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Shroud calls on game devs to fix rampant stream sniping and cheaters

Published: 7/Dec/2019 16:31 Updated: 8/Dec/2019 18:35

by Daniel Cleary


Popular Mixer streamer Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek calls for changes with his latest game of choice, Escape from Tarkov, explaining his frustrations over stream sniping and cheaters.

Stream sniping can be one of the major downsides when broadcasting online as a popular streamer, and many of the top creators often find themselves getting paranoid that everyone is out to ruin their game.

Shroud, who has run into his fair share of viewers trying to best him during his career as a streamer, explained some of his frustrations with games like Escape from Tarkov, after being repeatedly stream sniped.

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Shroud called for changes to be made to Escape from Tarkov after being stream sniped

Many games such as the popular battle royale Fortnite have a feature that streamers can take advantage of to hide their identities in-game and counter stream sniping.

After his stream on the tactical first-person shooter on December 6, shroud called for such a feature that would hide his name in the opposing player’s death screen.

“Two nights in a row getting blatantly stream sniped in Tarkov,” he expressed, clearly frustrated with the state of his recent matches, “might be time to hide who killed you on the death report screen.”

Shroud then explained that once enemy players had realized who had killed them they’re behavior in-game would change, suggesting that he often found himself getting specifically targeted.

“Whenever I kill a player it says “Killed by shroud”, I can tell the whole dynamic of the fight changes when I kill one member of the squad,” he revealed.

After many questioned if the streamer was just overly paranoid, shroud explained that, with enough practice on a certain game, he could tell the difference between those who were stream sniping, likening it to how he identifies those who cheat against him in-game.

However, despite his abilities to detect stream snipers, Battlestate Games have not shown any sign of adding such a feature to Escape from Tarkov as of yet, so it is likely that he will have to change his in-game name often to avoid those targeting him.


Pokimane responds to transphobia accusations after Discord DMs emerge

Published: 29/Nov/2020 2:15

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Pokimane has been accused of being a trans-exclusionary radical feminist after a mod tried to blame her for discriminating against a trans girl, but she apologized and maintained her innocence.

Iman ‘Pokimane’ Anys is normally in the spotlight for the right reasons. However, she’s been caught up in drama lately after leaked documents about her relationship with Federico ‘Fedmyster’ Gaytan surfaced.

Pokimane denied the allegations, and it looked like smooth sailing from here on out. But now, another incident has surfaced. It’s a serious one that has thrown her into drama yet again.

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Pokimane has been caught up in one drama after another lately.

Pokimane’s official Discord server has a role exclusive to girls, but users can’t get it unless they confirm their gender by speaking in voice chat. It’s supposed to be a failsafe way to stop male viewers from pretending to be females for trolling purposes.

However, a mod rejected a trans girl from the role. He claimed he was following orders and deflected the blame onto Pokimane. Apparently, the trans girl persisted, which ultimately lead to being banned from the server.

This sparked an uproar on social media. Some people even accused Pokimane of being a trans-exclusionary radical feminist (TERF). Fortunately, she responded quickly and assured fans that everybody is welcome in her community.

“I’m looking into this with said mod/proof of the conversation that was held between them,” she said. [I] will [also] contact SHSLChris directly to resolve this and to assure she is welcomed properly.”

“Anyone in my community should be welcomed with open arms no matter what gender/sexuality,” she added. “I’m so sorry if anyone was made to feel otherwise, especially by a mod. That is not okay, and I’ll make sure it’s properly handled.”

“Furthermore, I’ve unmodded the person in question,” she said, implying that he acted independently.

“Again, I’m so sorry for this interaction, as it is not something I reinforce/a rule of mine, and is far from representative of my personal opinions, as I truly support the trans community.”

The key takeaway is the mod appears to have acted or interpreted the rules in his own way, and has since been unmodded.

Pokimane also maintained her innocence and claimed she is in full support of the trans community. Whether the affected user will accept her invite back into the Discord remains to be seen.