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Dr Disrespect breaks character to remember “incredible” Kobe Bryant

Published: 27/Jan/2020 22:29 Updated: 27/Jan/2020 22:38

by Meg Bethany Koepp

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Twitch star Dr Disrespect paid tribute to NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna in an emotional stream after they sadly passed away on January 26.

Bryant was just 41-years-old when he and his 13-year-old daughter were the victims of a fatal helicopter crash in Calabasas, California while on the way to a practice session at Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks, CA. Seven other passengers were also killed, including the pilot.

The internet came together to pay tribute to the tragedy, and on January 27, Dr Disrespect dedicated his entire broadcast to the basketball star, calling him an “incredible” person.

Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna pose for an Instagram selfie
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The basketball star and his daughter Gigi passed away on January 26.

Upon starting his stream, the Two-Time stayed silent for a few minutes to collect his thoughts and get ready to talk about what had happened the day before.

He finally began by saying how hard the news has been on him. “It’s amazing to find out how much someone means to you when they’re actually gone. I had no idea the impact Kobe had on me,” he said.

“No celebrity, no sports athlete, in fact nobody up to this point in my life, being an only child, having a small family… and yesterday was really tough. It f**king sucks!” the 37-year-old continued.

“He was just getting started too, man. And his daughter was obviously just getting started as well,” Doc stated in emotion. “It’s only been 24 hours, tough one to swallow.”

After thanking donators, he read a fan message out that stated “Tell us what the Mamba meant to you and California.”

“I had deep admiration for him. Growing up as a basketball player, the Killer Instinct, the mentality that he had, when he got later towards the end of his career, I think the respect just grew and grew as I matured as well,” he said. “Seeing him in post-retirement, seeing how incredible of a person he… He started opening up, he’s a very private person, so we got more glimpses of him after he retired and he was doing such good things.”

Doc continued, as he started to talk about his own beginnings in the sport. “Basketball was my life, when he was a rookie in the NBA, I was a freshman with goals of playing college basketball. I started on a freshman on a varsity team at my high school and that’s all I was,” he said. 

“I grew up a Lakers fan… Magic Johnson was my guy, and then Kobe came along, he was a rookie in ‘96 and I was a freshman in high school, and so you can just imagine how, being inspired during that same era,” he continued.

Dr Disrespect finished by stating, “Just to see how successful Kobe was… What he did on the basketball court was just amazing. He grew from just being a basketball player to this incredible intellect of the game and life, and it’s unfortunate, it sucks.”

Kobe’s $100m firm Bryant Stibel invested in Epic Games in 2018, and also into the Mamba Sports Academy, including an esports training ground.

He played his 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning five championships and making it to 18 All-Star games before he retired in April 2016.

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Shroud claims Twitch streamers should “unite” to overturn DMCA rules

Published: 25/Oct/2020 3:59 Updated: 25/Oct/2020 4:44

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek has claimed streamers should have taken a “united front” on the new DMCA rules to try and force Twitch to overturn them, and “could have won” if they did, after thousands of streamers deleted their old VODs to avoid being taken down, some dating back nearly a decade.

Twitch has ramped up its efforts in cracking down on streamers using licensed music. Streamers around the world have been rattled and rocked after receiving DMCA takedown notifications, with a massive wave sweeping across the platform on October 20.

It happened because most streamers play music in their streams, which means it’s also included in their library of video clips and VODs.

It’s a controversial issue that has happened in the past, but the latest ‘DMCA Bloodbath’ has been the biggest one yet. Hundreds of partnered streamers have been forced to take down and delete years worth of content, and it’s sparked a lot of outrage from streamers and viewers alike.

Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek mulled over the issue in his latest stream, and he came to the conclusion that streamers didn’t play their cards right. He believes they should have taken a “united front” on the issue and “hurt themselves” by not doing it sooner.

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Shroud believes Twitch streamers needed to be on a “united front” to tackle the DMCA crackdown.

The first point shroud made was that, even if streamers obtained a license to skirt around the DMCA issues and play music on their stream, it wouldn’t solve the issue. 

“If I was to get a license to play music on my stream, Twitch would not know,” he said. “Therefore, their Twitch music… algorithm that mutes VODs would still mute my VOD even though… I legally can do it.”

“So even getting a license right now doesn’t matter,” he added. “Because… you’re still going to get cucked.”

Shroud went on to describe the whole situation as “strange” because playing in silence for a moment.  Then, he had another flurry of thoughts, which brought him to his final point that streamers should have been more united.

“If we as streamers took a united front and we didn’t just make rational f**king decisions and just start deleting sh*t, we actually could have won,” he said. “But now we hurt ourselves, so that sucks, but it is what it is. We folded. We’re a bunch of bi*ches.”

Shroud is referring to the fact that practically every streamer has been outraged by the decision. However, they ultimately succumbed to Twitch’s demands and deleted their VODS to avoid potential issues.

Many people will believe his frustration is warranted. However, at the same time, nobody can really blame other streamers for adhering to Twitch’s demands. After all, their livelihood depends on it.

The key takeaway, however, is that streamers could take shroud’s opinion on board in the future. If anything, partnered streamers are all pillars in the community. It couldn’t hurt for them to unite on matters when they really have to.

At the end of the day, workers in the ‘real world’ have associations, bodies, and unions to support them. So why should it be any different for streamers?