Valve's Dota-themed card game Artifact has been struggling a bit over the past year, with player numbers dwindling after the release in November 2018, but on the Artifact category on Twitch another problem has been going on, as people have taken to this section of the site to post videos that breach Twitch's guidelines.
As reported by Kotaku, this section has been flooded with memes, pornography, pirated footage, and even more disturbing content like videos from the recent Christchurch shooting. Twitch has faced criticism for the length of time they took to respond to the more heinous content on the Artifact section, which has seen viewership surpass 10,000 with all of this content on there.
Since all this has appeared, the Twitch Support account on Twitter has posted the following statement:
"Over the weekend we became aware of a number of accounts targeting the "Artifact" game directory to share content that grossly violates our terms of service. Our investigations uncovered that the majority of accounts that shared and viewed the content were automated."
"We are working with urgency to remove the offending content and suspend all accounts engaged in this behavior. In addition, we have temporarily suspended the ability for new creators to stream."
"We're very sorry for the inconvenience. The safety of our community is our top priority and we're doing everything we can to restore all access as quickly as possible. We will provide an update when we're able to do so."
Dot Esports noted that the Artifact viewership was tiny before streamer NymN noticed one meme stream, which then expanded into more when he checked again. This then ballooned into all of the content that came afterwards, branching out from memes into more sinister streams.
What do you make of Twitch's response?
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