Ninja makes surprise return to Twitch with Fortnite stream - Dexerto
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Ninja makes surprise return to Twitch with Fortnite stream

Published: 5/Aug/2020 14:40 Updated: 5/Aug/2020 14:41

by David Purcell

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Fans of Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins might have thought they were seeing things as the streaming star made a surprise return to streaming on Twitch, with over 95,000 viewers pouring into his livestream. 

The streaming sensation is quite possibly the hottest free agent on the market right now, after his exclusive deal with Mixer was cut short. The Microsoft-owned firm closed down its operation on June 25, leaving himself and fellow streamer Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek available for other platforms to sign.

While shroud has been dropping some big hints about a return to Valorant, potentially as a pro player, Ninja appears to have went back to his roots.

On August 5, he launched his PC and decided to come back onto Twitch to stream Fortnite with Benjamin ‘Dr Lupo’ Lupo – like the good old days.

Ninja countdown on Twitch
Ninja / Twitch
It’s been a long time since fans saw this countdown on Ninja’s Twitch channel.

Ninja shocks fans with Twitch livestream

Ninja had reached tremendous heights on Twitch in the past, once hitting over 250,000 subscribers on his channel. Now, though, things are a little different to say the least.

It only took a few minutes for him to reference decisions taken to remove his subscribe button, not having the ability to choose VIPs, and missing a whole bunch of features he used to have access to.

After that, though, he decided to address the elephant in the room – sort of.

“OK, so I’m kind of in a thing, but not really. There’s obviously other people…” he said, and left it at that. Potentially, this means he will be streaming on both Twitch and YouTube again, as we’ve seen him do in the past.

He described his relationship status as “complicated” during the starting segment of the stream, after being prompted by Lupo.

Ninja has expressed interest in everything from YouTube streaming to Hollywood in recent times, but his reappearance on Twitch shows he’s not entirely done with the audience he built up on there – many of which still follow his channel.

Will he be staying on Twitch for good? Who knows at this point, but one thing is for sure, all sorts of huge deals are on the table for him to sign. Soon enough, we’ll find out where his permanent home for streaming will be.

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Twitch accused of hypocrisy after permanently banning streamer for their account age

Published: 24/Jan/2021 18:10 Updated: 24/Jan/2021 18:14

by Dexerto

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After streamer AverageHarry was permanently banned because his account was created when he was under 13, Twitch viewers have pointed out that other streamers in a similar position have not faced the same consequences.

Twitch regularly faces scrutiny over their moderation decisions and bans for streamers, which often spark confusion over what exactly the rules allow.

The DMCA drama from October left many big streamers stripping their channels of content in fear of a takedown, and Twitch’s TOS policy change that restricted the use of words like ‘simp’ left streamers in fear of breaking the rules unintentionally.

15-year-old streamer AverageHarry was denied Twitch partnership earlier in January due to the fact that he made his account before the age of 13, after waiting 72 days for a response to his application.

While that was already a pretty tough blow, things were made worse when, on January 23, he was perma-banned. He clarified on Twitter that: “I am allowed to make another account, but I have just lost nearly 90k followers.”

But now Twitch users are noticing some inconsistencies in Twitch’s decision to ban Harry, as popular streamers, with millions of followers, also made their account when under 13 – but have not faced bans.

One user pointed out that hugely popular 16-year-old streamer TommyInnit had his account when he was only 11, but has not faced the same issues in terms of partner status and bans. The user called it “gross hypocrisy” from Twitch.

Tommyinnit’s Twitch account was made when he was 11 years old. Gross hypocrisy from Twitch or what? from r/LivestreamFail

Another commenter pointed out that several Fortnite streamers are all in a similar position, with some of them having likely started their accounts when they were under the age of 13. Streamer ONSCREEN highlighted a list of streamers with millions of followers, all of whom made accounts when younger than 13 – some as young as 10.

If Twitch followed through on bans for all of the streamers who made their account when they were below 13, even if they have since surpassed that age, it would certainly spell bad news for a lot of large communities on the site.

However, it is also possible that there are conditions within the Twitch TOS that are accounting for these discrepancies, meaning some streamers are still permitted to keep their account according to the rules, even if they made their account before the age of 13.

The reason for the 13-year-old age limit is linked to COPPA laws, which aim to protect young people online. In 2019, Google and YouTube had to pay a record $170 million to settle allegations of COPPA laws.

Harry revealed that he only signed up for Twitch two months before he turned 13, saying: “I spent 2 years and nearly 2000 hours streamed just for it to be taken away because I signed up 2 months early.”

Fans of Harry are now looking to Twitch for answers regarding the confusing situation.

AverageHarry makes new Twitch account

As he was allowed to do, AverageHarry has now made a new Twitch account, and asked for his fans to follow him there.

Within 24 hours of opening the account, he has already accrued 3,700 followers, and will be gunning to hit five figures soon. But, getting back to his original 90,000 will prove a challenge.