Hot Five: Twitch cracks down on fake broadcasts, GamesBeat 2020, and TikTok passes 2 billion downloads

Hot Five: Twitch cracks down on fake broadcasts, GamesBeat 2020, and TikTok passes 2 billion downloads

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Valorant streamers are faking live broadcasts, and Twitch is stepping up to fight it

Twitch has updated its guidelines in order to combat streamers that are 'faking' livestreams in order to take advantage of Valorant drops. Creators have been caught broadcasting pre-recorded vods of them playing the game and labeling it as 'live', when they're not actually there playing it in real-time.

GamesBeat Summit 2020: The future of influencer marketing

As part of the GamesBeat Summit 2020, Andrea Rene of What's Good Games' hosted a roundtable discussion titled 'the future of influencer marketing. She was joined by Mari Takahashi of Smosh Games, Joshua Ovenshire of Arcade Cloud, and Facebook streamer Jonna Mae, known as MissesMae online.

TikTok soars past 2 billion lifetime downloads

Video app TikTok has surpassed 2 billion lifetime installs, according to the latest data from Sensor Tower. The app generated 315 million installs in Q1 2020 - the best quarter for any app ever.

GamesBeat Summit 2020: StreamElements' Doron Nir on bulletproof influencer strategy

As part of the summit, StreamElements CEO Doron Nir took to the Zoom stage with a talk titled 'Bulletproofing Your Brand Strategy in the Age of Influencers'. During this talk, Nir explored a brief history of influencers, before leading into how to utilise them in gaming.

Twitch adds esports tournament directory

Streaming platform Twitch has added an esports directory to its home page. This new directory compiles esports events and tournaments from across the globe in one place, so viewers can find games and browse events easily.


Danielle Partis is editor of and former editor of She was named Journalist of the Year at the MCV Women in Games Awards 2019, as well as in the MCV 30 under 30 2020. Prior to Steel Media, she wrote about music and games at Team Rock.