Ninja, DrLupo & TimTheTatMan explain why new squad streaming on Twitch is broken - Dexerto

Ninja, DrLupo & TimTheTatMan explain why new squad streaming on Twitch is broken

Published: 29/Mar/2019 1:55 Updated: 29/Mar/2019 3:03

by Virginia Glaze


Twitch unveiled its new ‘Squad Stream’ feature on March 27, allowing up to four streamers to broadcast out of the same window at once.

However, some of the platform’s top streamers are taking issue with the update, including the likes of Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, Ben ‘DrLupo’ Lupo, and Tim ‘TimTheTatMan’ Bertar.

The group spoke out on the feature during a broadcast on March 28, where Tim noted that users who mute the audio of individual channels within a squad stream are not recorded as viewers.

Twitch BlogTwitch unrolled its squad streaming feature on March 27 – but some streamers aren’t happy with the update.

“Let’s say you’re watching a stream and you mute the audio,” Tim explained. “You no longer count as a viewer.”

Ninja seemed to be shocked by this information, stating, “Bro, I probably have 100,000 viewers a day, then, and everyone just mutes me.”

While the entire group admitted to muting the audio of all but one channel, DrLupo pointed out that squad streams are likely to see a major spike in views at the beginning, followed by a massive drop.

Lupo then gave out some useful advice for users to combat this flaw, explaining that they can use a feature of the Google Chrome browser to make their views count.

“If you’re in Chrome, you can turn the audio up in the stream… and mute the tab, and you count as a viewer,” he stated.

How-To GeekDrLupo reminded viewers about Google Chrome’s mute tab function, for those users who want to make sure their views still count.

TimTheTatMan didn’t seem to be impressed with Lupo’s loophole, arguing that Twitch should still count said users as viewers – even if they mute a stream during a squad broadcast.

“Twitch shouldn’t do that at all,” he said of the issue. “If someone wants to mute, you should still 100% count as a viewer. Because I’m sure there’s people at work or something… who have the audio muted completely.”

Ninja’s comments on the matter are especially pertinent, as he’s one of Twitch’s most popular streamers, sitting at over a whopping 13 million followers as of March 28.

While Ninja was already popular in the gaming space, the streamer skyrocketed to fame after playing Fortnite with rapper Drake in March 2018, going on to secure a major partnership with Red Bull Esports and even a live New Year’s Eve event in Times Square for 2019.

Red Bull EsportsNinja is one of Twitch’s most popular streamers, sitting at over 13 million followers due to his Fortnite gameplay.

DrLupo is likewise one of Twitch’s more popular broadcasters, with over three million followers on Twitch and over one million on Twitter.

Lupo raised an impressive amount of funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital just ahead of 2019, as well, amassing over one million dollars for children with cancer throughout 2018 in an emotional victory, thanks to his charitable fanbase.

TimTheTatMan likewise holds over three million Twitch followers, and even announced the gender his child during a heartwarming live stream in September 2018.

Twitch announced their squad streaming feature at TwitchCon 2018, alongside additional tools for stream chat moderators.

Thus far, squad streaming has been met with mixed reactions – and Twitch has yet to speak out on the issue of muted viewership for the update.

However, Twitch also released a unique opportunity for subscribers of Twitch Prime on March 28, allowing users to score a full year of Nintendo’s Switch Online service for free.


TikTokers Lexi Rivera and Ben Azelart explain why they broke up

Published: 24/Nov/2020 14:31

by Alice Hearing


Internet personalities Lexi Rivera and Ben Azelart have explained why they broke up after three years together, in an emotional video posted to YouTube.

Lexi Rivera is known in association with her brother Brent who is one of TikTok’s biggest creators with 35 million followers, while Lexi herself has more than 14 million followers on the app. The siblings also have a combined 19.5 million subscribers on YouTube.

Ben Azelart is also heavily associated with the siblings and has himself built up a huge following of 11 million followers on TikTok. But fans were devastated to find out this week that the duo were no longer a couple.

Lexi and Ben posted a video explaining why, saying that they thought they owed their fans the truth. Lexi said: “I have so much respect for Ben and he’s like literally one of the best people I’ve ever met in my entire life.” Ben responded, “I mean the same goes for me, Lexi is one of the nicest, sweetest, funniest people I’ve ever met.”

Lexi Rivera Ben Azelart break up
Instagram: Lexi Rivera
Lexi and Ben dated for three years

Addressing their viewers, Lexi explained why it took so long for them to officially break the news: “I know that it’s been super confusing for you guys and that is because it’s been just as confusing for us we’ve been very just on and off again and I don’t think we were really sure what we wanted to do until now.

“Having a relationship is one thing, but having a relationship online is a completely different story and it was very confusing for us. Honestly, it wasn’t easy being young like we were 15 and 16.

Lexi went on to say that the relationship no longer made them both happy. “We both had so much fun doing it, but I think as years went on it just became a little too complicated…I think what was hard is we want to make you guys happy as well as make ourselves happy.

“Ultimately we just didn’t do both and I think what’s most important was focusing on ourselves for now.”

Lexi and Ben finished by saying that they’re not parting ways forever and that they both felt it was just the wrong time to be together.