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​Twitch Used Ninja’s Old Channel To Promote A Porn Stream

​Twitch Used Ninja’s Old Channel To Promote A Porn Stream

Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins has posted a video on Twitter calling out Twitch for using his old channel to promote over streamers, including a channel that streamed pornography.

At the start of August, Ninja announced that he was moving to Mixer, Microsoft's streaming platform. The hugely famous streamer had streamed on Twitch for more than eight years and built an audience for more than 14 million followers. Since the move, Twitch has been using Ninja's channel and audience to point viewers to other streamers.

As Ninja points out in the video posted on Twitter, Twitch hasn't done this with any of the other channels of streamers who have left the platform.

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"There have been some things going on that, you know, we let slide," Ninja says in the video. "They were kind of annoying little jabs we felt like, but it didn't matter, we wanted to stay professional." This includes Twitch removing the channel's verification checkmark.

Since Ninja's post, his channel on Twitch has gone offline and is no longer promoting other channels.

Twitch CEO Emmett Shear apologised to Ninja in a series of tweets, saying "Our community comes to Twitch looking for live content. To help ensure they find great, live channels we've been experimenting with showing recommended content across Twitch, including on streamer's pages that are offline. This helps all streamers as it creates new community connections. However, the lewd content that appeared on [Ninja's] offline channel page grossly violates our terms of service, and we've permanently suspended the account in question.

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"On a more personal note, I apologize want to apologize directly to Ninja that this happened. It wasn't our intent, but it should not have happened. No excuses."

At a time when Mixer has never looked more competitive, Twitch does not need the bad publicity that's come from this incident.

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Julian Benson

Senior journalist at GAMINGbible. Former deputy editor of PCGamesN and news editor of Kotaku UK. Written for Eurogamer, PC Gamer, Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Wired, and GamesMaster. Author of 'Rags, Bones and Tea Leaves'. Contact: [email protected]