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Sodapoppin Wants to See Changes to Twitch’s IRL Section

Published: 9/Jun/2018 15:12 Updated: 15/Oct/2020 15:46

by Calum Patterson


Longtime Twitch streamer Chance “Sodapoppin” Morris discussed on a recent live stream the issue he feels is plaguing the IRL section on the site, and that he hopes Twitch makes changes.

Twitch as a platform is focused largely on video game streams, but there is a large community of ‘IRL’ (In Real Life) streamers and an even larger audience for their content.

Twitch itself was previously intended for IRL type streaming, back when it was known as ‘’, and Twitch was the smaller video game only section.

However, as the video game section became larger, eventually dwarfing IRL streams, the site changed focus entirely.

There is now a single section dedicated to IRL streams, those not playing any kind of video game, and features a mixture of content from people streaming their daily lives to specific shows discussing certain topics or just addressing their fans.

One such sub-section of IRL streaming is known as ‘ASMR’ (Autonomous sensory meridian response),also known as “brain massage,” it involves ‘placid sights and sounds’ such as whispers, accents, and crackles.

It is a niche genre but one that is certainly growing on Twitch, but Sodapoppin believes it has got to the point where it should now be dedicated its own section, so to avoid taking over other IRL content.

“When is Twitch going to get rid of ASMR? Or not get rid of it – but give it its own section?

It needs its own section, or you need a way to filter it out. Because I like going to the IRL section, there is just funny shit there, especially when you get down to like the 100 viewer range.

Why do I have to ignore like half of these streams, because they are ASMR? I get that people like it, and that’s fine, but why is it in the IRL [section]? The IRL should not be half ASMR.”

Currently, Twitch has other sections such as Creative, Music or Talk Show, to filter the IRL streams more and avoid flooding of the dedicated IRL section.

With the popularity of ASMR currently, it could well justify its own section, similar to how Talk Show or Creative are filtered separately to IRL.


AOC makes history on Twitch with her first-ever Among Us stream

Published: 21/Oct/2020 6:33

by Brad Norton


Just one day following the announcement that U.S. politician Alexandria ‘AOC’ Ocasio-Cortez would be streaming on Twitch, her very first Among Us broadcast shattered expectations as one of the most-watched events to date.

The Amazon-owned streaming platform has seen a number of historic moments of the years in gaming culture. From groundbreaking Fortnite streams between Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins and Drake, to Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek’s enormous return. Now, AOC has penciled in her spot among the history books too. 

After an out of the blue tweet on October 19, AOC revealed that she was up to streaming for a good cause. The politician had her sights set on playing Among Us in order to promote proper voting plans ahead of the 2020 Presidential election.

She soon had an all-star lineup of crewmates and imposters as everyone from Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys to Ben ‘DrLupo’ Lupo lined up to join her. Before she even went live, tens of thousands had followed her account in preparation.

As things kicked off on October 20, her first-ever Twitch stream quickly exploded.

The gaming community gathered together to show support as her viewership skyrocketed. Before the first round even got underway, more than 400,000 viewers had jumped into the channel.

AOC streamed for just over three and a half hours. Among Us was in focus the entire time as she played the mega-popular indie game with a variety of gaming personalities.

Overall viewership peaked at roughly 439,000, though her account also passed the 500,000 follower mark shortly after as well.

It was one of, if not the most-watched Twitch streams from a brand new account.

For her first broadcast ever, it ranks highly among the most successful individual streams of all time. In fact, she’s now fifth overall when it comes to the most-watched streams in Twitch history. 

While major esports competitions and landmark events boast bigger numbers, AOC now sits atop Twitch with one of the biggest solo-streams of all time.

Her first appearance on Twitch one for the history books. Though she also showed off some great Among Us gameplay. Her very first elimination on Pokimane quickly blew up across social media and the hits kept coming throughout the session.

While it may be a one-off event, for the time being, AOC’s Twitch stream was one for the ages. Perhaps it’ll be sooner rather than later before she makes her way back to the spaceship for another Among Us stream.

The Congresswoman did tease another stream too: “Hopefully this isn’t my last!”