Imogen Donovan by on Aug 12, 2019

Twitch CEO apologises for the porn live stream on Ninja’s channel

Yesterday, Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins’ posted a video to Twitter in which he stated that his previous streaming platform Twitch seemingly promoted a ‘porn account’ on his inactive channel. 

Earlier this month, Ninja left Twitch for an exclusivity agreement with Microsoft’s streaming service Mixer. It was an unprecedented move, due to Ninja’s high profile and prolific success as the top Fortnite streamer on Twitch, and that Mixer is a modest contender among the live stream platform competitors. After the split, Twitch used Ninja’s inactive account to promote a handful of other channels, with a lighthearted sentence, ‘The streamer you’re looking for is in another castle.’

Yesterday, in the links to other popular live streams was a porn account. Users who searched for Ninja’s channel on Twitch, some of whom were presumably young fans, would have seen the explicit live stream as one of the promoted channels. Ninja expressed his disgust and regret for what had happened on his inactive account in a video posted to Twitter.

Twitch does not condone live streams of ‘sexually explicit content and activities, such as pornography, sexual acts, and sexual services, including solicitation and offers for such content’, so it is currently unknown how the account came into being or how it appeared on Ninja’s channel. Twitch CEO Emmett Shear responded to the controversy and apologised to Ninja on Twitter yesterday. 

Ninja’s wife and manager Jessica Blevins did not appreciate the CEO’s response, however. She stated that Twitch is discontented with Ninja’s departure and intend to ruin their brand as consequence. 

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