The debate between Ninja and Twitch got a whole lot more interesting this weekend when a porn stream was being recommended on Ninja’s channel.

Ever since the star streamer left to go over to Mixer, Twitch has replaced his channel with a new landing page. Instead of just having the channel go blank like they have done when other streamers left, they decided to promote other big streamers on his page instead.

It’s a fairly logical move for Twitch. They had a page with a ton of traffic that wasn’t doing anything for them, so they edited it. It all would have been fine too, except Twitch has a porn problem and now it is being played out on the biggest stage.

For no reason other than that they can, some streamers air hardcore pornography on channels. While this obviously violates Twitch’s TOS, the company takes a long time to actually bring the broadcast down.

So when a porn stream in the Fortnite category was able to climb up to over 14,000 viewers, it became a “popular Fortnite channel” and was vaulted up Twitch.

Thanks to how Ninja’s channel is set up, that meant it was the first recommendation for a channel to visit if you went to Ninja’s page.

Screenshot of Ninja's Twitch page. It says "The streamer you're looking for is in another castle, check out these popular live channels". The top live channel is pornographic.

One of Ninja’s main focuses throughout the Fortnite age was turning his stream into a family-friendly affair. The Fortnite audience comprises people of all ages and he wanted to make sure he was being appropriate for his entire audience.

That dedication has helped his brand immensely. The commercials with Samsung Galaxy and the NFL would be tough to pull off if they thought Ninja’s image wasn’t stellar.

So naturally Ninja was pissed. Twitch had already made special considerations for his page trying to keep people on Twitch instead of moving to his Mixer channel, and now they were showing graphic content just inches from his name on a channel it looks like he controls.

His response was quick:

Twitch CEO Emmett Shear tweeted out an apology to Ninja and said they have banned the account that aired the porn.

He got absolutely eviscerated in the replies. These issues for Twitch are not new and come as part of a long stream of bad press for the site. From Alinity escaping a ban to other porn channels popping up, Twitch has had plenty of issues.

These porn broadcasts are not new and banning this account will not stop them, in fact the public nature of this scandal just guarantees that more people will start streaming porn. Having one of the most popular streamers in the world leave your site, then create a unique landing page that delivers porn to viewers is the worst possible situation for Twitch.

It will be interesting to see what happens next on the platform. Odds are, it won’t be good.

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