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Asmongold slams Valorant streamers for misleading Twitch viewers

Published: 18/Apr/2020 13:19

by Daniel Cleary

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Popular World of Warcraft content creator Zack ‘Asmongold’ has criticized popular streamers for misleading Valorant viewers on Twitch.

Since Valorant’s closed beta launched on April 7, many fans have been hoping to gain access through random drops which can only be earned by watching the game on Twitch, inflating viewership for many of the top streamers.

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It was revealed that instead of ending their streams, some of those at the top of Valorant’s page on Twitch would simply playback their VoD’s to maintain viewers while they slept, sparking a debate over whether it should be allowed.

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The release of Valorant’s closed beta has led to an influx of new viewers on Twitch.

Asmongold spoke out on April 17, claiming Valorant viewers on Twitch were being misled by some of the game’s top streamers.

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Asmongold posted a video to Twitter, explaining why he was addressing the issue and particularly highlighted its impact on smaller streamers and the viewers.

“I went on the Valorant section, looked at the top streams and three of the top four were f**king VoDs,” he revealed, claiming that a lot of smaller streamers “were afraid” to speak up.

He also claimed that the tactic was likely against the platform’s Terms of Service but Twitch had not taken any action against those who were “burying” the smaller streamers and causing them to miss out on a lot of potential viewers.

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After pointing out the lack of interactivity, Asmongold focused on streamers who were misleading their viewers with titles that made it unclear that they were watching a rerun.“It’s intentionally written that way in order to deceive people into thinking it’s live and get them to go into that stream.”

TSM streamer Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani also asked Twitch to take action. He deleted the tweet, but followed up by saying it’s a “slippery slope.”

Asmongold added that the tactic was also hurting Twitch’s chance at converting a lot of casual viewers to watch streams more often, “What kind of impression does it give a new viewer to be immediately deceived by a streamer that’s just doing this to get more money.”

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Asmongold later explained that although he does not agree with it, he does not blame any of the top streamers that are taking advantage of the opportunity, instead, calling for Twitch to make changes to allow others broadcasting on the platform to shine.

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Hashinshin claims FBI cleared him of sexual harassment allegations

Published: 8/Oct/2020 4:00

by Andrew Amos

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Popular League of Legends streamer Robert ‘Hashinshin’ Brotz has claimed the FBI investigated him over allegations he was sexually harassing minors, and cleared him of any wrongdoing. He was permanently banned on Twitch over the claims.

Hashinshin was ostracized from the League of Legends community back in July, after claims the 30-year-old Twitch streamer sexually harassed underage girls by abusing his platform of power.

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Other popular content creators, like Joedat ‘Voyboy’ Esfahani, stated that “Hashinshin is a manipular, predator, and worst of all [a] pedophile who used his platform to abuse so many underage girls over the years.”

However, the disgraced streamer has claimed he was investigated by the FBI and cleared of all wrongdoing.

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“There has been an FBI investigation into me, and I have neither been jailed or charged with a crime. Some of you might not believe that. I have a freedom of information request [to prove my innocence publicly], but that can take up to a year,” Brotz said in a October 7 statement.

Numerous women came forward stories in July of Hashinshin grooming them while they were underage. However, Hashinshin has always maintained his innocence, claiming these stories were false, and that many of those who came forward have since deleted their statements.

He also stated that he was potentially looking into suing some of the alleged victims for defamation, stating they did a “public assessment of [his] character” that distorted what people thought of him.

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“I was going to sue Alli for defamation ⁠— and I probably should have ⁠— but Alli is not a victim, and people started getting these really distorted views on what was happening,” he said, referring to one of the victims.

“Things aren’t as they seem, regardless of what they seem. I’m not a rich and powerful figure. They didn’t find that I did anything. I think a lot of this was a public assessment of my character, and a lot of people did this because they didn’t like me.

“I’ve been working on bettering myself over the last two years, and I think I’ve become a better person overall. It hurts a lot…to see all these people denying that.”

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Brotz claimed that while he believed his accusers weren’t “all terrible people,” they betrayed his trust. He also said that while he believes they should apologize, he hopes no one in the community attacks them. He just wants to “go back to living a normal life.”

“I thought these were nice people, I thought I could trust them and work with them. That’s why my response to this was all sh*tty because I shouldn’t really have trusted anyone. I don’t think they’re all terrible people, but things really escalated,” he said.

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“I don’t want anyone to attack them. I just want to go back to living a normal life. I just want to exist peacefully, and I hope people can start letting me do that. I hope this can change their minds in some way.”

Hashinshin remains permanently banned on Twitch despite his attempts to clear this name. He has also lost his Twitch partnership, and has instead moved to streaming on YouTube.