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Twitch streamer defends PUBG from haters – immediately regrets it

Published: 30/Apr/2019 10:19 Updated: 30/Apr/2019 10:37

by Connor Bennett

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PUBG on stream, after the game threw a number of glitches his way.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds may have fallen behind the battle royale curve thanks to titles like Fortnite Battle Royale and Apex Legends, but that hasn’t stopped a loyal fanbase continuing to play the game.

However, like pretty much every game, a number of in-game bugs do still remain and even if a player does their very best to avoid them, they can still ruin a session in the most hilarious way possible. 

PUBGPUBG has been around in one form or another since 2017.

WackyJacky’s world gets flipped upside down

Only a few minutes into his April 29 stream, the streamer quickly jumped to the defense of PUBG – praising recent updates. “They’re slowly starting to understand their players,” he started. “At least, the players I know that exist. Of course, I don’t know all players obviously, but the players I know like this.”

However, things took an extreme turn for the worst as WackyJacky jumped into a Buggy that appeared in-front of him and was sent barreling through the air as the vehicle glitched out.

Immediately recognizing that the game had just basically thrown his praise back in his face, the streamer slowly turned towards his camera and stared right down the lens with a hilariously deadpan look.

WackyJacky surveys the aftermath

Once the buggy had landed and he was able to escape the wreckage, WackyJacky didn’t address what had happened and, instead, went in search of another vehicle so that he could get away from the oncoming blue zone.

After he was caught in the zone, the streamer jokingly played a soundbite of PlayerUnknown himself, Brendan Greene, praising the game’s vehicle physics. “Oh, really? You might want to fix that,” he said in response, laughing at the ridiculousness of the whole situation.

While some fans immediately used the moment to bash PUBG, WackyJacky clearly saw the funny side of things and carried on with his match.

Bugs like this are still prevalent in the battle royale title, but Bluehole and PUBG Corp have been hard at work to rectify issues that remain in-game – even if they aren’t able to fix every single one.

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Twitch’s new stream “Boost” feature raises concern for smaller channels

Published: 3/Dec/2020 2:26

by Alan Bernal

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Twitch is rolling out a new feature for eligible channels called “Boost this stream,” with the hopes of giving people an avenue to be featured on “highly visible parts” of the platform. However, there are concerns it’ll be damaging for the smaller streams trying to get noticed.

The new Community Challenge requires viewers to pool their Channel Points to unlock the reward. Streamers will get notified once the challenge is available on their channel, then will relay that to their community to start chipping away at the progress bar.

But there are concerns about its application. It’ll be on Twitch’s discretion for who gets to run the promotion as well as the target number to hit before a channel can be successfully Boosted.

The only hard number guideline with ‘Boost this stream’ is the 2,000 point limit that each user can contribute per day. Since individual streamers don’t know what their Boost target will be, some suggest this will be an easy feature to exploit.

“How is not going to be abused by larger streams with more viewers, and therefore a bigger pool?” one person wrote. “IMO channel points devoted for use with a Community Challenge should be weighted in value depending on viewership.”

Twitch responded saying “the amount of Channel Points required to successfully boost a stream is scaled with the size and viewership of the channel,” though a clear metric of how the cap increases wasn’t made available.

Another issue raised was the way Twitch would consider someone to be a ‘small streamer,’ seeing as they’ll be the likely candidates to receive the chance to get Boosted.

If it’s going by viewer count, then small streamers can be anything from 2-10 average viewers to 100-2000 live watchers per session. If it’s going by follower count or subscriber count, then that has its own implications as well.

But Boost is a wholly experimental feature that has a lot of variables still being workshopped. For example, in the FAQ, Twitch says that everything from what’s considered as a high visibility part of the site to who the feature is available as it rolls out could change.

As the company gets this feature into more users’ hands, expect Twitch to make adjustments depending on how Boost gets received throughout December.