Popular Twitch streamer Jaryd ‘summit1g’ Lazar gave his response to a compilation video that accused the broadcaster of “extreme toxicity” and highlighted a string of his moments containing harsh comments.
Summit has been enjoying a successful run of Sea of Thieves streams, but some in the game’s community believe that the 1G could dial back the disruptive behavior. Summit disagrees.
The streamer took time in his broadcast to passionately share thoughts on the state of toxicity in games, suggesting that players need to stop pretending to be “Care Bears at every step of the way” and embrace occasional moments of incivility.
Summit further explained his actions are part of his audience’s expectations, and added that there are a few streamers who depend on some levels of aberrant behaviour to keep their streams entertaining.
“Why are we acting like that’s ‘extreme toxicity,’” summit said. “1. I’m not telling anyone that I’m effing (sic) their moms; 2. I’m not dropping any sort of racial slurs; 3. I’m not making anyone feel awful about their lives. I’m just talking shit while I’m slaying. That’s complete normal levels of toxicity on any other video game.”
The 1G refutes clips shown in the video, saying that the sights and sounds are taken out of context. He says that he was particularly triggered on one of those days while the other day contained, what he sees as, terrific content with all parties just having a great time.
“This was one day worth of clips, by the way,” summit said. “Me and the guys were feeling fucking troll-y and having a good time crapping on people. People were talking shit to us, we were talking shit back. Thought that was fun”
Although the Seas of Thieves developers have an actual written Pirate’s Code for their community to keep in mind, summit agreed with his chat that the code serves “more like guidelines, anyway.”
Summit is in talks with Rare Studios to be a part of a sponsored event, to which the streamer says should still happen at his disclosure.