Chess master lays perfect trap to catch out stream-sniping opponent

Published: 9/Aug/2019 12:13 Updated: 9/Aug/2019 12:32

by Joe O'Brien


Twitch streamer ChessNetwork caught out a potentially steam-sniping opponent after laying a trap for them on the broadcast.

ChessNetwork, as the name suggests, streams online chess games on Twitch, sharing his knowledge of the game as a National Master-ranked player with his viewers.

One of the perils of explaining your strategy live, of course, is that if the opponent is watching the broadcast they could gain a massive edge from such information, with the ability to predict and plan for opponents’ moves being a huge part of success in chess.

During one match, however, ChessNetwork was able to catch out a potential stream sniper by baiting them into a bad position.

After making a move with his pawn, ChessNetwork feigned disaster, acting as though he’d made a game-losing mistake and explaining the move his opponent could now make that would all but end the game.

Chess.comChessNetwork set a trap for a steam-sniping opponent, and reaped the rewards.

Right on cue, the opponent made the move as described, and ChessNetwork pulled the switch to gain a massive advantage.

“Yes! They might have been listening, it’s a sneaky tactic, a stream tactic!” ChessNetwork explained in celebration.

What is stream sniping?

“Stream sniping” is the term used to describe the practice of watching a streamer’s broadcast while in the same game as them in order to disrupt the normal flow of play in some way, either by gaining information for a competitive edge or simply using it to more effectively troll the streamer.

While the effectiveness of stream sniping can be mitigated to some degree by having a delay on the broadcast, for many streamers being able to interact with viewers in real time is a significant part of the entertainment they offer, and so adding a delay may not be an option without impacting the broadcast.

It’s not entirely clear whether Chess Network’s opponent was actually stream sniping – it’s possible they simply fell for the trap of their own accord, and not because they were listening in – but the timing of the move certainly made it seem like they took the bait.


Twitch bans Ryan Haywood after disgraced Rooster Teeth star attempts comeback

Published: 21/Jan/2021 5:47

by Brad Norton


Twitch has banned the account of former Rooster Teeth personality Ryan Haywood, months after he was let go from the company in light of predatory allegations.

The disgraced Achievement Hunter will no longer be able to interact with the gaming community through Twitch. Haywood’s personal account by the name of ‘SortaMaliciousGaming’ has been permanently banned from the platform.

Following more than a dozen allegations against him, Haywood was dropped from Rooster Teeth back in October 2020. A few weeks of silence had gone by before he returned to the internet through Twitch at the start of the new year.

Naturally, it didn’t take long for the community to catch on with #BanRyanHaywood trending across Twitter shortly after.

Twitch answered on January 20, finally erasing his presence on the site.

Haywood took to the streaming platform to share a lengthy message with his remaining followers. “I wanted to say thank you to all of you who are still subscribed,” he said. “I’ve spent the last few months figuring out what the next steps are. Through all of it, having your support has been an incredible help.”

Immediately, former colleagues and the greater Rooster Teeth audience latched onto the statement, slamming Twitch for allowing him a voice on the platform. 

Haywood had previously used social media to groom multiple fans over a number of years. Many had even engaged in intimate relations while underage. “I made mistakes and will be leaving RT to focus on rebuilding my family and life,” he said on Twitter on October 6. “I’m sorry to anyone I’ve hurt.”

As a result of his infidelity and predatory behavior, Haywood’s presence has since been wiped from years of Rooster Teeth content. Countless colleagues of his also took to social media to show support for the community.

“I’ll keep you updated on what’s going on,” Haywood added in his message on Twitch prior to the ban, implying that it would be his primary form of communication moving forward into 2021. 

He now has no means of which to publicly engage with the community online. His privileges across Twitter, YouTube, and now Twitch have all been revoked.