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Tryhard ‘hater’ responds to backlash from influencers over viral TikTok

Published: 18/Aug/2020 11:55

by Calum Patterson

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The TikTok creator behind a viral video about how ‘tryhards’ have ruined gaming, which sparked a major debate across social media, has spoken to Dexerto to clarify what he really meant.

In his short video, Mubeen Momodu watches the gameplay of streamer Bobby Wasabi playing Fall Guys, and appears to criticize him for trying too hard and playing competitively.

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First, it went viral on TikTok, and later on Twitter when Dexerto shared the video. Hitting over 4 million views on Twitter, and garnering over 15,000 comments, it immediately sparked controversy.

It went so viral that some of the biggest names in gaming were weighing in on the matter, from pro players, to YouTubers, to top streamers like Ninja.

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Ninja himself used an old quote from himself about taking gaming seriously, which at the time, he too was mocked for.

Others, like FaZe Clan’s Cizzors, joked that instead players should just purposely lose – because trying to win was apparently trying ‘too hard.’

Tryhard ‘hater’ responds to criticism

In a statement to Dexerto, the original TikTok creator, Mubeen Momodu, explained that he doesn’t think his point was presented properly.

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“To everyone that watched my video where I ranted about “tryhard” gamers ruining games, I just want to clear up what I meant because I feel like my point wasn’t presented properly. So, I do not think there is anything wrong with competition. I’ve grown up my whole life as a competitive athlete, winning state awards in my event. I also don’t think that if you try to win a game, then you ruin the game for everyone else.”

But, Mubeen did understand the frustrations towards the video. “However, I understand that in the video this is what it might appear as, so I do not blame anyone for thinking those were my beliefs. I just believe that for certain games, like Fall Guys, having a comp and non-comp game mode helps to allow casual and competitive gamers to play the game the way they want it to be played. Because after a while casual players tend to stop playing certain games after they lose fun in it and I don’t want that to happen to games in general anymore.”

He also wanted to clarify that his video wasn’t intended as a direct criticism of BobbyWasabi himself, whose gameplay was used to illustrate his point:

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“That video was not specifically about Fall Guys, the specific level he was playing, or the streamer himself. I understand that is the only way to play that level and since the video has been posted, BobbyWasabi (the streamer in the video) and I have been communicating with each other. There is no hate from either side and we both understand each other’s positions. It has truly been a wild couple of days and it has been a shock to see some of my favorite streamers and entertainers respond to my video. However, if you want to continue to hate me, at least check out BobbyWasabi on Twitch because he doesn’t deserve any hate. All love from my side, so thank you all.”

Wasabi himself has embraced the meme, changing his Twitter name to ‘Bobby “Tryhard” Wasabi’.

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Mubeen has now made a follow-up TikTok as well, further explaining his original post.

@mubeen.momoduReply to @animemes43 This is a response to the Fall Guys video… watch the whole thing ##fyp ##foryou ##xyzbca ##fallguys♬ original sound – mbeen22

Whatever your stance on the Tryhards in gaming ‘controversy’, as it has become, it’s clear that it wasn’t intended to reach this level of scrutiny – and people can play games however they like. As long as your not cheating, it’s your copy of the game.

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Twitch staff accused of tricking streamer into promoting brands

Published: 7/Oct/2020 21:28 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 21:34

by Alan Bernal

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Twitch streamers are speaking out against the broadcasting platform for attempting to promote brands within individual chats. Content creators are slamming the practice, especially since they have no control of removing the adverts from their channel.

One longtime YouTuber and Twitch streamer who goes by ‘The Black Hokage’ noticed a staffer had dropped a message in his Chat. The purpose of the text, sent by ‘newcryka,’ was to have the streamer acknowledge the listed brand with 400 Bits attached to the post.

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He immediately took issue with the move: “Yo, are you promoting something?… You got a Twitch staff symbol next to your name, are you promoting sh*t in my Chat?”

After posting the interaction on Twitter, more streamers slammed the apparent unsolicited advertisement from the streaming platform.

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“Creators beware! Twitch staff is now going around donating spare change in an attempt to trick you into shouting out brands without proper compensation. Don’t fall for it,” The Black Hokage said.

Twitch partner and viral streamer ‘negaoryx’ responded: “Which is great, because we can’t moderate anything said by Twitch staff in chat, so we can’t even purge it… great…”

There is a function that lets people ‘/Clear’ their channels messaging log, which lets “broadcasters and chat moderators to completely wipe the previous chat history.” This feature doesn’t apply to messages from Twitch staff accounts.

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However the means, content creators and the wider Twitch community got an indication that the streaming platform could experience more intrusive marketing campaigns.

Some believe that The Black Hokage’s clip could have been a Twitch advertisement staff member testing out a new form of social engagement tactics meant for branding – and the thought isn’t unfounded.

In early August, an outside company released how its latest marketing scheme made use of Twitch’s donation alerts to get a branded sound bite played on a streamer’s channel. Their video showed multiple instances of a Twitch account surprising streamers by donating $5 to get a brand’s name and current offerings played on their page.

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The idea was immediately chastised for its way of engaging in promotion and sponsorship for a company without consulting or locking a paid deal with the individual streamer. However, despite inevitable backlash, advertisers are still trying out new methods of outreach.

The Amazon-owned streaming site has been incorporating more ways to engage audiences with branding promotions and advertisements.

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Amazon solutions for ads have directly integrated Twitch channels and streamers in the past.

“Twitch video and display media, as well as new Twitch audiences, are now available for inclusion in Amazon Advertising campaigns, and Amazon audiences are available for inclusion in Twitch campaigns,” Amazon wrote. “We’re delighted to share that we are combining Twitch’s hard-to-reach and highly engaged audiences with Amazon Advertising’s integrated full-funnel advertising offering.

Days after Amazon announced it had added Twitch to its Amazon Advertising portfolio, the streaming site announced it was testing out mid-roll ads for channels. This too was vehemently criticized by everyone from Twitch streamers to viewers, and the idea was later abandoned.

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Twitch has been experimenting with new ad campaigns that have drawn ire from viewers and streamers.

A feature that hasn’t gone back to the drawing board has been the picture-in-picture mode for ads that minimizes and mutes the main stream while playing a fullscreened promotion. This too was received with angst from viewers.

Twitch’s latest attempt at finding a more engaging way to introduce ads to its reported 17.5 million daily users has, again, created ire from its partnered content creators.

As Amazon and Twitch continue to create advertising solutions for its highly-valuable and impressionable audiences, the platform’s streamers will be on the lookout for more marketing tactics that look to benefit off of their communities.