World of Warcraft

Method kicks WoW star Jokerd for “offensive” actions on US server

Published: 14/Nov/2019 0:30

by Isaac McIntyre

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World of Warcraft star Daniel ‘Jokerd’ Gobey has been released from Method’s streaming team for “offensive” actions during a raid on of the game’s US servers, just 15 days after first signing with the esports organization.

Jokerd rose to prominence in the Twitch community after he became the first player to hit level 60 on Blizzard’s release of WoW Classic, outpacing a number of Method’s top stars to reach the pinnacle of the early game on his gnome mage.

After a well-received face reveal, a number of IRL streams, and of course a hefty helping of WoW grinding – which at one point saw the Maltese gamer delete his famous mage account – it seemed Jokerd was destined to rise.

Just two weeks after signing with World of Warcraft’s largest esports and streaming roster, however, he has been punted by the US organization following “offensive and unsportsmanlike behavior” during a Molten Core raid in Classic.

Twitch: JokerdJokerd rose to fame as the first WoW Classic player to hit max-rank with his mage gnome.

During the raid on his non-native US server, Jokerd was given the opportunity to ‘ninja,’ which basically equates to stealing from the group, a Staff of Dominance, one of the rarest and most powerful rewards for defeating Ragnaros.

“They think I care about my reputation on a f*cking American server,” the WoW star said, right before claiming the staff as his own reward, leaving the raid party’s voice chat, and running away from the end-game area for the Molten Core.

After the incident, Jokerd went on to explain that he believed what he had done was the right thing for not only his character, but also for his raid group ‘Power.’

“Do you think there’s a chance that you will get kicked out of Power for this?” Jokerd read from his chat, and revealed he thought his greedy move wouldn’t mean he was booted from his ‘Power’ raid group. Instead, he said he expected a promotion.

“I’m going to get promoted to officer in Power because of this. There was a member of Power in this raid, George, and he instantly told the rest of them what he did and you know what they said? “‘Nice one! Good job, f*ck yeah! Congrats Jokerd,’ they said, because it’s an upgrade to Power.

“Power just became stronger for me ninjaing. Think about it for a second, if you’re Power. Do you want some random guy to get Staff of Dominance? F*ck no! You want someone in Power to get more powerful, and guess what? That’s what happened.”

Despite Jokerd seeming quite convinced by his own explanation for his actions, Method didn’t see what he had done in quite the same light.

Hours after the story was told from another raid member’s perspective on Reddit, the organization released Gobey from the stream team, and announced the world’s first WoW Classic level 60 star was suspended “pending investigation.”

“Method has been made aware of the situation that recently occurred involving Method streamer and WoW Classic influencer Jokerd,” Method’s general manager Shanna ‘Darrie’ Roberts said in a statement from the org.

“In response to Jokerd’s actions, we have removed him effective immediately from our Twitch Team, and he has been suspended from Method pending further investigation into the future of his contract.”

“On behalf of Method, I want to apologize to our fans, sponsors, and community. We feel let down by his behavior, just as many of you are.”

While Method may have dropped Jokerd from their streaming team for his actions, and the community is in an uproar over another dramatic case of ninjaing during the Classic raid, not everyone saw the incident in a poor light.

WoW superstar Asmongold, who himself has faced drama surrounding ninja-looting mechanics in the past, praised Jokerd for what he had done, and delivered a rousing applause for the Maltese gamer during his November 13 broadcast.

“Hey, listen, yo, my man!” Asmongold said as he revealed a photo of himself and Gobey that they had taken together at TwitchCon. “It’s not like he’s aim-botting and pulling a Jarvis. No, that’s not what he’s done at all.”

That was, until Jokerd poked fun at Olympus, Zack’s own raid group. “Okay, this is some bullshit. No one makes fun of Olympus,” Asmon said with a laugh, drawing a cross over Jokerd’s face in their TwitchCon image. “That’s too far.”

For now, Jokerd’s future with Method is in the hands of the organization’s internal investigation. Considering the public outcry, however, it looks like the WoW Classic star might be banking on that Power promotion soon than he thought.

Entertainment

TheGrefg breaks Ninja’s world record for most-viewed Twitch stream

Published: 2/Dec/2020 1:27

by Bill Cooney

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Spanish streamer ‘TheGrefg’ has broken Ninja’s world record for most people watching a Twitch stream during the Galactus Fortnite event.

David ‘TheGrefg’ Cánovas made Twitch history while streaming the Galactus event, which marked the end of Fortnite season 4, when he had more people watching him at once than any other individual Twitch streamer ever has in history.

The Spaniard was watching and reacting to the event, and captures appear to confirm that he reached a total of 660,000 people watching his stream at the same time before Twitch unfortunately crashed.

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A screenshot showing Grefg surpassing 660K viewers.

The previous record you might remember was held by Ninja from when he teamed up with rapper Drake, where the duo peaked at 635k viewers at once while playing Fortnite back in 2018.

This insane amount of simultaneous viewers in a broadcast was almost double the figures of the previous record, held by  DrDisrespect — now streaming on YouTube — when he had 338,000 during his return stream in February 2018.

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Grefg looking over his Twitch stats from Dec. 1

Now, the title for most-watched stream on Twitch now belongs to TheGrefg, and while there are no official figures yet, screenshots and clips definitely seem to indicate the streamer managed to bring in than 660,000 people simultaneously.

Grefg was far from the only streamer posting impressive viewer counts during the Galactus event, which actually “broke” Twitch and caused the site to temporarily crash following the big reveal. This is the big reason why the official viewer count, while definitely impressive, isn’t exactly known just yet.

The event itself officially closed out Fortnite Season 4, with the Season 5 update arriving at 9 PM PT / 12 AM ET / 5 AM GMT on Wednesday, December 2, according to Epic Games, with downtime expected to last all the way up to 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET / 9 AM GMT.

After that, the brand new season will kick off, and Fortnite fans — including Grefg — will get to check out all of the new content. Whether the streamer will be able to repeat his impressive record-breaking feat remains to be seen, but we certainly wish him the best of luck.