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Archive • Mar 07, 2018

Twitch Respond to Claims That the Recent Influx of Prime Subscribers Could Be Bots

The recent influx of Prime subscribers on Twitch's popular streaming platform has raised questions about whether they're all legitimate. If you’ve paid any attention to Twitch across the end of February and start of March 2018, you’ll have noticed the higher than usual amount of Twitch Prime users subscribing.

On March 1st a series of Tweets by popular personality Shorty raised the possibility of some of these accounts being created by bots, which would make them fake. Shorty claimed that the reason he was suspicious was that he had received a high volume of subscribers via Prime, who often didn't appear in his viewer list.

His Tweet garnered a number of responses from other high profile streamers who also shared a similar experience, which in turn raised more questions. With an estimated 100 million Amazon Prime members, it’s possible that the recent connection between Fortnite loot and the service could be behind the recent drive, and that appears to be the line from Twitch.

Twitch reached out to Dexerto and provided a statement regarding the recent suggestion that these new accounts could be bots. Chase, PR director for Twitch:
"It’s awesome to see so many players jump on the Battle Bus with the Twitch Prime Fortnite offer. We’ve seen large numbers of players trying Twitch Prime for the first time, getting free loot, and using their first monthly free channel subscription. It’s great to see many broadcasters getting a bump from these new Twitch Prime members. New members are subscribing to these popular Fortnite channels and we haven’t seen any indication of bot activity."
Case closed? x

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