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Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau calls out Twitch for allowing “viewbotting”

Published: 18/Nov/2018 21:02 Updated: 19/Nov/2018 20:07

by Vincent Genova

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Some suspicious viewer behavior appeared on Twitch during the Red Bull Conquest fighting game tournament.

As pointed out by esports reporter Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau, Red Bull’s Tekken stream rocketed from 6,000 viewers to over 50,000 in less than a half hour.

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He claims the jump can be explained by ‘viewbotting’ or other manipulation methods – like paying websites to embed streams – that companies can use to pad their numbers on Twitch.

Although it is possible that 46,000 people suddenly remembered the Tekken tournament was on, it seems unlikely the viewership spike was entirely legitimate. 

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Twitch has a history of turning a blind eye to problems on their platform, like artificial numbers or even illegal streams of paid events.

Richard Lewis chimed in to say that not only are they allowing the viewer numbers to be messed with, they may be involved in websites that provide the services.

With padded numbers seemingly commonplace, Slasher wondered how many games and streamers have benefited from the questionable activity.

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xQc has also raised doubts about Twitch in the past, questioning the amount of viewers watching TSM while promoting a new game.

There have been skeptics about the viewership numbers of esports events for some time now, with some countries like China producing millions more viewers than anticipated.

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Twitch streamer shocked after viewer sends him 126 lbs of cranberry sauce

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:02

by Virginia Glaze

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Popular Twitch streamer ‘TheStockGuy’ was left speechless after receiving 126 lbs of cranberry sauce in the mail from one of his viewers in a hilarious prank.

Twitch is one of the net’s most popular live streaming platforms, and rightfully so; the site is home to a slew of hilarious and shocking moments that happen in real-time, from everything to doors falling on unlucky streamers in the middle of video games to viewers rescuing streamers’ trapped cats.

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However, some of these on-stream occurrences are downright strange, and many streamers have received the odd occasional gift from their viewers, including that time when Pokimane received a body pillow with a photo of herself on it.

While streamers having a public P.O. Box to receive gifts from fans is not uncommon, very often the things they receive are; and Twitch streamer TheStockGuy became the subject of a seriously weird present of sorts.

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Pokimane, Twitch
Twitch: Pokimane
Twitch star “Pokimane” has received a slew of strange gifts from fans – one of which was a body pillow with her own face on it.

During an October 6 broadcast, TheStockGuy — who has gained notoriety on the platform for educating his viewers about finances and the stock market — revealed he’d been sent 126 lbs of Ocean Spray brand cranberry sauce.

“What is wrong with you people?” the streamer asked, seeming genuinely baffled by the situation. “Somebody sent me 126 lbs of cranberry sauce! What — where am I supposed to put this? Isn’t there some charity or something this money could go to?”

Although the he appeared to be utterly flummoxed by the viewers’ decision, he decided to make the best of the unexpected prank, stating that he would donate the sauce to his local food bank for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

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“I mean — you know what? Joke’s on you!” he continued. “I’m giving this to the local food shelter for thanksgiving, so they don’t have to purchase cranberry sauce! That’s right — we’re making something good out of this!”

It seems that TheStockGuy’s viewers found the scenario to be completely hilarious — and while it certainly is worth a hearty chuckle, it’s good to know that the broadcaster is putting his viewer’s practical joke to good use, in the end.

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