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LIRIK discovers source of ‘viewbotting’ on his Twitch channel

Published: 26/Nov/2019 14:25

by Andy Williams


Twitch star Saqib ‘LIRIK’ Zahid has discovered the source of the supposed view botting that plagued his channel on November 22.

LIRIK is a diverse content creator, who often treats his fans to a wide range of content. From chatting about real-life events to running riot in GTA, the American streamer knows how to put on a show. 

With a following of over 2.5 million, he is one of the most popular streamers on Twitch, meaning that his presence on the platform is unprecedented. However, despite his success on the platform, he held a sneaky suspicion that he was being ‘viewbotted’ during a November 22 broadcast.

Sully Gnome.LIRIK’s views peaked at over 882,000 on November 22.

Viewbotting is a fraudulent tactic frequently used among low-profile Twitch streamers, in a bid to catapult their viewership numbers to increase their perceived popularity. 

Of course, given Zahid’s profile on Twitch, it’s safe to say that he doesn’t need the assistance of artificial views. So where did the increase in the 29-year-old’s views come from? 

According to LIRIK, the views were genuine. “It’s actually not viewbots, these are actual people,” the American said. “But, it’s embedded somewhere… The thing is, it’s not (viewbots). I’ve confirmed it, I’ve confirmed it already.”

Essentially, Zahid’s spike in views were supposedly due to an unknown website embedding his stream. Thus netting him an increase in viewership numbers, while his chat appears to progress at the normal rate. 

“The thing is, that a lot of these people were watching, it’s embedded somewhere,” he said. “But the thing is, they can’t chat unless they click on the embedded link.”

Indeed, LIRIK was keen to understand the source of the skewed numbers, since his views soared way above his average — as his November 22 livestream attracted an extra 107,000 viewers to his previous high for that week. 

Moreover, Twitch are keen on clamping down on view botting. After winning a lawsuit that took down three major view botting providers in 2018, Amazon’s streaming service appears to be keeping a tight lock on the situation. 

Which is precisely why Zahid didn’t want his name potentially smeared by association with the fraudulent technique.


Dr Disrespect trolls mobile gamers and players take the bait

Published: 26/Nov/2020 12:49

by David Purcell


Dr Disrespect has taken a cheeky swipe at mobile gamers on Twitter, asking how anybody can even consider it to be a “serious” way to play – but players are fighting their corner. 

The Two-Time has had a whirlwind 2020 by all accounts. He’s moved platforms from Twitch to YouTube, and while some might have expected his influence on the gaming world to perhaps decrease in that move – he’s still one of the best at stirring the pot.

Of course, a lot of franchises that made their name on PC and console, like Call of Duty, PUBG, FIFA and Fortnite, have brought their games to iOS and Android.

Though, Doc doesn’t seem to be a fan.

Dr Disrespect takes aim at mobile gamers

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Dr Disrespect has turned into a mainstream symbol of the streaming world, and sure knows how to get people talking.

On November 26, literally out of nowhere in vintage Doc style, he decided to joke about the idea of playing games on mobile.

He said: “I’ve got 3 state-of-the-art 1ms speed color calibrated monitors staring at me, a keyboard with titan switch optical keystrokes and a mouse that weighs literally nothing backed by a 200k multi pc setup….and you have the guts to tell me mobile gaming is a serious thing?”

As you might expect, he’s sparked a huge debate in the replies – with some arguing for and against his point of view.

One user, by the name of Yettobegin, said: “Well Dr.D not everyone can afford a good PC setup and that’s why mobile gaming is so popular in southern Asian countries.. Anyways I don’t hear any mobile gamers fighting for validation as a “Gamer”.. If u want to play in mobile and have fun who cares?!”

If you thought that was a strong response, wait until you see this.

Tribe Gaming’s Ferg challenged the self-professed best video gamer in the world to a 1v1 in CoD Mobile, with $100,000 on the line. As of writing, that has not been accepted, but it shows there’s certainly a lot of people out there wanting to prove him wrong.

This was not the only challenge, with Elijah Jackson offering a $10,000 wager of his own.

XSET Juicy, who plays PUBG Mobile competitively, also fired back – saying maybe gaming on mobile is too “difficult” for Doc to handle.

Nothing might come from this or Dr Disrespect actually might take up one of the offers, in a way to shoot down mobile gamers who stand in his way.

No matter what, though, he’s certainly achieved his objective of drumming up some debate. What happens next should be interesting.