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Twitch streamer explains how most-popular personalities are ‘faking it’

Published: 11/Feb/2020 3:26 Updated: 11/Feb/2020 3:29

by Brad Norton


Firing shots at the biggest names on Twitch, controversial streamer Jon Zherka outlined how those at the very top of the content creation game are supposedly ‘faking’ their personalities.

Taking issue with some of the most popular streamers on the Amazon-owned platform, Zherka recently outlined how he believes Twitch streamers only grow on the site due to their ‘fake’ personalities. 

In order to increase their viewership, he argues that content creators hide their true selves and ramp things up in order to appeal to the masses, with the biggest names being the fakest of all.

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The most-popular individual streamers are often boasting tens of thousands of unique viewers.

Having jumped into a recent broadcast of Twitch partner Steven ‘Destiny’ Bonnell, Zherka was drawn in by the comments of one viewer in particular that claimed to know the intricacies of being a popular streamer. 

“Basically, it takes a certain kind of individual to be a streamer,” they expressed in Destiny’s chat. “You cannot be fake, you just can’t do it.”

Taking issue with the comment from the viewer, however, Zherka rejected that notion and explained why he believes the exact opposite to be true.

“What are you talking about? The whole platform is fake,” he said. “The echelons of this f***ing website…the higher up you go the faker they get.”

Rather than rattling off specific names that sit atop Twitch on a daily-basis like Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel or Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys for instance, Zherka cast a wide net and targetted every marquee name on the platform.

“It starts with 50 people looking at you put a mask on,” he explained, beginning to detail precisely how Twitch streamers grow in popularity. “Then it turns to 100 and they see the mask slip but you get better at keeping it on.”

While almost everyone begins their tenure on the platform with a small following, he imposes the idea that no one is able to grow without acting and playing-up a fake persona, hence the mask-based analogy. 

“When you’re at a thousand [viewers] you’ve got the perfect mask and only your core fans remember who you really were,” he added.

While Zherka specifically targeted Twitch, he may also hold these opinions about those on Mixer and YouTube as well.

Despite his controversial outlook on the site, he regularly goes live on Twitch and has accrued well over 70,000 followers along the way. 

Not the first time that Zherka has taken issue with the platform though, he also slammed Twitch for supposedly being biased toward female streamers.


Fedmyster reportedly accuses Pokimane of “twisting the truth” to hurt him

Published: 25/Nov/2020 19:25 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 19:29

by Brent Koepp


A document allegedly featuring texts between former-Offline TV streamer Federico ‘Fedmyster’ Gaytan and Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys leaked online that accuses the Twitch star of taking their relationship out of context to hurt him.

In June, popular OfflineTV personality Fedmyster was accused of harassment and misconduct from several members of the content group. The shocking news rocked their community as the 25-year-old was removed from both the company and their house.

After months of silence, a document leaked online that claims Gaytan is accusing Pokimane of not telling the truth about their relationship. The file contains an essay allegedly written by him, as well as supposed text conversations between him and the Twitch star.

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In June, Pokimane explained Fed’s behavior was a big reason she moved out of the OfflineTV house.

Fedmyster allegedly speaks out about Pokimane

On June 29, Pokimane addressed the Fedmyster allegations on stream, and explained that his behavior was a “big reason” she had moved out of the OfflineTV house. The star stated that 25-year-old had been sabotaging her relationship with other men, and had even kept her alienated from friends.

On November 25, a document appeared online that reportedly shows Gaytan accusing Pokimane of not giving proper context to their relationship. “Watching Poki talk about all the things I’ve done with little to zero context to the nature of our relationship hurt me pretty bad,” the leaked letter reads.

It also accuses the Twitch star of being untruthful. “I definitely did some unquestionable things and broke her trust, but there are some claims she makes about me, and herself that are either false, twisting the truth, or misconstrued,” it read. Streamers such as Steven ‘Destiny’ Bonnell reviewed the controversial file during their live broadcast for viewers.

While Pokimane has not fully responded to any of the claims, the Moroccan-Canadian personality told fans on her second Twitter account that she would be addressing the allegations during a Twitch stream on November 26.

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The Google Doc also appears to contain multiple leaked private texts between the streamer and Pokimane. The content of the conversations are extremely personal. In the essay supposedly written by Gaytan, he defended posting the messages to “show specific context that was never given.”

At the time of writing, it’s not clear whether Fedmyster actually wrote the document, or if any of the content contained inside of is real. However, the file quickly went viral on social media, and kicked off a new firestorm surrounding the June situation.