The continued threat of ‘swatting’ in 2022

The continued threat of ‘swatting’ in 2022

Within streaming and gaming ‘swatting’ is largely regarded as the ultimate hoax. Since the infamous 2017 case of Tyler Barris, US states have attempted to stamp out the practice for good – though instances are still occurring in 2022. The gaming community can feel pretty toxic at times. If you’ve played...

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Twitch begins its clampdown on hate raids after streamer boycotts

Twitch begins its clampdown on hate raids after streamer boycotts

After streamers staged a 24-hour boycott on the platform in response to recurring hate raids, Twitch has finally started its legal clampdown on key offenders behind in-app harassment. For RekitRaven and other key streamers behind the growing #TwitchDoBetter movement, it’s safe to say: congratulations, the platform has definitely responded. Late last month, we covered a story explaining the anti-progressive trend of ‘hate raids’ on Twitch, whereby bigoted users coordinate to...

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Minecraft library liberates gamers in censored countries

Minecraft library liberates gamers in censored countries

One of the most successful sandbox video games of all time once again proves its versatility outside of tree-punching and cave-exploring by providing a journalism sanctuary for its 126 million active players. Thinking outside the box Oppressive governments and growingly sophisticated systems of surveillance have led to an increase of censorship in many parts of the world. Young people are having their expression and opinions manipulated by misinformation, and it’s going...

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Twitch streamers plan 24-hour boycott in response to ‘hate raids’

Twitch streamers plan 24-hour boycott in response to ‘hate raids’

Twitch streamers from marginalised communities have regularly spoken out against abuse and harassment they receive on the platform. With instances of ‘hate raids’ continuing to slip past moderators, a day long boycott now aims to drive change. If you’re big into streaming, you’ll likely have seen the hashtag ‘#TwitchDoBetter’ bouncing around on Twitch and Twitter throughout August. During a broadcast earlier this month, popular streamer RekitRaven – who is Black...

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Vine’s creator working on bizarre new NFT console Supdrive

Vine’s creator working on bizarre new NFT console Supdrive

Dom Hofmann, a founder of both Vine and Byte, has announced a firmware console called Supdrive. Using NFTs as game cartridges, each title will be unique to each player. This whole NFT trend is getting pretty out of hand now. Dom Hofmann, the founder of TikTok’s 2012 ancestor Vine, has recently announced plans to develop a firmware console which will take classic-style arcade games – like Pacman or Space Invaders...

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