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Twitch pledges to make platform “safer” after streamer abuse allegations

Published: 22/Jun/2020 6:27 Updated: 22/Jun/2020 8:15

by Isaac McIntyre

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Twitch has pledged to make their streaming platform “safer for everyone” in a statement released in response to the numerous sexual abuse allegations leveled at a handful of high-profile streamers using the Amazon-owned site in the last few days.

On June 20, popular Destiny streamer Lono ‘SayNoToRage’ was accused by multiple women of making unwarranted sexual advances. Their accusations alleged the Twitch partner had, on multiple occasions, “cornered” women and pressured them “for sex” at annual gaming events.

Over the weekend, more women came forward with their own stories. Some were related to SayNoToRage. Others were new accusations, leveled at YouTuber Tom ‘ProSyndicate’ Casell and CSGO caster Henry ‘HenryG’ Greer, among others.

Twitch released an official statement on June 21, responding to the multitude of accusations that had come to light on social media across the weekend.

The platform said it took all recent accusations “extremely seriously.” The site also confirmed it had opened investigations into the accounts of the accused streamers, and added they would “work with law enforcement where applicable.”

“We’re thankful for the bravery shown by those who have come forward to speak about their experiences, and we are committed to working to make the streaming community safer for everyone,” the official statement concluded.

Twitch has come under fire for its official statement since it was posted. According to music streamer YourStarling, who replied to the site’s Twitter post, Twitch chief executive Emmett Shear was made aware of “partners using their platforms to abuse women,” with her “case” used as an example.

The streamer alleged his response during the All Hands meeting was to say ‘Wow, the things that go on our platform, can’t really comment,” before moving on. YourStarling added that the meeting was “recorded,” but that she didn’t have the recordings on-hand.

Dexerto has reached out to Twitch for a response to YourStarling’s allegations.

Some of the accused gaming personalities have already issued responses to the growing accusations. SayNoToRage made a since-deleted video which attributed his actions to his own troubled past, but admitted he removed it due to sounding “insincere.”

Syndicate was accused of sexual abuse by ZombiUnicorn and ex-girlfriend KaitlinWitcher. He admitted he was “in actual shock” and confirmed he would be making a statement on what he said were “false allegations” soon.

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NickEh30 gets Twitch streamer banned for allegedly stream sniping

Published: 25/Nov/2020 4:48 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 5:07

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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NickEh30’s latest Fortnite tournament was quite a spectacle, but it was tainted by an alleged stream sniper, who was reported and subsequently banned despite maintaining his innocence.

Nick ‘NickEh30’ Amyoony has been hosting a series of Fortnite tournaments in recent months. The latest one was the NickEh30 Cup. It gave players a chance to compete against some of the game’s biggest names in the scene for a chance to win $10,000.  

It was all positive for the most part. A lesser-known professional Fortnite player named  Crumble managed to impress and take home the prize. However, the tournament was marred with some unfortunate stream sniping drama.

NickEh30 Fortnite stream sniping ban

In the final match, several other players landed on NickEh30, including a Twitch streamer named ArchieFN. He eliminated NickEh30 and danced on his body for the better part of 30 seconds.

NickEh30 was less than impressed and looked disappointed and deflated on stream. It was a stark contrast to his usual upbeat and positive vibe. He was convinced ArchieFN was stream sniping and hopped into the replay mode to report him and a few others.

Fortunately, Epic Games responded almost instantly and banned ArchieFN for 24 hours as soon as he returned to the lobby. You can watch a full recap of the incident below and form your own opinion.

However, ArchieFN is maintaining his innocence. He claimed he wasn’t stream sniping at all. Instead, he said he wanted to “contest someone who wasn’t a tier-one pro” and decided to land on NickEh30 after seeing him land in the same spot during a previous game.

Still, he apologized for what he did and acknowledged that some might find it “scummy.” Sadly, that didn’t stop him from copping a bit of abuse, some of which was needless and extreme.

“Why am I waking up to 600 DMs telling me to kill myself?” he said. “I’m 20, and it doesn’t bother me at all, but the majority of the community is quite younger … you really need to think about what you’re saying to people on the internet.”

In the end, ArchieFN’s Fortnite ban won’t last more than a day. It isn’t too long to wait if he’s innocent, but it’s enough for a wake-up call if he’s guilty.

Either way, The NickEh30 was a success despite the stream sniping drama, and a rightful victor was still crowned.