Pokimane accused of ‘cheating’ after exploiting Teamfight Tactics bug

Published: 10/Jul/2019 19:41 Updated: 5/May/2020 16:15

by Virginia Glaze


Popular League of Legends’ Autobattler mode ‘Teamfight Tactics.’

Riot unleashed their Teamfight Tactics Autobattler mode in mid-June, giving a breath of fresh air to their classic battle arena title League of Legends – but it seems that a unique bug might be overturning the competition.

This particular glitch occurs during Teamfight Tactics’ initial shared draft round, allowing players to bug into the golden circle and pick their Champion from the middle carousel ahead of everyone else, ultimately giving them better priority for a top pick.

The bug can be achieved by clicking inside of the circle right as the match begins, giving users a leg up on the opposition: a “tactic” that Pokimane employed during a stream on July 9.

“I did it!” she exclaimed after pulling off the glitch. “It’s so I get pick earlier before everyone else. I’m so good at this game, dude! I’ve done this bug so many times.”

While Pokimane was amused at being able to exploit the glitch, commenters across the net were divided on the morality of the situation, with some arguing that she is effectively cheating by abusing the bug.

“This is why we can’t have nice things,” another said. “At every turn, you try to take advantage over the others. Pathetic.”

However, some viewers argue that the bug is free game until developers fix the issue, with some even claiming that abuse will give developers more data on the glitch to better resolve the matter.

“…You can sit there and say ‘don’t use bugs, it’s cheating’ all day, but at the end of the day in a competitive environment, players will use all of their resources to secure the win, including exploits,” one user wrote.

Some viewers noted the unfairness with which Pokimane is treated regarding her gameplay, pointing out that if Forsen had used such a glitch, he would be praised for it.

Pokimane has yet to address her use of the bug via her social media accounts as of the publication of this article.


Ninja explains how better parenting can help online toxicity

Published: 26/Jan/2021 0:15

by Virginia Glaze


Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins has called for parents to take an active role in fighting toxicity online, and explained why it’s so important — especially in a world that is using the internet more and more every day.

Ninja knows better than most the highs and lows of online stardom. Having risen to prominence as one of Twitch’s most-viewed personalities, the broadcaster-turned-Fortnite aficionado moved to Mixer in a shocking turn of events, leaving his huge Twitch legacy behind him in the process.

However, this unsurprisingly incited a wave of criticism against the gaming star, who was already well-aware of the behavior of young players during online matches.

The online troll has even become a widespread stereotype — but Ninja believes that parents can help mitigate the oft-bemoaned state of online toxicity.


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During a January 24 interview with the New York Times’ David Marchese, Ninja stated that the parents of young gamers can play a huge role in changing the environment of internet culture for the positive.

“People are behind the screen,” Ninja explained. “They say what they want and can get away with it. You have complete anonymity… it sucks that there are kids who can say racist things and be incredibly aggressive and threatening to women online and have zero repercussions.”

“It all comes down to parenting,” he continued. “You want to know who your kid is? Listen to him when he’s playing video games when he thinks you’re not.”

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Ninja believes that better parenting can result in a better online experience for streamers and gamers, across the board.

Ninja went on to discuss racism, noting the all-too common occurrence of racial slurs being slung in online gaming matches — something that can even get Twitch streamers banned, if said during their broadcasts.

“Is it my job to have this conversation with this kid? No, because the first thing that’s going on in my head is, ‘This kid is doing this on purpose to troll me.’ If someone says a racial slur on someone else’s stream, it can potentially get that streamer banned. It’s awful, but that’s the first thing I think of.”

Ninja’s conversation on toxicity isn’t out of the blue; studies report online harassment and cyberbullying has risen 70% amid the ongoing health crisis.

While it’s impossible to monitor everything your child does online, Ninja’s interview does raise an interesting topic of conversation as the world turns to the internet while traveling and gatherings are out of the question.