I had the idea that I wanted to make an announcement, but I was not sure how I wanted to go about it. Social media obviously seems like a good place to go to but I wasn’t sure that I could accurately get all of my thoughts into 280 characters. On top of that I’ve never been fond of Twitter drafts and lets be honest, my following is not on Facebook.
Over the past few weeks, I have been monitoring social media of fellow content creators who mainly create content on Twitch. The dominant discussion has been about bots, hate raids and to a lesser degree channels stealing users IP addresses. The bots and the hate raids tie together mostly. Accounts typically include the name “hoss” are the big discussion, but occasionally some other names are showing up. This initially struck me as the cost of doing business on Twitch. As someone who’s typically not the target of these attacks by bots, it didn’t register how much was going on till I started seeing fellow content creators posting photos and videos of these follows and attacks. A week into this I thought Twitch would mobilize and handle the situation. After all, its got to be a few to one actor involved in this – no big deal.
Here we are about a month into these bots becoming an issue and the best we have from Twitch so far is an email that boils down to “have you thought about having mods in your channel” and a lawsuit against two individuals who are not in the US. While Twitch has stated that they are working on something, they have not been very transparent about it and have not done anything that really interested in fixing the issue. I’ve seen many examples of methods of how to slow down mass bot creation on Twitch’s site that should be at least relatively easy to implement, but have not seen any action on their part. Today it felt like half of my Twitter feed was about “hoss” bots. This finally tilted my opinion on the subject.
Today I have decided that I am going to leave Twitch as my preferred streaming platform. I want to make it clear up front that I am not abandoning the community that I have found over the past two years of content creation. I will still be watching any content creator who has decided that Twitch is their home. I have decided that I am going to move away from financially supporting these content creators through Twitch’s payment methods. I will be making “subs” and “bits” contributions through donation links in an attempt to not fund Twitch as much as I can manage while increasing these content creators cut.
At this point I have not made a decision on where I’m going to go to broadcast my streams. I’m aware I do not have a huge following on Twitch so I’m not concerned about losing viewership despite where I go. It seems the current migration is over to YouTube, but going with the flow has never been a strong trait of mine, but it does appear on paper to be the smart move. I’m also the type who really enjoys familiarity and Facebook Gaming feels like it is similar to what Twitch offers. Obviously I’m not sure of what I am doing, but the one thing I am sure of is that September 8th, 2021 was my last stream on Twitch.