Popular Twitch streamer, Matthew ‘Mizkif’ Rinaudo and girlfriend, Maya Higa, have been tricked by one of the most patient stream snipers of all time while playing Sea of Thieves.
Stream sniping is an issue rife within the domains of Twitch and other livestreaming platforms. The technique is often used to cheat an opponent by using the intel gathered from their stream to get one-step ahead.
Sea of Thieves bounties are notoriously difficult to conquer, especially for those still navigating the steep learning curve that comes with the game.
While attempting to complete one of her first bounties, Maya stumbled upon a friendly companion going by the alias ‘StarskyinHutch.’
After being guided through the seemingly difficult mission, Higa wanted to express her gratitude before ending her stream. “Hey, I gotta go, but thank you for being so nice and teaching me things” Maya said.
With Mizkif dubiously looking on, he interrupted (pretending to be Maya): “Still want to be friends after I turned off my Deepfake voice?”
With her in-game chaperone now appearing confused, Maya edged into the conversation again. “Anyway, you’re a really nice guy,” she said. “Seriously, you are the nicest person I’ve played a game with. Thank you.”
After a slight pause, the stream sniper finally broke character and said: “Oh, you’re good… I mean, tell your brother Mizkif that I love him and –”
Mizkif then exclaimed: “You’re such a pussy, dude. You’re such a pussy! I told you from the beginning, everyone in chat… No, he’s such an innocent and sweet little guy. I f**king told you from the beginning that he’s a stream sniper!”
Stream sniping has become such an intrusive issue in competitive situations, that Ninja has described his position as both a “gift and a curse” when calling out Epic Games to do something on the prevalence of the issue.
Since stream sniping has built such a negative reputation, it can also have a more positive use. Such as the wholesome encounter between Twitch streamer, jaystreazy, and a member of the public, who approached the streamer while live and handed him a glass of red wine.