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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.

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.

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. 

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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Former Overwatch pro Ryuhejong suspended from Gen.G following Twitch drama

Published: 19/Jan/2021 21:43

by Bill Cooney

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Former Overwatch League star Jehong ‘Ryujehong’ Ryu has been suspended from the Gen.G organization after reportedly making sexist comments on stream.

Widely regarded as one of the best Ana and flex support players around, Ryujehong is a familiar name to any Overwatch esports fan. He was one of the most popular players in OWL before stepping away from the competitive scene after the Vancouver Titans nuked their roster back in May 2020.

On January 11, 2021, Gen.G announced that RJH would be joining their org as a content creator, which makes sense, as he was a figurehead for the org’s Seoul Dynasty squad during the League’s first two seasons.

Following what was a very short honeymoon period, the Korean-based org has now suspended Ryu for sexist comments he made on stream that quickly caught the attention of social media, as you can see below:

On January 16, Jehong streamed alongside a female streamer named Haegi, and reportedly made a number of sexist comments towards her multiple times, and even called her out for interrupting him, claiming that women shouldn’t interrupt men.

Since the stream happened the VOD has been deleted, but this is the internet, and the comments were quickly translated into English, kicking off the storm of social media backlash.

On January 19, Gen.G’s Chief Operating Officer Arnold Hur announced that the org was suspending Ryujehong “indefinitely” due to his on stream-comments.

“I’m personally very disappointed in the language used during the stream by Jehong. He was wrong, and I find it uncharacteristic of the person I knew who has always been a considerate, kind-hearted teammate,” Hur wrote. “Our belief is that whether you are a player or streamer, anybody with a platform should understand the responsibility of the higher standards that come with it. As such, we have suspended all of Jehong’s team-related activities indefinitely.”

Like Hur mentioned, Jehong did put out an apology of his own after the firestorm started, where he apologized for what he said, and promised to watch how he speaks in the future, but added he won’t be censoring himself either, according to a translation provided by @hannahhycho on Twitter.

“I am trying to move my streams towards the streamer Ryujehong. I know there are many people who used to watch my old streams who are struggling to adjust to the chat and are confused by the fact I will be using ‘streamer memes’ but I hope you can understand,” RJH wrote, according to the translation. “From now on, I will listen to feedback for my streams and chat to develop them further… I saw some messages from people who aren’t my fans and I want to tell them to stop fanning the flames.”

Just in case there weren’t enough wrinkles to this story, Haegi, the female streamer who was broadcasting with Ryujehong when the incident took place, has come out and defended him according to translations by Reddit user Great-Reno, saying they were bantering back and forth and what happened wasn’t what it seemed.

“Why RJH gets all the blame when I made sexist jokes with him either? This is a bit undeserved,” Haegi said in a YouTube video posted after the outrage began, according to the translation. “I’m cool with it. Why does it matter when the person involved with the matter feels okay? I don’t see why people get offended by this. Live in comfort please.”

Opinion from the female streamer that RJH was with from Competitiveoverwatch

Now, even if it just was some friendly banter back and forth, the kind of language Ryujehong apparently used just doesn’t fly when you’re signed to a major esports org like Gen.G, and is also a huge disappointment to the greater Overwatch community who saw him as a role model, and just a genuine, stand-up dude.

It remains to be seen when or if RJH will return from his suspension to being an active member of Gen.G.