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Jenna loses Twitch partnership following racist DM scandal

Published: 30/Jan/2020 3:03

by Isaac McIntyre

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Twitch has revoked popular streamer Jenna’s partnership with the broadcasting platform, after a series of old messages containing racist and homophobic slurs from her Discord channel came to light on social media on January 13.

The personality became the center of a controversy after racist and homophobic messages sent on her private Discord server—some of which dated back to 2016, and as recently as December 2019—were made public on /r/livestreamfails.

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The thread hit over 30,000 upvotes, and landed on Reddit’s front page before being deleted by moderators. Jenna responded soon after with an apology, and released a second just days later admitting what she did was “incredibly wrong.”

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Jenna has been de-partnered by Twitch after years of racist and homophobic messages were revealed earlier this month.

Now, 16 days after the initial release of the messages, Twitch has made the move to strip Jenna of her partnership on the Amazon-owned platform. She is still able to stream, but she will have no partner or affiliate benefits.

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“I was unpartnered on Twitch today. I understand and respect their decision, and I am happy they are standing against hate,” the 21-year-old said, after confirming the news. “It brings me joy I am in a community that will protect the oppressed.”

Jenna also added a message directed at Twitch, suggesting she was aiming to return to the partnership program in the future: “ If you allow me, I will regain your trust, and the community’s, with my future actions.”

Those sentiments echoed a similar message from Jenna when she was first “blindsided” by the initial Reddit post. The streamer, who boasts more than 263,000 followers, added she wanted to make the most of this “life-changing experience.”

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“I am truly grateful for this… because it has caused me to open my eyes to the reality of my harmful words and behavior. I truly do care for people, and I genuinely am sorry if I ever hurt anyone with my words,” she said on January 17.

“I want people to simply exist in peace without feeling unaccepted, misunderstood, or that they aren’t loved. I hope that this change in myself and my community will help these goals be reached.”

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The de-partnered personality has remained active on Instagram and Twitter, but hasn’t streamed since January 13.

Jenna has yet to officially confirm whether she’ll be remaining on Twitch after losing her elite status, though it appears she’s staying put for the time being considering she wants to “prove herself” to the Amazon-owned platform once more.

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The de-partnered personality hasn’t returned with a livestream since the DMs were first leaked, and has given no indication when she may return. She has still been active on Instagram, however, where she boasts 228,000 followers.

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Stormzy drops ‘Rainfall’ music video in Watch Dogs, and it actually slaps

Published: 23/Oct/2020 2:14

by Isaac McIntyre

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Stormzy has officially made his Watch Dogs Legion debut with the release of his ‘Rainfall’ music video, which was filmed entirely inside Ubisoft’s upcoming trilogy sequel and if we’re being honest, the whole thing is kind of awesome.

Every day another celebrity seems to find their way into the digital world. This year, Ninja and Aussie Twitch streamer Loserfruit were both added to Fortnite. Then, just last month, Dr Disrespect had a unique variant skin and themed ‘Arena’ map he designed released in Rogue Company.

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Now it’s British grime rapper Stormzy’s turn, in Watch Dogs: Legion.

The rapper, 27, released a music video for his new single “Rainfall” on Thursday, Oct. 22, with a bit of a twist ⁠— the entire clip was filmed in Ubisoft’s upcoming sequel.

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A digital Stormzy first appeared in a virtual studio, singing his new single. The scenery soon changed, however, and he was transported ⁠— all in-game ⁠— to the rooftops of London, where the new Watch Dogs sequel will mainly be taking place.

Here’s the new music video, featuring Tiana Major9, in all its glory.

This isn’t the only time Stormzy will be appearing in Watch Dogs Legion either. When the full Legion title drops on Oct. 29, players will get the chance to team-up with the grime rapper, or at least a virtual version of him, for an exclusive side-quest.

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The mission, “Fall on My Enemies,” is a reference to Stomrzy’s lyrics in ‘Rainfall.’ 

When accepted, players will be tasked with “protecting the broadcast of the music video across the entire city.” Ubisoft has yet to confirm how long the mission will be, or whether it has any major bearing on the main Watch Dogs storyline.

Stormzy first revealed his collaboration back in September. He said, “You lot are about to have your minds blown. What [Ubisoft] have done in terms of recreating London is one of the most insane, epic, incredible things I’ve ever seen.”

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Stormzy ‘filmed’ his entire Rainfall music video inside Watch Dogs: Legion.

The Watch Dogs devs said they were “thrilled” to have Stormzy onboard. “His music and what he speaks to as an artist is extremely relevant for our London setting, and for the larger themes of our game. He lit up the room… it was a career highlight for us to get to work with him.”

Ubisoft has confirmed the exclusive Stormzy Rainfall mission will be available from day one in Watch Dogs Legion, and will require no additional DLC patches to play.

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The Watch Dogs trilogy sequel will be released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia on Thursday, October 29. The title will also be ported to Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 when the next-gen consoles are released in late 2020.

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