YouTuber Reminds Fans How Much Fake Donations Can Hurt

Illustration by Jim Cooke In a heated video yesterday, professional streamer and YouTuber Desmond Etika Amofah issued a warning against against viewers who “fuck with me, fuck with my money, or fuck with my life.” Amofah, a big personality in the Nintendo community, displayed five recent donations to his Twitch stream, each in quantities of $50 or $100. Then, he showed five corresponding disputes against those charges in his Paypal account. The viewer had demanded back the money they donated, and in the process, slammed Amofah with a hundred bucks in processing fees. “For content creators like myself and many others who suffer from a problem like this, it also fucks up our lives since everything I do is through PayPal,” Amofah said. “Chargebacks,” as they’re called, are requests for credit card companies to refund money given to someone through an apparently fraudulent transaction. Over the last few years, streamers, whose livings are often built on PayPal transactions, have become increasingly frustrated as trolls or viewers weaponize chargebacks against them. Maybe a viewer wants a shout-out after giving a streamer big money, but can’t afford it. Or maybe some jerk just wants to piss off a streamer by forcing them…


Livestreaming On Twitch Gets Dangerous When Streamers Drive

Twitch’s non-video-game IRL section is a Wild West where people are figuring out what works and what doesn’t. On a platform where people already felt pressured to stream and interact with audiences as much as possible, even mundane activities like driving pose a problem. Driving, even under the best of conditions, can be very dangerous. Cars typically weigh multiple tons, and one brief moment of distraction is all it takes to seriously harm or fatally wound another person, or yourself. Streaming can be extremely distracting, especially if you’re trying to interact with a chat. Despite this, there’s a history of people streaming while driving on platforms like Periscope and Facebook, as well as early iterations of what eventually became Twitch. Thanks to IRL, it’s now a thing on modern-day Twitch, as well. Streaming can be extremely distracting, especially if you’re trying to interact with a chat. Recently, driving while streaming has become controversial, largely because some Twitch streamers seem to have gotten banned for it. I say “seem” because Twitch categorizes suspensions and bans in fairly broad categories. Most driving-related bans break Twitch’s rule against broadcasting while performing “self-harm,” a category that is broad enough to encompass anything from excessive…

Microsoft’s Twitch competitor Beam just got some new bells and whistles.

Microsoft’s Twitch competitor Beam just got some new bells and whistles. Now rebranded as “Mixer,” the platform now offers co-streaming, which lets up to 4 streamers combine their streams into one broadcast, and a mobile streaming app, currently in beta. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


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Elgato's Stream Deck Is Fancy Tool For Fancy Streamers

Streamers seeking more control over their broadcasts often use external keypads to do things like switching scenes and controlling chat. Elgato’s $150 Stream Deck aims to replace those makeshift solutions with 15 dedicated LCD buttons capable of handling up to 210 different actions. It’s quite fancy. Advertisement The Stream Deck, launched today and available at Elgato’s website, is a black box that connects to your computer via USB. On this black box are 15 programmable buttons. Each button is a tiny LCD screen. Streamers can customize these buttons to start their streams, swaitch from one screen to another, swap overlays, make fart noises, send out a tweet telling people they just made a fart noise—everything a growing streamer needs to ensure people sit and stare at them for hours on end. Not only is each button an LCD screen, allowing users to assign either existing icons or design their own, each button can also act as a folder, opening up a suite of new buttons. It’s kind of like having a programmable mixing board for your streams. Advertisement I’ll be testing out READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Is Hulu Live TV Worth It Versus All the Rest?

Image: Screenshot Hulu’s riding high thanks to the critical success of its original miniseries, The Handmaid’s Tale, so now is the perfect time for it to follow up a great show with some good news. The TV provider is now giving subscribers access to live TV potentially as good as the stuff your cable provider pipes in. While Hulu was one of the first companies to provide next-day viewing of shows online (sans cable subscription), it’s arriving late to the live TV online gig. Sony, DirectTV, and Dish Network were all there before Hulu. So let’s break down exactly what the hell you’re getting from each of these live TV suppliers, and how Hulu stacks up. Sling TV Dish Network’s Sling TV is currently the cheapest live TV offering. It starts at $20 a month, half the price of Hulu’s Live TV service. Yet it also has far fewer channels. With the $20 Sling TV service (Sling Orange) you get 30 channels of the most basic cable. Sling Orange gives you ESPN. (Image: Screenshot) There’s ESPN for your sportsing and AMC for your zombie murder, and a small taste of the wide range of channels offered READ FULL STORY AT…

When Fans Take Their Love For Twitch Streamers Too Far

Illustration by Jim Cooke It was one in the morning when the Twitch streamer Ellohime heard a knock at his front door. Advertisement He had been grinding away at a PC game that night in December 2015 while his infant daughter and fiancée slept. His 22-year-old brother was crashing in the central Florida home, too, and it wasn’t unheard of for him to invite friends over at odd hours. Ellohime left his desk and went downstairs to the door. “Hello?” came a voice from outside. Advertisement “Hello,” Ellohime responded. “Hello?” the stranger said, his voice shaky and thin. It took a few more back-and-forth responses before Ellohime realized the guy at the door wasn’t saying “Hello.” He was saying “Ello.” This was a fan. By now, his fiancée was awake. Ellohime ran up the stairs to the second floor, where he could see down to the front porch. “I saw a very small, skinny kid,” he says. “His face was all red.” He walked downstairs again and, speaking through the door, asked him where he came from and what he wanted. Nervous, his fiancée stood behind him. The fan had flown in from Singapore that night. He walked the 25…


For Twitch Streamers Who Spend Their Lives On Camera, It's Hard To Know When To Stop

Art by Jim Cooke The booming industry of live-streaming yourself gaming is a largely unregulated one. Streamers are weed-whacking their way through the industry’s nascent years, struggling to find a work-life balance for a job that they can technically never stop doing. Launching a streaming career is like launching a cable network—a reliable, sustained source of entertainment—but on Twitch, streamers are working with a staff of one. Advertisement Career streamers I spoke with recounted pulling nightly marathon streams, on top of day jobs, to draw attention to their channels. Several said that, starting out, depression, anxiety and sleep deprivation plagued them, all stemming from the nagging fear that fans would forget about their channel as soon as it went off-line. Many streamers see it as the nature of the job, a perfect storm of vanity and fear. Twitch has provided them a platform for living out their dreams, and it’s up to them to do so responsibly. It’s a laughable notion, that there’s a labor problem for streamers, and especially for ones breaking in. Gaming all day sounds pretty cushy. But streamers can’t turn to the person to their left and READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU! From Overwatch Has Become A Symbol of Hope In Real Life

Illustration: Sam Woolley According to Overwatch lore, is a pro gamer who serves and inspires her country. In real life,’s role is starting to mirror her in-game persona, as she becomes a symbol of hope for women in South Korea. Advertisement While millions protested and gathered worldwide for the Women’s March on January 20th, sharp-eyed fans such as Tumblr user Nisat noticed Korean events had a familiar sight: It was the work of “For,” (also known as National Association), a group of 140 members across South Korea who use as a mascot. In an email, For staff member “Nine” said that the group initially started last November to protest former president Park Geun Hye. The group was opposed to how Park Geun Hye often used the excuse of being a woman to dodge criticism, as well as being deeply embroiled in corruption scandals. In response, South Korea held many protests, and For participated in solidarity with other feminists. Advertisement After the president resigned due to corruption charges, For stayed together to discuss and promote gender equality within the gaming scene. “We just want people to treat women as equal human beings, so…

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The Nintendo Playlist

Without hearing a single note, you can probably hum the Super Mario Brothers or Legend of Zelda theme. Nintendo’s games have a rich musical history and this week’s playlist rounds up some of the best renditions. Advertisement One of the greatest things about the music for Nintendo games is how flexible it is. This playlist, from Spotify user ipossom1213, includes orchestral variants, 8-bit remixes, and piano solos of songs from some of your favorite Nintendo games. Put it on while you check out Nintendo’s crazy console/handheld hybrid, the Switch. Welcome to our Featured Playlist series. Each week, we’ll share a new themed playlist, embedded for your convenience! You can copy the track list to your service of choice, or listen right here. Have a sweet playlist of your own? Share it with us in the comments below! READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


How to Stream Tonight's Presidential Debate, No Cable Required

Illustration by: Sam Woolley The third and final presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is tonight at 9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific, 4am Moscow time. And if you want to watch it without a cable subscription, there are plenty of options. Advertisement The debate is being hosted by Chris Wallace of Fox News in Las Vegas—an appropriate location for the apocalypse, as any Stephen King fan knows. The six topics of the debate have already been announced and will include discussions on immigration, the economy, debt and entitlement spending, the Supreme Court, “foreign hot spots” (whatever that means), and “fitness to be president.” Given the insanity of this election cycle, we fully expect the “fitness to be president” portion of the debate to just be a push-up contest. Tell me you wouldn’t watch that. I’d watch that. I’d watch the hell out of that. [embedded content] Whether it’s on YouTube, Twitter, virtual reality, or just an old fashioned browser, you can pick your poison below. The number of livestreams to choose from is an embarrassment of riches, which is quite a transformation from the days when cordcutters couldn’t even watch a presidential debate live. Like those strange and backward…

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Fox Threatens Bikini Streamer For Futurama Overlay

Zoie Burgher, a banned Twitch streamer who is making big waves on YouTube, might soon have to take down most of her channel thanks to a cease and desist. Advertisement Burgher, who is known for twerking during Call of Duty killcams calling herself a ‘bikini streamer,’ often brands herself with Zoidberg, a lobster alien character from Futurama. Her online handle is a reference to Zoidberg. Her overlays on YouTube streams have a small Zoidberg on the bottom left. She calls her fanbase ‘Zoidberg Nation.’ In the last few weeks, Burgher’s channel gained hundreds of thousands of subscribers on YouTube thanks in part to controversy regarding her attire during streams. It seems that Fox—who owns Futurama—was among the entities who took notice of Burgher. In an email shared with Kotaku by Burgher, Fox is demanding that Burgher stop using Zoidberg, as the association “creates consumer confusion because users encountering it will assume that Fox sponsors, endorses, or authorizes the use of the Fox IP or the content of your channel, when neither is true.” Advertisement Fox says that Burgher may have to pay “statutory damages up to $150,00 per copyright infringed,” along with any of her profits, Fox’s attorney fees, and…


The 25 Best Films of the 21st Century, And Where to Watch Them

There have been a lot of great films released since the year 2000, but some of them stood above the rest and elevated the medium to a whole new level of storytelling. These are the 25 best films of the 21st century according to film critics around the globe, and where you can watch them for yourself. Advertisement BBC Culture recently reached out to 177 of the world’s most prominent film critics and asked them each for their top 10 picks for films released between the beginning of 2000 and the present day. When it was all said and done, BBC looked over the votes and came up with a list of the 100 greatest films of the 21st century. If you want to skip to the extra good stuff, and give yourself a quick education in great film, here are the top 25 with links to where you can watch them on any of your devices. 25. ​Memento (Christopher Nolan, 2000) Where to watch: Available for rent or purchase on iTunes, or available on DVD/Blu-ray. 24. The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2012) Where to watch: Available for rent or purchase on iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, and Vudu. Also…