- Twitch is constantly under fire for controversial actions.
- Hate speech and bigotry overwhelm public chat logs.
- Restrictive contracts are said to be limiting Twitch stars
Amazon’s streaming service Twitch is by far the most popular platform of its kind. Unique in its creation, the success of live-streamed content has fostered competitors in the form of Microsoft, Google and Facebook to take a slice of the pie. And even then, while Twitch remains far ahead of its international competition, that’s not to say it hasn’t come with its fair share of complications.
Almost every week it seems Twitch is coming under fire. Whether that’s a controversial ban or lack thereof, the company can never seem to find that sweet spot. As a result, leading personalities are fleeting to greener pastures, indicating a larger problem in a world where heavy-hitters are doubling down on live-streaming. Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, Jack “Courage” Dunlop and Michael Shroud” Grzesiek are just some of the big names to part ways with Twitch this year.
If Twitch wants to be the juggernaut it aspires to, several renovations are needed.
Toxic chat logs
Twitch chat is a crux of the live-streaming model. It’s what truly brings the viewers in and makes the streams interactive. Unfortunately, Twitch chat has become synonymous with hateful speech and bigotry.
Behind virtual lines, chatters remain anonymous and free to express themselves. This has its obvious set of complications tied to it. Racial slurs, sexist comments and everything in between often litter the Twitch streams of major tournaments and popular streamers. It happens often, but rarely gets talked about openly.
Professional Hearthstone player Rumay “Hafu” Wang described her experience as a female gamer:
When you have a tournament and there’s just one girl in a sea of guys, the Twitch chat is disgusting.
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