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How to watch Pokemon week on Twitch with Pokimane, xQc, more

Published: 25/Nov/2020 17:15

by Alice Hearing

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Twitch streamer Ludwig Ahgren has announced a huge event where some of the platform’s biggest streamers will be opening hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of Pokemon cards live on stream. 

Pokemon cards have taken over platforms such as YouTube and Twitch as viewers flock to see their favorite personalities try to find some of the rarest collectibles.

The Pokemon TCG has seen a major explosion in value in 2020. Cards that once traded for nothing in decades past will now sell for as much as a house. Streamers on sites such as Twitch have been buying sealed booster boxes from the 90s to open live for viewers.

Ludwig himself recently scored a major win. On November 22, Twitch star Mizkif broke open 1st Edition sealed packs from the 1999 Fossil set, and Ludwig scored a 1st Edition Dragonite after streamer Trainwreckstv gave his pack to him. Now Ludwig is taking the hobby even further with a huge week-long event.

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Twitter: Ludwig Ahgren
Ludwig’s event will take place across a week in December

How to watch

Ludwig announced that viewers can tune in to his channel from Monday, December 7 at 4pm PST on Ludwig’s channel where over the course of a week, top streamers will be opening one box of Pokemon cards per day, worth $235,000.

The streamers involved will be Trainwreck, ConnorEatsPants, MoistCr1TiKaL, xQc, Pokimane, and Mizkif. Karl Jacobs will also join in on Connor’s stream according to Ludwig.

Fans have shown a mix of excitement about the event and concern for the sheer amount of money going into the latest craze. One person on Twitter responded, “Pokémon addiction is getting out of hand,” while another user wrote, “This is gonna be awesome to watch the madness unfold.”

Popular streamers have also shown their concern for the trend. Streamer Sodapoppin recently described it as “promoting gambling on stream.” But clearly this hasn’t deterred Twitch’s biggest stars from attempting to cash in.

Overwatch

Former Overwatch pro Ryuhejong suspended from Gen.G following Twitch drama

Published: 19/Jan/2021 21:43

by Bill Cooney

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Former Overwatch League star Jehong ‘Ryujehong’ Ryu has been suspended from the Gen.G organization after reportedly making sexist comments on stream.

Widely regarded as one of the best Ana and flex support players around, Ryujehong is a familiar name to any Overwatch esports fan. He was one of the most popular players in OWL before stepping away from the competitive scene after the Vancouver Titans nuked their roster back in May 2020.

On January 11, 2021, Gen.G announced that RJH would be joining their org as a content creator, which makes sense, as he was a figurehead for the org’s Seoul Dynasty squad during the League’s first two seasons.

Following what was a very short honeymoon period, the Korean-based org has now suspended Ryu for sexist comments he made on stream that quickly caught the attention of social media, as you can see below:

On January 16, Jehong streamed alongside a female streamer named Haegi, and reportedly made a number of sexist comments towards her multiple times, and even called her out for interrupting him, claiming that women shouldn’t interrupt men.

Since the stream happened the VOD has been deleted, but this is the internet, and the comments were quickly translated into English, kicking off the storm of social media backlash.

On January 19, Gen.G’s Chief Operating Officer Arnold Hur announced that the org was suspending Ryujehong “indefinitely” due to his on stream-comments.

“I’m personally very disappointed in the language used during the stream by Jehong. He was wrong, and I find it uncharacteristic of the person I knew who has always been a considerate, kind-hearted teammate,” Hur wrote. “Our belief is that whether you are a player or streamer, anybody with a platform should understand the responsibility of the higher standards that come with it. As such, we have suspended all of Jehong’s team-related activities indefinitely.”

Like Hur mentioned, Jehong did put out an apology of his own after the firestorm started, where he apologized for what he said, and promised to watch how he speaks in the future, but added he won’t be censoring himself either, according to a translation provided by @hannahhycho on Twitter.

“I am trying to move my streams towards the streamer Ryujehong. I know there are many people who used to watch my old streams who are struggling to adjust to the chat and are confused by the fact I will be using ‘streamer memes’ but I hope you can understand,” RJH wrote, according to the translation. “From now on, I will listen to feedback for my streams and chat to develop them further… I saw some messages from people who aren’t my fans and I want to tell them to stop fanning the flames.”

Just in case there weren’t enough wrinkles to this story, Haegi, the female streamer who was broadcasting with Ryujehong when the incident took place, has come out and defended him according to translations by Reddit user Great-Reno, saying they were bantering back and forth and what happened wasn’t what it seemed.

“Why RJH gets all the blame when I made sexist jokes with him either? This is a bit undeserved,” Haegi said in a YouTube video posted after the outrage began, according to the translation. “I’m cool with it. Why does it matter when the person involved with the matter feels okay? I don’t see why people get offended by this. Live in comfort please.”

Opinion from the female streamer that RJH was with from Competitiveoverwatch

Now, even if it just was some friendly banter back and forth, the kind of language Ryujehong apparently used just doesn’t fly when you’re signed to a major esports org like Gen.G, and is also a huge disappointment to the greater Overwatch community who saw him as a role model, and just a genuine, stand-up dude.

It remains to be seen when or if RJH will return from his suspension to being an active member of Gen.G.