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Twitch council member under fire after claiming voice chat is “unfair”

Published: 15/May/2020 4:46 Updated: 18/May/2020 12:29

by Brad Norton

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The streaming community is in uproar after a member of Twitch’s new Safety Advisory Council called for multiplayer games to remove voice-chat functionality because of the “uneven playing field” it creates.

Twitch announced a new Safety Advisory Council on May 14. The intention of the group is to draft policies and refine the current Terms of Service for streamers.

The eight-person group is joined by four prominent Twitch streamers, including streaming veteran CohhCarnage. However, one of them has already drawn the ire of the streaming community, after she argued in-game voice chats create an “uneven playing field,” and should be deleted.

“Voice chat is unfair,” popular streamer FerociouslySteph argued during a May 14 broadcast. She suggested, “the only way to have a level playing field for the highest level of play is to not have voice-chat… to not have people give up their linguistic profiles.”

The streaming community responded nearly immediately, with many disputing her claims. One big name, World of Warcraft star Asmongold, suggested the Amazon-owned site may have made “a big mistake” adding her to the council.

“It seems like a big mistake for them to have her on the council. From the clips and content I’ve seen, it will only serve to discredit the entire effort,” he said. Fellow streamer Panda added: “This is not it is not about race, gender… it’s just a bad take on comms.”

FerociouslySteph responded to the criticism on her stance soon after: “Yeah, whole [sic] lot of people with cis-white-male voices thinking voice chat is critical to competitive games being competitive,” she said on May 14.

During Trainwrecks’ popular Twitch podcast, top streamer Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel called Loehr’s argument about voice chat “objectively and [unequivocally] stupid.”

Speaking to Newsweek, Loehr explained her argument about voice chat further. “Voice chat requires people to reveal their linguistic profile, which can contain a lot of identity information people can target you for harassment or judgement in game. When using your voice provides a competitive advantage, marginalized gamers are placed in a lose/lose situation.”

Twitch itself told Newsweek, “it is unfortunate to see a member of the advisory council targeted for harassment. The safety of our council members is our top priority and we’ve taken preventative measures to help ensure their safety and well-being.”

New Twitch councilor FerociouslySteph has long been a public advocate for removing voice chat in competitive games too. All the way back in 2018, she suggested modern publishers needs to be aware that “adding voice chat to [their] games is anti-inclusivity.”

“It hurts your marginalized and female player-base, especially within competitive play,” she continued in the Jan 2018 post. “Women and minorities should not be forced to choose between a competitive advantage or freedom from harassment.”

 

While some of the general gaming community may have taken issue with her stance, FerociouslySteph will actively be involved with the direction of Twitch moderation moving forward.

A rundown on the new Safety Advisory council can be found in the full blog post.

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Pokimane denies new Fedmyster claims, says he sent “admission of guilt”

Published: 26/Nov/2020 2:27 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 3:48

by Isaac McIntyre

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Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys has hit back at claims made by former OfflineTV streamer Federico ‘Fedmyster’ Gaytan in a leaked exposé document, and revealed the disgraced Twitch star sent her what she believes is an “admission of guilt.”

Earlier this year, the OfflineTV house was rocked by accusations of harassment and misconduct leveled at former editor-turned-personality Fedmyster.

Several members of the Twitch content group, including Lilypichu and Yvonne, detailed how Gaytan would “come to [their] room, drunk” and “massage [their] feet and thighs.” Yvonne also revealed he had “crawled in bed” with her, kissed her cheek, and put his hand up her shirt.

These accusations were compounded when Pokimane claimed Fed had been a “big reason” why she moved out of the house. Fedmyster was subsequently expelled from the OfflineTV house, and removed from the company.

After months of silence from the Twitch streamer, a document leaked online on Nov. 24, which mainly detailed Fed’s relationship with Pokimane. In the unreleased exposé titled “My Truth”, which Dexerto has read copies of, Gaytan, 25, accused Pokimane of “twisting the truth” about their relationship.

Pokimane has now hit back, speaking about the leaked document in a short Twitch stream on Wednesday. In her response, she suggests Fedmyster sent her an “admission of guilt” in regards to his “manipulative” actions.

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Fedmyster’s leaked doc, “My Truth,” mainly revolves around his relationship with Pokimane.

Fedmyster allegedly sent Pokimane “admission of guilt”

Anys, who admitted she’s already seen several versions of the Fedmyster document, doubled down on her previous June 29 claims. According to the Twitch star, Fed’s claim to a potential hookup, Steve, that they were “a thing” was the best example of his manipulation.

“I want to make it clear that, to me, this incident [with Steve] was clearly a mess-up on Fed’s part. I confronted Fed, he apologized… he admitted fault,” she said.

Pokimane revealed she messaged Fedmyster ahead of her ‘tell-all’ stream in June, asking if there was anything she “should maybe leave out.” When Gaytan requested she skip over the incident with Steve at the party, however, she refused.

“He said ‘if you can… leave out the Steve stuff, it’s something I wouldn’t like mentioned.’ I couldn’t leave that out. He asked me not to mention it, and I think that’s an admission of guilt, then later he says ‘that’s not how it went down’.”

Pokimane says Fed’s claims ‘overshadow’ real issue

The problem, she continued, is that Fed has focused on her being a “villain” and leading him on in the leaked document. This focus, which she believes “blows everything out of proportion,” is being used to overshadow the actual OfflineTV accusations.

“Essentially we had trouble being close but managing our friendship, knowing he wanted more, but I always felt I was upfront about it… it really bothers me that in this document he tried to make me out as the bad guy,” Pokimane said.

“Obviously we weren’t on the same page. I hope you guys can see this from my perspective… I didn’t see a future between the two of us. I thought I was always honest. Looking back, I should have been more aware of how I acted around him, but hindsight is 20/20!

“To me, in all honesty, all of this is just not important. It’s regular 20-year-old relationship bullsh*t. What I shared about the situation is my honest truth, and it’s totally irrelevant to the actual incidents that triggered all of this.”

Fedmyster says he “stands by document”

Fedmyster has addressed the leaked document too; according to the disgraced Twitch star, he had no plans to release the exposé, because it felt like “airing dirty laundry.”

“[Poki and I] came to agree that keeping things private and making no further statements publicly was what was best for us…We wanted to heal and prevent any further harm to the people involved,” he explained in a short Twitter post.

“On the topic of whether I tried to manipulate our friends to hate her, I still fully stand behind what my document reads but I want to emphasize that it wasn’t my intention to shine Poki in a bad light… I am deeply sorry, and wish I wasn’t so naive and insensitive.”

Fedmyster also said he “still believes [he] was mischaracterized,” but added “after talking to Poki I came to understand her perspective. My outlook on the situation as a whole now comes from a better place of understanding.”

Hours after finishing her stream, Anys took to her second Twitter account, where she said she was “looking forward to moving on” from the whole situation.

“Sorry, td was tough, it’s hard for me to reply to v private things without making the situation messier + I was not in a good headspace,” she wrote. “ty to those that were understanding. looking forward to moving on.”

Yvonne and Lilypichu, who were the first to level harassment allegations against Fedmyster, have not yet publicly addressed the leaked document.