NICKMERCS hits back at OpTic's H3CZ for siding with Nadeshot - Dexerto

NICKMERCS hits back at OpTic’s H3CZ for siding with Nadeshot

Published: 29/May/2019 1:44 Updated: 29/May/2019 8:45

by Albert Petrosyan


The saga of Nick ‘NICKMERCS‘ Kolcheff’s fallout with 100 Thieves CEO Matt ‘Nadeshot‘ Haag continues to unfold, and now OpTic Gaming‘s Hector ‘H3CZ‘ Rodriguez has found himself in the middle of the drama.

During his daily livestream on May 28, NICKMERCS made a point to address the previous day’s episode of H3CZ’s The Eavesdrop Podcast, in which he talked on the nature of Nick’s recent departure from 100 Thieves.

In the podcast, H3CZ explained that he was siding with Nadeshot on the matter, and called him honorable for keeping the details of the fallout behind closed doors.

This did not sit will with Nick, who took H3CZ’s comments as a slight against him for having made the decision to publicly reveal the reasons for why he left the organization. 

“I got motherf*ckers that I look up to, like H3CZ, saying he sides with him,” he said. “And then he says some shit like Nade being quiet about is respectable, in a sense. What the f*ck? I don’t know man. I didn’t like hearing that.”

Nick went on to point out that it was ironic for H3CZ to side with Nadeshot in a situation like this, when the two themselves had similar issues in the past.

“He concluded by saying he sides with Nadeshot,” Nick said. “The comedic part about that, and the irony, is – didn’t this fucking dude go through it with Nadeshot?”

Nick, of course, is referring to the organizational disagreements that H3CZ and Nadeshot apparently had that led to Nade leaving OpTic and ultimately striving to create his own esports organization. 

NICKMERCS continued by saying he understood H3CZ’s position, considering that he’s good friends with Nadeshot and would inevitably give him the benefit of the doubt.

However, while he’s never been known to really care about most others’ perception of him, Nick admitted that what was said in the podcast bothered him, primarily because of the negative things he felt that H3CZ was hinting at about his character.

“I mean I get that the motherf*cker has been friends with the guy for a minute, I got all that man,” he explained. “But you go find one motherf*cker that’s worked with me, you go find one teammate of mine, you go find somebody that I’ve been linked up with that I don’t take care of. F*ck out of here! So you go find somebody that worked with me where it didn’t go right. That’s what bothered me about that.” 

As for publicly disclosing his reasons for leaving 100T, and H3CZ’s comments about Nade being honorable for not doing the same, Nick defended himself by saying it was the only way, and that he’s never been one to look for drama.

“People want to question me putting it out there, they wanted me to keep it all privately,” he said. “Bro I tried that route! They want to act like I’m just f*cking stupid. Of course keep it private, I don’t want to do this! When it my history have I been a dramatic person, that goes and starts shit with everybody? That’s not me! I don’t do that. This isn’t high school for me. I mean, I’m just not liking what I’m reading man.”

Why did NICKMERCS leave 100 Thieves?

NICKMERCS first joined 100 Thieves back in 2016, when the organization was nothing close to the powerhouse that it is today.

However, on May 24, he announced that he was parting ways with the org, saying that he “wants nothing to do with” Nadeshot after claiming that the CEO did not fulfill the promises he had made when Nick first joined up.

While it’s not clear if and when he’ll decide to join a new org, things are looking up for the superstar streamer, as he recently completed his goal of moving back to his home state of Michigan and purchasing a house, where he will look to build on what has already been a very successful career. 

Disclaimer: Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez is a minority shareholder in Dexerto Ltd.

JakeNBake hit with DMCA strike for Kanye song in two-year-old Twitch clip

Published: 30/Oct/2020 2:19 Updated: 30/Oct/2020 3:16

by Isaac McIntyre


Twitch star Jake “Jake’n’Bake” Abramson has revealed he could be “in danger of losing everything” he’s built on his channel after an old IRL clip from more than two years ago was hit with a DMCA copyright strike due to a Kanye West song.

The ongoing Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) drama sweeping across Twitch has spared no one from its reach. The new Twitch crackdown, which sees streamers pinged for licensed music on broadcasts, is the hot topic in the community right now.

One by one, Twitch’s biggest stars have been sucked into the DMCA drama; Imane “Pokimane” Anys was forced to delete her streaming back-catalog last week, and Michael “shroud” Grzesiek has called for stars to “unite” against the crackdown.

DragonForce’s Herman Li was also banned after DMCA flagged his own music.

Jake'n'Bake has become the latest Twitch streamer caught up in the DMCA drama.
Twitch: JakeNBake
Jake’n’Bake has become the latest Twitch streamer caught up in the DMCA drama.

Now, the latest star to find himself on the DMCA frontlines is Jake’n’Bake. The 30-year-old IRL star is one of the Amazon-owned platform’s biggest stars. He boasts nearly 500k followers, but that may now be in danger.

Jake’n’Bake revealed on Oct. 29 that he had been hit with a copyright infringement from Twitch. The kicker? The clip in question was from a May 9 stream all the way back in 2018, which contained just mere seconds of Kanye West’s ‘Lift Yourself.’

Jake’n’Bake gets DMCA strike for old Twitch clip

“Just to be clear… this is a 30-second clip from two and a half years ago,” Abramson wrote on Twitter soon after receiving the DMCA email.

The Twitch email detailed a “claimed infringement” on Jake’n’Bake’s old 2018 broadcast, where moments of the Kanye West song can be heard. The email warned JakeNBake could have his channel “terminated” if another offense is uncovered.

“It was from an outdoor IRL stream. I probably passed by a shop, or was in a place that was playing the song in the background… I’m now in danger of losing everything,” the Twitch star continued. “How is this even realistic?”

Jake’n’Bake, who admitted on-stream soon after that Twitch is “80% of his life,” is now rushing to download and clear his video back-catalog — 13,00 past VODS worth — in an effort to avoid that next promised DMCA strike.

“The biggest thing for me, and I think a lot of people are the same, because my stuff is IRL, there’s like three years of home videos. I love that they’re all in one place, and accessible,” he explained.

“It’s not like I just played games… for me, it’s like, in my heart, all these memories, and experiences. It’s disappointing because it just got a bit more real.”

“My fear is if I counter-ping this, and it chimes like a little ‘tick’, and some computer just turns at me and goes through everything like ‘f*ck you, f*ck you, f*ck you’… and starts pinging me for everything I’ve done! Maybe I should just delete everything so that can’t get me.”

He added later, “It’s kind of nuts how this is just controlling my life now. This was two and a half years ago! I don’t really know what to do except delete everything, which just sucks. There’s nothing else I can really do.”

The DMCA drama, unfortunately, looks set to continue into the foreseeable future on Twitch, with the platform sticking to their guns on the copyright stance.

We can layout the big names hit by the wave so far ⁠— Courage, BrookeAB, Scump, Ninja, Sonii, Mongraal, Lirik… the list goes on ⁠— and there’ll likely be more caught in the crackdown soon. Twitch has yet to comment on the most recent strikes.