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Female streamers lash out at Twitch’s alleged bias over Alinity controversy

Published: 21/Jul/2019 15:36 Updated: 21/Jul/2019 21:42

by Joe Craven

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Female Twitch streamers Jenna and Kacey ‘Kaceytron’ Caviness have lashed out at the streaming platform for apparent double standards between men and women, given their decision not to ban Alinity Divine from the site. 

On July 18, Alinity was streaming Apex Legends, when her cat got in the way and began to disrupt her gameplay. In response, she threw the cat over her head aggressively, leading to outrage from the Twitch community. 

This has been paired with an older clip of Alinity spitting vodka into a different cat’s mouth, furthering calls for the streamer to receive some sort of punishment from Twitch. 

Instagram: AlinityAlinity has numerous cats, as well as a dog.

Many prominent community members have been quick to condemn Alinity’s behaviour, such as FaZe Clan’s Nordan ‘Rain’ Shat and Iname ‘Pokimane’ Anys, and now some have specifically called out the streaming service for its response, or lack thereof.

On July 20, popular IRL streamer Jenna, who boasts over 185,000 followers on Twitch, tweeted to condemn the streaming site, arguing that: “If a man did this to his cat on Twitch, he’d be banned. This is the reality of current day Twitch.”

Twitch have been criticized in the past for their handling of Alinity’s controversies, such as when they did not suspend her for sharing a NSFW selfie, which even led to Greekgodx theorizing she had something over a senior Twitch employee. 

There have also been accusations of double standards in the way Twitch handles controversies, differing between male and female streamers, with some arguing female streamers are not punished as severely.

In response to Jenna’s tweet, fellow streamer Kaceytron weighed in with her view, stating that: “Kneecoleslaw was permabanned for a year for animal abuse, they won’t even give Alinity a slap on the wrist? She just gets to yet again benefit off of her behavior. No repercussions, just encouragement to continue.” 

Kaceytron’s suggestion that Twitch’s failure to punish Alinity encourages her reckless behaviour is one echoed by the streaming community, given the obvious publicity she receives from controversies.

There was a mixed response to the female Twitch streamers’ tweets, as some people pointed out incidents where male streamers have appeared to escape bans for similar incidents. Tyler1 faced controversy after he appeared to feed his dog chocolate on stream, but fans claim the product in this instance was fake and dog-safe.

Regardless of the mixed views on it, the scale of the response to Alinity’s latest controversy has been massive, with even PETA and Ricky Gervais condemning her actions.

Alinity herself responded and said that her cats live in a “warm and caring home, and I will comply with any authority that seeks to validate this.” She apologized for what she called a “lapse in judgement.”

As of the publication of this article Twitch have not responded publicly to any of the incidents regarding Alinity and her cats.

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PewDiePie teases a return to Minecraft in YouTube comeback

Published: 24/Jan/2021 14:02

by Joe Craven

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YouTube King Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg has teased fans about a return to Minecraft, suggesting that he might return to the game soon – but he could be messing with us.

It seems that anything PewDiePie does with regards content creation is a home run among his fanbase. We’ve seen the YouTuber try his hand at Cyberpunk 2077, review memes with one-time enemy KSI, and even review gym fails. Whatever he puts down, his audience picks up in their millions.

Arguably his most popular series to date – a considerable achievement given the acclaim pretty much everything he does is met with – is his foray into Minecraft.

Mojang’s sandbox game has kept millions of players around the world engaged since its release in 2011. 10 years later, and PewDiePie is showing just how popular it can still be.

Ender Dragon in Minecraft
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Beating the Ender Dragon is far from the end of a player’s adventures in Minecraft.

However, fans of the British-based Swede have noticed he’s taken a step back from content creation in the new year, failing to upload to his 108 million subscribers for a few consecutive weeks.

A return video, though, came on January 23, and ended with a teaser for fans of his Minecraft series.

“Guys, I’m really excited to be back,” he said, rounding off a trademark PewDiePie video with an anime avatar. “It feels good, I genuinely missed you guys, I hoped you had a great time off. So did I, but I’m ready to, with new energy – get back into playing Minecraft. Everyday, all day! Let’s get it.”

Timestamp: 18:40

Fans of the 31-year-old will be incredibly excited to see him back in the world of Minecraft, with many memorable moments certain to follow a return. There have been so many iconic moments in the past that we chose our top ten back in March. 

But, no one’s exactly sure if he’ll keep his promise. Kjellberg is always a bit tongue-in-cheek with his videos, and he has stepped away and come back to Minecraft a number of times.

He ended his Minecraft series in May 2020, citing that “some people were complaining that it was getting a bit dry. And I kind of agree with you.”

He might not be back ‘all day, everyday’ like he promised, but it seems that he’s expecting to be back playing it soon.