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IWillDominate breaks down after League Partner Program suspension

Published: 24/Jul/2020 3:03

by Andrew Amos

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Popular League streamer and former pro Christian ‘IWillDominate’ Rivera has been removed from the prestigious League Partner Program for 12 months over “social media violations.” However, Rivera has defended himself, saying he “tried to stay within the lines.”

IWillDominate’s co-streams were one of the most popular ways to watch the LCS and LEC. However, the former Team Liquid jungler has had his rights to broadcast the League events stripped away.

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Riot has removed IWillDominate from the League Partner Program (LPP), meaning he can no longer co-stream pro games to his fans. He has also lost additional perks within the program, such as League Unlocked.

IWillDominate in black shirt on Twitch stream
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Former Team Liquid pro and streamer IWillDominate has been removed from the League Partner Program.

“Our system flagged statements made on your social media account that violated our policies and desire to foster a safe and inclusive community,” Riot told IWD in an email, which the streamer shared to his community on July 23.

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“After taking time to review these statements and taking into consideration you’re currently on probation from the League Partner Program, we’ve determined that your recent comments online are not aligned with the current values of the LPP.”

IWillDominate beat back the tears after reading the statement. He told his community that he wasn’t sure why he was banned, and that he couldn’t think of an example of breaking the LPP guidelines.

“I don’t know why this happened. They didn’t tell me a reason, or what I said. I tried to stay within the lines ⁠— I sometimes criticize players and stuff like that, but I don’t think I ever crossed lines with anything homophobic, racist, or not fostering a safe and inclusive community,” Rivera said.

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“I’m going to try and talk to them…This is something I’ve changed all my content around. This is something I love doing. It’s what I’m passionate about going forward. I want to see why this happened.”

Rivera has a history with Riot’s banhammer. He was suspended for a year in December 2012 for toxicity, missing the first year of the LCS. While he reflected on how he got through that ban six years ago, he mentioned how this ban hit harder than the one from when he was a player.

“It’s really rough because it’s a thing I look forward to every week. I was really not happy streaming earlier this year and I made the decision to take my channel in a different direction and do things that I’m more passionate about,” he said.

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“I did not want to be upset about this. It’s just really hard for me to see [my viewers] sad about this decision. That’s the part that hurts the most because it feels like I’ve let you down. I really wish I knew what caused them to make this decision. It sucks.”

Riot denied the streamer’s appeal, sending him an email shortly after going live on Twitch, saying “this is not a decision the LCS and LPP teams made lightly.”

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“You’ve shared sentiments and comments with the community that we cannot tolerate or endorse. We can’t make exceptions as it related to targeted toxicity, sexism, or racially offensive jokes. These are areas where we need to raise our expectations for partners, not lower them,” an unnamed Riot employee told Rivera.

“As you were already on probation from the program and have behaved in this way consistently over time, this decision is now up for debate.”

IWillDominate made a commitment to fans though ⁠— he isn’t going anywhere. “I will continue to keep doing LCS and LEC-related content because I’m passionate about it. I’ll keep on doing my podcast, and I’ll keep on doing my live viewing [without the co-stream rights].”

Rivera’s ban comes after the LPP was put under the microscope after former Cloud9 pro Hai ‘Hai’ Du Lam was handed a three-month probation for calling out AFK players in his solo queue games. The probation was overturned after players rallied behind Du Lam.

IWillDominate will be eligible to join the LPP again in June 2021.

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Expert reveals cost of YouTuber watches: PewDiePie, Jake Paul & more

Published: 20/Oct/2020 13:58

by Jacob Hale

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A watch expert on YouTube has taken it upon himself to take a look at the timepieces of some of the platform’s biggest stars, revealing the surprising cost of some of their watches, as well as roasting a few of them, too.

Pride & Pinion is a luxury watch boutique in Belfast, Northern Ireland, run by Dutch-born Nico van der Horst, who in 2020 has taken it upon himself to educate people on watches: most notably, some of the biggest names on YouTube.

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Having previously taken a look at the watch collections of the likes of Logan Paul and KSI, as well as megastars such as Leo Messi, Post Malone and Floyd Mayweather, Nico decided to give his honest opinion on certain YouTubers’ watches, as well as explain how much they cost.

Clearly, Nico knows what he’s talking about, and he thinks some of these YouTubers have made some questionable decisions when forking out tens of thousands on these timepieces.

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Nico knows all there is to know about luxury watches.

The creators he looks at range from Casey Neistat, to PewDiePie, to Jake Paul and Tana Mongeau: and he wasn’t afraid to hold back if he thought they had overspent.

YouTubers’ watch prices

Nico was impressed by some of the watches on display, though, and definitely by the financial decisions some of them were able to make.

Here are all the pieces he evaluated, including how much they cost:

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  • Casey Neistat: Yellow gold Rolex Submariner with black dial — $20,000+
  • True Geordie: Yellow gold and steel Rolex Submariner — $10,000+
  • WillNE: Two-tone Rolex Sky-Dweller — ~$20,000
  • Vikkstar: Hublot Fusion Chronograph — No price stated
  • Trisha Paytas: Chanel J12 — $5,000 pre-owned
  • Tana Mongeau: Fully iced out Rolex Datejust — $15,000 (bought by Jake Paul)
  • PewDiePie: Rolex GMT-Master II — $10,000

Verdicts

Obviously, Nico was a bigger fan of some watches than he was of others. While he was very impressed by that of WillNE, Casey Neistat and True Geordie, he clearly had huge admiration for PewDiePie, especially the reasons for why he chose that watch.

On the other hand, there were some he hated. He said that Vikkstar “needs some help with the watch game,” refers to Trisha’s Chanel piece as “just sh*t” and Tana’s as “aftermarket garbage.”

Clearly, Nico knows a thing or two about watches — and maybe these YouTubers need him to guide them along the right path when it comes to their wrist jewelry.

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