In the past 24 hours the Fortnite Battle Royale has been slightly divided on the issue of punishing players who kill their own team. This topic of discussion has been gaining more and more momentum since a popular streamer was just hit by the mighty Ban Hammer for killing his team while streaming.
The person I’m going to be ranting about goes by the name of Alexramigaming and to be fair, I must warn you, he wasn’t one of my favorite people to begin with.
First of all, let’s talk about streaming for a little bit. Streamers are gamers turned entertainers who create content via different streaming platforms such as Twitch, Youtube or Mixer. The tools available for most streamers are their skills when it comes to the games they usually play, their personality and the effort they are willing to invest in order to build a loyal following. The income of most streamers comes from donations from viewers, sponsorship deals in some cases and subscriptions. Other streamers have managed to build solid brands which they then use to sell merchandise for bigger brands through affiliate programs or in some VERY rare cases their own branded merchandise.
We are currently discussing Fortnite Battle Royale so it makes sense that we bring up some of the big streamers who are currently doing well when it comes to this game. We have LIRIK, Summit1G, Ninja, Tecnosh.
These are extremely skilled players, they are inspirational, funny, professional, their streams have very high production values. And then there’s this guy:
Alexramigaming had been recently sponsored by Epic, the developer behind Fortnite and Fortnite Battle Royale, has a lot of viewers and is in a position many aspiring streamers would kill to be in. Not everyone can get there, it takes a great deal of dedication to build up a stream, I’m not disputing his merits. However, since yesterday he gained a lot of publicity because of this stunt:
So as we can see above, completely unprovoked this asshole takes out his team just for the fun of it, quickly realizes that he might lose his sponsorship from Epic and tries to justify his actions to his viewers. What bothers me is that his viewers tell him that he does this all the time….Epic issued a ban on his account and now gamers are debating it on social media.
I chose to write about this because I’ve been killed by my own team just for laughs and giggles and it really screws with my game. If you play squads you have 96 enemies to kill, it doesn’t really help to have 3 more on your own team. The community and Epic need to act against these people in order to preserve the good vibes. The lack of punishment is what brought the downfall of other gaming communities. League of Legends for instance, is famous for having the most toxic player base out there exactly for this reason. Riot Games really dropped the ball when it comes to trolls, feeders, afk-ers in order to maintain player retention. Epic really needs to get ahead of that.
Some people say that Epic was unfair for banning this douchebag, because he is a streamer, because people learn to play the game by watching his stream, because he brings in new players to the game and because he is a positive influence. Others feel sorry for him because he had invested upwards of 200 USD in skins for the game.I say Fuck that!
It is because he IS a streamer that he should be banned from Fortnite permanently. As his fans say, he is a streamer and has a lot of viewers. If he team kills and Epic let it slide, people will see it. Because he has a lot of viewers he is in a position of influence and that is incredibly important, people tend to imitate streamers and I for one don’t want idiots like him spawning all over the place. I don’t care that one of the players he killed is 11 years old, you just don’t fucking do it, period.There is a saying that goes like this:
People who play stupid games win stupid prizes.
What are your thoughts on this?