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Twitch streamer mocks DMCA rules by recreating all Skyrim sounds herself

Published: 15/Nov/2020 15:59

by Marco Rizzo

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A Twitch streamer mocked the current wave of DMCA claims against broadcasters by personally imitating Skyrim’s various sound bites to avoid any potential legal hurdles.

Jambo, a popular streamer on the Amazon-owned platform, has recently gone viral on social media after being muting the in-game audio during a Skyrim stream. 

“This is a DMCA friendly stream,” she joked during the opening scene of the game. This was sparked by an announcement by Twitch earlier in the week which told streamers to “simply” mute games to avoid receiving copyright strikes.

In response to the new set of circumstances to stream without consequence, Jambo took the matter into her own hands by jokingly side-stepping any possible ramifications of playing Bethesda’s RPG.

The hilarious sequence that followed saw Jambo emulating the sounds of swords clashing, water splashes, and even dragons!

Though there were several hilarious moments, a highlight of the stream has to be the series of events that swallowed the failed execution at the start of the game.

The chaotic sequence saw Jambo trying to improvise as a voice actor and imitating the noise of falling debris all the while trying to run away from an enraged Dragon. 

This stream, while incredibly funny, highlighted the issues that have plagued Twitch in 2020. Multiple streamers, including community figures and established names, have faced temporary bans after a controversial wave of DMCA claims cropped up across the platform.

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Twitch has been criticized for not doing enough to protect its creators from DMCA strikes.

The source of the bans comes from the use of music by streamers from previous broadcasts. Audio from VODs, even ones from four years ago, are being detected and causing content creators to be banned.

This has forced streamers to decide between deleting hundreds of hours of content or running the risk of being banned from Twitch. 

In certain situations, users are being banned due to music detected on VODs that have already been deleted but have somehow remained present on Twitch servers.

Twitch streamers have been vehemently protesting the platform’s management of the DMCA debacle on the site. This has caused content creators like Jambo to speak out or mock Twitch’s handling of the situation as it transpires.

Call of Duty

Envoy explains why SMGs “are not viable” in Black Ops Cold War

Published: 26/Nov/2020 7:25

by Brad Norton

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Black Ops Cold War may have some strong Submachine Guns, but OpTic Chicago’s Dylan ‘Envoy’ Hannon believes Assault Rifles are absolutely dominant when it comes to competitive play.

Treyarch’s latest release has barely been out for a few weeks but a meta is already forming. As Call of Duty League teams get valuable practice time in, and dozens of early tournaments set the tone, a trend seems to have emerged.

2019’s Modern Warfare featured a solid mix of SMGs and ARs throughout the year. However, Black Ops Cold War is all but dominated by ARs, according to both Envoy and OpTic teammate Seth ‘Scump’ Abner.

While scrimming Atlanta FaZe and a few other CDL teams, they “were getting bodied,” due to the AR dominance. “The subs are not viable in this game at all,” Envoy followed up.

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Could SMGs be struggling to keep up all year in Black Ops Cold War? Envoy certainly thinks so.

As the primary SMG user on the team, Envoy is the one that will be sticking to the class for essentially every single map. Previous years have featured various mixes of roles, though this year appears to be leaning towards a three-to-one split: Three players running with ARs, and just one with an SMG in-hand.

“On certain maps it’s like three (ARs) and one sub on each team,” Scump explained. However, certain teams are even going a step beyond that due to the sheer power of ARs in Black Ops Cold War.

“We ran into New York and they ran four AK74’s on Moscow,” Envoy said. “I was mind blown. I feel like subs are just harder in this game. We switched to the AK-74u and it’s a bit easier but the MP5 was just impossible.”

Obviously, it’s still early days. Things could change drastically before the start of the 2021 season. Balance updates are already coming through from Treyarch, so SMGs could get some love sooner than later. For the time being though, Black Ops Cold War has Envoy “wishing [he] had an AR.”

The relevant topic begins at the 1:41 mark below.

This isn’t entirely a result of weapon balancing either. There’s more that goes into shaping the meta than first meets the eye. “It’s part of the map design too,” Envoy explained. “How many [head glitches], how many open lanes, where the hills are at.” With four ARs, some objectives are “just unbreakable.”

There’s no date set in stone for the 2021 season just yet. Though we’ll be sure to keep you updated as the meta evolves in the lead-up to the next year of CDL action.