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Is CouRage teasing leaving Twitch to join Shroud and Ninja on Mixer?

Published: 3/Nov/2019 16:43 Updated: 3/Nov/2019 17:05

by Andy Williams

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Popular Twitch star Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop has hinted at an announcement due on November 4, and some eagle-eyed fans think the 100 Thieves member could possibly be on his way to Mixer.

CouRage has rapidly gained a faithful following since moving to full-time streaming, first joining OpTic Gaming, then linking up with Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag under 100 Thieves, back in May.

The caster-turned-content creator holds a series of accomplishments to his name including working the Fortnite World Cup desk, alongside amassing a following of over 2.1 million on Twitch, while his YouTube boasts over 1.8 million subscribers — proving he has plenty of strings to his bow. 

100 Thieves (YouTube)CouRage represents the 100 Thieves banner as a content creator.

Although CouRage’s progression has snowballed, fans think it could be possible that the energetic streamer is jumping ship over to Mixer, with some clues that point towards just that.

Eagled-eyed Twitter user, ‘DecryptedGamer’, was one of the first to notice that the Mixer account associated with the CouRageJD alias changed its profile picture to match Dunlop’s branding. 

Moreover, originally stating “soon”, the Mixer channel now has a specific date that reads “11/4/19” under an offline placeholder image.

At the time of writing, Dunlop has not streamed on his Twitch channel in six days — somewhat foreign behavior for a content creator (especially given the recent release of Modern Warfare). 

November 4 would mark a week-long absence from Twitch for CouRage.

The changes to the Mixer channel coincidentally line-up to a series of cryptic announcements that CouRage has teased on Twitter.

These short videos give nothing away other than the date for whatever he has planned, which lines up with the date now showing on the CouRageJD Mixer channel.

A potential move to Mixer would see the Twitch advocate veer away from his streaming roots, in a bid to expand his horizons alongside the likes of Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins and Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek.

Nonetheless, it must be noted that the above is entirely speculation at this point. It’s possible that the Mixer channel in question has been set up by a random user to trick everyone, and the account is currently ‘unverified’ on the platform.

Although, the move would be logical, given CouRage’s uncharacteristic absence from Twitch and Mixer’s efforts to be regarded as the number one streaming platform.

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FBE founders Benny & Rafi Fine called out by staff for “toxic workplace”

Published: 16/Jan/2021 19:54

by Charlotte Colombo

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Benny and Rafi Fine, the two creators behind the FBE (Fine Brothers entertainment) brand have come back into the spotlight today a year after they stepped back from FBE after former employees publicly accused them of racism and a “toxic” working environment.

In an investigative article by Insider, 26 former employees spoke out about their experiences working for FBE. The company’s former head of casting, Steve Caustey, revealed that the Fine brothers used a three-tier system to rank their “reactors”, and demanded that at least 33% of the people in their “react” videos involved people in the top tier before an episode could be made.

Causey told Insider that there were “more white people at the top” of the tier, which meant that episodes ended up being predominately white.

He said in an interview with them: “It was noticeable, but I don’t think it was intentional. I feel like it might’ve started as unconscious bias, but after a time enough people brought it up that it should have been addressed.”

A former researcher told Insider that FBE staff “profit from the idea that they’re diverse without valuing it authentically. They try to capitalize and commercialize on it as much as they can.”

FBE’s lawyers said to Insider that race wasn’t a factor in decisions such as tiers and video thumbnails, with a spokesperson adding that the Fine brothers “have always endeavored to feature a majority of underrepresented voices in FBE’s content.”

What happened with FBE last year?

In June 2020, a video resurfaced of a comedy sketch Benny Fine did with fellow YouTuber Shane Dawson, wherein Benny was wearing blackface. The footage went viral and led to the two founders receiving extreme backlash.

High profile members of their ‘React’ series, such as Kennedy Zimet, made the decision to leave the channel after the footage went viral, with Zimet saying in a statement shared to Twitter that they felt “blindsided and flat out used, especially since they have not owned up to their actions by apologizing publicly or to their black cast members.”

This led to Mark Plier, who claimed to be a former producer for FBE, to claim on Twitter that the Fine brothers “wanted to benefit from the “diversity” but not benefit diversity”, alleging that YouTube video thumbnails with more than one BAME person were frequently turned down by the pair.

He also claimed that they “would frequently ask for the person of color to be on the right of the thumbnail and not the left, our only conclusion as to why that would be is the left person is the first one you’d see and thus the first impression.”

In further Tweets, Plier alleged that “the culture was so entrenched and they were so unwilling to hear our demands for changes that employee turnover became larger than the company’s actual size in just the 3 years I was there.”

The brothers released a statement apologizing for their “terrible errors of judgment” and ultimately decided to take a step back from the FBE company following the backlash.