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Twitch streamer Mizkif opens up about his risky heart condition

Published: 27/Jun/2019 0:27 Updated: 27/Jun/2019 0:31

by Virginia Glaze


As one of the net’s leading live streaming platforms, Twitch sees a wide variety of streamers, with some being pro gamers, magicians, and even fortune tellers, each with their own reasons for broadcasting on the site – but one streamer’s origin story included an especially heart-wrenching moment.

Popular streamer Mizkif opened up about his beginnings as a streamer during a broadcast on June 25, where he claimed that he got his start in the profession after being diagnosed with a serious heart condition.

The condition, known as viral myocarditis, is defined as inflammation of the middle layer of the heart, which can ultimately weaken the organ, cause an abnormal heartbeat, and even result in death.

Mizkif, TwitterMizkif is a relatively popular streamer on Twitch, who opened up about his heart condition during a June broadcast.

Mizkif claimed that he was made aware of the condition after he woke up and “couldn’t move,” experiencing extreme pain in his stomach and head.

“I woke up, I passed out on the floor,” he said of the terrifying moment. “I thought I was completely dehydrated or something. I fell asleep for 24 hours straight. …I couldn’t wake up. I don’t know what was wrong with me.”

Mizkif later explained that he was diagnosed with viral myocarditis after a week-long series of tests, with his mother’s on-hand prescription of ibuprofen being the only thing that saved his life.

“I have a virus in my heart,” he continued. “I do. It’s still there. No one will ever know what it was. …it attacks my heart. It’s dormant right now, but it can come out at any time. It’s not likely to ever come out, but it can.”

The streamer said that his stint in the hospital ended up inspiring him to begin his Twitch journey, ultimately being unable to perform his day job due to his doctor cautioning him not to use Adderall for fear of further damaging his heart.

Mizkif’s fanbase gave an outpouring of support for the streamer, with one commenter sharing a story about their own father experiencing similar symptoms, who later passed away in his sleep, cautioning anyone feeling numbness to hospitalize themselves.

Reddit commenters shared their own experience dealing with heart problems, prompting some touching and heart-wrenching stories.

Mizkif is a well-known face on Twitch, with over 178,000 followers on the platform as of June 26 – and a supportive community, to boot.


Twitch removes “Blind Playthrough” stream tag after backlash

Published: 5/Dec/2020 18:14

by Daniel Cleary


Twitch has introduced a new change to the stream tags on channels, which has completely removed the “Blind Playthrough” tag from the site following criticism around the language used.

It can often be difficult to get discovered as a new Twitch streamer, with thousands of other content creators broadcasting on the site at any one time.

Twitch has previously introduced tags to address this issue in 2018, which can be added to a streamer’s channel and can be used by viewers for filtering their searches to find what they’re looking for.

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The Blind Playthrough tag no longer shows on Twitch.

While the usual tags often include information such as language and type of content, one tag that was used for those playing a game for the first time was the “Blind Playthrough” tag.

The tag would indicate that the streamer had not seen any spoilers or that they do not know much about the title’s gameplay and features before playing it.

However, in a recent tweet, Twitch’s community director Erin ‘Aureylian’ Wayne highlighted that they have removed the tag from the site, following criticism around the choice of words used, with some suggesting that the language was ableist.

“Happy to see Twitch has listened to everyone who shared feedback and removed the ‘Blind Playthrough’ tag to encourage more inclusive language for our community,” she added.

While the “Blind Playthrough” tag has been removed from the database, the Twitch director urged streamers to make use of the “First Playthrough” and “No Spoilers” tags in its place.

The term “Blind Playthrough” was central to a discussion on ableist language sparked by AbleGamers COO Steven Spohn earlier in the year and now Twitch has acted in response.

While Twitch’s latest change has been met with some positive responses so far, some users have argued the need for the change, highlighting that “Blind” has two official definitions.

However, Twitch has remained firm on their stance, and streamers will simply need to use an alternative tag while streaming spoiler-free gameplay.