Jaryd ‘Summit1g’ Lazar is one of the biggest stars on Twitch, and has jokingly taken “responsibility” for the success of his fellow streamer – Dr Disrespect.
Summit is a veteran on Twitch, and has amassed a massive following on the platform, streaming games like CS:GO, Grand Theft Auto and everything in between, even recently returning to popular MMO World of Warcraft.
As a result, the 32-year-old is currently the fifth most followed channel on the platform, with over 3.8 million followers according to SocialBlade; beaten only by Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney, Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek and Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani.
Summit has recently returned to World of Warcraft after growing bored of GTA RP.
Hot on his heels is Dr Disrespect, who exploded in popularity in 2017, and currently sits on over 3.4 million followers, thanks to his over-the-top competitive persona and state of the art streaming setup.
He joked: “I definitely didn’t make anybody – except for the Doc. I take full responsibility for that.”
Summit1g vs Dr Disrespect
The pair have gone back and forth in the last few weeks with Doc’s Splitgate skills sending Summit into hysterics before the Two-time Champion fired back by hilariously casting a clip of Summit’s epic fails.
A potential Halo 1v1 match has been rumored for a while now but is yet to be announced – only then will we find out who the true king of Twitch is.
Twitch streamers are speaking out against the broadcasting platform for attempting to promote brands within individual chats. Content creators are slamming the practice, especially since they have no control of removing the adverts from their channel.
One longtime YouTuber and Twitch streamer who goes by ‘The Black Hokage’ noticed a staffer had dropped a message in his Chat. The purpose of the text, sent by ‘newcryka,’ was to have the streamer acknowledge the listed brand with 400 Bits attached to the post.
He immediately took issue with the move: “Yo, are you promoting something?… You got a Twitch staff symbol next to your name, are you promoting sh*t in my Chat?”
After posting the interaction on Twitter, more streamers slammed the apparent unsolicited advertisement from the streaming platform.
I see some new faces accusing me of photoshopping & trying to start drama. I have no reason to lie. Anyone who knows me knows I stay out the way. So here's the vod w/ Twitch staff in my chat trying to trick me into promoting some company with a bit donation during my workout https://t.co/EYBqNG33uOpic.twitter.com/NoqOyyEC6l
“Creators beware! Twitch staff is now going around donating spare change in an attempt to trick you into shouting out brands without proper compensation. Don’t fall for it,” The Black Hokage said.
Twitch partner and viral streamer ‘negaoryx’ responded: “Which is great, because we can’t moderate anything said by Twitch staff in chat, so we can’t even purge it… great…”
There is a function that lets people ‘/Clear’ their channels messaging log, which lets “broadcasters and chat moderators to completely wipe the previous chat history.” This feature doesn’t apply to messages from Twitch staff accounts.
Some believe that The Black Hokage’s clip could have been a Twitch advertisement staff member testing out a new form of social engagement tactics meant for branding – and the thought isn’t unfounded.
In early August, an outside company released how its latest marketing scheme made use of Twitch’s donation alerts to get a branded sound bite played on a streamer’s channel. Their video showed multiple instances of a Twitch account surprising streamers by donating $5 to get a brand’s name and current offerings played on their page.
The idea was immediately chastised for its way of engaging in promotion and sponsorship for a company without consulting or locking a paid deal with the individual streamer. However, despite inevitable backlash, advertisers are still trying out new methods of outreach.
The Amazon-owned streaming site has been incorporating more ways to engage audiences with branding promotions and advertisements.
Amazon solutions for ads have directly integrated Twitch channels and streamers in the past.
“Twitch video and display media, as well as new Twitch audiences, are now available for inclusion in Amazon Advertising campaigns, and Amazon audiences are available for inclusion in Twitch campaigns,” Amazon wrote. “We’re delighted to share that we are combining Twitch’s hard-to-reach and highly engaged audiences with Amazon Advertising’s integrated full-funnel advertising offering.
Days after Amazon announced it had added Twitch to its Amazon Advertising portfolio, the streaming site announced it was testing out mid-roll ads for channels. This too was vehemently criticized by everyone from Twitch streamers to viewers, and the idea was later abandoned.
Twitch has been experimenting with new ad campaigns that have drawn ire from viewers and streamers.
A feature that hasn’t gone back to the drawing board has been the picture-in-picture mode for ads that minimizes and mutes the main stream while playing a fullscreened promotion. This too was received with angst from viewers.
Twitch’s latest attempt at finding a more engaging way to introduce ads to its reported 17.5 million daily users has, again, created ire from its partnered content creators.
As Amazon and Twitch continue to create advertising solutions for its highly-valuable and impressionable audiences, the platform’s streamers will be on the lookout for more marketing tactics that look to benefit off of their communities.