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Twitch’s IRL section has been split into 13 different categories

Published: 27/Sep/2018 15:47

by Matt Porter

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Twitch have officially removed the IRL section from their popular streaming website, splitting it into 13 unique categories.

In a statement posted on the Twitch blog, Senior Director of Product Tom Robertson confirmed that the IRL section was officially discontinued, as viewers who frequented the category found it difficult to find specific streamers around topics they enjoy.

Instead, the platform has created a new system of directory for streamers named Tags. The IRL section has been broken up into smaller, more focused tags, that Robertson will “help viewers find streamers around things they love”. These new tags are;

  • Science & Technology
  • Art
  • Sports and Fitness
  • Just Chatting
  • Talk Shows & Podcasts
  • Makers and Crafting
  • Tabletop RPG
  • Music & Performing Arts
  • Special Events
  • Food & Drink
  • Beauty & Body Art
  • Travel & Outdoors
  • ASMR

Tags have been introduced as a new way to identify streams in an attempt to make Twitch easier to use, and allow viewers greater search options to help identify what they would like to watch.

Robertson states that Twitch are aware that these changes “impact streamers and their workflow”, but ensures that Twitch will continue to work with streamers and creators on the new system, saying; “Our plan is to continue to adapt these tools to ensure that Tags and Categories work for everyone on Twitch. If you have feedback for us, please let us know.”

Tags are set by streamers in their Live Dashboard, and appear alongside the thumbnail, stream title and game any time a video or broadcast is seen on Twitch. Twitch also states that tags will be used to help tailor recommended streams on Twitch’s homepage.

Twitch officially announced the changes to the platform back in August, with the new tag system officially going live on Thursday, September 27.

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Jadeyanh reassures fans she is “okay” after live Twitch stalker scare

Published: 18/Jan/2021 3:58 Updated: 18/Jan/2021 4:24

by Isaac McIntyre

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Jadeyanh has reassured her Twitch fans she is “okay” and her father is “still alive” after a stalker called her, threatened her dad’s life, and demanded she expose herself live on-stream during the streamer’s Jan. 17 broadcast.

The popular Just Chatting star, Jade-Anh ‘Jadeyanh’ Ngo, broke down in tears and ended her stream early after a shocking phone call from her stalker midway through the broadcast.

One viewer, who confirmed they were watching the stream live when the incident occurred, reported that “a stalker called her” using her father’s phone number. Once on the phone, they demanded she “show her breasts on Twitch,” or they would hurt her dad. She then “realized her father was fine, and called the police.”

Dexerto has sighted the now-deleted VOD to confirm details.

“I’m okay and my dad is still alive,” she tweeted soon after ending her stream.

Her father, Harvey Hung Ngo, also replied to the Twitter post. He confirmed he was still alive and “will be [for] a long time.” Jadeynah’s dad also said “my daughter is strong, and no one can blackmail her, you asshole. We will get you!”

Jadeyanh confirmed these details in a Twitter post soon after.

“While streaming my ‘Dad’ called me. When I picked up, a guy demanded that I must show my boobs on stream. He said if I refused, he will slit my dad’s throat who, according to him, was lying tied up on the floor,” she wrote.

“He kept calling me horrible things and even dropped my address in order to terrify me even more. I tried to reason with him. After I refused to show my boobs, because he wouldn’t let me speak to my dad, he said he killed him.”

Her father, however, was “fine, asleep” when this phone call occurred. One of Jadeyanh’s mods wrote in her chat that they had “contacted [her] uncle,” who then contacted her dad. After seeing this, Jadeyanh hung up and called the police.

The Twitch streamer — who spoke in German for the duration of the on-stream call — said she shared the details so there wouldn’t be “any misunderstandings.”

“On that note, thank you everyone who was there to comfort me. Special thank you to my mod, Creditz, for going above and beyond. I am truly blessed to have someone like you in my life,” she added in a follow-up tweet.

“I’m still under shock because I believed for a couple of seconds that I let my dad get murdered because I didn’t flash on stream. Everything feels numb.”

Unfortunately, this is not the first time Jadeyanh has had a run-in with a stalker on-stream. In November, the streamer was repetitively delivered pizzas and had a fake gas leak reported in her building. She begged the stalker to “please stop.”

It is unclear whether these two incidents were from the same person.

Another streaming superstar, Rachel ‘Valkyrae’ Hofstetter, also had a run-in with a stalker recently. She was forced to ask Twitter for help, after a “delusional stalker” made hundreds of accounts in a bid to get her attention.

A number of other stars have also reported stalkers and “scary” incidents, including Fuslie, Sweet Anita, Gabbie Hanna, Mr Beast, Jenna, and more.