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September’s fastest-growing Twitch channel raises suspicion

Published: 16/Sep/2019 11:21

by Connor Bennett

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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.
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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.

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Russian Instagram influencer torches his $150,000 Mercedes on purpose

Published: 25/Oct/2020 0:46

by Bill Cooney

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An Instagram influencer literally set his own $150,000 Mercedes Benz on fire after he got fed up with how his local dealership was repairing it.

Several videos of Russian Instagram and YouTube star Mikhail Litvin torching the black GT 63 S went viral over the weekend, with people around the internet both amazed and horrified that someone has enough extra cash rolling around they can just send a luxury car up in flames.

But, Litvin’s display surprisingly wasn’t just a random instance of pure, nihilistic capitalism captured on film, as he claims he was sending a message to his local Mercedes dealership and the company as a whole.

The saga begins like this: Mikhail bought a brand new GT 63 S (running around $140,000 to $160,000) and somehow, broke the engine five times in a row through various automotive shenanigans.

Eventually, he became fed up with how his local Mercedes Benz dealership was repairing the vehicle each time he brought it in, even replacing the turbo kit with one purchased off of eBay at one point.

Paying to have sub-par parts installed in his car seems to have been the final straw for the Russian, who filled his trunk up with gasoline and brought plenty of cameras to a deserted field to send his vehicle off with a Viking funeral.

After bathing the car in fuel, Litvin lights a Looney Tunes-style trail from offscreen and the poor four-door goes up in a massive fireball.

Pouring gasoline on a mercedes
Mikhail Litvin/YouTube
Litvin made sure not to miss a spot.

After contemplating all the memories he had in the Mercedes while the inferno raged behind him, the YouTuber drove into the sunset with his new whip, a classic teal Lada that only needed a little bit of a running start to get going.

With over 11 million followers on Instagram and 4 million subscribers on YouTube, chances are good that Litvin will be picking up a fly new car sometime soon to replace the smoking heap that was his GT 63 S.

Exactly what he’ll replace it with remains to be seen, but we’d bet he’ll have a video out about it when he does.