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Sodapoppin explains why Twitch is a “glorified mental hospital”

Published: 20/Nov/2018 15:11 Updated: 20/Nov/2018 16:33

by Calum Patterson

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Twitch is the most popular live streaming website in the world, but one of its most veteran broadcasters, Chance ‘Sodapoppin’ Morris likens it to a “mental hospital” in the way users behave.

Originally ‘justin.tv’, the site later rebranded to Twitch in 2011 as it shifted its focus to video game streaming, with a category for the traditional ‘IRL’ (In Real Life) streams added separately.

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Now seven years later, and following the acquisition by Amazon in 2014, Twitch pulls in over 15 million daily users, with an average of one million concurrent viewers in May 2018.

But, Sodapoppin thinks that this steady increase in viewership isn’t just down to people wanting to watch video games and broadcasters more.

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He explains the various groups of people who watch Twitch, and gives reasons why he believes they do so and their behavior, concluding that it is a “glorified mental hospital.”

“You’ve got moderators that are glorified internet janitors. You’ve got clip chimps that are trying to farm a resource that actually doesn’t mean anything, but to give them validation. You’ve got some people that just watch the streams and relax, are normal – some. […] 

You’ve got people trying to white knight, in hopes that they’ll get laid by their favorite streamer. When in reality they’re already married. Again, Twitch is a giant glorified mental hospital. It’s just fucked in so many ways.

Before this, Sodapoppin was discussing viewers who “race” to post clips on Reddit, in hopes of farming Reddit karma, calling these people “mentally ill.”

Other streamers have also touched on the problems that can occur with certain portions of their viewers. 

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For example, top female streamer Pokimane recently mocked viewers who think that donating a lot of money means they should be eligible to date her.

When dealing with hundereds of millions of users, there are bound to be some less stable than others, and some streamers have said that they acknowledge that their viewers are watching because of loneliness, and that the streamer provides an interaction of sorts, however hollow.

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Twitch streamer Jinny stunned as man tries to sell her drugs on stream

Published: 7/Oct/2020 18:49

by Michael Gwilliam

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IRL Twitch streamer Jinny was left shocked after two men tried to sell her drugs while she toured the city of Hamburg in Germany.

Jinny has grown quite a following thanks in part to her IRL traveling antics where the Korean streamer routinely has odd adventures. Her trips have resulted in her befriending waitresses at a Texas Hooters, being attacked by wild deer in Denmark, and even setting her backyard on fire.

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Now, in her most recent trip in Germany, the streamer found herself in quite an awkward position as she was offered drugs during an October 7 broadcast.

While talking to viewers, a random man suddenly began talking to her in broken English.

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“You’re lucky to be in Deutschland. My ganja is the best,” he said. “You get three for five.”

It’s unclear exactly what units of measurement the man was selling three of for five Euros, but ganja translates to marijuana or weed. The incident really shocked the IRL streamer who had no idea what he was talking about.

“I don’t speak German,” she stated as he and another man conversed in the language.

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Jinny’s chat warned her the man was selling drugs.

“Do you need ganja?” the man asked in English.

“What is ganja?” Jinny wondered. “Iguana?”

Eventually, Jinny looked at her chat and saw that her viewers were spamming translations and explaining how he was trying to sell her drugs – something she wanted no part of.

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“I don’t need ganja. It’s okay,” she laughed and went on her way. “That was very random. Do I look like I smoke weed? Uh, maybe.”

Amusingly, the streamer went on to explain that she was very confused and seriously thought the man was trying to sell her an iguana.

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“I thought he said ‘do you want to buy an iguana,’” she chuckled. “Why would I want to buy an iguana all of a sudden?”

Luckily, Jinny wasn’t forced into buying any drugs or reptiles during her encounter, but it just goes to show that even when a camera is rolling, weird stuff happens on a regular basis.