Harassment on Twitch and Someone Sues for Being A Porn Addict

Hey noobs, today’s episode is about sex. But, this is Twitch, who have sex against their T.o.S. So… What gives?

Over the past week, we’ve heard a lot of news in the streaming world. First, we heard about Mixer shutting down. Then on Twitter, and I can only assume other platforms as well, many streamers and viewers have become vulnerable and opened up about their history of abuse and harassment on the Twitch Platform. Then to top it off, someone sues Twitch for being /forced/ to watch Pokimane’s and Alinity’s /sexualized/ content.

Examples of Harassment and Abuse

Even if you only follow a few Twitch streamers on Twitter. It’s likely you’ve seen liked or retweeted posts from many others coming out about the abuse and harassment they’ve received on the Twitch platform. The stories they tell talk about Twitch Partners, Twitch Employees, and general toxicity from viewers on chat as well. Here are some of the Tweets that came across my timeline regarding the pain these people endured.

And then there is this piece taken about a Twitch employee who is part of the partner identification and promotion process. I encourage you to read each of these to become aware of the landscape of the community and feel for what they went through and ideate on how Twitch can improve.

While I’m not in a position to determine how the attackers in these scenarios should be handled. I do feel for the victims of these scenarios and am grateful they were able to feel vulnerable and be brave enough to tell their story.

I’m sure we’re not done hearing stories about Twitch Partners and employees as its quite a large platform. But, it does seem Twitch has taken notice and issued the following statement. https://blog.twitch.tv/en/2020/06/24/an-update-to-our-community/

Twitch Statement about Partner Abuse and Harassment
Twitch’s statement from June 24 2020

Since this posting from TwitchTV, we have confirmed the following accused have become permabanned.

  • iAmSp00n
  • BlessRNG
  • WarwitchTV
  • DreadedCone
  • Wolv21

And like I said, I’m sure there will be more. You can use StreamerBans to monitor these actions near real-time. Or Follow their Twitter as well.

For those of the community, I wish you all safety. And if you feel you’re in a bad situation in chat, ban them. No matter how much they’ve supported you in the past, you shouldn’t feel bad for wanting to protect yourself from bad people. And if you’re experiencing issues in a real-life situation, please call the police or contact another adult/authority figure.

Suing Twitch for $25 Million!

This next one is interesting for many reasons. I’ve provided a link below, that has the contents of the suit. In short, Erik Estivallo is a porn addict with no control over his addiction. And while addiction is no joke, this user is quoted as following over 700 female streamers, and no male streamers.

Warning: Potentially NSFW imagery https://www.scribd.com/embeds/466824972/content?start_page=1&view_mode=scroll&access_key=key-wMxT3AXK3NEPleS742o8

Here is my favorite bit from the manuscript.

Erik Estavillo's porn addiction
Erik Estavillo’s porn addiction effects

Now, if you took the time to read the article, which I suggest. There is a bit more to the story. While Estavillo is wanting Twitch to hammer down and permaban streamers who use suggestive content in their streams, or in their stream attached social media. He also lays out details about Twitch Turbo and Twitch Prime.

Twitch Prime. The main argument here, is that paying Twitch prime doesn’t offer the same value as XBoX Game Pass. Twitch Prime cost ~$13 a month, where Game Pass ~$10. And since Twitch Prime doesn’t offer any AAA titles as free games, he feels everyone buying it should be awarded damages.

Twitch Turbo. This one is actually funny to me. When streamers ban you from their chat, they’re no longer able to view the chat for the stream they’re banned for. And since Twitch Turbo offers an ad free experience, Estavillo had to create a new non-Turbo account just to be able to read chat fort a chat he was banned from. This leads to the request for $25 million in damages for all Twitch Turbo buyers. I don’t think this will hol;d up… but what do I know.

Here is a screenshot that may help tell the story better.

So What is Your Take?

Both of these issues over the last week put sex and sexualized content in the spotlight for Twitch. How do you think Twitch should handle it? And do you think the Lawsuit from Estavillo will hold up?

Let me know what you think in the comment below noobs, and I’ll check ya next time.