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Old 03-18-2015, 06:28 AM   #1
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Starcraft streamer loses NVIDIA sponsorship due to use of viewbots

Starcraft streamer Winter has lost his NVIDIA sponsorhip, after it appears he was using view-bots to boost his stream numbers. He was also often featured on Team Liquid, who offered the following statement:

Evidence has recently surfaced that indicates that Winter's stream has been the target of viewbots for at least the past year. Winter's public explanation for this is that other users have been paying for the service against his wishes. While we concede it is impossible to prove who exactly paid for the viewbots on Winter's stream, there is no question that Winter has benefited from viewbotting. The evidence is clear, and an analogous situation can be inferred from our protocol on hacking from TSL. Though it is very difficult for us to prove whether anyone was actually hacking or was just very lucky, we choose to act once sufficient proof was provided. We believe that placing the burden of proof on the accused when seemingly damning evidence is presented is the correct course of action, and we're willing to accept that someone hacked beyond reasonable doubt as sufficient justification for condemning them...

We recognize that Winter, as a direct consequence of being boosted by viewbotting services, has attracted a legitimate viewerbase and even some legitimate subscribers. But it is impossible for us to measure the strength of that legitimate viewership in relation to our normal featuring standards while viewbotting continues on Winter's channel. We will be reviewing this decision in six months time, where if Winter is able to show us that his channel is no longer supported by viewbots and his viewership meets our minimum standard for featuring, we will re-feature Winter.
Full statement from Winter over at his Facebook page.
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Old 03-18-2015, 07:11 AM   #2
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I wonder how many of these Youtube reviewers do the same thing to boost their number of views?
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Old 03-18-2015, 07:36 AM   #3
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Let me get this straight. If I don't like a streamer all I have to do is pay for some viewbots and they'll lose their sponsorships?

You better say hi to me when I login to your channel now!

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Old 03-18-2015, 07:42 AM   #4
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Wow. Can't wait for people to start paying for view bots for people they don't like, and then casually letting slip about said view bots to the streamers sponsor....
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Old 03-18-2015, 08:35 AM   #5
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I don't know how many viewers this guy had but the statement makes it sound like the actual question is whether his legitimate viewership was large enough to justify the sponsoring. No one wants to pay someone without getting a return on their investment.
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Old 03-18-2015, 08:42 AM   #6
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No one wants to pay someone without getting a return on their investment.
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First we had swatting.
Now we will have viewbot-bombing.
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Old 03-18-2015, 01:39 PM   #8
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I wonder how many of these Youtube reviewers do the same thing to boost their number of views?
I'd imagine quite a few, I mean who in their right mind wants to subject themselves to listening to pewdipie's gay ass shrieking?
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Old 03-20-2015, 12:35 PM   #9
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seems to me, detecting and preventing automated viewing would be a top priority for a site that makes so much money & can make or break sponsorships..

im sure they'll get right on it - right after they ban cleavage.

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