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Twitch bans VTuber Projekt Melody in bizarre twist

Published: 4/Nov/2020 14:40 Updated: 4/Nov/2020 22:52

by Calum Patterson

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In one of the most confusing stories in the history of Twitch partnerships, the AI streamer / VTuber Projekt Melody has been banned and unpartnered from the platform, less than a year after it was surprisingly partnered in the first place.

Back in March 2020, Projekt Melody came over to Twitch – bringing with her a brand of suggestive and innuendo-filled content.

The nature and contents of the streams were obvious to anyone, and so when the channel became a partnered before even doing a single stream, it was thought a deal had been struck with the platform.

Projekt Melody then grew a substantial following on Twitch, thanks in part to hosts from established broadcasters, including Sodapoppin, one of the most-followed streamers.

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Twitch: Projekt Melody
Projekt Melody’s content wasn’t exactly what you’d expect to find on Twitch.

Projekt Melody banned from Twitch

The account had accrued almost 300,000 followers, and was ranked in the top 50 most-watched English-speaking ‘Just Chatting’ channels on the platform, according to Twitch Metrics.

But, the account was inexplicably banned on November 4, and its partnership status revoked. The latter often indicates that the ban is indefinite, though this cannot be confirmed at the time of writing.

But, there’s another twist. This is not actually the account’s first suspension. It was previously banned for three days in March – the day after it was partnered.

During her very first stream on the platform – during which she gained over 50,000 followers – the AI reportedly said “I want to be respectful of the platform, while also feeling sexy.”

But, the decision to partner this channel before it had even done a single stream was an odd choice from Twitch at the time, given the nature of Projekt Melody’s content – and the other sites where you might typically find it streaming.

The fact it’s an AI isn’t all that surprising though, as these ‘virtual influencers’ have been increasing in popularity in 2020, particularly due to the global health crisis.

Others include League of Legends’ Seraphine, and this totally virtual Instagram influencer, Imma.

The length or reason for Projekt Melody’s ban is currently unknown. Twitch does not comment on community guidelines violations to respect the privacy of users – even virtual ones.

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How to watch the TikTok Room Awards: Nominees, results & more

Published: 28/Nov/2020 16:01

by Charlotte Colombo

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Popular drama page TikTok Room delighted its 1.8 million followers this week when, on November 25, they announced on their Instagram that they would be hosting their very own awards show!

The post also announced that voting would be on Friday 27 November, with the awards then streaming tonight on Saturday 28 November.

Details surrounding what the award categories were was initially vague, with the account teasing more information throughout the week before opening the polls on Friday for fans to vote for some of their favorite TikTokers in various categories.

Despite the categories remaining unclear prior to voting being open, that didn’t stop some of TikTok’s biggest stars endorsing the awards and encouraging fans to vote for them.

Among other famous faces like Skai Jackson, Nessa Barrett, and Jacob Sartorius, Sway House star Bryce Hall endorsed the awards in a video, joking that he was probably nominated in the “most problematic” category, while Charli D’Amelio, who recently reached 100k followers on the TikTok, told her fans that “there is a special award show on Sunday” and encouraged them all to vote.

Although some fans found that there was difficulty submitting their votes – with TikTok Room explaining in an Instagram post that this was due to heavy traffic on the form- by the time the polls were closed, TikTok Room announced that over 500,000 votes were cast after teasing fans earlier that day with just how close some of the categories were.

What are the categories?

The TikTok Room awards consists of 28 categories in total, and are as follows:

  • Most active with fans
  • Best couple
  • Best makeup
  • Most positive
  • Best style (male)
  • Best style (female)
  • Best ship
  • Best dancer (male)
  • Best dancer (female)
  • Best fandom
  • Funniest TikToker/ collab
  • Best diss track
  • Least problematic (male)
  • Least problematic (female)
  • Best role model
  • Best group/duo
  • Kindest TikToker
  • Best dance creator
  • Best song
  • Most talented musician
  • Most achieved (male)
  • Most achieved (female)
  • Favourite TikToker/ Influencer (male)
  • Favourite TikToker/ Influencer (female)
  • Best clapbacks/ comebacks
  • Best YouTuber
  • Best hair
  • Best house

The running order of these categories is not yet clear.

When do the TikTok Room awards start?

While the awards themselves start at 8pm Eastern Standard Time, TikTok Room have announced that there will be a pre-show from 6pm Eastern Standard Time.

It isn’t quite certain how exactly the awards will be broadcast, although TikTok Room did confirm to a fan in the comments section that they would be posting the results on their Instagram page throughout the night.

So, to watch the awards, your best bet is to keep an eye on TikTok Room’s Instagram account!