September’s fastest-growing Twitch channel raises suspicion - Dexerto

September’s fastest-growing Twitch channel raises suspicion

Published: 16/Sep/2019 11:21

by Connor Bennett


A Twitch channel that averages less than 20 views per stream has become the most-followed channel for September in highly suspicious fashion, but they appear to have an explanation as to why they’ve exploded in growth. 

Twitch streamers can be rewarded for their hard work and entertainment in a handful of ways – with the most being follows and subscriptions. Following a channel means you’ll get a notification when they go live, while subscribing to a streamer helps them earn a living through their account.

Some of the most popular streamers, like Shroud, Dr Disrespect, and Tfue have millions of followers and thousands of subscribers – helping them regular stay towards the top of Twitch’s metrics. Yet, September’s statistics have been rocked by a brand new channel that amassed over half a million followers in less than a day.

TwitchMetricsTwitch’s top growing channels for September.

Going under the Twitch name AnimeFan_30, the channel which can regularly be found playing VRChat spiked in followers on September 14. The account went from 572 followers to 534,000 within the blink of an eye. 

Unlike some other channels, where we’ve seen Eastern European gambling websites try their best at advertising quickly with huge view botting, AnimeFan_30 has a backlog of streams that dates back to July and has claimed that somebody targeting them with the barrage of bots.

TwitchMetricsAnimeFan_30’s Twitch stats from their September 14 broadcast.

During their September 14 stream, AnimeFan_30 had been playing VRChat when they were hit with another influx of followers.

“Oh my god, it’s happening again,” they called out. After a fellow player asked what was happening, the streamer continued: “They’re doing it. There it goes, they’re doing it again.”

With channel names like wdv5h6mhd3lio7va6 and l2b0precqkz7_0mt0 following the streamer, it appears pretty likely that they are being view botted from somewhere or someone.

Whether or not Twitch will take action against the trolls, or if AnimeFan_30 themselves will face any repercussions for what has been going on, remains to be seen. For now, though, they can lay claim to being the most-followed channel for September.


Mr Beast struggles through ridiculous 24-hour ice house challenge

Published: 30/Oct/2020 5:33 Updated: 30/Oct/2020 5:47

by Brad Norton


Jimmy ‘Mr Beast’ Donaldson is no stranger to over the top challenges but his latest video was one of the most difficult he’s ever filmed, as he struggled to endure 24 hours in a house made completely of ice.

While Mr Beast loves to giveaway crazy prizes to competitors, friends, and even just strangers on the street, he also loves a good challenge. From 24 hours in a prison to surviving on a deserted island, the popular YouTuber has done just about everything.

Looking to push the boundaries even further, his latest task was to endure the freezing cold for a full day. It wasn’t just a cold room with the air conditioning cranked, it was an entire house made of ice. Brick by brick the structure fully was completely encased in ice to keep Mr Beast as cold as possible.

Everything from the chairs to the toilet was also frozen solid. Mere hours into the attempt it had quickly become “one of the harder challenges [he’s] ever done.”

Mr Beast Ice house challenge
YouTube: Mr Beast
A few hours into the challenge and Mr Beast had to start getting regular checks to ensure he wasn’t in proper danger.

So what was the motive to remain in the ice house? If Mr Beast survived all 24 hours, his closest friends would have to cover themselves “in syrup and feathers” in public. On the other hand, if he left early, the same punishment would be applied.

After a few hours of pacing back and forth to keep his body active, he bargained for a pair of gloves. A nearby crew member handed them over and agreed to a $10,000 deal to be Mr Beast’s “spy” throughout the challenge.

This was certainly one of the more unique challenges on the channel as the gimmick never let up. Mr Beast was even forced to eat a stack of pancakes with a fork made entirely of ice. At the 12 hour mark, he conceded that “it was brutal.”

“Literally the coldest I’ve ever been in my entire life,” he said after the fact. “I was miserable.” Despite the odds being stacked against him and his friends trying to make the challenge even harder, he pushed through to the very end.

Days after revealing his most expensive video ever, it turns out this rather simple challenge was quite costly as well. 

“This video cost me around $300,000 to make. For the price that it cost me to build an ice house, I could have bought a real house.”