Twitch – The trend of the hashtag #Twitch blackout started on 24th June when the streamers across the world asked the people to avoid the streaming service for a day.
The streamers were calling for a blackout as they thought that the streaming platforms can do more in order to recognize the victims of sexual and racial abuse.
Several women recently claimed that they were sexually abused by the people in the gaming industry.
Therefore, as a response to this situation the platform, Twitch says that they will be taking accusations of sexual harassment seriously.
WE ARE CALLING FOR A #TWITCHBLACKOUT
We are asking streamers of all sizes to WITHHOLD FROM STREAMS ON WED 6/24 12am – 11:59pm
MAKE THEM NOTICE
— Third Artifact #BIM (@third_artifact) June 22, 2020
Spent all day deliberating, chatting with both sides & asking my viewers their thoughts. Decided I won't stream tomorrow. I can use my other platforms to educate and help. Ultimately money talks and if enough people boycott Twitch, it leaves a ripple. #TWITCHBLACKOUT
— 🔴LIVE: Knightenator (@Knightenator) June 23, 2020
Why #TWITCHBLACKOUT is not about being silent
What is it and why: pic.twitter.com/M2LtnhnT86
— Third Artifact #BIM (@third_artifact) June 24, 2020
Many streamers have become a part of the argument that is taking place in Twitch claiming that the platform has not responded quickly enough when there have been claims for sexual assault on some of its creators.
According to some people, the platform has shown a lot of leniency when the others have been accused of using racist or homophobic language.
Making the people to stay away from Twitch might have resulted in the decrease of viewers and income.
Therefore, the streamers thought that taking a Blackout day might lead to Twitch taking some serious steps on such situation.
— Twitch (@Twitch) June 22, 2020
There's been a lot of important conversation happening over the previous couple days, and I've heard your voices. I'd like to share the email I just sent internally to the company on the topic. pic.twitter.com/B1V34lT9EI
— Emmett Shear (@eshear) June 23, 2020
I don't think #TwitchBlackout is effective towards the goal of provoking certain change within Twitch.
I'll still be live tomorrow & use my platform to bring awareness towards the issue(s) rather than voluntarily relinquish my voice to be neglected to the twitter-verse. pic.twitter.com/LACaSkVUcC
— trihex ✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿#BlackLivesMatter (@trihex) June 23, 2020
When many creators started claiming about the sexual harassments that were faced by them, then Twitch responded by saying that they will be looking into such cases that are linked to the affiliated streamers. It also praised those who were able to speak out loud bravely.
However, the call for the blackout was not supported by all. There were some streamers that accused that calling for a blackout might lead to a counterproductive day. Some creators said that the campaign has been called out too quickly and that some of the streams were living a normal day.
As many streamers actually followed the blackout and are looking forward to a wider discussion which will take imported steps against the behavior of such people on Twitch and in the game industry.