Twitch accused of stealing Dauntless video from YouTuber to promote itself

Published: 24/Jul/2019 18:02 Updated: 24/Jul/2019 18:14

by Virginia Glaze


As one of the net’s most popular live streaming platforms, Twitch has seen its fair share of controversy, following the scandal around popular streamer Alinity and her cat-throwing drama – but now, the site is under fire for a different reason, entirely: this time, for stealing content from popular YouTuber ‘H20Delirious.’

Twitch posted a promotional video to Twitter on July 23 that showcased a slew of footage from streamers on the platform playing Dauntless, a free-to-play action role playing title similar to Capcom’s ‘Monster Hunter.’

However, not all of the footage was taken directly from Twitch streams: in fact, one clip was taken from YouTuber H20Delirious’ channel, which boasts over 11 million subscribers at the time of writing.

This caught the attention of another popular YouTuber, ‘CaRtOoNz,’ who called out Twitch for “stealing” the clip to promote their own site.

“How you gonna just steal a clip from H2ODelirious’s video and just throw it in like that to promote your own platform?” Cartoonz wrote. “Legitimately, that’s like the scummiest shit I’ve ever seen from a company as large you guys.”

Cartoonz wasn’t the only high-profile YouTuber to call out the company, either: British YouTuber ‘MiniLadd’ likewise spoke out on the matter, writing, “You can clearly see it’s edited too, wtf.”

Despite the backlash, some commenters on Reddit are claiming that Twitch may have been within their rights to use the footage, noting that both Twitch and Phoenix Labs (the developers of Dauntless) are currently in a partnership to promote the title, while many content creators (H20Delirious included) are even sponsored by the game.

“Plenty of content creators were sponsored by Dauntless,” one commenter said of the drama. “Twitch and Phoenix Labs (Dauntless Devs) are in some partnership to promote the game. Twitch compiles footage of all sponsored content creators to create this ad.”

Reddit commenters were quick to point out that Twitch could be completely within their rights to use H20Delirious’s footage, thanks to a partnership with Phoenix Labs.

With Dauntless’ official Twitter account having also retweeted Twitch’s post, commenters are now divided as to the morality of Twitch having used H20Delirious’ footage, among that of other content creators.

With both H20Delirious and Twitch having yet to speak out in response to the accusations, the matter is still up in the air, and continues to stir controversy in wake of Twitch’s divisive post.


Conor McGregor explains why YouTube boxing is “good business” for the sport

Published: 16/Jan/2021 1:20

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Jake Paul and Logan Paul helped popularize ‘YouTube Boxing’ in recent years, although it’s often described as a mockery of the sport. However, Conor McGregor explained why he isn’t against it and thinks it’s good business.

Conor McGregor has been focused on his upcoming UFC 257 bout against Dustin Poirier for a while now. However, that hasn’t stopped Jake Paul from doing his best to rope the former double champion into an exhibition boxing match.

Jake first called him out back in November 2020 after he knocked out Nate Robinson. Then, he taunted him to accept a $50 million fight offer several weeks later and has been flailing about ever since. 

He still hasn’t managed to get his attention. However, his antics did draw out comments from UFC President Dana White and Conor’s coach, John Kavanagh. Now, Conor has finally shared his thoughts on YouTube boxing as a whole, and here’s what he had to say.

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Jake Paul / Conor McGregor
Jake Paul has tried and failed to bait a response from Conor McGregor.

“A lot of people are criticizing [YouTube boxing] as maybe making a bit of a mockery of fighting,” asked an interviewer. It’s the predominant view among fans of combat sports. “I want you to weigh in on that for me.” 

“If they are fighting, well, then it can’t make a mockery of fighting, right?” said Conor. “They’re getting in, and they’re competing. I am not so much against it. The YouTube kid and the NBA star competing [was] good business.

“Am I into those competitions myself? It’s not the most high level if any level… [but] as they say if it makes dollars, it makes sense,” he added. “I know Dana and the UFC are not really into it, but… I’m not so against it. I think if people are willing to get in and take the risk of making that walk, I am certainly a viewer.”


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Conor’s opinion might come as a surprise to fans who expected him to make scathing comments. However, as a businessman himself, it seems like he’s all for it. Plus, as he said, YouTube boxers are still fighting and giving it their all.

On another note, Conor didn’t seem too incensed about Jake. He barely mentioned him at all. 

Still, it’s only a matter of time before Jake responds, and there’s no doubt he won’t be too thrilled about being referred to as “the YouTube kid.”