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Twitch ban Cloud9 Smash pro Mango after appearing to pass out drunk on stream

Published: 7/Jan/2019 11:11 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 21:39

by David Purcell

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Joseph ‘Mango’ Marquez left many of his fans in hysterics as he appeared to pass out drunk during a Twitch stream and fell to the floor late on January 6. He later received a ban from his Twitch overlords.

The professional Super Smash Bros Melee player was seen celebrating after the Philadelphia Eagles sealed a last-gasp victory over the Chicago Bears in the NFL playoffs. The Eagles snatched the win in the final 56 seconds on Wild Card weekend, with the game finishing 16-15 in their favor. 

Mango was clearly ecstatic with the defending Superbowl champions’ performance, but it would appear that he had one drink too many. After lifting his Blue Moon beer into the air, he dropped right next to the camera and out of shot.

The streamer didn’t get up for around three minutes after it seemed he had initially collapsed and the stream went offline following his slump. He did emerge, though, but was clearly still intoxicated. Mango decided to bring the stream to a close around 10 minutes later after coming back online.

Just a matter of hours after he passed out on stream, as expected, he received a ban from Twitch on his account. He posted an image of the ban on Twitter, revealing that it was for seven days due to ‘Dangerous consumption of drugs or alcohol’. He accompanied the picture with his own thoughts on the subject.

The Smash pro player would later go on Twitter to defend what happened, and claimed that he was actually pretending to pass out in order to go and see his girlfriend.

The two-time EVO champion has been seen drunk on his stream a number of times before, and the sight of him this intoxicated after an Eagles win will hardly shock his regular views. 

Ironically, during a past drunk stream, he ended up calling out Twitch staff members about the current state of the streaming platform. 

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“Woo, fuck the staff. This shit’s gone down since you fired everybody. Everybody knows Twitch has gone down straight to shit” he said on November 29 while playing Portal 2. “I’ve been waiting for a ban. I wanna go.”

Despite trying to tempt Twitch into banning him on that occasion, Mango continued to stream and share some big moments with his fans, such as the Eagles’ playoff victory; he was clearly delighted with his team’s result. 

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Twitch’s new stream “Boost” feature raises concern for smaller channels

Published: 3/Dec/2020 2:26

by Alan Bernal

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Twitch is rolling out a new feature for eligible channels called “Boost this stream,” with the hopes of giving people an avenue to be featured on “highly visible parts” of the platform. However, there are concerns it’ll be damaging for the smaller streams trying to get noticed.

The new Community Challenge requires viewers to pool their Channel Points to unlock the reward. Streamers will get notified once the challenge is available on their channel, then will relay that to their community to start chipping away at the progress bar.

But there are concerns about its application. It’ll be on Twitch’s discretion for who gets to run the promotion as well as the target number to hit before a channel can be successfully Boosted.

The only hard number guideline with ‘Boost this stream’ is the 2,000 point limit that each user can contribute per day. Since individual streamers don’t know what their Boost target will be, some suggest this will be an easy feature to exploit.

“How is not going to be abused by larger streams with more viewers, and therefore a bigger pool?” one person wrote. “IMO channel points devoted for use with a Community Challenge should be weighted in value depending on viewership.”

Twitch responded saying “the amount of Channel Points required to successfully boost a stream is scaled with the size and viewership of the channel,” though a clear metric of how the cap increases wasn’t made available.

Another issue raised was the way Twitch would consider someone to be a ‘small streamer,’ seeing as they’ll be the likely candidates to receive the chance to get Boosted.

If it’s going by viewer count, then small streamers can be anything from 2-10 average viewers to 100-2000 live watchers per session. If it’s going by follower count or subscriber count, then that has its own implications as well.

But Boost is a wholly experimental feature that has a lot of variables still being workshopped. For example, in the FAQ, Twitch says that everything from what’s considered as a high visibility part of the site to who the feature is available as it rolls out could change.

As the company gets this feature into more users’ hands, expect Twitch to make adjustments depending on how Boost gets received throughout December.