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KEEMSTAR calls out YouTube for new policy on ‘abusive’ Super Chats

Published: 20/Oct/2018 20:50 Updated: 20/Oct/2018 20:55

by Virginia Glaze

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YouTuber and Drama Alert host Daniel ‘KEEMSTAR’ Keem is calling out YouTube for its new policy on contributions from ‘abusive’ Super Chats.

He posted a screenshot from an article detailing YouTube’s updated terms of service regarding its Super Chat system, which allows users to purchase a special, highlighted message that stays pinned to a video’s live chat for a limited period of time.

The article explained that YouTube will now send the revenue from any ‘abusive’ commenters who purchase a Super Chat to a charity of their choosing, instead of splitting the amount between itself and the creator.

“If a user is caught sending abusive Super Chats, the revenue received will be donated to charity instead of being split between YouTube and the channel’s creator,” the statement read.

KEEMSTAR took issue with this development in his Tweet, which he called ‘unreal.’

Other users across Twitter are similarly up in arms about the change.

“…it’s a major YIKES!,” one user commented. “YouTube is taking money from someone who wanted to support YOU #nobueno”

Some YouTubers are calling for a boycott of the service, as suggested by controversial IRL streamer Ice Poseidon, who suggested that KEEMSTAR disable Super Chats altogether.

“You could just disable Super Chat and force people to use streamlabs, easy fix to that and gives YouTube reason to fuck off with this change,” he replied.

Others are suggesting that the change may be an incentive for creators to control the behavior of their audience by placing a potential risk on their pocketbooks.

Whatever the case, the change has largely been met with open dissent. Other major YouTubers on the platform have yet to speak on the development.

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Ninja shocks Valorant star with huge donation after Twitch refund scam

Published: 22/Oct/2020 2:56

by Andrew Amos

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Chargebacks are a Twitch streamer’s worst nightmare, as Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins knows it all too well, so when he saw Valorant star ‘AverageJonas’ get scammed out of over $5,000, he knew he had to step up and help.

There’s few Twitch scams more infuriating than chargeback scams. When you have avid viewers donate to your stream, it’s a wonderful feeling.

However, some viewers do it maliciously, with the intent of taking, not giving. After donating hundreds, or even thousands of dollars, viewers dispute the charge with PayPal or their bank, saying they were hacked and didn’t actually donate the money.

The money then goes back to the donator, and the Twitch streamer is left without the donations, and most of the time, also has to pay a fine on top.

That’s exactly what happened to AverageJonas ⁠— a Valorant Twitch star with over 130,000 followers. He had a viewer refund $5,400 worth of donations, which ended up costing the streamer $5,800 after accounting for transfer fees.

“I have received over $5,400 in several donations from one person on Twitch which have all been refunded even though donations are supposedly non-refund. To top it off, I have been personally charged $400+ in refund fees from PayPal,” Jonas said on Twitter.

“This person used me and my community to gain clout and other benefits by acting like an extremely wealthy and giving human being. The person also pretended like the refunds were a mistake.”

Fortunately, Ninja got wind of the fellow Valorant streamer’s woes.

After all, Jonas is one of Valorant’s biggest content creators, and Ninja is slowly working his way to the top of the pro scene. With all of Jonas’ informational content, it’s the least Ninja could do to put his fandom to use.

Ninja replied to Jonas’ tweet with a simple “fixed.” What he meant by that was he donated AverageJonas $5,800, to cover not only the Twitch donations from the user, but the PayPal fees as well.

Jonas was shocked: “Dude thank you so much you’re such a legend omfg.”

It’s a big win for Jonas, however, it highlights a much bigger issue with Twitch donations. If Ninja hadn’t caught wind of the streamer’s troubles, it’s likely nothing would have been done.

Chargebacks are still a big issue, and there’s nothing you can really do about it as a streamer if PayPal or Twitch don’t step in ⁠— like what happened in Jonas’ case.

However, now he can go back to doing what he does best ⁠— sharing Sova line-ups for every Valorant player to learn.