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Overwatch caster responds to bizarre backlash over PewDiePie Tweet

Published: 27/Jan/2019 20:42 Updated: 28/Jan/2019 1:26

by Calum Patterson

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When Overwatch League caster Brennon ‘Bren’ Hook posted a seemingly innocent Tweet suggesting that his followers subscribe to PewDiePie, he likely didn’t expect the backlash he received from some users.

Swedish YouTuber Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg is currently the most subscribed creator on the platform, but is locked in a battle with Indian production company T-Series, chasing him for the top spot.

Ongoing for months now, PewDiePie has maintained a slender lead, thanks largely to the help of other YouTubers, influencers and the internet at large.

As such, the phrase ‘subscribe to PewDiePie’ has become somewhat viral, with users posting it on YouTube comments, Twitch chats and of course, Twitter.

Bren decided to get in on the meme on January 25, simply posting ‘subscribe to PewDiePie please’ – but some of his followers were less than pleased with his endorsement.

Some even went as far as to suggest that Bren was “down with people who use racial slurs”.

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Another user suggested that Blizzard, who operate the Overwatch League, would request that Bren delete the post.

The backlash stems from a previous controversy in late 2017, when PewDiePie called an opponent in a game “a fucking n****r”, later apologizing by explaining it was in the “heat of the moment” and the worst word he could think of “slipped out.”

This is one of numerous issues which have caused PewDiePie to be such a polarizing figure, but Bren didn’t expect that his lighthearted post would be taken so seriously.

Esports journalist Richard Lewis was also bemused at the stance some fans took, although didn’t sound surprised that some had taken it so seriously as to think it represented Bren’s “personal politics”.

PewDiePie is indeed a ‘love him or hate him’ personality, but given the ongoing craze about keeping his sub count higher than T-Series, Bren’s Tweet was clearly posted in jest.

Many fans are supporting PewDiePie as a means of standing up against the perceived favorable treatment afforded to large corporations on YouTube, and the less than favorable treatment of the everyday creator, which PewDiePie is the poster boy for.

You can keep up with the battle for number one on YouTube between PewDiePie and T-Series here, with live subscriber counts.

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TSM Hamlinz finally breaks Twitter silence after four-months away

Published: 26/Oct/2020 3:43 Updated: 26/Oct/2020 3:46

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Hamlinz has been missing in action for quite some time, but the beloved Fortnite streamer has finally broken his silence on Twitter on Oct. 25, and let the world know he is back and feeling good.

Darryle ‘Hamlinz’ Hamlin was once a pillar in the streaming world. He shot to fame while streaming Fortnite during its peak, and his popularity rose even more after he joined Team Solo Mid.

However, the beloved streamer has been on the down-low for several months now; in fact, he has been silent on social media for most of the year. 

Hamlinz tweeted every now and then between January and March, and even streamed a couple of times. But he was far less active than he used to be, and hadn’t posted at all since July.

Many speculated he might have been on another hiatus. The first one happened when he needed some time off to deal with a nasty cyst. The second one happened not long after when he needed some time to deal with personal issues.

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Hamlinz was once one of the most popular streamers alongside Shroud and Ninja.

Hamlinz is back and feeling like his old self again

Thankfully, he bounced back on both those occasions, and it seems like he’s bounced back once again. The full extent of what happened this time around remains unclear. However, the most important thing is that Hamlinz has finally broken his silence on social media.

“Feeling like my old self again,” he wrote. It’s a little more than one hour old, but the tweet has already amassed 50,000 likes, 6,5000 retweets, and 6,000 comments.

The hype is real, and for a good reason. Hamlinz is one of the most entertaining, likable, and talented streamers in the world. Plus, it’s always nice to see people recover from whatever issues they’re facing and get back on their own two feet.

The comments are filled with people happy to see him back. “Finally something good in 2020,” wrote one fan. “Hamlinz is BACK BABY,” wrote another.

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Hamlinz and Daequan are best friends and housemates.

Sadly, Hamlinz has remained tight-lipped on whether he will stream again anytime soon. However, considering he is feeling like his old self again, it could mean that a stream might not be too far away.

Either way, there’s no doubt that it will be a momentous occasion. If the excitement in the comments is anything to go by, the floodgates will open and his fans, followers, and viewers will come pouring in.

Hamlinz has more than five million followers across Twitch, Twitter, and Youtube. It seems all the time off hasn’t dampened his popularity in the slightest.