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Kaceytron claims Trainwrecks is “blackballing” her on Twitch

Published: 3/Jan/2020 17:03

by Kamil Malinowski

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Veteran Twitch streamer Kacey ‘Kaceytron’ Caviness fired shots at Tyler ‘TrainwrecksTV’ Niknam over twitter, claiming, among other things, that he is ‘blackballing’ her from the community. 

Kaceytron is one of the most experienced and well-known streamers on Twitch, having broadcasted on the platform since 2013. She’s focused around League of Legends and IRL [In-Real-Life] content and often collaborates with other streamers.

The American was commonly seen on collaborative streams, such as the RajjPatel talent show, but has been missing them lately and called out Trainwrecks as the reason behind this.

Twitch: Kaceytron

In a short series of now-deleted tweets, Kaceytron claimed that Tyler was attempting to push her out of the community. “If you’re going to blackball me from the community; not host talent shows alongside me, not host channels that I’m on… admit that [you’re] doing it because you’re threatened by what I know about you”

She then moved on to slamming his Twitch career in a merciless tweet: “[You] built your whole community off of putting down others… and can’t handle anyone that isn’t a “yes man”, the literal definition of hypocritical pu**y.”

Before finally adding an additional accusation that his mods control the LivestreamFails Reddit and that he “manipulates votes.”

Twitter: @kaceytron

It would seem that there is some bad blood between the two and that Kaceytron has a bone to pick with TrainwrecksTV.

Some fans have pointed out that Kacey has been missing out on many collaborative streams, but with no real way to know what’s happening behind the scenes, all they can do is wait for an official response from one of the hosts.

So far other Twitch streamers, as well as Tyler, have not commented on these tweets. Although, if any new information does come to light we will be sure to update this article.  

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Twitch’s new stream “Boost” feature raises concern for smaller channels

Published: 3/Dec/2020 2:26

by Alan Bernal

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Twitch is rolling out a new feature for eligible channels called “Boost this stream,” with the hopes of giving people an avenue to be featured on “highly visible parts” of the platform. However, there are concerns it’ll be damaging for the smaller streams trying to get noticed.

The new Community Challenge requires viewers to pool their Channel Points to unlock the reward. Streamers will get notified once the challenge is available on their channel, then will relay that to their community to start chipping away at the progress bar.

But there are concerns about its application. It’ll be on Twitch’s discretion for who gets to run the promotion as well as the target number to hit before a channel can be successfully Boosted.

The only hard number guideline with ‘Boost this stream’ is the 2,000 point limit that each user can contribute per day. Since individual streamers don’t know what their Boost target will be, some suggest this will be an easy feature to exploit.

“How is not going to be abused by larger streams with more viewers, and therefore a bigger pool?” one person wrote. “IMO channel points devoted for use with a Community Challenge should be weighted in value depending on viewership.”

Twitch responded saying “the amount of Channel Points required to successfully boost a stream is scaled with the size and viewership of the channel,” though a clear metric of how the cap increases wasn’t made available.

Another issue raised was the way Twitch would consider someone to be a ‘small streamer,’ seeing as they’ll be the likely candidates to receive the chance to get Boosted.

If it’s going by viewer count, then small streamers can be anything from 2-10 average viewers to 100-2000 live watchers per session. If it’s going by follower count or subscriber count, then that has its own implications as well.

But Boost is a wholly experimental feature that has a lot of variables still being workshopped. For example, in the FAQ, Twitch says that everything from what’s considered as a high visibility part of the site to who the feature is available as it rolls out could change.

As the company gets this feature into more users’ hands, expect Twitch to make adjustments depending on how Boost gets received throughout December.