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Richard Lewis slams Twitch for inconsistent bans on Trainwrecks podcast

Published: 23/Nov/2019 14:36 Updated: 24/Nov/2019 1:52

by Andy Williams

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Richard Lewis has criticized Twitch for supposed inconsistencies in their moderation policy, comparing Alinity with Destiny’s during an episode of Trainwreckstv’s Scuffed Podcast.

Twitch streamers being suspended has always been a hot-topic in the community, particularly throughout 2019. With streamers being temporarily or permanently removed from the platform, Amazon’s streaming service has not been afraid to exercise its right to punish creators in-line with their Terms of Service (ToS) and community guidelines. 

However, as pointed out by veteran esports journalist, Richard Lewis, there appears to be a disparity between the exact punishments being dished out, especially around the length of respective bans.

Amouranth (Twitch).Amouranth was banned for three days after a wardrobe malfunction.

Richard Lewis has been in the spotlight following his speech at the 2019 Esports Awards, after winning Journalist of the Year. 

After withstanding the tremors from his Richter-scaling oration, Lewis was keen to discuss Twitch’s apparent inconsistencies on Tyler ‘Trainwreckstv’ Nikham’s podcast.

The Brit opened with: “We now know [that] Twitch are asleep at the wheel and actually don’t really conduct investigations, and don’t really mete out bans with any rhyme or reason.”

He continued: “It just depends which f**king purple hoodie-wearing intern gets your case across their desk and how they feel that day.”

Lewis then went on to draw comparison between Steven ‘Destiny’ Bonnell and Natalia ‘Alinity’ Mogollon, after Destiny recently received a suspension for skimming over a nude image of fellow Twitch streamer, Alebrelle.

“Case and point, it happened to Steven [Destiny] recently. Banned for accidentally showing the horror show that is Alebrelle playing a piano with his back to everyone like Monty Python – not wearing any clothes – for three seconds,” Richard said. 

“Nothing actually being revealed in the picture […] He takes a three-day ban on the chin for that.”

He contrasted this to an incident on Alinity’s stream showing sexually explicit content, without facing similar repercussions: “Meanwhile, you know, we’ve seen (I think it was) Alinity actually have a raging erect penis on the screen for much longer, and that’s fine… And that’s okay, no ban!”

There have been countless other incidents that have sparked controversy due to Twitch’s handling of the situation. For example, an artist was banned for three days after drawing content that was deemed to be sexually suggestive — yet her channel was partnered for producing the same content.

Meanwhile, body painters (who often appear on-stream with little to no clothing due to the nature of the art) are protected under the community guidelines.

Perhaps most controversially, Twitch has handed out bans on three separate occasions after mistakingly ruling that streamers had used racial slurs, when in fact they had said words like ‘nerds’ and ‘idiots’ and were misheard.

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Tommyinnit reveals he used to stream snipe Shroud before he was famous

Published: 20/Jan/2021 11:22 Updated: 20/Jan/2021 11:27

by Calum Patterson

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Tommyinnit might be the most popular streamer on Twitch right now, averaging over 200,000 concurrent viewers for his sporadic Minecraft streams, but it turns out he used to be a massive shroud fanboy. In fact, he was one of shroud’s infamous stream snipers.

Stream sniping is the practice of using a streamer’s broadcast to gain information about the game they are playing – either to get an unfair advantage, or simply to join their game and troll them.

During the height of PUBG’s popularity in 2017, shroud was the biggest streamer on Twitch, and had an army of loyal stream snipers who would try endlessly to get into his matches.

Shroud’s stream snipers weren’t like others though – instead of trying to kill him, they would sing him songs, give him weapons and armor, or try to save his life when under attack.

Tommyinnit stream sniping shroud
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Tommyinnit would get into shroud’s game’s to troll.

Tommyinnit admits shroud stream sniping

Although it’s against the rules of most games and of Twitch itself, Tommyinnit has admitted that when he was 14, back in 2017, he loved both PUBG and shroud, and would spend hours up late trying to get into his games.

And he was successful too – often matching up with him, and trying to save his life from actual enemies attacking him. Shroud eventually became familiar with Tommy’s name, and would say hello to him. In a video on his second channel, Tommyoutit, came clean about all of his stream sniping antics.

In one session, shroud even talked to Tommy about playing Minecraft, the game that he’s so well-known for now.

But, it turns out that Tommyinnit made this video because it wasn’t just years ago in PUBG that he was stream sniping shroud. When he recently saw shroud on a Minecraft server with proximity chat, he had to try it again for old times sake.

Unfortunately, shroud didn’t seem to be enjoying himself at all this time around, and soon after left the server – though not before killing Tommyinnit’s character, twice.

Although stream sniping is technically against the rules on Twitch, we’re sure the platform will let this one slide, as it was all in good fun. The real question is whether shroud has made the connection that one of his old stream snipers is now one of the biggest names on Twitch alongside him.