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Who is Jokerd? The WoW Classic streamer taking Twitch by storm

Published: 3/Sep/2019 20:57 Updated: 4/Sep/2019 14:24

by Alan Bernal

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The release of WoW Classic ushered the meteoric rise for Twitch streamer ‘JokerdTV’, but who is this new streaming phenomenon, and why has he become so popular?

Jokerd is a 22-year-old Twitch streamer from Malta, who has been on the platform since 2013, but didn’t start streaming until early 2019.

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In the months prior to the release of WoW Classic on August 26, Jokerd was averaging around 200 viewers, according to data from Twitchmetrics – a healthy number, but nothing extraordinary.

Jokerd gained over 120,000 followers in a week.

Jokerd becomes Twitch famous

But, during WoW Classic’s Beta and subsequent release at the tail-end of August, Jokerd was seeing his 8+ hours back-to-back streams really pay off, as his viewership was steadily rising to audiences of 700 or more.

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His big turnaround moment though, was when he became the first WoW Classic player to reach the max level of 60, beating out many others trying to achieve the same feat.

As the WoW hype took over Twitch and drew in millions of viewers, everyone saw how long the grind was to progress after level 20, even for hardcore players like Chance ‘Sodapoppin’ Morris, shroud, and more, who are still yet to hit max level at the time of writing.

But JokerdTV managed to hit that mark within the first week of the game’s release, with three days and seven hours of game time logged on his gnome mage.

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Jokerd TwitchThousands tuned in to watch the moment Jokerd reach max level 60.
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The 22-year-old Malta resident’s views, follows and Twitch subs skyrocketed from there, following the end of his mage’s journey in his 18-hour stream on August 30. For the week of August 29 – September 4, he was the fastest-growing channel on Twitch with over 129,000 new followers.

While over 314,000 people tuned into his stream to share in the momentous occasion, and the incredible parade through Azeroth afterward, a lot of those viewers stayed after getting to know the streamer a bit better.

The self-proclaimed “caveman” revealed his room to his stream, showing walls lined with stones that he says “forced him to get (level) 60” since the prison-esque decor gives him no distractions and lets him grind for hours on end.

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Taking WoW stream to the next level

Jokerd had typically broadcasted without a face-cam during his WoW campaigns. But now that he’s catering to a stream with roughly 8k viewers since his level 60 accomplishment, he revealed his glorious mug for all to see.

Along with being a hilarious personality that a lot of people love to watch, he is a WoW diehard through and through. Since his Twitch stardom, he’s been playing the game with notable personalities such as NymN, erobb, Kandyland and more.

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In fact, in a September 2 stream, he said that “going on a WoW date with a girl is more exciting that taking her to the movies.”

JokerdTV TwitchJokerd was astonished at the huge parade his fellow Alliance members had in store for him.
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Moreover, the 5-foot-9 (about 80 cm) streamer said that before WoW Classic’s release he weighed about 73 kgs (roughly 160 pounds) but has since dropped in at 69 kgs (about 152 pounds).

Jokerd managed to out level a ton of players to hit level 60 first, and that passionate commitment has made him one of the most interesting rising stars on the Twitch platform.

The real test is whether he can turn this short-term growth into a long-term viewer base, who will continue to watch his channel, even after the hype of being level 60 first, and WoW Classic in general, has died down.

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Hashinshin claims FBI cleared him of sexual harassment allegations

Published: 8/Oct/2020 4:00

by Andrew Amos

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Popular League of Legends streamer Robert ‘Hashinshin’ Brotz has claimed the FBI investigated him over allegations he was sexually harassing minors, and cleared him of any wrongdoing. He was permanently banned on Twitch over the claims.

Hashinshin was ostracized from the League of Legends community back in July, after claims the 30-year-old Twitch streamer sexually harassed underage girls by abusing his platform of power.

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Other popular content creators, like Joedat ‘Voyboy’ Esfahani, stated that “Hashinshin is a manipular, predator, and worst of all [a] pedophile who used his platform to abuse so many underage girls over the years.”

However, the disgraced streamer has claimed he was investigated by the FBI and cleared of all wrongdoing.

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“There has been an FBI investigation into me, and I have neither been jailed or charged with a crime. Some of you might not believe that. I have a freedom of information request [to prove my innocence publicly], but that can take up to a year,” Brotz said in a October 7 statement.

Numerous women came forward stories in July of Hashinshin grooming them while they were underage. However, Hashinshin has always maintained his innocence, claiming these stories were false, and that many of those who came forward have since deleted their statements.

He also stated that he was potentially looking into suing some of the alleged victims for defamation, stating they did a “public assessment of [his] character” that distorted what people thought of him.

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“I was going to sue Alli for defamation ⁠— and I probably should have ⁠— but Alli is not a victim, and people started getting these really distorted views on what was happening,” he said, referring to one of the victims.

“Things aren’t as they seem, regardless of what they seem. I’m not a rich and powerful figure. They didn’t find that I did anything. I think a lot of this was a public assessment of my character, and a lot of people did this because they didn’t like me.

“I’ve been working on bettering myself over the last two years, and I think I’ve become a better person overall. It hurts a lot…to see all these people denying that.”

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Brotz claimed that while he believed his accusers weren’t “all terrible people,” they betrayed his trust. He also said that while he believes they should apologize, he hopes no one in the community attacks them. He just wants to “go back to living a normal life.”

“I thought these were nice people, I thought I could trust them and work with them. That’s why my response to this was all sh*tty because I shouldn’t really have trusted anyone. I don’t think they’re all terrible people, but things really escalated,” he said.

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“I don’t want anyone to attack them. I just want to go back to living a normal life. I just want to exist peacefully, and I hope people can start letting me do that. I hope this can change their minds in some way.”

Hashinshin remains permanently banned on Twitch despite his attempts to clear this name. He has also lost his Twitch partnership, and has instead moved to streaming on YouTube.