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Twitch Isn’t Overwhelmed With Far-Right Extremists, But It Does Have A Big Misinformation Problem

Twitch’s relationship with misinformation is complicated. In 2020, platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter grappled with their outsized roles in the creation and cultivation of conspiracy movements like QAnon. Misinformation troubled Twitch in a different way, but the platform emerged curiously un-plagued by a comparable extremism epidemic. Now, midway through 2021, Twitch is finally gearing up to combat misinformation.

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UK streamer TommyInnit named fastest-growing Twitch streamer of 2021 so far

Minecraft streamer TommyInnit is Twitch’s fastest-growing streamer in 2021 so far, according to research from esports betting platform Unikrn. The British gamer, real name Thomas Simons, has grown by 2.3m followers on the platform this year taking his overall followers to more than 5m. Fellow Brit, Tubbo, one of Tommy’s friends, is the fourth fastest-growing streamer in 2021 according to Unikrn, and has managed to bring in 1.5m new fans, almost doubling his following. Continue reading UK streamer TommyInnit named fastest-growing Twitch streamer of 2021 so far

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Hot Tub Streams Are Waning, But Some People Still Think They’re Destroying Twitch

It’s hot tub stream summer, and everybody’s got an opinion. This week, for example, the biggest streamer on Twitch, Félix “xQc” Lengyel, called hot tub streams “trash,” saying that they’re “the most pathetic thing we’ve seen on Twitch in forever” and petitioning for them to be removed from the front page. It was the latest in a long line of similar opinions from names both big and small that date back to when hot tub streams first popped off in March. But according to hot tub streamers, this trend, like any other, is already coming down from its peak.

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Top Streamers Lose Millions Of Followers After Twitch Cracks Down On Viewbots

It’s no secret that Twitch has a problem with viewbots, which are fake viewers that artificially inflate streamers’ numbers. They’ve been part of the ecosystem for years, both as a means of making streamers look more popular than they are and, more recently, a tool trolls use maliciously to try to bring Twitch’s punitive wrath down on streamers they don’t like. Twitch, for its part, only acknowledged the issue sporadically. Until this week.

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‘The crossover no one expected’ – UK streamer Bizzleberry duo queues with Ninja in League of Legends

UK League of Legends streamer Bizzleberry has teamed up with none other than global streaming star Ninja. One viewer (Jared Jackson) described it as “the crossover no one expected, but everyone wanted”. The pair played a few games in Platinum elo today on Bizzleberry’s Twitch channel (starting around the 6 hour 56 minute mark). They won both matches as a bot-lane duo, with Bizzle playing as Lulu and Ninja as Aphelios. Continue reading ‘The crossover no one expected’ – UK streamer Bizzleberry duo queues with Ninja in League of Legends

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After Nonstop 31-Day Stream, Ludwig Breaks Ninja’s All-Time Twitch Subscriber Record

For 31 days, Ludwig Ahgren’s stream has been up and running all day every day. He hasn’t been awake the entire time, but he and his moderators have ensured that it’s grown to be one of Twitch’s most consistent and comforting presences—albeit one that is probably taking a not-insignificant mental and physical toll on everyone involved. Since the beginning, a timer has been counting down to zero, but every time somebody kicks in a subscription, ten seconds get added to the clock. Now Ahgren has more subscriptions than anybody else in Twitch history.

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Black Is Magic: How Magic: The Gathering Is Transforming One Teacher’s Game Club

On the wall in Mike Lawton’s classroom rests a cardboard cut-out of a Black man. It’s not Martin Luther King Jr. or any other famous Black figure from history—it’s a mage—dark skinned and powerful-looking as a spell shoots from his fingertips. It’s Teferi, one of Magic: The Gathering’s most powerful main characters known as Planeswalkers, and he’s Lawton’s students’ favorite.