Streamer with Tourette's shares exciting update about Twitch partnership - Dexerto

Streamer with Tourette’s shares exciting update about Twitch partnership

Published: 17/Nov/2018 22:14 Updated: 17/Nov/2018 22:22

by Virginia Glaze


Popular streamer ‘Sweet_Anita’ has finally received a partnership with Twitch, despite her initial doubts on the issue.

While Anita initially doubted her chances of partnership with the platform due to her acute Tourette’s syndrome, it looks like the tables have turned in her favor: Anita went live in a stream on November 17 with an announcement of her new status, titled, “PARTNERED Tourette’s Chat: FINALLY I HAVE IT!!!!!!”

In fact, according to messages sent from Anita’s manager, Anita had actually received an offer for partnership on October 31st – just days after TwitchCon 2018. However, Twitch’s email was buried under a massive influx of notification and donation emails, thus hiding the offer from view.

Additionally, Anita had been approved a mere five days after submitting her application – rather than waiting the usual three to four weeks for an update.

Anita’s reaction was an excited one, and her ‘Partnered’ stream saw a major increase in subscribers.

“I finally got the the only tick I’ve ever wanted!” Anita wrote in a Tweet about the development.

Anita might already have some emotes in store for her new partnership, as well: in a hilarious clip from a previous stream on November 16, Anita admitted that artists in her Discord channel had already made a few emotes – just before a tic interrupted her train of thought.

Anita’s channel saw a massive surge in growth after clips from her stream went viral on Reddit in early October. Since then, Anita has been seeing a steady increase in subscribers, averaging over 4,000 new faces a month.


Shroud claims Twitch streamers should “unite” to overturn DMCA rules

Published: 25/Oct/2020 3:59 Updated: 25/Oct/2020 10:34

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek has claimed streamers should have taken a “united front” on the new DMCA rules to try and force Twitch to overturn them, and “could have won” if they did, after thousands of streamers deleted their old VODs to avoid being taken down, some dating back nearly a decade.

Twitch has ramped up its efforts in cracking down on streamers using licensed music. Streamers around the world have been rattled and rocked after receiving DMCA takedown notifications, with a massive wave sweeping across the platform on October 20.

It happened because most streamers play music in their streams, which means it’s also included in their library of video clips and VODs.

It’s a controversial issue that has happened in the past, but the latest ‘DMCA Bloodbath’ has been the biggest one yet. Hundreds of partnered streamers have been forced to take down and delete years worth of content, and it’s sparked a lot of outrage from streamers and viewers alike.

Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek mulled over the issue in his latest stream, and he came to the conclusion that streamers didn’t play their cards right. He believes they should have taken a “united front” on the issue and “hurt themselves” by not doing it sooner.

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Shroud believes Twitch streamers needed to be on a “united front” to tackle the DMCA crackdown.

The first point shroud made was that, even if streamers obtained a license to skirt around the DMCA issues and play music on their stream, it wouldn’t solve the issue. 

“If I was to get a license to play music on my stream, Twitch would not know,” he said. “Therefore, their Twitch music… algorithm that mutes VODs would still mute my VOD even though… I legally can do it.”

“So even getting a license right now doesn’t matter,” he added. “Because… you’re still going to get cucked.”

Shroud went on to describe the whole situation as “strange” because playing in silence for a moment.  Then, he had another flurry of thoughts, which brought him to his final point that streamers should have been more united.

“If we as streamers took a united front and we didn’t just make rational f**king decisions and just start deleting sh*t, we actually could have won,” he said. “But now we hurt ourselves, so that sucks, but it is what it is. We folded. We’re a bunch of bi*ches.”

Shroud is referring to the fact that practically every streamer has been outraged by the decision. However, they ultimately succumbed to Twitch’s demands and deleted their VODS to avoid potential issues.

Many people will believe his frustration is warranted. But at the same time, nobody can really blame other streamers for adhering to Twitch’s demands. After all, their livelihood depends on it.

The key takeaway, however, is that streamers could take shroud’s opinion on board in the future. If anything, partnered streamers are all pillars in the community. It couldn’t hurt for them to unite on matters when they really have to.

At the end of the day, workers in the ‘real world’ have associations, bodies, and unions to support them. So why should it be any different for streamers?