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GTA V RP streamer gets racially harassed multiple times during live broadcast

Published: 26/Jun/2019 22:57 Updated: 26/Jun/2019 23:00

by Virginia Glaze


It’s no secret that online platforms can harbor overwhelming amounts of toxicity, and gaming communities are not exempt from this rule – but a session of GTA V RP turned out to be a harrowing experience for one player.

“GTA V roleplay” is a modification of the popular Rockstar title, allowing players to get even more immersed in the game by taking on the role of an NPC and interacting with fellow roleplayers.

While most RP servers enforce strict rules and boast faithful communities, some players do not adhere to these guidelines – resulting in a less-than-savory experience for one user.

MsAshRocks, TwitterTwitch streamer MsAshRocks was the target of vicious racial harassment during a GTA V roleplay broadcast.

Twitch streamer ‘MsAshRocks’ was participating in a storyline during a broadcast in late June when she became a victim of targeted, racial harassment, as her character is a black, female paramedic.

One clip from her stream shows a car suddenly running over her character while she was “investigating” a crime scene, with the perpetrator shouting obscenities and racial slurs as she yells in surprise.

MsAshRocks wasn’t the only one shocked by the incident: her fellow RPer’s likewise found the debacle “all kinds of fucked up,” but that wasn’t the end of the harassment, by far.

The streamer was targeted yet again by another racist player, who mowed her down in a semi truck and yelled repeated racial slurs toward her – a tirade that was so appalling, MsAshRocks went silent.

MsAshRocks’ fellow players deduced that there must have been two harassers, with her chat expressing shock and sympathy that she was being targeted in such a brutal manner.

Despite the distressing harassment, MsAshRocks has decided to remain fiercely positive in light of the drama, choosing to be a “light” in her community to counter the hate.

“You’re looking at a strong black woman that won’t take shit from anyone,” she wrote in a Tweet following the stream. “I know I am a positive light in this community and you will not dim it! EVER. I am a black woman and I deserve to be listened to. Period. I will share any and everything I encounter and overcome.”

This wouldn’t be the first time GTA V RP has brought toxicity out of the woodwork, either; another female streamer was likewise a victim of targeted harassment, after appearing on a broadcast of popular Twitch streamer Greekgodx in late March.

After Greek asked if the streamer was actually crying, toxic members of his audience flocked to her chat, accusing her of being “mentally unstable” and calling her broadcast, “the worst stream I’ve ever seen.”

While Greekgodx later apologized to the streamer and denied any involvement with the toxic viewers, MsAshRocks has received no such sentiment from her harassers as of June 26.


Shroud claims Twitch streamers should “unite” to overturn DMCA rules

Published: 25/Oct/2020 3:59 Updated: 25/Oct/2020 4:44

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek has claimed streamers should have taken a “united front” on the new DMCA rules to try and force Twitch to overturn them, and “could have won” if they did, after thousands of streamers deleted their old VODs to avoid being taken down, some dating back nearly a decade.

Twitch has ramped up its efforts in cracking down on streamers using licensed music. Streamers around the world have been rattled and rocked after receiving DMCA takedown notifications, with a massive wave sweeping across the platform on October 20.

It happened because most streamers play music in their streams, which means it’s also included in their library of video clips and VODs.

It’s a controversial issue that has happened in the past, but the latest ‘DMCA Bloodbath’ has been the biggest one yet. Hundreds of partnered streamers have been forced to take down and delete years worth of content, and it’s sparked a lot of outrage from streamers and viewers alike.

Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek mulled over the issue in his latest stream, and he came to the conclusion that streamers didn’t play their cards right. He believes they should have taken a “united front” on the issue and “hurt themselves” by not doing it sooner.

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Shroud believes Twitch streamers needed to be on a “united front” to tackle the DMCA crackdown.

The first point shroud made was that, even if streamers obtained a license to skirt around the DMCA issues and play music on their stream, it wouldn’t solve the issue. 

“If I was to get a license to play music on my stream, Twitch would not know,” he said. “Therefore, their Twitch music… algorithm that mutes VODs would still mute my VOD even though… I legally can do it.”

“So even getting a license right now doesn’t matter,” he added. “Because… you’re still going to get cucked.”

Shroud went on to describe the whole situation as “strange” because playing in silence for a moment.  Then, he had another flurry of thoughts, which brought him to his final point that streamers should have been more united.

“If we as streamers took a united front and we didn’t just make rational f**king decisions and just start deleting sh*t, we actually could have won,” he said. “But now we hurt ourselves, so that sucks, but it is what it is. We folded. We’re a bunch of bi*ches.”

Shroud is referring to the fact that practically every streamer has been outraged by the decision. However, they ultimately succumbed to Twitch’s demands and deleted their VODS to avoid potential issues.

Many people will believe his frustration is warranted. However, at the same time, nobody can really blame other streamers for adhering to Twitch’s demands. After all, their livelihood depends on it.

The key takeaway, however, is that streamers could take shroud’s opinion on board in the future. If anything, partnered streamers are all pillars in the community. It couldn’t hurt for them to unite on matters when they really have to.

At the end of the day, workers in the ‘real world’ have associations, bodies, and unions to support them. So why should it be any different for streamers?