Shroud overtaken as fastest growing Twitch streamer by very suspicious channel - Dexerto

Shroud overtaken as fastest growing Twitch streamer by very suspicious channel

Published: 16/Mar/2019 12:40 Updated: 16/Mar/2019 14:42

by Connor Bennett


One of Twitch’s most popular streamers, Michael ‘ Counter-Strike: Global Offensive professional has skyrocketed in popularity since the release of the new free-to-play battle royale title, Apex Legends. Shroud surpassed the 100,000 subscribers mark earlier in the month of March – capping off an incredible few weeks.

However, that incredible success doesn’t mean that he was the most followed channel for the month of March.

ELEAGUEThe former CS:GO has become the new King of Twitch in recent weeks.

Instead, that honor went to Novat0r_Konb – an account dedicated to advertising an online casino page. The brand-new channel gained over 485,000 followers during a 30-minute stream on March 3 – its only broadcast of the month.

The suspicious account seemingly has links to a channel, called Slot_V, that tried the same thing at the end of 2019. Before being deleted by Twitch, the profile photo for the Novat0r_Konb account showcased ‘Slot V’ above what looked like an offer designed to attract new users.

TwitchMetricsShroud and Dizzy lagged behind the Casino streamer.

The Slot_V account dominated the most followed channel charts in December – beating out incredibly popular Fortnite streamers Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins and Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney.

The account had amassed over 430,000 followers despite only attracting 3,000 viewers to their small 40-minute stream – strikingly similar to how Novat0r_Konb operated at the beginning of March.

Similarly to Novat0r_Konb, the account had its channel deleted from the streaming platform after seemingly botting fake viewers and followers in a bid to advertise their gambling website. 


Dream angered by backlash blaming him for his fans’ actions

Published: 24/Jan/2021 2:07

by Theo Salaun


Following a wave of online controversy, popular Minecraft YouTuber Dream took to Twitter to address critics and show them why he believes all of the backlash is inherently misguided.

Dream and the Dream Team, with friends like Tommyinnit and Quackity, have been one of the largest sources of online entertainment thanks to a consistent flood of content across YouTube and Twitch. While their videos and streams, including of the entire Dream SMP Minecraft server, have brought Dream a huge amount of fans — that popularity appears to have come with a downside.

Originally, most of the drama surrounding Dream involved accusations about him cheating during a 1.16 Minecraft speedrun. But now, a very different sort of critique has emerged, as fans and critics bemoan the content creator’s inability to restrain the least appropriate segments of his community.

Over the past week, #dreamwaswrong began trending on Twitter and similar complaints moved across social media. The basis for this backlash surrounded a subculture of Dream fans that had begun creating inappropriate fanfiction and art involving the minors who represented the Dream Team. In response, Dream has shot down those critics.

Drawing a theoretical parallel, the faceless content creator philosophically makes his perspective known. Mocking his critics, Dream criticizes the media and his detractors using a hypothetical scenario.

“Dream has refused to condemn murder after one of his fans turned out to be a murderer. Will he finally be held accountable?”

Essentially, Dream suggests that people criticize him for the actions of others — noting that he ought to be “held accountable” for the vile actions (in this hypothetical instance: murder) of his fans. The point of this example is to highlight the absurdity of a causal relationship between influencer and the influenced.

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Who needs a face when you have a lot of fans?

While fans and critics appear to be divided on the efficacy of Dream’s tweet, it’s clear that he is trying to push back against those who blame him for the actions of his viewers. In the social media age, this relationship between popular figure and stan is a particularly nuanced one.

For what it’s worth, Dream has also taken a much more firm stance against inappropriate subcultures of his fandom on his alternate account, DreamWasTaken. It remains to be seen whether or not that will be enough to satisfy his critics, but the situation is obviously a contentious one.