On Monday morning, the streaming video platform Twitch temporarily suspended Donald Trump’s campaign account for violating its policies against “hateful content.” The company cited comments made in two recent streams.
In posts online shared on Twitter and interviews with WIRED, several question what responsibility king-making platforms like Twitch have when top streamers, accused of inappropriate behavior, are no longer live on camera.
“I wrote in his chat afterwards, like, ‘That was amazing.’ Then he saw my name in the chat, and was like, ‘Is that the BoxBox?’” Nakamura fished Zheng out and asked him to come on stream and play against him.“He blew my mind with how deep chess goes,” says Zheng.
Earlier this week, live on Twitch, the streamer Kitboga attempted to place a wholesale order for an essential oil that, according to the woman on the phone with him, cured Covid-19.
Moments before falling asleep live on Twitch, streamer Matthew “Mizkif” Rinaudo thought about how pissed off his mom would be if he told her that he made money sleeping.
Today, YouTube announced that it will exclusively stream three behemoth esports leagues—the Call of Duty League, the Overwatch League, and Hearthstone Esports, all controlled by Activision Blizzard—that had lived primarily on the game streaming platform Twitch.
As Liverpool soccer player Roberto Firmino clutched out the only goal of the club's December 21 FIFA Club World Cup match before a live audience of over 45,000, at least twice as many fans were tuned in somewhere better suited to FIFA 20, the video game: the streaming platform Twitch.
A new report from stream management site StreamElements indicates that in December, Twitch viewers watched 81 million hours of “Just Chatting,” Twitch’s category for streamers who do exactly that, plus any number of other grab-bag activities.
Unlike most programmers who work on open source projects on their own in their spare time, she programs as hundreds of people watch online.
In March, popular Fortnite streamer and no-talking-to-girls-er Ninja invited the rapper Drake onto his stream, and racked up 1.5 million viewers in a record-setting display for Twitch, the biggest streaming platform in the videogame world.
And according to Henri Drake, the graduate student in climate science at MIT who was talking about methane in the video I watched, it specifically gets climate change in front of the young audience who will have to deal with its effects of the actions (or inaction) humans take right now.Related StoriesCarter MelroseWhy Battle Royale Games Like Fortnite Are Everywhere (It’s Not Just Money)Matt SimonClimate Change's Looming Mental Health CrisisEric Van AllenLive on ESPN: Is Esports Finally Ready for Its Crossover Moment?"It builds a community where people can ask the hard questions directly to an expert," Drake says.