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Notorious Twitch stream sniper finally banned after targeting popular personalities

Published: 27/Jan/2019 22:48 Updated: 29/Jan/2019 13:37

by Matt Porter


A well-known stream sniper has finally been banned after targeting popular Twitch personalities who are playing Fortnite Battle Royale

The sniper, known on Twitch as tctroy0, had become well-known among the community for forcing his way into the matches of popular streamers in an attempt to kill them early and ruin their game.

In a previous version of this article, it was stated that tctroy0 had faced no repercussions for his behaviour from either Twitch or Epic Games. The streamer regularly deleted his streams and clips from his channel, but it appears that Twitch has finally caught up to tctroy0, as his channel has been removed on Tuesday, January 29.

It appears that tctroy0’s actions on Friday, January 25 may have been what brought him to the attention of Twitch, as he was again attempting to ruin streams and broadcasting his efforts as he looked to join popular personalities’ Fortnite games.

In one clip, a friend can be heard telling tctroy0 to join Fortnite‘s North American East servers as Team SoloMid’s Brett ‘Dakotaz’ Hoffman was playing on them, with tcttroy0 specifically asking: “Who are we sniping?” before loading up Dakotaz stream and attempting to queue into his match.

The stream sniper also broadcasted himself watching AvaGG, waiting for her to join a new game so he could attempt to get in it.

When AvaGG did finally get into a game, tctroy0 was there too, performing a spectator glitch so that his Fortnite username popped up constantly on the bottom left corner of her stream.

Tctroy’s Fortnite username can be spotted multiple times in the killfeed.

Tctroy0 has also targeted FaZe Clan’s Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney, who has quickly become one of the biggest names on Twitch since the release of Fortnite.

During a broadcast on January 19, the sniper addressed Tenney directly, stating: “What’s up Tfue! I got in your game first try pussy.”

Stream snipers have been a major issue for streamers attempting to broadcast Fortnite, as the game’s massive popularity amongst Twitch viewers makes those streaming it a prime target for harassment.

There have been numerous calls from players Tfue and fellow Twitch star Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins asking Epic Games to ban stream snipers from the game permanently, as they believe that streaming sniping breaks the Fortnite Code of Conduct.

With tctroy0’s Twitch channel now deleted, it will be interesting to see if he attempts to return to the platform under a different alias, or if he will stop sniping streamers and trying to ruin their broadcasts.


Shroud claims Twitch streamers should “unite” to overturn DMCA rules

Published: 25/Oct/2020 3:59 Updated: 25/Oct/2020 4:44

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek has claimed streamers should have taken a “united front” on the new DMCA rules to try and force Twitch to overturn them, and “could have won” if they did, after thousands of streamers deleted their old VODs to avoid being taken down, some dating back nearly a decade.

Twitch has ramped up its efforts in cracking down on streamers using licensed music. Streamers around the world have been rattled and rocked after receiving DMCA takedown notifications, with a massive wave sweeping across the platform on October 20.

It happened because most streamers play music in their streams, which means it’s also included in their library of video clips and VODs.

It’s a controversial issue that has happened in the past, but the latest ‘DMCA Bloodbath’ has been the biggest one yet. Hundreds of partnered streamers have been forced to take down and delete years worth of content, and it’s sparked a lot of outrage from streamers and viewers alike.

Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek mulled over the issue in his latest stream, and he came to the conclusion that streamers didn’t play their cards right. He believes they should have taken a “united front” on the issue and “hurt themselves” by not doing it sooner.

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Shroud believes Twitch streamers needed to be on a “united front” to tackle the DMCA crackdown.

The first point shroud made was that, even if streamers obtained a license to skirt around the DMCA issues and play music on their stream, it wouldn’t solve the issue. 

“If I was to get a license to play music on my stream, Twitch would not know,” he said. “Therefore, their Twitch music… algorithm that mutes VODs would still mute my VOD even though… I legally can do it.”

“So even getting a license right now doesn’t matter,” he added. “Because… you’re still going to get cucked.”

Shroud went on to describe the whole situation as “strange” because playing in silence for a moment.  Then, he had another flurry of thoughts, which brought him to his final point that streamers should have been more united.

“If we as streamers took a united front and we didn’t just make rational f**king decisions and just start deleting sh*t, we actually could have won,” he said. “But now we hurt ourselves, so that sucks, but it is what it is. We folded. We’re a bunch of bi*ches.”

Shroud is referring to the fact that practically every streamer has been outraged by the decision. However, they ultimately succumbed to Twitch’s demands and deleted their VODS to avoid potential issues.

Many people will believe his frustration is warranted. However, at the same time, nobody can really blame other streamers for adhering to Twitch’s demands. After all, their livelihood depends on it.

The key takeaway, however, is that streamers could take shroud’s opinion on board in the future. If anything, partnered streamers are all pillars in the community. It couldn’t hurt for them to unite on matters when they really have to.

At the end of the day, workers in the ‘real world’ have associations, bodies, and unions to support them. So why should it be any different for streamers?