UPDATE: 8/11/2019 at 4:40 p.m.

Twitch CEO Emmett Shear has responded to Ninja’s accusations that the company promoted a “porn account” on the streamer’s former page.

“Our community comes to Twitch looking for live content,” Shear tweeted Sunday. “To help ensure they find great, live channels we’ve been experimenting with showing recommended content across Twitch, including on streamer’s pages that are offline. This helps all streamers as it creates new community connections. However, the lewd content that appeared on the Ninja offline channel page grossly violates our terms of service, and we’ve permanently suspended the account in question.”

Shear continued by stating that Twitch is suspending its stream recommendation process while the company investigates further.

“On a more personal note, I apologize want to apologize (sic) directly to Ninja that this happened,” Shear said. “It wasn’t our intent, but it should not have happened. No excuses.”

As of now, Ninja’s Twitch page has reverted back to the usual state of most offline channels. Instead of top streamers being promoted on Ninja’s page, an offline video player featuring Ninja’s final Twitch broadcast, along with the usual donation link, social media and Discord links, and an ad for a gaming chair have reappeared.

Original Story as follows:

Ninja, the streamer who recently shook the streaming industry with his decision to leave Twitch and work exclusively with Microsoft’s Mixer, has accused Twitch of promoting a “porn account” on his old page.

Ninja took to Twitter to air his grievances in a video posted on Sunday, with the text “Disgusted and so sorry.”

Ninja says that he takes issue with Twitch using his old channel (specifically Twitch.tv/Ninja) to promote other streamers, which it doesn’t do on other streamers’ pages, including those who have signed deals with other streaming services. Normally, each streamer’s homepage will have that streamer’s channel information (schedule, community rules, perhaps donation links), but for Ninja’s page, it now features text that reads “The streamer you’re looking for is in another castle,” along with more than two dozen links to other popular live streamers.

That, Ninja alleges, has resulted in a “porn account” being promoted on his former page.

“Well now, there was a porn account that was number one being recommended on my channel, and I have no say in any of this stuff,” Ninja stated. “This is the line. This is the straw. We’re trying to get the whole channel taken down to begin with, or at least not promote other streamers and other channels on my brand, on my freakin’ profile. So for anyone who saw that, for anyone whose kids [saw that], or just obviously didn’t want to see that, I apologize and I’m sorry.”

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Ninja’s Twitch channel currently sports approximately 14,713,000 followers. His debut stream on Mixer, which hit an average of 65,000 viewers and a peak of 95,877, managed to beat his average viewership on Twitch.

IGN has reached out to both Ninja’s business team. IGN has not been able to verify what ‘porn account’ Ninja is referring to, but his Twitch page is in fact currently promoting 30 other streamers, which appears to be fluctuating depending on what the top Fortnite streams are at the moment.

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Twitch’s community guidelines states that “sexually explicit content and activities, such as pornography, sexual acts, and sexual services, including solicitation and offers for such content, are prohibited.” Twitch also states that “sexually suggestive” content is prohibited. Twitch has been criticized in the past, with some stating the company inconsistently enforces its own guidelines.

Mixer CEO Matt Salsamendi commented on the criticism during a recent stream, saying that “Twitch has struggled with things along the lines enforcement for a long time because it’s a hard problem. It’s a hard problem to solve as a community grows. So one of the things we did early on to try to get ahead of some of that stuff was making our rules of conduct as clear and objective as possible, so you know if you’re doing something right or wrong. There’s not really gray area. If you look at our code of conduct as it relates to clothing, we outline the exact requirements in terms of clothing at each different rating on Mixer.”

Mixer’s contract worth with Ninja is still undisclosed, but is estimated to be between $6 to $8 million a year, according to DotEsports’ sources.Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer for IGN.

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