SMOSH parent company slammed with class-action lawsuit following sudden shutdown - Dexerto

SMOSH parent company slammed with class-action lawsuit following sudden shutdown

Published: 18/Nov/2018 1:14 Updated: 18/Nov/2018 1:16

by Virginia Glaze


Parent company of major YouTube comedy channel SMOSH, Defy Media, shut down without warning on November 6 – and now faces two separate lawsuits by a former employee and talent agency Generate Holdings.

The first lawsuit, filed by former Defy employee Georgina Guinane, alleges that the company did not provide a 60 day notice before laying off its workforce, as required by the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.

If won, this lawsuit would require Defy to pay its former employees their wages for 60 days of work.


The second lawsuit is being filed by owners of talent agency Generate Holdings, who claim that Defy owe money to both themselves and Holdings, as a company.

According to the lawsuit, when Generate merged with Defy, Defy began to collect fees from Generate’s clients before moving the funds to Generate, themselves. Additionally, Defy had allegedly urged Generate to remain with the company during talks of severing their relationship in 2017.

However, those aren’t the only lawsuits being filed against Defy; media companies Shandy Media and Proper Media filed lawsuits asking for $150,000, respectively, while ViewAll Investments Limited is asking for $100,000.

Furthermore, Defy likewise owes money to YouTubers underneath its umbrella, including members of comedy channel SMOSH, who announced that they will continue to create content while still looking for a new home.

Since Defy’s sudden closure, a number of its affiliated YouTubers have come out with allegations against the company, such as Shane Dawson, Furious Pete, Anthony Padilla, and more.


xQc and Trainwrecks aren’t happy they didn’t get to play with AoC

Published: 21/Oct/2020 16:00

by Lauren Bergin


When Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced her Among Us stream the world went wild. Some streamers, however, including xQc and Trainwrecks, felt a bit left out. 

Almost every gamer in the world would be excited at the chance to play with Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, the U.S. Representative for New York’s 14th Congressional District.

This isn’t just because she’s a popular figure in American politics, but also because she’s an avid gamer. In numerous posts, AOC has expressed her love for League of Legends, and shocked the world when she announced that she ranked Silver in the game’s ranked scene.

Therefore, her involvement on Twitch stream with Pokimane and DrLupo makes complete sense, but according to some Twitch streamers, her choice of company did not.

Pokimane AOC Hasan Among Us
AoC chose to play alongside popular streamers, including Pokimane.

xQc and Trainwrecks left out

Popular streamers xQc and TrainwrecksTV were both less than happy about not getting the chance to get involved, despite their standing as two of the biggest Among Us streamers since the game’s rise on Twitch. xQc in fact, was ruling the category for weeks, before he decided to take a break.

And, when AOC first announced her plan to stream Among Us, Trainwrecks was among the streamers eager to get a spot.

During a CoD stream, xQc showed himself live-tweeting a tongue-in-cheek response to AOC’s tweet. The Congresswoman had thanked her fellow streamers for their involvement in the game, as xQc sarcastically replied that he was especially thankful for his invite (that he never received).

A second tweet from Trainwrecks went on to mock AoC’s streamer partners, referring to them as ‘the Disney channel.’

While it’s understandable that streamers would relish the opportunity to play with one of America’s most influential gamers, both xQc and Trainwreck both have rocky histories on the streaming platform. Their more mature style of content make them less viable guests on a PR related stream aimed at young people.

Whether or not xQc and Trainwreck will get their chance to play with AOC in the future is unknown.