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Twitch reportedly testing subscriber-only broadcasts and people aren’t happy

Published: 27/May/2019 20:04 Updated: 27/May/2019 21:24

by Eli Becht

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Twitch is reportedly testing out subscriber-only streams that would give non-subs a preview of the stream before forcing them to subscribe to watch the rest.

If you’re a streamer on Twitch, it looks like you’ll soon have to the ability to gate off non-subscribers from viewing your stream.

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This new feature would give viewers a short preview of the stream before being forced to either subscribe to the channel or find one that doesn’t have the same restrictions.

It’s too early to tell what effect this will have on the overall viewing experience on Twitch but if enough streamers use this feature, it could create some issues.

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One positive is it will help streamers bring in more income if viewers are required to sub, however, it could also turn viewers away who don’t want to subscribe.

Looks like you have to subscribe to watch more.

It’s worth mentioning that doing this will be completely optional so it’s not like viewers will have to worry about shelling out $4.99 a month to watch their favorite streamer once this feature goes live.

Twitch already gives broadcasters several ways to make the viewing experience better for subscribers. Streamers can enable subscribers-only chat which means simply being a follower won’t allow you to chat. Subscribers also get to skip ads, which streamers are also able to run at their own discretion. 

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Responses have been very negative

Many viewers think this a step in the wrong direction for Twitch and it opens the door for the streaming giant to become a “cam-girl” website.

“Oh hell yeah, private cam shows,” wrote Reddit user Twitteri in a comment.

TWITCH - NINJANinja has done a great job bringing Twitch to a wider audience.

“Yikes, that’s gonna suck,” wrote user Kwoui, in a comment that has over 500 upvotes.

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It’s hard to argue with the fact that the viewing experience wouldn’t be hurt with this change, of course, that all depends on how many streamers actually use it.

Nothing is confirmed yet

It’s worth mentioning nothing has been confirmed yet by Twitch so viewers might be getting worked up about nothing.

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If Twitch does implement a feature like this, look for them to do it in a more public setting versus just doing it on a random stream.

Esports journalist Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau said he believes this feature is being tested for the Overwatch League.

While that could be true, the Overwatch League’s All Access Pass has worked like this for over a year now, so the feature could soon be expanding to be more widely available on Twitch.

We’ve reached out for comment from Twitch and will update if we hear anything back.

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Hashinshin claims FBI cleared him of sexual harassment allegations

Published: 8/Oct/2020 4:00

by Andrew Amos

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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“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.”

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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.

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“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.