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Entertainment • Aug 17, 2019

Fortnite pro Clix's Twitch account temporarily shut down after hackers stream porn

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Fortnite pro Clix's Twitch account temporarily shut down after hackers stream porn
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Thanks to the ever-growing popularity of both esports and livestreaming sites like Twitch, professional gamers are getting more attention than ever, especially in regards to their broadcasts - but not all of this attention is positive.

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14-year-old Fortnite pro Cody "Clix" Conrod of Misfits Gaming saw his Twitch channel infiltrated by hackers on August 16, who allegedly used his account to stream pornography and spam various links.

Users quickly posted a clip of the offending stream to subreddit LiveStreamFails - although the clip was quickly removed, as administrators shut down Clix’s channel to prevent further damage, confirmed by Strategic Accounts Manager Hassan Bokhari.

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Although users were quick to clip proof of the incident, Twitch quickly deactivated Clix's account to prevent further damage.

Clix confirmed the hacking via his Twitter on the same day, announcing to fans that his channel was temporarily unavailable due to the scandal.

“Twitch Support shut down my channel for now, it is hacked,” Clix wrote.

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Clix’s fanbase expressed their sympathies on the unfortunate situation, with some congratulating the pro’s moderators for promptly handling the issue.

“Your mods are holding it down tho, changing the title to ‘DON'T LISTEN TO THESE GUYS,’” one fan wrote. “Clearing chat every second when the hackers are trying to promote links.”

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This latest incident follows mass backlash against Twitch on August 11, after a channel streamed porn for over two hours without being taken down - even rising as the number one channel across the site.

The offending channel was even advertised on Fortnite star Tyler "Ninja" Blevins' now-defunct Twitch profile, resulting in his heated message toward the company shortly thereafter, claiming that he was “disgusted” by the debacle.

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Twitch CEO Emmett Shear later spoke out on the incident, stating that Twitch had suspended the pornographic channel and halted recommendations of other channels across the site.

“...the lewd content that appeared on the Ninja offline channel page grossly violates our terms of service, and we’ve permanently suspended the account in question,” Shear wrote of the scandal.

While these two incidents are far from the first time hackers have managed to stream porn on the site, Clix’s situation marks the latest in a string of such situations for the platform, which continues to struggle with public opinion in wake of Ninja’s remarks.

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