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World of Warcraft and now Final Fantasy XIV Online streamer Asmongold has weighed in on the Twitch hate raids by saying he won't be involved in the #ADayOffTwitch boycott unless other big streamers opt into the movement first. Following the hate raids that many marginalised streamers have been enduring on the streaming website, a call for a collective refusal to stream on September 1st has been made. Zack, better known as Asmongold, has said that he will not be participating unless he sees other big streamers lead the way.
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As reported by Dexerto, the streamer, when questioned about whether he would participate in A Day Off Twitch, says: "Imma be honest with this and Imma just say what it is. I read the comments in the thread and they're right. Nobody gives a f*** if you take the day off. Nobody knows who you are. That's the truth.
"And if every other big streamer- if people got together and they said we're all going to collectively do it, I'd do it in a heartbeat right, I'd do it, I've got no problem. Because I do believe in power in numbers, I absolutely do which is why I don't believe in this. Like you can't get a bunch of 20 Andys together and think you're going to do anything, nobody gives a f***. It doesn't f****** matter, like who cares."
The Day Off Twitch is a boycott that started due to the high number of hate raids that Twitch streamers, especially those of marginalised backgrounds from LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities, have been experiencing. This process is where bots descend on streamers' chats while they're live and spam messages which often contain slurs, derogatory language, or even prompts to self-harm.
Twitch has generally responded to the issue by saying that the company is working hard to find fixes. In the meantime, the streamers that are experiencing much of the hate are having to find ways to protect themselves and their communities like preventing new users from talking in their chat, using third-party programming and trying to mass-ban known raiding accounts.
We are continuing the fight.
Shout out to @LuciaEverblack and @ShineyPen for helping me with this!#ADayOffTwitch
September 1st, don't go live. pic.twitter.com/dU1ycC9YtM
- ʀᴇᴋ ɪᴛ, ʀᴀᴠᴇɴ! ☠:knife: (@RekItRaven) August 20, 2021
A Day Off Twitch was suggested by streamer RekItRaven following the hate raids they had endured and seen others go through. It has divided opinion on whether it will have any effect on the platform's commitment to stopping the hate raids or working out a solution.
Featured Image Credit: Asmongold / RekItRaven
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