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Twitch under fire for using banned streamer to promote Fortnite section

Published: 27/Sep/2019 0:13 Updated: 27/Sep/2019 10:04

by Isaac McIntyre


Following their massive brand revamp, Twitch used a variety of ways to promote their new design, including an old clip of banned streamer Andy ‘Mexican Andy’ Martin.

The streaming website is currently undergoing a major overhaul of its user interface, based around a color-swap, as well as personalization options for the platform’s major stars.

Twitch has used a handful of big names, from Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys, to Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani and Annemunition, as the face of the swap. One interesting choice that appeared on their new info page, however, was banned former star Mexican Andy.

Mexican Andy, TwitterMexican Andy now streams on YouTube following his consecutive Twitch bans.

The controversial IRL streamer, who was formerly part of Paul ‘ICE POSEIDON’ Denino’s now-defunct CX Network, has been unable to stream on Twitch’s website for nearly two years, and long since made the switch to full-time broadcasting on YouTube.

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For Mexican Andy, his unplanned return was as much as shock to him as everyone else that was browsing the new information page.

“I just woke up from being drunk and all I gotta say is Wtf LMAOO,” he commented on Twitter after seeing the clip splashed across Twitch’s promotional website.

Perhaps even worse for Twitch, the original clip of Mexican Andy’s humorous celebrations was first streamed on YouTube due to his ban, and was subsequently re-uploaded on Twitch.

Since the revelation that the clip was of a perma-banned member of the Twitch community, the streaming giant has removed the footage from their website, temporarily duplicating LoL’s 2016 World Championship highlight video in Fortnite’s place for now.

Twitch.tvPopular streamers Annemunition and Pokimane have been involved with the website’s revamp.

Mexican Andy’s time with the broadcasting platform was dogged with TOS strikes. The IRL personality was hit with a series of bans since January 2017, including a notorious one less than 24 hours after announcing he had received an invitation to attend that year’s TwitchCon.

He has since migrated to a new YouTube channel, where he produces semi-regular videos and broadcasts on the video platform. His channel boasts 43.7K subscribers.

This isn’t the first time Martin has returned to the spotlight in 2019 either. In March, he recorded footage of more than 50 Mexican migrants attempting to cross the US border, which was later picked up by broadcaster ABC News 10.

It is unclear whether Andy will ever be allowed to return from his Twitch exile, but if the speed of their removal of his clip is any indication, it may not be anytime soon.


Russian Instagram influencer torches his $150,000 Mercedes on purpose

Published: 25/Oct/2020 0:46

by Bill Cooney


An Instagram influencer literally set his own $150,000 Mercedes Benz on fire after he got fed up with how his local dealership was repairing it.

Several videos of Russian Instagram and YouTube star Mikhail Litvin torching the black GT 63 S went viral over the weekend, with people around the internet both amazed and horrified that someone has enough extra cash rolling around they can just send a luxury car up in flames.

But, Litvin’s display surprisingly wasn’t just a random instance of pure, nihilistic capitalism captured on film, as he claims he was sending a message to his local Mercedes dealership and the company as a whole.

The saga begins like this: Mikhail bought a brand new GT 63 S (running around $140,000 to $160,000) and somehow, broke the engine five times in a row through various automotive shenanigans.

Eventually, he became fed up with how his local Mercedes Benz dealership was repairing the vehicle each time he brought it in, even replacing the turbo kit with one purchased off of eBay at one point.

Paying to have sub-par parts installed in his car seems to have been the final straw for the Russian, who filled his trunk up with gasoline and brought plenty of cameras to a deserted field to send his vehicle off with a Viking funeral.

After bathing the car in fuel, Litvin lights a Looney Tunes-style trail from offscreen and the poor four-door goes up in a massive fireball.

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Mikhail Litvin/YouTube
Litvin made sure not to miss a spot.

After contemplating all the memories he had in the Mercedes while the inferno raged behind him, the YouTuber drove into the sunset with his new whip, a classic teal Lada that only needed a little bit of a running start to get going.

With over 11 million followers on Instagram and 4 million subscribers on YouTube, chances are good that Litvin will be picking up a fly new car sometime soon to replace the smoking heap that was his GT 63 S.

Exactly what he’ll replace it with remains to be seen, but we’d bet he’ll have a video out about it when he does.