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Deji hits back at YouTube subscriber botting accusations

Published: 18/May/2020 8:44 Updated: 18/May/2020 11:28

by Andrew Amos

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Oladeji ‘Deji’ Olatunji has come under fire from Pierce ‘Kavos’ Kavanagh and the wider YouTube community for allegedly botting his way to 10 million YouTube subscribers. However, he has defended himself, saying that even he knows it “doesn’t add up.”

Deji’s 10 million subscriber celebration was meant to be something special for the long-time YouTuber. Breaching into eight figures is a milestone only a handful of YouTubers have achieved before him.

However, it’s been marred with controversy. First, he reportedly faked an illness and delayed his 10 million subscriber special, which led to the YouTuber’s subscriber count falling back under. Now, allegations have arisen that he actually botted his way to the milestone in the first place.

British YouTuber Kavos, who boasts over 1 million subscribers himself, called out Deji’s “unusual” SocialBlade stats. He had stalled out at around 9.95 million subscribers, but over the course of five days, went up by 10,000 a day to break 10 million. This was all without a major change in his daily view stats.

His suspicions were ‘confirmed’ when a company by the name of FreewaySocial stepped forward, saying that Deji allegedly paid them $2,000 to purchase 50,000 YouTube subscribers. The PayPal receipts and orders were in the YouTuber’s name, while email addresses attached to the account were reportedly connected to his parents.

The reason Thomas, the owner of FreewaySocial, released the information publicly was because Deji allegedly submitted a PayPal chargeback after dropping back below 10 million subscribers.

“Deji started losing YouTube subscribers right after reaching the 10 million mark, and he thought that they were [botted] subscribers that were dropped,” he said. “I kept explaining to him that these were his own subscribers that dropped, but he wasn’t convinced.”

Buying YouTube subscribers is against YouTube’s “Fake Engagement Policy,” which prohibits content creators from “artificially increasing the number of views, likes, comments or other metrics.”

“This is against YouTube terms of service,” Kavos added. “This is so against the rules. Deji’s channel might get terminated after this. It’s all Deji’s undoing as well. No one can ever trust [him] again.”

Deji has denied all allegations, asking other creators to stop creating drama and “leave [him] alone,” as well as threatening FreewaySocial with legal action.

“I’ve never heard of [FreewaySocial] ever,” he said in a statement on May 17. “He leaked an IP address claiming it was mine, but it’s not. I don’t owe you any money. I don’t know who the f**k you are. If you want to go legal with this, I’m 100% down.”

“They always somehow find a way to link my brother [KSI] into this, and it’s just so f**king annoying. I have no knowledge of any of this. This is so bizarre. I just want to be left alone,” the online star continued.

YouTube is yet to take action or issue a statement, but we will update you if they do. As of publishing, Deji’s now-9.93 million subscriber account is still active on the video-hosting platform.

Fortnite

NickEh30 gets Twitch streamer banned for allegedly stream sniping

Published: 25/Nov/2020 4:48 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 5:07

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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NickEh30’s latest Fortnite tournament was quite a spectacle, but it was tainted by an alleged stream sniper, who was reported and subsequently banned despite maintaining his innocence.

Nick ‘NickEh30’ Amyoony has been hosting a series of Fortnite tournaments in recent months. The latest one was the NickEh30 Cup. It gave players a chance to compete against some of the game’s biggest names in the scene for a chance to win $10,000.  

It was all positive for the most part. A lesser-known professional Fortnite player named  Crumble managed to impress and take home the prize. However, the tournament was marred with some unfortunate stream sniping drama.

NickEh30 Fortnite stream sniping ban

In the final match, several other players landed on NickEh30, including a Twitch streamer named ArchieFN. He eliminated NickEh30 and danced on his body for the better part of 30 seconds.

NickEh30 was less than impressed and looked disappointed and deflated on stream. It was a stark contrast to his usual upbeat and positive vibe. He was convinced ArchieFN was stream sniping and hopped into the replay mode to report him and a few others.

Fortunately, Epic Games responded almost instantly and banned ArchieFN for 24 hours as soon as he returned to the lobby. You can watch a full recap of the incident below and form your own opinion.

However, ArchieFN is maintaining his innocence. He claimed he wasn’t stream sniping at all. Instead, he said he wanted to “contest someone who wasn’t a tier-one pro” and decided to land on NickEh30 after seeing him land in the same spot during a previous game.

Still, he apologized for what he did and acknowledged that some might find it “scummy.” Sadly, that didn’t stop him from copping a bit of abuse, some of which was needless and extreme.

“Why am I waking up to 600 DMs telling me to kill myself?” he said. “I’m 20, and it doesn’t bother me at all, but the majority of the community is quite younger … you really need to think about what you’re saying to people on the internet.”

In the end, ArchieFN’s Fortnite ban won’t last more than a day. It isn’t too long to wait if he’s innocent, but it’s enough for a wake-up call if he’s guilty.

Either way, The NickEh30 was a success despite the stream sniping drama, and a rightful victor was still crowned.