Ninja Calls Out Twitch For Promoting Porn On His Channel - CEO Apologizes

TJ Denzer,

August 12, 2019 3:27 PM

Recently, Tyler "Ninja" Blevins called out the streaming platform out for allowing porn to be featured on the Ninja Twitch channel.

Since Tyler “Ninja” Blevins announced he was moving exclusively to Microsoft Mixer to stream on a new deal, the question of what would happen to the Ninja Twitch channel has been up in the air. However, during the last weekend, Twitch showed anything but good will, promoting other channels without his permission. It eventually led to where Ninja called out Twitch for promoting a stream showing porn on his channel and the Twitch CEO has since made an apology on Twitter.

The Ninja Twitch drama began when many noticed that his Twitch channel was actively being used to promote other streams. It came to a boiling point on Sunday, August 11, 2019, when it was pointed out that the channel was promoting a Russian Twitch stream allegedly showing porn. According to esports consultant Rod “Slasher” Breslau, the stream ran for two hours without being taken offline or banned, gaining over 20,000 views and taking the spot for most viewed Fortnite stream during its activity. Ninja was appropriately upset with the situation, issuing a statement of frustration and disappointment with Twitch and apologizing to his fans.

Ninja followed the above statement, claiming the entire issue stems from them promoting other channels on his channel without his consent.

This wouldn't even have been an issue if they didnt use my channel to promote others in the first place,” Blevins wrote.

Twitch CEO Emmett Shear eventually responded to Ninja calling out his platform, attempting to explain what went wrong before offering an apology to Ninja and his fanbase.

“Our community comes to Twitch looking for live content,” Shear wrote. “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 the ninja offline channel page grossly violates our terms of service, and we’ve permanently suspended the account in question. We have also suspended these recommendations while we investigate how this content came to be promoted. 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.”

Ninja’s Twitch channel has since been returned to an offline page. Since his move to Mixer, it’s often been a question what would happen to his Twitch channel, which still boasts over 14 million followers. Clearly it was not meant to be used this way, but as Twitch fine-tunes automated systems apparently meant to make use of the offline status of popular streamers, this is definitely one they’ll have to take on the chin.

Meanwhile, Ninja’s Mixer channel continues to grow, currently having amassed over 1.5 million followers since its inception.



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