Latest in Entertainment

Image credit: JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images

Ninja calls out Twitch after his dormant channel highlights porn (updated)

He said it damages his brand.
786 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images

Ninja (aka Tyler Blevins) has largely avoided any bad blood between him and Twitch following his jump to Mixer, but that apparently didn't last long. The well-known streamer has posted a video chastising Twitch for not only using his dormant channel to promote other streamers, but to let porn find its way into those recommendations. As esports consultant Rod Breslau observed, the number one stream on Twitch the morning of August 11th was a bootleg porn broadcast that lasted for more than two hours -- imagine someone looking for Fortnite gameplay only to find X-rated material.

Needless to say, Ninja saw a number of problems with the move. It's not just that Twitch effectively replaced his presence with recommendations, something he said wasn't true of "any other" channel, it's that it was tarnishing his brand. Kids could have seen this material, and he didn't have any control over it. While Ninja apologized, he also stressed that he was trying to get rid of the promotions, if not remove the Twitch channel altogether.

We've asked Twitch for comment.

Whatever its response, this isn't a great look for the service. It was no surprise that Ninja's stream would scale back (Twitch partners aren't allowed to stream on rival services), many only expected it to remain idle, not become a billboard for other broadcasters. It certainly underscores the significance of Ninja's switch. His leap to Mixer represented a competitive blow, and Twitch clearly wasn't happy about it.

Update 8/11 5:55PM ET: That was fast -- Twitch has already reverted Ninja's old page to a regular offline screen, including chat (where people are roasting Twitch as we write this).

Update 8/11 10:50PM ET: Twitch CEO Emmett Shear has apologized to Ninja, saying that the incident "wasn't our intent" but also that there were "no excuses." The company has suspended recommendations while it investigates and banned the account that was streaming porn.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
786 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Engadget's 2019 Back-to-School Guide

Engadget's 2019 Back-to-School Guide

View
Terminator T-800 and The Joker are coming to 'Mortal Kombat 11'

Terminator T-800 and The Joker are coming to 'Mortal Kombat 11'

View
Microsoft contractors listened to what people told their Xbox consoles

Microsoft contractors listened to what people told their Xbox consoles

View
Tesla delays price hike for self-driving upgrade

Tesla delays price hike for self-driving upgrade

View
New wristband could predict aggressive outbursts in people with autism

New wristband could predict aggressive outbursts in people with autism

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr