Twitch has completed all steps needed to turn from mildly maligned streaming platform to full-blown hellsite in less than a week.

US congressman Matt Gaetz has started a Twitch channel. The Republican politician announced his new channel on Twitter on September 22nd, and went live shortly after with his first broadcast.

The congressman, who allegedly masterminded a potentially illegal human trafficking operation within the US, peaked at around 7k viewers on his debut stream. During the Twitch broadcast, a simulcast of Firebrand with Matt Gaetz, the congressman’s reactionary video podcast, Gaetz focused on Ray Epps, an Arizona man at the center of a conspiracy theory that the January 6th Riots were a false flag attack by the US Government. 

Gaetz has been in the mainstream news recently after it came to light he had asked for a preemptive presidential pardon for crimes committed during his time as congressman. Now Gaetz joins Twitch at a time when the platform is under intense scrutiny.

Twitch’s bad week

The beginning of Gaetz’ channel couldn’t have come at a worse time for Twitch. The site started the week reeling from the Slicker allegations, where it emerged that the variety streamer had borrowed and scammed over $300,000 from friends and acquaintances. 

After quickly acting to seemingly ban gambling, although not really, Twitch proceeded to shoot itself directly in the foot by announcing a restructuring of its revenue share to the top 10% of its streamers. It also denied an increase in revenue share ratio for the rest of its creators.

All this on the backdrop of a site undergoing a meltdown of its entrenched streamer aristocracy. Allegations of sexual assault, crypto scamming, virtue signalling, and other depravity have tarnished the cloth of almost every big-name streamer on the platform. 

Now the Republican congressman, who embraces the firebrand moniker, has joined the site. Arguable, in just a single stream, Gaetz has already violated multiple rules, especially those within the Off Service Conduct guidelines. 

However, whether Twitch will decide to act on this remains to be seen. In their own post about gambling, Twitch admitted that it hadn’t enforced many of its own rules. And the platform is notorious for its selective enforcement of its guidelines. Whatever the case, it’s just another mark against a site that seems driven to nose-dive into the ground as fast as possible. 

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Michael is a UK-based content creator who caught the esports bug in 2010, but took eight years to figure out he should write about it. Throwing away a promising career in marketing and PR, he now specialises in MOBAs, covering League of Legends, Dota 2, and esports in general since 2019. When not glued to tournaments taking place on the other side of the globe, he spends time nurturing an unhealthy addiction to MMOs and gacha games.