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Twitch evangelist banned for telling kid he’ll “go to hell”

Published: 13/Jul/2020 23:21 Updated: 14/Jul/2020 5:52

by Bill Cooney

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A Twitch streamer has been banned for seven days from the website for telling a teammate in Fortnite they would “go to hell” if they didn’t accept Jesus into their life.

Twitch streamer Dr. Witnesser, who works to “bring the gospel to gamers” according to his profile, has been banned for seven days from the platform for apparently telling a non-christian child he was going to hell if he didn’t accept Jesus into his life.

Dr. Witnessser tweeted on July 13 accusing Twitch of being part of the “#cancelchristianity culture” for banning him for “talking about what the Bible says on stream.”

Dexerto couldn’t find any rule in the Twitch ToS or Community Guidelines that specifically forbids proselytizing on the platform, but it may have been the way Dr. Witnesser went about his preaching that nabbed him the seven-day suspension – and a fair amount of backlash on social media, including from Fortnite pro and streamer Brett ‘Dakotaz’ Hoffman.

Apparently, the incident that got Dr. Witnesser banned happened during a Fortnite game when he was put on the same team with a young Muslim player, who eventually got into discussing their beliefs with him.

“If you’re denying what scripture says,” Witnesser explained, “you’re denying the hundreds of prophecies that were fulfilled through Jesus.”

“In the Muslim culture, we don’t really talk about that,” his teammate replied, to which Witnesser answered, “You don’t really talk about it because you don’t believe it.”

“Forget the fact that it’s America dude,” he said when his teammate again tried to point out the differences between their and Witnesser’s beliefs. “It’s Christianity in general, it doesn’t matter if I’m in America. Christianity is all over the world. So look, if you were to die in your sins today, you would be sentenced to hell.”

As we mentioned earlier, there doesn’t seem to be anything in the Twitch ToS or Community guidelines that forbids what Dr. Witnesser was doing on his stream, but it may have been the way he went about it that rubbed the streaming platform the wrong way.

In any case, Dr. Witnesser doesn’t seem discouraged by the temporary ban, and will apparently be taking his work to D.Live in the meantime – but whether he’ll end up returning to Twitch once his ban is over remains to be seen.

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TheGrefg breaks Ninja’s world record for most-viewed Twitch stream

Published: 2/Dec/2020 1:27

by Bill Cooney

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Spanish streamer ‘TheGrefg’ has broken Ninja’s world record for most people watching a Twitch stream during the Galactus Fortnite event.

David ‘TheGrefg’ Cánovas made Twitch history while streaming the Galactus event, which marked the end of Fortnite season 4, when he had more people watching him at once than any other individual Twitch streamer ever has in history.

The Spaniard was watching and reacting to the event, and captures appear to confirm that he reached a total of 660,000 people watching his stream at the same time before Twitch unfortunately crashed.

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A screenshot showing Grefg surpassing 660K viewers.

The previous record you might remember was held by Ninja from when he teamed up with rapper Drake, where the duo peaked at 635k viewers at once while playing Fortnite back in 2018.

This insane amount of simultaneous viewers in a broadcast was almost double the figures of the previous record, held by  DrDisrespect — now streaming on YouTube — when he had 338,000 during his return stream in February 2018.

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Grefg looking over his Twitch stats from Dec. 1

Now, the title for most-watched stream on Twitch now belongs to TheGrefg, and while there are no official figures yet, screenshots and clips definitely seem to indicate the streamer managed to bring in than 660,000 people simultaneously.

Grefg was far from the only streamer posting impressive viewer counts during the Galactus event, which actually “broke” Twitch and caused the site to temporarily crash following the big reveal. This is the big reason why the official viewer count, while definitely impressive, isn’t exactly known just yet.

The event itself officially closed out Fortnite Season 4, with the Season 5 update arriving at 9 PM PT / 12 AM ET / 5 AM GMT on Wednesday, December 2, according to Epic Games, with downtime expected to last all the way up to 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET / 9 AM GMT.

After that, the brand new season will kick off, and Fortnite fans — including Grefg — will get to check out all of the new content. Whether the streamer will be able to repeat his impressive record-breaking feat remains to be seen, but we certainly wish him the best of luck.