Fans accuse Bethesda of faking crowd reactions during E3 presentation

Published: 10/Jun/2019 17:51

by Meg Bethany Koepp


Video game giant Bethesda has been met with criticism from fans after they accused the company of faking crowd reactions during their E3 presentation on June 9.

While many were happy with the Fallout developer’s presser, some viewers were suspicious of the crowd’s reactions, and took to social media to air their distrust.

Reddit user ‘Uesugi’ posted a clip titled ‘Who clapped?’ which shows excessive noises from the crowd during one segment that seemingly doesn’t match up to the actual feedback on the video feed.

Bethesda / E3 YouTubeSome people think that the crowd reaction was falsified.

Many people weren’t convinced

“I see a lot of people near the right side of the screen clapping. I still think the whole crowd was fake and planted though, or at least picked out to sit under mics or something. People were still cheering loud as hell after the 3rd mobile game in a row was announced,” one person commented, agreeing that it seemed suspicious.

“It seems like the entire two front rows were family members or actual devs and they placed the mics there.” another user replied, “you could see the absence of movement/hype in the crowd vs the first two rows.”

Other Reddit threads seem to air the same criticisms, with user ‘BKoopa’ saying, “Paid for audience. They are cheering randomly like it is a game or that they’re getting paid per cheer.”

Even Twitter fans thought the whole thing was suspicious, with one unconvinced user tweeting, “I’m convinced this Bethesda crowd is either 80% fake or canned in for the stream. Something just seems really off. I know people LOVE Bethesda but like…c’mon.”

“Do you think gamers are fucking idiots? Cut the bullshit. We know that Orion demo was faked, and we know you’ve planted hype guys in the audience. You’re sickening to me. RIP Bethesda,” another disgruntled viewer tweeted.

Some think the claims are ridiculous

Supporters for the company have hit back at the conspiracies though, unconvinced by the accusations. “Eh, these conspiracies sound cool, but maybe consider that the people still paying to go to this conference are die hard fans and/or people who are going to have fun and make the most of it?” Reddit user ‘Bhu124’ said. 

“If I were going to E3, I’d probably choose to have fun instead of be angry, even if Bethesda deserves a lot of anger. I’d probably sarcastically cheer before I’d boo anyways.”

“You also need to take in account that there are not paid people there but sometimes the team who works for the game or Bethesda in the front row. These people when seeing the things they made either cheer or try to get the people hyped up.” another commenter replied.


It’s hard to say for sure whether Bethesda faked their crowd reactions, although the idea does seem a little bit ridiculous when you think about it.

The most likely cause of the loud crowd feedback is probably because the front few rows were dedicated to excited Bethesda employees.


HAchubby goes crazy celebrating huge Twitch donation

Published: 20/Jan/2021 16:20

by Alex Garton


After receiving a huge $2,500 donation, Twitch streamer HAchubby celebrated in a rather unexpected manner that made for an amazing Twitch highlight.

If you’re a fan of Twitch and you tune into the platform regularly then you’ll know that watching streamers receive huge donations is always entertaining. Audiences love watching them so much, there’s even a sub-genre of videos on YouTube that are dedicated to donating huge amounts of money to streamers to see their reactions.

It’s no surprise these videos get millions of views as it’s always great content to see a Twitch streamer having their day made by a big donation. Of course, it’s difficult to predict how someone will act after being donated a large amount of money.

In HAchubby’s case, it involved celebrating by running around her store with a basket on her head.

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HAchubby has over 250,000 followers on Twitch

HAchubby celebrates huge Twitch donation

During her January 19 stream, HAchubby received a huge $2,500 Twitch donation from one of her viewers. Of course, she was extremely grateful for the donation and expressed how thankful she was: “Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god thank you so much.”

At first, it appeared as if she was going to carry on with the stream, but then she suddenly burst into a celebratory dance. Her Twitch chat erupted with messages and her viewers were clearly happy to see how thankful she was for the donation.

It was at that point she grabbed a basket from the store that she owns and began running about the aisle with it on her head. The highlight made for a hilarious Twitch clip and it was obvious how much the donation meant to her.

There’s no denying it’s not your typical reaction to a donation, but it’ll certainly be a memorable highlight for any of her viewers watching live. On top of this, you can guarantee it’ll be added to the range of streamer donation clips featured in various compilation videos.

We’ll have to keep our eye for any more big donations that HAchubby receives to see how she reacts the second time around.