Ninja accuses Twitch of pushing porn on his unused account

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Ninja has beef with Twitch, the platform where he first found fame.

The superstar streamer whose real name is Richard Tyler Blevins now reps Microsoft’s competing Mixer, as of Aug. 1. But he left behind a community of 14.7 million followers on Twitch, and now he’s claiming Twitch is exploiting the community he built without his permission.

Blevins laid it all out in a video posted to Twitter on Sunday. He starts by explaining his new streaming situation on Mixer and describes what he says was a “smooth” transition off of Twitch. “Super professional, we haven’t said anything bad or negative about Twitch, obviously, because we haven’t needed to.”

But, he continues, in the days since Blevins left the platform, he and his team have noticed something odd about his dormant account. All 14.7 million followers are still there, but the main page where you’d normally find his stream carries the message “The streamer you’re looking for is in another castle.” Below that message is a list of other recommended channels.

“They don’t do this for anyone else that’s offline, by the way, just me,” Blevins said. “And there are also other streamers who have signed with other platforms whose stream and channel remains the same. You can still see their [archived streams], they don’t promote other streams, they don’t promote other popular channels. But they do on mine.”

(This is true for at least one former streamer, Renée, who left Twitch for Mixer in 2018. If you look at Renée’s Twitch page now, it might be hosting another streamer but there’s no “another castle” message or other channel recommendations. Both Renée’s and Blevin’s archived streams are still available. Mashable has reached out to Twitch for further comment.)

“I’ve been streaming for eight years,” Blevins continued. “To build my brand, to build that channel. Fourteen and a half million follows.” The real issue for him, though, is exactly what he said Twitch has been promoting.

“There was a porn account that was #1 being recommended on my channel. And I have no say in any of this stuff,” Blevins said. 

“So this is the line, this is the straw. We’re trying to get the whole channel taken down to begin with, or at least not promote other streamers and other channels on my brand, on my freaking profile. So for anyone who saw that, for anyone whose kids just didn’t want to see that, I apologize.”

Mashable isn’t able to independently verify that Twitch promoted a porn channel on Blevins’ page — the company actually forbids “sexually explicit content and activities, such as pornography” on stream. However, Blevins’ claim that Twitch is promoting other streamers on his channel does bear out.

That doesn’t mean Blevins’ beef isn’t legitimate, however. If the company is indeed commandeering his heavily followed profile to promote other content on the site, he has a right to demand answers. Unfortunately, without any response from Twitch at this point, we’re only getting half the story. 

We’ll update this as soon as the company weighs in.

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