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DrLupo hits out at haters ruining his Twitch chat during games

Published: 22/Nov/2020 15:28

by Georgina Smith

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Popular Twitch streamer Benjamin ‘DrLupo’ Lupo has shared his reasons for avoiding the chat when streaming on Twitch, due to the number of people criticizing his gameplay.

DrLupo has become one of the most followed accounts on Twitch, among the ranks of many other high profile streamers. He’s become known for his philanthropy, even announcing that he’d be donating all future tips on his channel to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

He has also been vocal in the past about the issues of toxicity in Twitch chats. In late October, one of his moderators shared a document online that showed the lengths they were going to in an attempt to combat racism and toxicity in the chat, in response to claims DrLupo wasn’t doing enough.

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DrLupo has been vocal about toxicity on Twitch in the past

But now, the popular streamer has revealed that the level of toxicity in his chat and on social media, is making him not want to look at it at all, intentionally playing games where he can’t look at the chat as an excuse to avoid it.

“I’m gonna be a hundred thousand percent honest with you,” he began. “You know why I play Tarkov so much? Because I can’t look at chat.” Though he goes on to reveal that “the problem now with Tarkov, is I’m good enough at it that I do have time to look down at chat, and it’s people telling me I’m f***ing missing stuff.”

In response to the suggestion that he should start closing chat, the streamer said “but then why the f**k am I live-streaming? Why don’t I just become a YouTuber then, right? Every facet of everything that I do at this point, in whatever game I’m in is constantly ridiculed and judged, no matter what.”

Lupo was playing through the new Destiny 2 raid in the Beyond Light expansion, and predicted people would give him a hard time about that too.

“Here’s what I know is going to happen,” he continued, “for the next week, there’s going to people who come into chat and say ‘wow, you couldn’t even complete the raid the first night, LMAO’. And I know I’m going to get tired of that sh*t, and I’m going to snap at one of those people.”

One of the key issues with Twitch and streaming in general that popular creators regularly highlight is how toxic the chats can become, making it difficult for creators and fans to enjoy their time on the platform-negativity free. Though whether this is an issue that can ever truly be solved is uncertain.

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TheGrefg breaks Ninja’s world record for most-viewed Twitch stream

Published: 2/Dec/2020 1:27

by Bill Cooney

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Spanish streamer ‘TheGrefg’ has broken Ninja’s world record for most people watching a Twitch stream during the Galactus Fortnite event.

David ‘TheGrefg’ Cánovas made Twitch history while streaming the Galactus event, which marked the end of Fortnite season 4, when he had more people watching him at once than any other individual Twitch streamer ever has in history.

The Spaniard was watching and reacting to the event, and captures appear to confirm that he reached a total of 660,000 people watching his stream at the same time before Twitch unfortunately crashed.

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A screenshot showing Grefg surpassing 660K viewers.

The previous record you might remember was held by Ninja from when he teamed up with rapper Drake, where the duo peaked at 635k viewers at once while playing Fortnite back in 2018.

This insane amount of simultaneous viewers in a broadcast was almost double the figures of the previous record, held by  DrDisrespect — now streaming on YouTube — when he had 338,000 during his return stream in February 2018.

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Grefg looking over his Twitch stats from Dec. 1

Now, the title for most-watched stream on Twitch now belongs to TheGrefg, and while there are no official figures yet, screenshots and clips definitely seem to indicate the streamer managed to bring in than 660,000 people simultaneously.

Grefg was far from the only streamer posting impressive viewer counts during the Galactus event, which actually “broke” Twitch and caused the site to temporarily crash following the big reveal. This is the big reason why the official viewer count, while definitely impressive, isn’t exactly known just yet.

The event itself officially closed out Fortnite Season 4, with the Season 5 update arriving at 9 PM PT / 12 AM ET / 5 AM GMT on Wednesday, December 2, according to Epic Games, with downtime expected to last all the way up to 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET / 9 AM GMT.

After that, the brand new season will kick off, and Fortnite fans — including Grefg — will get to check out all of the new content. Whether the streamer will be able to repeat his impressive record-breaking feat remains to be seen, but we certainly wish him the best of luck.