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Pokimane responds to controversy over Twitch advertising her stream on other channels

Published: 27/Jan/2019 20:53 Updated: 27/Jan/2019 20:54

by Calum Patterson

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Popular Twitch streamer Imane ‘Pokimane‘ Anys has been caught up in a number of controversies to kick off 2019, the latest following ads on other streamers’ channels, promoting her channel.

Twitch itself has faced the brunt of the backlash, as it’s now the second time in as many months that the Amazon-owned platform have shown ads for certain streamers on other streamers’ channels.

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It started when they promoted Ninja’s ‘New Year x Fortnite’ live stream, which angered some of the most popular streamers on Twitch, to see their channels used for the promotion of another streamer.

Pokimane’s event at the Pro Bowl 2019, was in association with the NFL, and so was another major corporate opportunity for both her and Twitch itself.

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Like the Ninja event, Twitch used its platform to promote the event, to the dismay of other streamers. One popular broadcaster, Strippin, wrote “I thought people were pretty vocal recently about their displeasure of other broadcasters being advertised on their channels. So why the fuck are my viewers seeing Pokimane ads, Twitch?”

While at the event, Pokimane took the time to address the debate, stating: “Companies will advertise how they advertise, and it’s not always something that’s run by us [the streamers]. […] I love to see streamers be a part of big company campaigns like this, it means that the whole industry for streamers is doing well.”

Her response somewhat resembled Ninja’s (now deleted) response when it was his stream being promoted by Twitch, stating that more viewers and growth for streaming generally was a benefit shared by all.

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However, others argue that this is a ‘paid in exposure’ form of explaining away the disrespect some streamers feel by having other channels promoted on theirs.

Not all streamers feel this way though, as long time Twitch broadcaster ‘Jericho’ explained, he feels it is his (and other streamers’) responsibility to keep their viewers entertained, and an ad for another channel shouldn’t stop that.

The debate is ongoing, but considering this is now the second occasion in which Twitch has adopted this approach to marketing events, it doesn’t seem like the backlash from some in the community is deterring them.

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Hashinshin claims FBI cleared him of sexual harassment allegations

Published: 8/Oct/2020 4:00

by Andrew Amos

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Popular League of Legends streamer Robert ‘Hashinshin’ Brotz has claimed the FBI investigated him over allegations he was sexually harassing minors, and cleared him of any wrongdoing. He was permanently banned on Twitch over the claims.

Hashinshin was ostracized from the League of Legends community back in July, after claims the 30-year-old Twitch streamer sexually harassed underage girls by abusing his platform of power.

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Other popular content creators, like Joedat ‘Voyboy’ Esfahani, stated that “Hashinshin is a manipular, predator, and worst of all [a] pedophile who used his platform to abuse so many underage girls over the years.”

However, the disgraced streamer has claimed he was investigated by the FBI and cleared of all wrongdoing.

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“There has been an FBI investigation into me, and I have neither been jailed or charged with a crime. Some of you might not believe that. I have a freedom of information request [to prove my innocence publicly], but that can take up to a year,” Brotz said in a October 7 statement.

Numerous women came forward stories in July of Hashinshin grooming them while they were underage. However, Hashinshin has always maintained his innocence, claiming these stories were false, and that many of those who came forward have since deleted their statements.

He also stated that he was potentially looking into suing some of the alleged victims for defamation, stating they did a “public assessment of [his] character” that distorted what people thought of him.

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“I was going to sue Alli for defamation ⁠— and I probably should have ⁠— but Alli is not a victim, and people started getting these really distorted views on what was happening,” he said, referring to one of the victims.

“Things aren’t as they seem, regardless of what they seem. I’m not a rich and powerful figure. They didn’t find that I did anything. I think a lot of this was a public assessment of my character, and a lot of people did this because they didn’t like me.

“I’ve been working on bettering myself over the last two years, and I think I’ve become a better person overall. It hurts a lot…to see all these people denying that.”

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Brotz claimed that while he believed his accusers weren’t “all terrible people,” they betrayed his trust. He also said that while he believes they should apologize, he hopes no one in the community attacks them. He just wants to “go back to living a normal life.”

“I thought these were nice people, I thought I could trust them and work with them. That’s why my response to this was all sh*tty because I shouldn’t really have trusted anyone. I don’t think they’re all terrible people, but things really escalated,” he said.

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“I don’t want anyone to attack them. I just want to go back to living a normal life. I just want to exist peacefully, and I hope people can start letting me do that. I hope this can change their minds in some way.”

Hashinshin remains permanently banned on Twitch despite his attempts to clear this name. He has also lost his Twitch partnership, and has instead moved to streaming on YouTube.