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Facebook Gaming suspends THINND after ex-partner alleges he abused her

Published: 23/Jun/2020 8:54 Updated: 23/Jun/2020 12:41

by Andrew Amos

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Facebook Gaming has suspended one of the platform’s biggest partners, Michael ‘THINND’ McMahon, after his ex-partner alleged he abused her while living together.

THINND has over 900,000 followers on Facebook Gaming, racking up hundreds of thousands of viewers every stream. He was also one of the first streamers to be partnered on the platform.

However, his career is now on hold, after allegations that he abused his partner while living together arose on June 21.

His ex-partner, ‘Luxeum’, claimed THINND would lash out at her, before turning on his stream and acting in a completely different manner in an attempt to “save face.”

She detailed a couple of scenarios, including one where he broke down the bathroom door while she was in the shower because he needed to use it.

“He used the force of his body to break in. Before I knew it the shower curtains were being ripped from their hooks. I was in absolute shock, staring at this angry man as he’s screaming about how badly he needs to shower after a haircut.

“I never felt safe in my own living space ever since that day. Each time I looked at the cracked bathroom door, that was all I could ever think about.”

She also claimed that THINND pressured her to have sex with him in an attempt to “solve” the problem.

“After he would lash out at me, he would go ahead and ask me if I was done being upset and proceed to have sex with me, as if it was a solution for what I was going through.

“I never said no, I felt pressured each time then he would ask me, ‘are you done being sad,’ Like it was supposed to reverse my depression or something.”

Facebook has released a statement, saying they don’t condone THINND’s conduct, and that he will be suspended pending an investigation.

“Thank you for bringing this to our attention, we take this very seriously. The partner in question has been suspended while we investigate.”

THINND has also come out with a statement of his own, denying the allegations leveled against him. He instead claimed that that she placed “undue financial burden” on him, and was only trying to help her.

“The accuser would take my credit card without my knowledge or permission and spend it on shopping, food delivery, and multiple other personal items to treat themselves,” he claimed.

He also said that “there was absolutely no physical abuse” and that he “tried [his] best to help” her receive support for mental health issues.

It comes after dozens of people have come forward over the last week, detailing their own experiences of abuse from prominent figures within the gaming community. Tom ‘Syndicate’ Cassell and CS:GO caster Henry ‘HenryG’ Greer are two of the biggest names to be implicated.

It has also prompted platforms like Twitch to come out and address the allegations. The Facebook Gaming competitor made a statement on June 21, saying they’re “committed to working to make the streaming community safer for everyone.”

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Who is Granny? The rising Twitch star who streams as a grandma

Published: 26/Nov/2020 23:45 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 23:46

by Michael Gwilliam

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Twitch is home to some pretty outlandish personalities, but none may be as unique as the rising streamer known only as Granny.

Dressed in a bright white wig, oversized glasses, and attire that you could have sworn you’ve seen the elderly wear, Granny takes the character to the extreme.

If you thought the outfit or persona was the limit of the character, think again. Just like how Dr Disrespect streams from his legendary “arena,” Granny has her own broadcast center of sorts.

From Granny’s house to Twitch

Her streams begin, amusingly enough, with an old house in a green meadow surrounded by rainbows, flowers and chirping birds.

Twitch streamer Granny begins a broadcast.
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Granny begins her streams in a pink house surrounded by rainbows.

After introducing herself, talking to viewers from inside the big pink home that looks like it’s ripped from either Lord of the Rings or Teletubbies, the gameplay kicks off.

What makes Granny’s choice of games so hilarious is that she’s made a habit of streaming titles such as Dead by Daylight, which are the complete opposite of the happy-go-lucky nature of the intro.

Fans are absolutely loving it. Since starting the stream, Granny has amassed nearly 30,000 followers and is growing on other platforms such as YouTube.

Climbing the Twitch ranks

Speaking with Dexerto, the entertainer refused to break character, further, cementing the concept that this was a grandma streaming on the Amazon-owned platform.

Granny claims it all began when she was working for a finance firm in New York City for three years and was beginning to feel worn out.

“Right around that time, Red Dead Redemption 2 came out and I found a huge comfort being immersed in that world while I took time to recover and figure out my next steps,” the streamer explained.

“When Red Dead Online was released I started to make friends on the proximity voice chat and they told me I should try my hand at streaming. In February 2019 I moved to New Zealand to go all-in on starting a Twitch channel, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision.”

That said, she does have plans to return to New York at some point in 2021, so fans should be sure to be on the lookout for that.

While the climb up the Twitch ranks has been a journey since it first began in January of 2019, the streamer does have a few favorite moments.

 

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“A couple of exciting milestones along the way have been Trixie Mattel and TPAIN discovering the stream,” she happily noted. “They love joining in now and again to help repair the ice cream machines in Dead By Daylight.”

Going into 2021, Granny is definitely going to be one of the streamers to watch out for, especially if she continues to get noticed by some larger members of the community.