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Dakotaz thanks Twitch community after sharing very personal update

Published: 6/Sep/2020 14:20

by Calum Patterson

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Twitch superstar Brett ‘Dakotaz’ Hoffman has revealed his achievement of 52 days sober, alongside an emotional video thanking the community, his fans, and fellow streamers for their support.

After explaining that his break up three years ago had seriously affected him, and still does, Dakotaz opened his heart to fans, saying it was like “being inside a gold mine and watching it collapse from the inside.”

He was previously living in France, and says that many of his possessions are still there, from his time in that relationship. His recent struggle with sobriety has also impacted his streams, something he apologized for.

“I am officially 52 days sober,” Hoffman announced on Twitter on September 6. “I’m sorry to my stream for disappearing so much mid streams and puking a ton. I was silently fighting something and doing my best to hide it from EVERYONE.

“I’m back on cam and feeling stronger than ever.” His message received an outpouring of support, not only from his fans, but also from fellow streamers, including Jessica Blevins, TimTheTatman, and NICKMERCS, just to name a few.

In response to the support, Dakotaz posted a short video explaining more about his recent struggles, and how “the internet had made him happy” today.

“I was pleasantly surprised by how nice people were,” he says, “I don’t know why. There is so much kindness in this world, but sometimes you can forget when you go around on Twitter, or on the internet, that kindness doesn’t exist anymore, because people are so focused on tearing people down.

“It meant a lot to me to see that, and other creators too, I hope you guys have a good night. We have good days and we have bad days. Today was a bad day for me, but the internet was there for me, somehow.”

Dakotaz is behind one of the biggest channels on Twitch, with over 4.6 million followers on the platform. He rose to stardom mainly in Fortnite, which is still one of his main games, among other titles. He has still been streaming almost daily in recent weeks, but fans may have noticed a change in him.


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Paige breaks down on Twitch as WWE’s streaming crackdown kicks in

Published: 30/Oct/2020 13:10

by David Purcell

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WWE superstar Paige, real name Saraya-Jade Bevis, broke down in front of her fans on Twitch after the news came through that her employers had started cracking down on talent engaging on third-party platforms. 

Under their new restrictions, the sports entertainment company will take proceeds from their stars streaming under the wrestling names. For example, Paige’s donations on Twitch would previously be paid to her directly, but in the future that will not be the case.

In response to the measures, stars like her and AJ Styles have decided to stop streaming for a period of time – until more suitable terms can be agreed between both parties.

For a wrestler like Paige, though, who is injured – this was a difficult pill to swallow.

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Paige, like many other WWE stars, has a huge following on social media.

Paige gets devastating news on Twitch

On October 29, the British star – who hails from Norwich, England – decided to cancel her stream after receiving the news on her phone while live.  In the spur of the moment, she walked off-stream for a short while before returning to the screen. Tears flowing down her face, she started to explain what was happening.

The Twitch broadcast VOD itself has been muted in certain areas, potentially due to the music being played in the background. So, clips are quite hard to come by on there, but some have posted the comments to YouTube.

Bevis said: “There may be a time where I have to stop streaming. I’ll have to walk away. If I have to leave, we have to make today and Saturday f***ing crazy. I’ve honestly gotten to the point where I cannot deal with this company anymore. Now I have to make a very important decision.

“Over f***ing worked. I broke my f***ing neck twice for this company. They don’t realize that this community isn’t about subs. We build a community and family where this is an escape for a lot of people, including myself. I can’t wrestle anymore. I was worked so hard in WWE that I can’t wrestle anymore because my neck is f***ed. My whole dreams got taken away. I had to have something that fulfilled that huge f***ing void that I lost with wrestling.”

Twitch has been an escape for injured Paige

The star injured her neck back in 2017 and has since even returned to the ring. At the time of her stream, though, she is out with another injury and unable to compete. Turning to Twitch, she has built up quite the following – with almost 150,000 people following her channel.

After that, she confirmed that she plans to continue streaming one way or another, and will see where that takes her. During the livestream, Paige revealed going live on the streaming website wasn’t for the donations and subscriber payments, but instead, an escape.

She added: “I understand if they’re like, ‘you’re wrestling every day and doing shows every day,’ but I’m an injured wrestler. I get used for media stuff, sometimes, but at the end of the day, I’m in my house going f***ing crazy and I need something to keep me sane.

“Twitch was my escape. Right now, I’m just sitting on my f***ing ass. People think I should be thankful that I still have a job, and I am, but it doesn’t mean I should be treated like f***ing shit. I had my neck taken away from me twice. You can’t take away my Twitch too.”

It appears to be heating up in the battle between employees and their employer. There’s a good chance WWE superstars take further action in the dispute too, as Paige mentioned potential unionization and hiring a lawyer, so it could be about to get a whole lot messier.