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Ninja responds to backlash after streamers complain about Twitch pre-roll ads for New Years Eve event

Published: 28/Dec/2018 11:08 Updated: 28/Dec/2018 11:25

by Mike Kent


A number of popular content creators have spoken out about how Twitch are promoting their New Year’s Eve stream after pre-roll advertisements appeared on their channels.

The year 2018 was undoubtedly a pivotal year for Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, who blew up in popularity after becoming the face of Fortnite, growing in tandem with the game’s success to make him the most followed channel on the platform.

In order to celebrate the end of 2018 and welcome in 2019, Twitch and Ninja have teamed up to host a New Year’s Eve stream, live from Times Square in New York City.

The stream will begin at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET / 9 PM GMT on December 31 and end at 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET / 9 AM GMT on January 1.

The project had received unanimous support from the Twitch streaming community, however that all changed on Thursday December 27 when adverts for the broadcast began to appear on other content creators channels.

Dr DisRespect spoke out about the situation on Twitter, asking Twitch to “get these ugly looking New Years Eve ad rolls off my page”.

He wasn’t the only one who objected to the pre-rolls, with other content creators complaining that it was a conflict of interest because it was advertising another streamers channel on a night when many had their own special shows planned.

Things took a turn when SkyWilliams got involved, responding to BikeMan to say that he was actually giving Ninja more exposure by complaining.

This promoted Ninja to respond to Sky and BikeMan, claiming it would grant other streamers exposure because it was ultimately being promoted to millions. He later deleted the Tweet shown below.

The deleted Tweet by Ninja responding to the backlash.

With more content creators getting involved in the discussion, it remains to be seen if Twitch will stop the pre-rolls or continue to push the event to their audience.

If you want more information about Ninja’s New Years eve stream, you can view our dedicated viewing hub.


Players share hilarious reaction to PS5 restock selling out in seconds

Published: 19/Nov/2020 23:33

by Brent Koepp


“PlayStation 5 restock” trended on Twitter after stores sold out of the Sony console in literally seconds on November 19. Players took to social media to voice their frustrations.

Ever since its launch, Sony’s PlayStation 5 has been this holiday’s hottest item. Stores across the world can’t keep the next-gen console in stock, and consumers are desperate to get their hands on one.

On November 19, stores like Walmart announced a restock of the PS5. Only, they sold out in seconds. Angry players left empty handed were stunned and frustrated by the disastrous availability – and vented their feelings online, as you do.

PlayStation 5 console and its retail box.
Stores are having trouble keeping PlayStation 5 in stock.

Gamers rage out after PS5 restock disaster

A similar story played out for many attempting to buy Sony’s next-gen console. Consumers were able to add the coveted hardware to their basket, only to be greeted by Walmart’s “oh deer” crash screen, made even more frustrating by displaying a photo of a smiling dog with reindeer antlers on.

Other users made it as far as entering their payment and shipping information, but by the time they clicked and confirmed their order, they were told the new PlayStation had already sold out.

On Twitter, #PS5Restock and #OhDeer began trending after the gaming community let out their rage using hilarious memes to describe the situation. Here are some of the best reactions.

PlayStation fans react

Many frustrated PlayStation fans used iconic clips from pop culture, such as Spongebob Squarepants or anime to express their anger with the restock lasting only seconds before selling out.

Other players raged out over Walmart’s now-infamous “Oh Deer” site crash screen which plagued those trying to purchase the console. The smiling dog in the Christmas outfit quickly became meme fodder, and even trended worldwide.

At the time of writing, Walmart has not made any public comment about the situation. It is also unclear when there will be another restock for the PS5. With Christmas just around the corner, the scarcity of the new console will only further fuel the demand for the hot item.

This isn’t the only time the PlayStation 5 has trended on social media over lack of stock. An hour after Sony announced pre-orders would go up 24 hours later, stores quickly broke the street date and put the next-gen hardware up for sale a day earlier than they were supposed to  – which also left many gamers frustrated.