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Twitch issues harsh new punishments to viewers who get banned

Published: 28/Mar/2020 12:47

by Andy Williams

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Twitch, Amazon’s multi-platform live streaming service, has taken steps towards providing their content creators with more control over their channel – banned users now face more severe repercussions.

Twitch allows a variety of content creators to connect via their live streaming their niche of choice — from their real-life adventures to showcasing their skills in their favorite game, there is an abundance of content for viewers to absorb.

However, toxic users can often be a thorn in a broadcaster’s side. Until now, users that have been banned were able to create alternate accounts in a bid to continually plague the chat of Twitch streamers.

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Twitch plays host to a variety of sub-cultures, due to its ever-evolving range of content.

Yet, as part of the Amazon-owned platform’s bid to clamp down on ill-mannered Twitch users, they have implemented a new set of measures which will put more control in the hands of the broadcaster.

As part of their March 27 announcement, Twitch Support Tweeted an update that will allow streamers to remove channel banned users from their follower and chat lists.

This means a banned user will no longer be able to view the chat at all, until a moderator unbans them — giving the broadcaster both a sense of authority and peace of mind.

IP Shadowbans

The banned individual will also reportedly be IP shadowbanned, meaning that they cannot continue to harass a streamer by simply creating an additional account.

Moreover, should the streamer decide to lift said ban, the shadowban will also be lifted, according to streamer Devin Nash.

“For context/clarity — we tested this using main and [alternate] accounts. Unbanning removes the shadowban from all accounts,” Nash explained.

Twitch have also updated their article which outlines all of the tools which are at a streamer’s disposal when learning how to handle harassment in chat.

One such tool is ‘blocking’ an individual, which has also been updated to reflect Twitch’s bid to support a creator’s well-being (i.e., blocking toxic users will also remove them from the streamer’s followers list).

Additionally, blocked users cannot refollow, whisper, host or purchase gifted subs.

While there are plenty of ways around IP shadowbans, Twitch are most definitely taking a step in the right direction by implementing these new measures.

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AOC makes history on Twitch with her first-ever Among Us stream

Published: 21/Oct/2020 6:33

by Brad Norton

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Just one day following the announcement that U.S. politician Alexandria ‘AOC’ Ocasio-Cortez would be streaming on Twitch, her very first Among Us broadcast shattered expectations as one of the most-watched events to date.

The Amazon-owned streaming platform has seen a number of historic moments of the years in gaming culture. From groundbreaking Fortnite streams between Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins and Drake, to Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek’s enormous return. Now, AOC has penciled in her spot among the history books too. 

After an out of the blue tweet on October 19, AOC revealed that she was up to streaming for a good cause. The politician had her sights set on playing Among Us in order to promote proper voting plans ahead of the 2020 Presidential election.

She soon had an all-star lineup of crewmates and imposters as everyone from Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys to Ben ‘DrLupo’ Lupo lined up to join her. Before she even went live, tens of thousands had followed her account in preparation.

As things kicked off on October 20, her first-ever Twitch stream quickly exploded.

The gaming community gathered together to show support as her viewership skyrocketed. Before the first round even got underway, more than 400,000 viewers had jumped into the channel.

AOC streamed for just over three and a half hours. Among Us was in focus the entire time as she played the mega-popular indie game with a variety of gaming personalities.

Overall viewership peaked at roughly 439,000, though her account also passed the 500,000 follower mark shortly after as well.

It was one of, if not the most-watched Twitch streams from a brand new account.

For her first broadcast ever, it ranks highly among the most successful individual streams of all time. In fact, she’s now fifth overall when it comes to the most-watched streams in Twitch history. 

While major esports competitions and landmark events boast bigger numbers, AOC now sits atop Twitch with one of the biggest solo-streams of all time.

Her first appearance on Twitch one for the history books. Though she also showed off some great Among Us gameplay. Her very first elimination on Pokimane quickly blew up across social media and the hits kept coming throughout the session.

While it may be a one-off event, for the time being, AOC’s Twitch stream was one for the ages. Perhaps it’ll be sooner rather than later before she makes her way back to the spaceship for another Among Us stream.

The Congresswoman did tease another stream too: “Hopefully this isn’t my last!”