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Streamer under fire after threatening viewers with bans if they don’t subscribe

Published: 6/Jul/2019 20:55 Updated: 21/Jan/2020 13:14

by Virginia Glaze

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As livestreaming platforms like Twitch grow ever more popular, viewers are given increasingly advanced ways to support their favorite streamers – but some broadcasters require more than a mere follow.

Twitch allows fans to show their support through follows, cheers, bits, and subscription tiers, with Twitch Prime allowing Amazon Prime subscribers one free subscription per month for Affiliated channels.

However, regular subscriptions come at a price, depending on the tier, with many fans opting to merely follow their favorite streamers to save on cash – but one streamer requires more from his fanbase.

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Controversial streamer Gross Gore announced an unusual plan to his fans in his Discord channel in early July, claiming that he would give his followers one month to subscribe to his channel before ultimately hitting them with the ban hammer.

“Once I can start streaming again, I’m giving my followers one month to subscribe or I’m banning them,” a screenshot from his Discord channel shows. “Moobot has got me a bot that will do it automatically. I don’t want toxic people following me or getting gifted subs and typing in chat.”

While it seems like Gross Gore is going forward with his plan as a means to weed out the riffraff, commenters across the web aren’t buying his story, with some arguing that he is trying to “strongarm his viewer base into subbing.”

“How to commit career suicide,” one user wrote of the debacle.

“…We all know he is just destroying his own ‘career,’ if you still call it that, with the amount of viewers he is getting,” another said. “Just let him do this and he’ll find out what he is doing lol. Giving him two months, max.”

Gross Gore is known as a controversial figure across sites like Reddit and Twitch, after being accused of multiple counts of sexual harassment at RuneFest 2018.

The streamer likewise went on a paranoid tirade in late April, after internet trolls faked a racist SnapChat from Gross Gore, causing him to upload multiple videos to Twitter where he claimed that he was being “hexed.”

Considering his history of scandal, this latest debacle comes as no surprise to those who have been keeping up with the streamer, who continues to argue that his plan to ban viewers will help weed out unsavory viewers from his chat.

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Shroud explains why WoW feels “completely different” in Shadowlands

Published: 25/Nov/2020 2:37 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 2:43

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Like most popular streamers, Shroud has been getting stuck into the World of Warcraft: Shadowlands grind, but although he’s enjoyed it so far, he said he feels like the game is “less immersive” than it used to be.

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands has taken the world by storm ever since it launched on November 23. Players have been hopping back into Azeroth to take the reigns of their characters once again.

Popular streamers like Mike ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek have been getting stuck into the grind too. He’s been very open about how much he loves the game and has streamed hours upon hours of World of Warcraft Classic. He even said he was willing to lose viewers to stream it.

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Shroud has thoroughly enjoyed playing World of Warcraft for many years now.

However, Shroud isn’t blinded by his love and adoration for the game. He still has some criticism for World of Warcraft: Shadowlands and MMORPGs in general, and he mentioned them in his latest stream.

“I feel like [MMORPG’s] and WoW, in general, have transcended into something completely different,” he said. “In the past, you [played] because you were immersed. You were leveling up your character. You were getting new items. It felt good to be more powerful and do better things.”

“Now I feel like WoW is like play with friends and kill some shit,” he said. “That feeling of immersion and truly having an impact on the world and your character feeling there has kind of nullified.”

“When I played vanilla WoW in 2005, I was 11 years old, and it felt amazing,” he said. “It felt incredible. It felt like I was in my own realm. I was in my own world. Now it doesn’t feel like that. That feeling is gone.

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It’s a sentiment that others have echoed time and time again. The consensus is that MMORPGs have been streamlined throughout the years.

However, it hasn’t stopped millions of players, including Shroud, from enjoying World of Warcraft: Shadowlands. 

Plus, despite his criticism, he thinks now is the “best time” for new players to start playing the game because the new leveling process is “really cool.”