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Twitch DMCA ban hammer swings down on Clix and SquishyMuffinz

Published: 3/Nov/2020 1:36 Updated: 3/Nov/2020 4:39

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


The second wave of Twitch DMCA takedowns is in full force, and the ban hammer almost crashed down on unsuspecting partnered streamers Clix and SquishyMuffinz.

The last couple of weeks have been difficult for Twitch streamers. They’ve been getting rocked with DMCA takedown notifications, forcing them to delete clips and VODs from their channel that contain copyrighted music.

It has affected everyone, regardless of their popularity and prominence. JakeNBake, LIRIK, and Pokimane are notable examples. However, it’s also led to actual bans with little to no explanation. This even happened to Dragonforce’s Herman Li.

The situation even sparked a reaction from Shroud, who believes streamers should have taken a “united front” on the issue. In his view, this would have helped overturn the rules, but now he thinks it’s too little too late. 

Still, the DMCA issue hasn’t faded away.

The second wave of takedowns is out in full force, and it’s crashed down on two popular streamers: Cody “Clix” Conrod and Mariano “SquishyMuffinz” Arruda.

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Clix / NRG Esports
Clix is only 15 years old, but he’s already cemented his place in the professional Fortnite scene.

Clix is a professional Fortnite player currently signed with NRG Esports. He also has around 2.1 million followers on Twitch and is an official partner of the platform. Still, that wasn’t enough to make him immune to a DMCA strike.

“2nd dmca strike, one more and i’m banned forever, he said. “I did everything they told me to legit all my vods and clips”

A similar thing happened to SquishyMuffinz, a professional Rocket League player with more than 600 thousand followers on Twitch. However, he copped a full ban right out of the gate.

“Banned from twitch,” said SquishyMuffinz. “Is there anything I can do to fix this?”

Fortunately, the ban was overturned. However, he’s been forced to delete every single VOD and Clip, which means he won’t be able to stream today.

“Deleting all my VODS Clips ETC, not taking anymore chances in the future,” he said. “Thank you to the community for all the support. I’ll try to stream tomorrow, gonna deal with the VODS and clips for today.”

Twitch has been ruthless in their DMCA crackdown. However, in the end, it seems like streamers would rather lose years worth of content than cop a ban. 

The consensus is that it’s not a fair ultimatum, but what else can they do? They don’t have a choice but to cave in and adhere to Twitch’s demands if they want to use their platform.

It’s possible things will change in the future, especially if streamers are able to ‘unionize’. But until that happens, the makeshift solution is to delete all their clips and carry on.

Either way, it’s a strange time for streamers and their viewers.

Call of Duty

xQc stunned by toxic Call of Duty players in Black Ops Cold War

Published: 18/Nov/2020 1:55

by Bill Cooney


Twitch Star Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel is no stranger to trash talk, but what he heard while playing Call of Duty: Cold War was enough to throw even him for a loop.

Call of Duty: Cold War is one of the hottest games on Twitch right now, and xQc certainly seems to have gotten a taste of the series’ legendary chatroom toxicity.

We’re not saying that this is a symptom of the CoD community overall, but the series has built up a reputation for being host to some hilariously venomous lobbies. xQc found this out firsthand while sitting in a lobby, and after getting knocked out.

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The face when the CoD lobby gets a little too lit.

Ask anyone who’s played Call of Duty for long enough, and there’s a good chance is they’ll have a hilarious story about a toxic lobby or three that they’ve been a part of over the years. Now, xQc can officially add that to his list of accomplishments as well.

During a late-night/early morning stream on November 17, Felix ran into a rowdy lobby he tried to calm down in vain, before being called out himself.

“Guys, guys, guys, it’s 3 AM on a f***ing Monday, you guys are playing Call of Duty talking shit,” the former Overwatch pro begged, to no avail, and got told to shut his mouth, just not quite with that exact term.

After this, you’d probably figure things couldn’t get more radioactive, right? Well, you would be wrong, because Felix also ran into some incredibly toxic personalities while he was playing.

After getting knocked out, xQc asked, “It was you right?” before being told in graphic detail what his assailant wanted to do to him. We won’t type the quote out here, but the clip below should give you the gist.

The Canadian does come from the wild west that can be Overwatch games, but nothing really compares to being cursed out by an absolute random in CoD.

Whether Felix will return to Black Ops remains to be seen, especially since he seems to have had the full experience during this stream alone.