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Twitch fisherman gets harassed by stranger during IRL stream

Published: 5/May/2020 21:59

by Virginia Glaze


An IRL Twitch streamer was recording his summertime fishing session on a North Carolina beach when he was approached by an angry bystander, who gave him an earful after showing off a freshly-caught shark to his audience.

Virginia-based fisherman and Coast Guard Austin Hayne is a partnered broadcaster on Twitch, boasting an audience of over 5,000 followers due to his unique live streams that bring viewers along with him for regular fishing outings.


As Captain of a fishing charter business (for which his Twitch stream is officially dedicated to), fishing is Hayne’s life, and he gave viewers a glimpse of that during his May 4 broadcast.


While engaged in some catch-and-release-style shark fishing, Hayne and his partner pulled up a sand bar shark, but while showing it off in front of the camera, they were approached by an angry beachgoer.

“It’s illegal to do what you’re doing,” the bystander argued as the two released the giant fish back into the water. “Taking them out to take pictures.”

“Yes it is, actually,” she continued when the fisherman said it was perfectly legal. “I work for the f**king… town, so yeah, it actually is illegal. You take ‘em all the way out just to take pictures!”


“You hear the hatred?” Hayne said to his viewers as he walked away from the scene. “This is live! Do you see this? That’s the problem with catching sharks in the summertime, people do not like it.”

The group continued to argue back and forth as Hayne walked down the beach, even inviting the bystander to call local authorities to discuss the matter.

For those unaware of local fishing laws, Hayne made sure to clarify that it was, in fact, legal to bring sharks up to the shallows for photos, claiming that local police had even joined in his previous broadcast to take pictures.


“It’s completely legal, what we’re doing,” he explained. “We could actually kill those things if we wanted to.”


“We do catch and release, it’s what we practice,” his partner added. “The fish swims away strong.”

Regardless of the morality of the situation, this incident marks yet another instance of streamers getting harangued by angry bystanders — an increasingly common scenario among IRL broadcasters that continues to pervade the real world.


Hashinshin claims FBI cleared him of sexual harassment allegations

Published: 8/Oct/2020 4:00

by Andrew Amos


Popular League of Legends streamer Robert ‘Hashinshin’ Brotz has claimed the FBI investigated him over allegations he was sexually harassing minors, and cleared him of any wrongdoing. He was permanently banned on Twitch over the claims.

Hashinshin was ostracized from the League of Legends community back in July, after claims the 30-year-old Twitch streamer sexually harassed underage girls by abusing his platform of power.


Other popular content creators, like Joedat ‘Voyboy’ Esfahani, stated that “Hashinshin is a manipular, predator, and worst of all [a] pedophile who used his platform to abuse so many underage girls over the years.”

However, the disgraced streamer has claimed he was investigated by the FBI and cleared of all wrongdoing.


“There has been an FBI investigation into me, and I have neither been jailed or charged with a crime. Some of you might not believe that. I have a freedom of information request [to prove my innocence publicly], but that can take up to a year,” Brotz said in a October 7 statement.

Numerous women came forward stories in July of Hashinshin grooming them while they were underage. However, Hashinshin has always maintained his innocence, claiming these stories were false, and that many of those who came forward have since deleted their statements.

He also stated that he was potentially looking into suing some of the alleged victims for defamation, stating they did a “public assessment of [his] character” that distorted what people thought of him.


“I was going to sue Alli for defamation ⁠— and I probably should have ⁠— but Alli is not a victim, and people started getting these really distorted views on what was happening,” he said, referring to one of the victims.

“Things aren’t as they seem, regardless of what they seem. I’m not a rich and powerful figure. They didn’t find that I did anything. I think a lot of this was a public assessment of my character, and a lot of people did this because they didn’t like me.

“I’ve been working on bettering myself over the last two years, and I think I’ve become a better person overall. It hurts a lot…to see all these people denying that.”


Brotz claimed that while he believed his accusers weren’t “all terrible people,” they betrayed his trust. He also said that while he believes they should apologize, he hopes no one in the community attacks them. He just wants to “go back to living a normal life.”

“I thought these were nice people, I thought I could trust them and work with them. That’s why my response to this was all sh*tty because I shouldn’t really have trusted anyone. I don’t think they’re all terrible people, but things really escalated,” he said.


“I don’t want anyone to attack them. I just want to go back to living a normal life. I just want to exist peacefully, and I hope people can start letting me do that. I hope this can change their minds in some way.”

Hashinshin remains permanently banned on Twitch despite his attempts to clear this name. He has also lost his Twitch partnership, and has instead moved to streaming on YouTube.