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xQc explains why he won’t be participating in Twitch Blackout

Published: 24/Jun/2020 6:42

by Andrew Amos

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Many Twitch streamers are participating in a blackout on June 24 in solidarity with members of the gaming community who have been abused and harassed by industry leaders. However, Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel won’t be, calling the move “insane.”

The Twitch Blackout has divided the streaming community. Some streamers from across the Amazon-owned platform will be turning off their broadcasts on June 24 in solidarity with victims of sexual harassment from leaders in the gaming industry.

However, the move has been labeled “insane” by some, who instead want to use their time ⁠— and platform ⁠— to educate their community. And it looks like xQc falls into that basket.

Speaking on stream on June 23, xQc declared that he wouldn’t take place in the Twitch Blackout. His reasons why? He believes blackouts do nothing to solve problems, and instead stop the actual message from getting out there.

“In a space where you want to declare things, and expose evil and sh*t ⁠— ‘oh guys, just do a blackout. Don’t post on social media. Stop the coverage. Stop showing. In a time where people need to see, don’t show anything,’” he said, taking aim at people who are participating.

He referenced past blackouts ⁠— like the Black Lives Matter movement on Instagram ⁠— condemning them for clogging up people’s feeds instead of educating them.

“On top of that, in the places where you can show them anything, like on Instagram, ‘oh, let’s f**king clutter everything with a picture of a f**king black square ⁠— that’ll f**king help.’ If people want to look at things that matter, and information about the topic, now they can’t.

“That’s like something somebody against the cause would organize, but instead, you’re f**king doing it for them. That’s insane.”

He also questioned the role Twitch has to play. While the heads of the platform have come out and said they will investigate all instances of harassment and abuse, xQc believes not streaming for one day won’t fix any of the pre-existing problems.

“We talked about all the sexual harassments, and there will probably be more. I don’t think not streaming will do sh*t. How is that going to affect his [Emmett Shear, Twitch CEO] position, if people don’t stream for a day? How does that make the ball move?”

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Who is Granny? The rising Twitch star who streams as a grandma

Published: 26/Nov/2020 23:45 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 23:46

by Michael Gwilliam

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Twitch is home to some pretty outlandish personalities, but none may be as unique as the rising streamer known only as Granny.

Dressed in a bright white wig, oversized glasses, and attire that you could have sworn you’ve seen the elderly wear, Granny takes the character to the extreme.

If you thought the outfit or persona was the limit of the character, think again. Just like how Dr Disrespect streams from his legendary “arena,” Granny has her own broadcast center of sorts.

From Granny’s house to Twitch

Her streams begin, amusingly enough, with an old house in a green meadow surrounded by rainbows, flowers and chirping birds.

Twitch streamer Granny begins a broadcast.
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Granny begins her streams in a pink house surrounded by rainbows.

After introducing herself, talking to viewers from inside the big pink home that looks like it’s ripped from either Lord of the Rings or Teletubbies, the gameplay kicks off.

What makes Granny’s choice of games so hilarious is that she’s made a habit of streaming titles such as Dead by Daylight, which are the complete opposite of the happy-go-lucky nature of the intro.

Fans are absolutely loving it. Since starting the stream, Granny has amassed nearly 30,000 followers and is growing on other platforms such as YouTube.

Climbing the Twitch ranks

Speaking with Dexerto, the entertainer refused to break character, further, cementing the concept that this was a grandma streaming on the Amazon-owned platform.

Granny claims it all began when she was working for a finance firm in New York City for three years and was beginning to feel worn out.

“Right around that time, Red Dead Redemption 2 came out and I found a huge comfort being immersed in that world while I took time to recover and figure out my next steps,” the streamer explained.

“When Red Dead Online was released I started to make friends on the proximity voice chat and they told me I should try my hand at streaming. In February 2019 I moved to New Zealand to go all-in on starting a Twitch channel, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision.”

That said, she does have plans to return to New York at some point in 2021, so fans should be sure to be on the lookout for that.

While the climb up the Twitch ranks has been a journey since it first began in January of 2019, the streamer does have a few favorite moments.

 

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“A couple of exciting milestones along the way have been Trixie Mattel and TPAIN discovering the stream,” she happily noted. “They love joining in now and again to help repair the ice cream machines in Dead By Daylight.”

Going into 2021, Granny is definitely going to be one of the streamers to watch out for, especially if she continues to get noticed by some larger members of the community.