Twitch Advertises Porn on Ninja's Old Channel

Tyler "Ninja" Belvins recently announced his transition to streaming full time on Mixer and his departure from Twitch.

Ninja is best known for streaming the popular game Fortnite and even hosted the Fortnite World Cup last month.

Ninja had amassed over 14 million followers on Twitch and was one of the most-watched streamers on the platform.

Gaining a household streaming name like Ninja is huge for the Mixer brand and has already brought in a huge increase in users on the site.

Originally known as Beam, the service was created in 2016 and was met with little success which led to the eventual rebranding as Mixer in 2017.

Since Ninja has moved to Mixer, the platform has moved up to the 8th most popular app in the entertainment category in the app store, and he has already accumulated over 1 million subscribers on the new platform.

The transition to the new platform has not been completely smooth for Ninja, as Twitch has taken controversial steps in response to losing one of their largest streamers.

A day after stopping all activity on his Twitch channel, Ninja lost the partner checkmark.

The page also started to promote other channels and content on the Twitch platform, and visitors were greeted with a message that stated, "the streamer you are looking for is in another castle."

This message and the promoting of other content on Twitch is not normally what happens when someone is offline or no longer using the platform, and Ninja had no say or influence on this decision.

In a video response to the situation, Ninja stated: "They don't do this for anyone else who is offline by the way, just me... I have no say in any of this stuff."

The biggest issue arose when a porn stream was one of the top channels recommended on this page. Ninjas audience largely consists of underage children, and if they were unaware of Ninja making the switch to mixer, they were exposed to this lewd content.

In response, Twitch banned the inappropriate channel, changed the page to how it was before, and publicly apologized.

Twitch CEO Emmet Shear tweeted that the platform was "experimenting showing recommended content", which essentially backfired and caused this entire situation.

Ninja also publicly apologized for the entire situation, even though he had no direct involvement or responsibility in the matter.

Ninja's switch to a new platform will continue to impact the Esports community as a whole and might be the turning point in Twitch's long reign as the streaming king.

Posted by Michele Schembri on 16th August 2019, 13:26

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