Top Fortnite streamers come to defense of Ninja after Reddit witch hunt to "ruin his career" - Dexerto
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Top Fortnite streamers come to defense of Ninja after Reddit witch hunt to “ruin his career”

Published: 18/Nov/2018 16:06 Updated: 18/Nov/2018 17:29

by Calum Patterson

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After the most popular Fortnite streamer, Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins found himself at the center of controversy over reporting opponents in game, fellow streamers have stepped up to defend him against what is now being seen as a conspiracy to ruin his career.

Ninja first received heat after wrongfully reporting a player for stream sniping, which he later apologized for, but not before many fans believed that Epic would take Ninja’s reports and act upon them immediately.

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The Fortnite community, particularly on Reddit, accused Epic Games of allowing Ninja to wield too much power, with his reports on any player leading to a ban – despite this not being the case.

Just as this controversy appeared to settle, another, seemingly more egregious example on Ninja wrongfully reporting a player for “having a higher ping than me” surfaced on Reddit, with the player who Ninja had reported apparently banned a few days later.

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However, as the Reddit post reached over 40,000 upvotes in 6 hours, a representative from Epic Games commented to state that the player who Ninja reported and the player who was banned, were actually different accounts entirely.

It became clear that a group of players had organized to make it look as though the account which Ninja reported for high ping had in fact been banned, simply by changing account names, as DrLupo explained.

Update: Ninja himself has also now spoken on the controversy, saying that many on Reddit will still believe the player was banned because of Ninja’s report, not seeing DrLupo’s Tweet.

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Fellow streamer Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop said that people are always looking for a way to tear down those on top, saying fans will now focus on that small incident and not the rest of Ninja’s streaming.

TimTheTatman agreed, saying that although Ninja may have been in the wrong by reporting that player, there are many more instances of accepting a death and congratulating the opponent for playing well.

TSM member HighDistortion recalls that the Reddit community performed a similar witch hunt against Mr. Grimmmz during his height of popularity playing PUBG, calling them ‘clowns’.

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Luminosity’s SypherPK was similarly dismissive of Reddit users’ attempts to tarnish Ninja’s reputation, saying they were plotting and labelling it “pathetic.”

It was clear that before Epic Games cleared up the confusion, many Redditors took it as absolute truth that the player had been banned directly because of Ninja’s report, and some even after accused Epic of just trying to cover it up.

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Streamer Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys expressed concern at how easily people believe what is posted to Reddit and shared on social media.

For now, it seems that Ninja is trying his best to ignore these attempts to attack his reputation, and is continuing to stream and produce content as normal.

Epic Games is also compensating users who were wrongly banned, and are looking into changing the in-game reporting system, to prevent misuse.

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Hashinshin claims FBI cleared him of sexual harassment allegations

Published: 8/Oct/2020 4:00

by Andrew Amos

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Popular League of Legends streamer Robert ‘Hashinshin’ Brotz has claimed the FBI investigated him over allegations he was sexually harassing minors, and cleared him of any wrongdoing. He was permanently banned on Twitch over the claims.

Hashinshin was ostracized from the League of Legends community back in July, after claims the 30-year-old Twitch streamer sexually harassed underage girls by abusing his platform of power.

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Other popular content creators, like Joedat ‘Voyboy’ Esfahani, stated that “Hashinshin is a manipular, predator, and worst of all [a] pedophile who used his platform to abuse so many underage girls over the years.”

However, the disgraced streamer has claimed he was investigated by the FBI and cleared of all wrongdoing.

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“There has been an FBI investigation into me, and I have neither been jailed or charged with a crime. Some of you might not believe that. I have a freedom of information request [to prove my innocence publicly], but that can take up to a year,” Brotz said in a October 7 statement.

Numerous women came forward stories in July of Hashinshin grooming them while they were underage. However, Hashinshin has always maintained his innocence, claiming these stories were false, and that many of those who came forward have since deleted their statements.

He also stated that he was potentially looking into suing some of the alleged victims for defamation, stating they did a “public assessment of [his] character” that distorted what people thought of him.

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“I was going to sue Alli for defamation ⁠— and I probably should have ⁠— but Alli is not a victim, and people started getting these really distorted views on what was happening,” he said, referring to one of the victims.

“Things aren’t as they seem, regardless of what they seem. I’m not a rich and powerful figure. They didn’t find that I did anything. I think a lot of this was a public assessment of my character, and a lot of people did this because they didn’t like me.

“I’ve been working on bettering myself over the last two years, and I think I’ve become a better person overall. It hurts a lot…to see all these people denying that.”

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Brotz claimed that while he believed his accusers weren’t “all terrible people,” they betrayed his trust. He also said that while he believes they should apologize, he hopes no one in the community attacks them. He just wants to “go back to living a normal life.”

“I thought these were nice people, I thought I could trust them and work with them. That’s why my response to this was all sh*tty because I shouldn’t really have trusted anyone. I don’t think they’re all terrible people, but things really escalated,” he said.

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“I don’t want anyone to attack them. I just want to go back to living a normal life. I just want to exist peacefully, and I hope people can start letting me do that. I hope this can change their minds in some way.”

Hashinshin remains permanently banned on Twitch despite his attempts to clear this name. He has also lost his Twitch partnership, and has instead moved to streaming on YouTube.