Twitch under fire for replacing Metallica concert with 8-bit music to avoid DMCA

Published: 20/Feb/2021 1:34

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Twitch has come under fire for replacing Metallica’s live performance during BlizzConline 2021 with 8-bit folk music to avoid DMCA copyright issues, although everyone can’t help but laugh at the results.

BlizzConline 2021 is underway, and fans from all around the world have been tuning in to catch all the latest news about their favorite games from Blizzard. It’s the first time the event has been held online, but that doesn’t mean it has been less epic.

Like previous iterations, it started with an opening ceremony followed by a musical performance. Metallica rocked the BlizzCon crowd back in 2014 and returned this year, but with a twist. There were no crowds or gatherings. Instead, they performed a set list via live stream.

“Hey, thanks for having us! We’re Metallica!” said lead-singer James Hetfield. “Thanks for having us at BlizzCon 2014. We would love to be there this year, but obviously can’t be. Uh, so, here we are, and this is for you!”

However, the stream featured a disclaimer down the bottom saying, “The upcoming musical performance is subject to copyright protection by the applicable copyright holder.”

And sure enough, it proved to be an issue on Twitch, which is no surprise given their controversial DMCA crackdown.

Hilariously, Twitch’s official gaming channel eventually cut the audio and replaced it with 8-bit folk music, which is a far cry from Metallica’s usual sound. 

As a result, it looked like the heavy metal legends were powerfully strumming their guitars and bobbing their heads to a severely mismatched beat.

Twitch also disabled clipping on the channel to save themselves the embarrassment. Fortunately, industry figure Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau was already on the case. His fingers were too fast, and he captured some footage and shared it with the masses.

It’s not the first time Twitch’s DMCA issues produced comical results, and it won’t be the last. Still, the incident came as a shock to unsuspecting fans who wanted to enjoy the show. 

It was also a throwback to those who remember the infamous copyright infringement case between Metallica and Napster. The circumstances were different, but perhaps Twitch feared the worst and didn’t want to take any risks.


Summit1g’s girlfriend almost gets jealous over female NPC in GTA RP

Published: 24/Feb/2021 14:30 Updated: 24/Feb/2021 14:31

by David Purcell


Summit1g has been playing GTA RP in the NoPixel server relentlessly on Twitch and most of the time he’s having fun, but he found himself in a tricky situation after speaking to the Casino dealer. 

The Diamond Casino hasn’t always existed in the roleplaying world of Grand Theft Auto. In fact, it opened its doors on the NoPixel server for the very first time on February 18, and has made for some hilarious viewing.

In one instance, the variety streamer discovered some of the Blackjack tables were actually rigged, which was funny for fans to watch on his channel.

On February 23, though, the chat was left laughing at a very different situation.

GTA V Diamond Casino
Rockstar Games
The Diamond Casino is now open for business in GTA RP’s NoPixel server.

Casino dealer gets summit1g in trouble on GTA RP’s NoPixel

Sitting around the table with a number of other people roleplaying characters, his character – Charles Johnson – followed suit and interacted with the dealer after each card was drawn.

At one point he screamed “RACHEL!” after a card came out, and the timing was perfect. His girlfriend, off camera, entered his room presumably to bring some food in for him.

After hearing this random lady’s name screamed across the room, she appeared to ask what was going on between the two of them. Little did she know, Rachel was an NPC – and not a real person!

He said: “Baby, it’s an NPC dealer OK? Jesus, you’re f**king…”

Once she left the room, he opened up a bit more about what had happened away from the camera. Summit added: “She was like staring at me, haha!”

Summit1g wins big Blackjack hand

The leader of the 1G Squad has been raking it in during his time in the Diamond Casino. In one moment, he scooped a whopping 47,000 chips in a lucky hand, after placing a bet of 19,000.

Placing such a high stake got him nervous, so he turned his cam off for a few seconds. “Don’t look at me. Don’t look at me…I’m going to be standing up and pacing.”

Soon after, things got very interesting.

On this occasion, though, he wasn’t screaming Esteban’s name for anybody to get suspicious.

Jokes aside, this is just one of many hilarious moments that happen in every summit1g GTA RP livestream. At this rate, he won’t be straying away to another game any time soon. He’s having a blast!