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Twitch’s “purple screen of death” is now occurring inside video games

Published: 5/Feb/2021 20:04

by Dexerto

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Twitch has come under fire for a new feature in embedded streams, which presents viewers with a pop-up asking them to watch content exclusively on their platform — but it’s not just a problem on websites, anymore.

In late January, Twitch became the subject of the internet’s frustration after implementing a new change that has a huge affect on embedded live streams in other websites and services.

When users attempt to watch an embedded broadcast, they are met with an unskippable 30-second pop-up, which features a message against a purple background that asks viewers to watch the content directly on Twitch.

That’s not all, though; the message can also appear for those who are already on Twitch and are using ad blockers, making an ad-free experience rather difficult for those not interested in having their streams interrupted.

Twitch purple pop-up.
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Twitch has rolled out a 30-second, unskippable pop-up on embedded streams that encourages viewers to watch exclusively on Twitch.

The pop-up doesn’t go away after just 30 seconds, either. In fact, the message will reportedly reappear every fifteen minutes, potentially interrupting important moments in specific streams.

Needless to say, the change has not been met positively by Twitch viewers — but it’s not just an issue in the internet, itself. It appears that this issue has also come up within video games, as found by esports insider Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau.

Breslau noted that the PUBG Global Invitational has been affected by the “purple screen of death,” with the pop-up appearing over the livestreamed event within the PUBG client, itself.

Where one would normally see the gameplay being broadcast on the in-game big screen, instead, the purple message comes up — leading to a less-than-stellar esports viewing experience.

Commenters also noted that other esports events are streaming via alternative services like Steam, thus bypassing this potential for Twitch’s latest feature to interrupt the broadcast.

Even former employees of Twitch have spoken out against the purple pop-up — and while it still remains to be seen if this will become a permanent feature of the site, as Twitch has claimed it’s only a “temporary experiment,” the backlash surrounding its implementation is nothing to sneeze at.

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HAchubby reveals HAchuMart convenience store struggles after Twitch success

Published: 25/Feb/2021 6:22

by Andrew Amos

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Korean Twitch star HAchubby won people’s hearts over with her shifts at a convenience store. Now, she owns her very own HAchuMart. However, it didn’t come without its fair share of challenges, which she opened up about on February 24.

From an Emart to HAchuMart, popular Korean Twitch streamer HAchubby has carved out a niche with her content following her mundane life working at a convenience store.

After quitting her old job due to concerns about privacy, she decided to become her own boss by opening up her own convenience store in Busan, South Korea. It was a spur of the moment decision, but once her mind was made, she was resolved to do it for her viewers.

HAchubby opening HAchuMart store
Twitch: HAchubby
HAchubby opened her own convenience store in January 2021.

I lost a big part of my stream and my life. And my viewers lost something they enjoyed to watch every weekend. I didn’t really want to quit this job because it kept me connected to the real world,” she said in a February 24 video, talking about leaving her previous job.

“So I promised the viewers, don’t worry, we will have our own convenience store next year. I was crazy. I promised that I didn’t think well enough. I didn’t think about costs, staff, or location. I just said I was going to do it.”

Now, HAchuMart is open and free for anyone to visit ⁠— well, if you can make it to South Korea. The cute little market features a bunch of HAchubby’s favorite items. However, it was truly a community endeavor, with her stream helping her out along the way.

“Since then everyone was looking forward to it, a lot of people sent me cheering messages. Some viewers even supported me with donations,” she said.

“I asked my viewers to help me [design the store]. A lot of them shared their ideas, gave feedback, and worked on creative new designs. I made a lot of designs with my viewers, including the logo, uniform, and even the ice cream box. I’m thankful to everyone who helped me make it. I don’t think I’d be able to make it on my own.”

Between trying to stick to a 2020 deadline, dealing with lockdowns, and not even having an ounce of business experience, it was a tough time for HAchubby. But now, her dreams have been realized, and she’s so happy for all the support from friends and family along the way.

“This was my first business ever, and I thought it would be hard for me to do it. I still can’t believe how many people decided to help. It was a miracle. It was very busy, but I was lucky enough to have family and friends to help me.

“I really achieved what I had dreamed of. This is not just another convenience store. HAchuMart is the result of many people working together to make a dream come true.

“It all started with a girl streaming her part-time job, and with the support of the viewers, family, and friends, this girl now has her own convenience store.”