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Shroud explains why Dr Disrespect is still his favorite Twitch streamer

Published: 12/Feb/2019 12:28 Updated: 13/Feb/2019 10:18

by Calum Patterson

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Two of the most popular Twitch streamers, Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek and Dr Disrespect, have always shared a healthy rivalry, but also a mutual respect. In fact, shroud says that to this day, the Doc remains his ‘favorite’ streamer.

The pair represent two very distinct attractions of Twitch. Shroud, the former Counter-Strike professional, is popular largely due to his unmatched skill in FPS games, while Dr Disrespect, although skilled, owes his popularity more so to his persona and unmatched production value.

That isn’t to say that shroud is not ‘entertaining’ beyond his skill, or that the Doc is lacking in skill – both are competent in almost every aspect of what makes a great streamer, but they both have their own draws, which pull in viewers in the tens of thousands every time the go live.

Shroud and Dr Disrespect will be pitted against each other in the Apex Legends Twitch Rivals tournament.
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Dr Disrespect plays on the fact that shroud is known for his skill, setting him as his primary target in the Apex Legends Twitch Rivals tournament – and there are no greater rivals than Shroud vs the Doc.

But, while shroud doesn’t necessarily respect his rival’s skill, he certainly respects his stream value. On February 11, a day before the tournament, shroud explained that the Doc remains his favorite.

“Doc will always be my favorite streamer, hands down,” shroud states, “But, I watch Doc for him, you know, I don’t necessarily watch the Doc for *ahem*, the gameplay.”

A slightly tongue in cheek compliment, shroud is likely throwing a gentle dig back at Dr Disrespect, after he was called out on stream by his opponent earlier in the day.

The Doc has set his sights on taking down shroud in the Twitch Rivals event, which will be broadcast on February 12, and features many of the biggest names in streaming competing on Respawn’s new battle royale.

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FBE founders Benny & Rafi Fine called out by staff for “toxic workplace”

Published: 16/Jan/2021 19:54

by Charlotte Colombo

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Benny and Rafi Fine, the two creators behind the FBE (Fine Brothers entertainment) brand have come back into the spotlight today a year after they stepped back from FBE after former employees publicly accused them of racism and a “toxic” working environment.

In an investigative article by Insider, 26 former employees spoke out about their experiences working for FBE. The company’s former head of casting, Steve Caustey, revealed that the Fine brothers used a three-tier system to rank their “reactors”, and demanded that at least 33% of the people in their “react” videos involved people in the top tier before an episode could be made.

Causey told Insider that there were “more white people at the top” of the tier, which meant that episodes ended up being predominately white.

He said in an interview with them: “It was noticeable, but I don’t think it was intentional. I feel like it might’ve started as unconscious bias, but after a time enough people brought it up that it should have been addressed.”

A former researcher told Insider that FBE staff “profit from the idea that they’re diverse without valuing it authentically. They try to capitalize and commercialize on it as much as they can.”

FBE’s lawyers said to Insider that race wasn’t a factor in decisions such as tiers and video thumbnails, with a spokesperson adding that the Fine brothers “have always endeavored to feature a majority of underrepresented voices in FBE’s content.”

What happened with FBE last year?

In June 2020, a video resurfaced of a comedy sketch Benny Fine did with fellow YouTuber Shane Dawson, wherein Benny was wearing blackface. The footage went viral and led to the two founders receiving extreme backlash.

High profile members of their ‘React’ series, such as Kennedy Zimet, made the decision to leave the channel after the footage went viral, with Zimet saying in a statement shared to Twitter that they felt “blindsided and flat out used, especially since they have not owned up to their actions by apologizing publicly or to their black cast members.”

This led to Mark Plier, who claimed to be a former producer for FBE, to claim on Twitter that the Fine brothers “wanted to benefit from the “diversity” but not benefit diversity”, alleging that YouTube video thumbnails with more than one BAME person were frequently turned down by the pair.

He also claimed that they “would frequently ask for the person of color to be on the right of the thumbnail and not the left, our only conclusion as to why that would be is the left person is the first one you’d see and thus the first impression.”

In further Tweets, Plier alleged that “the culture was so entrenched and they were so unwilling to hear our demands for changes that employee turnover became larger than the company’s actual size in just the 3 years I was there.”

The brothers released a statement apologizing for their “terrible errors of judgment” and ultimately decided to take a step back from the FBE company following the backlash.