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ZeRo permanently banned from Twitch after admitting sexual misconduct

Published: 23/Jul/2020 13:08 Updated: 23/Jul/2020 14:00

by Calum Patterson

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Former Smash pro and content creator Gonzalo ‘ZeRo’ Barrios has been permanently banned from Twitch, after he admitted to inappropriate conduct with underage girls.

After a flurry of accusations against Barrios, he eventually “came clean” with a lengthy Twitlonger, which also said that he was ‘banning himself’ from all future Smash events.

He was also dropped by the organization, Tempo Storm, after he admitted sending “horrendous” messages to girls as young as 14. He was 19 at the time, and blames his “social awkwardness.”

Disgraced Smash Bros pro ZeRo joined Facebook Gaming
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ZeRo has now been banned from Twitch.

ZeRo has since completely wiped his Twitter account (although the Twitlonger remains available), and now Twitch has wiped his channel for him, issuing what is believed to be a permanent ban.

The Amazon-owned platform responded to the copious number of allegations against streamers in May and June, stating that they would take action against streamers when they felt necessary.

Although ZeRo’s admission came on July 4, the platform has issues his ban on July 22. He had over 500,000 followers on the platform before his ban.

Twitch does not publicly state the reason for a ban, nor its length, but said in a blog post that “We’ve prioritized the most severe cases and will begin issuing permanent suspensions in line with our findings immediately.”

This ban came on the same day as that of League of Legends streamer Robert ‘Hashinshin’ Brot, who was similarly accused of predatory behavior, though has denied many of the accusations.

ZeRo also has a YouTube channel with over one million subscribers, but said that he would no longer be uploading or making any content. He also said he would cut ties with sponsors.

He was one of many Smash pro players and content creators caught up in the allegations. These included Cinnpie, Nairo, Evo founder MrWizard, commentator D1, and pro player Anti. Hungrybox also apologized for making an anonymous accuser feel “objectified and uncomfortable.”

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Twitch bot finds PS5s and Xbox Series Xs in-stock so you don’t have to

Published: 26/Nov/2020 18:10

by Michael Gwilliam

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A popular new Twitch bot is doing all the legwork to help gamers find out what stores have PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles in stock.

Gamers have been hard-pressed to find a next-gen console for themselves or loved ones as the Christmas season approaches. It seems like almost everywhere is sold out, leaving only scalpers who have been selling units for insane markups.

Now, a new Twitch bot has entered the fray and is helping anyone who can’t keep up with the constant refreshing know when they can get their hands on Sony or Microsoft’s new console.

Viewers can simply go to the Twitch channel and watch live as the bot searches through various sites to find inventory. The bot will actively check through Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, and more and state whether they’re out of stock or have consoles in.

As a nice little bonus, the channel even says when the last “drop” was. At the time of publishing, the last store to get both consoles in stock was Walmart at 9:30 PM EST on November 25.

Users can also use the !local command to check any store stock near them.

According to Polygon, the channel is run by Cam Ritz and uses a program called streetmerchant that does the monitoring.

The program’s features page state that it “scrapes multiple websites for patterns of being stocked via API and Chromium.”

Ritz claims that so far, the bot has helped viewers actually find consoles – with a few nabbing Series Xs from GameStop and Sam’s Club.

Unfortunately, for most viewers, watching the stream will result in a near-endless red wave of OUT OF STOCK notifications, further cementing just how difficult it is to find a console this year.

As the days continue and the Christmas season approaches, keeping this channel open may be a great tool if you’re actively still looking for a PS5 or Xbox Series X. Or for those who have managed to already snag a console, it can serve as a reminder of just how difficult it can be.