be seen whether or not that will be enough to satisfy his critics, but the situation is obviously a contentious one.