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Summit1g gives passionate response after receiving suicidal donation message

Published: 27/Mar/2019 18:12 Updated: 28/Mar/2019 12:16

by Calum Patterson

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Veteran Twitch streamer Jaryd ‘Summit1g‘ Lazar had to take a break from his usual jovial personality on stream to address a concerning donation message, which hinted that the fan was possibly considering suicide.

One of the benefits of being a popular Twitch streamer is seeing the donations pour in from viewers, often accompanied by a supportive message, but as many streamers will attest, these messages are not always easy to respond to.

It’s true that livestreaming platforms like Twitch can be somewhat of a safe haven for lonely people, a place to join a community and interact, forming a relationship of sorts with a broadcaster – albeit a one-sided one.

This can make some particularly loyal viewers comfortable in sharing very personal messages with streamers, either simply in the chat, or through donation messages.

For a stream as popular as Summit1g’s, which never fails to pull in tens of thousands of viewers, often the only way for him to see an individual message is through tips.

During his March 26 stream, Lazar received a $30 donation, in which the donator explained that “it was a hard night” and they were considering “[letting] everything go”, and even mentioned that they loved their daughter.

Immediately showing concern, Summit1g attempted to reassure the donator that “not matter what the problem is, there’s always a solution […] especially if you have kids.”

He continued, encouraging the viewer to reach out to friends and family, and not to bottle things up, and pleading with him to stick around and try to enjoy the stream. 

“I want to try to put a smile on your face, so just stick around for a little while, alright brother?” he said, “Stick around, ok Speadra? Chill here.”

While this donation was almost certainly genuine, things are complicated for streamers due to the number of “troll” donations that are sent, falsely trying to portray serious issues to trick broadcasters into responding seriously.

Other popular channels have spoken up about making ‘suicidal’ or ‘cry for help’ donations too, namely Ben ‘DrLupo’ Lupo and Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins who advised that streamers, while often happy to help, are not psychiatrists, and should not be relied on for help with mental health issues.


If you are looking for someone to talk to, you can call the United States’ National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255, or text HELP to 741741.

If you are from outside the United States, you can use the below numbers:

UK (Samaritans): 116 123

Australia: 131114

France: 0145394000

Germany: 08001810771

Italy: 800860022

Spain: 914590050

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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.

The relevant part of the video starts at 2:00.

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.”