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Top Streamers Lose Millions Of Followers After Twitch Cracks Down On Viewbots


It’s no secret that Twitch has a problem with viewbots, which are fake viewers that artificially inflate streamers’ numbers.


“We have been monitoring the rise of fake engagement on Twitch and have identified 7.5MM+ accounts that break our TOS by follow-botting and view-botting,” the company wrote on Twitter.


In 2018 , the company won a case against two viewbot sellers, with a judge ordering them to pay Twitch a total of $1.3 million.


Other big names like Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek, Raúl “Auronplay” Genes, and Ali “Myth” Kabbani each lost hundreds of thousands of followers.


These losses, however, do not seem to have led to significant drops in concurrent viewership, suggesting that the bots were either lying dormant, or Twitch already wasn’t counting them as active viewers.


For example, some organizations, like Fextralife, embed their streams in popular wikis and other high-traffic pages to make it appear as though tens of thousands of people are watching, even though they’re really just scrolling right on by.






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