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Streamer sends emotional plea to Twitch after “indefinite” ban

Published: 28/Oct/2019 23:55 Updated: 29/Oct/2019 0:19

by Meg Bethany Koepp

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IRL streamer ‘WholeWheatPete’ was banned on Twitch “indefinitely” on October 28, and has since uploaded an emotional video pleading for his channel’s reinstatement.

Pete is widely known for his in-real-life streams that involve some rather bizarre antics, such as trading socks with strangers, almost knocking a child out with a pumpkin, and more.

In a rather unfortunate turn for the streamer, Twitch banned him from its platform on October 28, and sent an email to notify him that the suspension was “indefinite”. The email stated that the IRL streamer had received a Community Guidelines strike, and was therefore suspended for “Harassing, intimidating, or bullying others.”

WholeWheatPete’s Twitch ban

Later on the same day, Pete uploaded an emotional video to Twitter titled “Please tell me this ban is a mistake, I’m lost for words,” where he pleaded with the streaming platform to reinstate his account because, as far as he knew, it was for no reason.

“Anyone that knows me would know that I would never, ever want to cause any malicious intent to anyone on my streams whatsoever!” he exclaimed. He then went on to blame trolls for mass-reporting his channel.

“To see this channel go down because of people who have been targeting my stream for months, who have come into the channel trying to spam derogatory terms, and who most likely mass report me at any chance they get… It’s just so hard for me,” he said.

Pete stated that he just wanted to make his viewers happy with his antics and was only trying to make people laugh. “I care so much about making people happy and making people smile because of this sad world we live in!” he exclaimed, struggling to hold back tears. “Twitch please, I beg you, just take a look at my channel, please tell me this is a mistake.”

The IRL streamer followed his video up further with a tweet that said he isn’t giving up on the streaming platform and hopes that it rescinds its decision.

“I’m not giving up on Twitch,” he tweeted. “I believe in them, and I believe that this issue will be resolved soon.”

Community Guidelines strikes are usually handed out on a case-to-case basis, meaning that there are no standardized punishments for breaking them. This inconsistent moderation has, in the past, been a pain point for Twitch streamers and their communities. 

Twitch has also been known to lessen the length of a ban or lift an “indefinite” suspension, so Pete’s plea may bear some weight on its decision.

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TheGrefg breaks Ninja’s world record for most-viewed Twitch stream

Published: 2/Dec/2020 1:27

by Bill Cooney

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Spanish streamer ‘TheGrefg’ has broken Ninja’s world record for most people watching a Twitch stream during the Galactus Fortnite event.

David ‘TheGrefg’ Cánovas made Twitch history while streaming the Galactus event, which marked the end of Fortnite season 4, when he had more people watching him at once than any other individual Twitch streamer ever has in history.

The Spaniard was watching and reacting to the event, and captures appear to confirm that he reached a total of 660,000 people watching his stream at the same time before Twitch unfortunately crashed.

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A screenshot showing Grefg surpassing 660K viewers.

The previous record you might remember was held by Ninja from when he teamed up with rapper Drake, where the duo peaked at 635k viewers at once while playing Fortnite back in 2018.

This insane amount of simultaneous viewers in a broadcast was almost double the figures of the previous record, held by  DrDisrespect — now streaming on YouTube — when he had 338,000 during his return stream in February 2018.

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Grefg looking over his Twitch stats from Dec. 1

Now, the title for most-watched stream on Twitch now belongs to TheGrefg, and while there are no official figures yet, screenshots and clips definitely seem to indicate the streamer managed to bring in than 660,000 people simultaneously.

Grefg was far from the only streamer posting impressive viewer counts during the Galactus event, which actually “broke” Twitch and caused the site to temporarily crash following the big reveal. This is the big reason why the official viewer count, while definitely impressive, isn’t exactly known just yet.

The event itself officially closed out Fortnite Season 4, with the Season 5 update arriving at 9 PM PT / 12 AM ET / 5 AM GMT on Wednesday, December 2, according to Epic Games, with downtime expected to last all the way up to 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET / 9 AM GMT.

After that, the brand new season will kick off, and Fortnite fans — including Grefg — will get to check out all of the new content. Whether the streamer will be able to repeat his impressive record-breaking feat remains to be seen, but we certainly wish him the best of luck.