Valorant has been the most watched game on Twitch ever since its beta started a little over three weeks ago. While most of this is from the hype over the game, it’s also the only way to get access to the closed beta, which means there are plenty of viewers leaving streams open on their computers, and bots trying to farm keys.
Only streamers that are “Live,” rather than playing pre-recorded footage, are supposed to give out the beta drops. But a new trend has popped up where streamers try to game the system by labeling their stream as Live but instead playing pre-recorded video of previous streams. This way streamers can keep their stream up 24 hours a day, making them the perfect destination for anyone looking to leave their stream running in the background in the hopes of getting a beta invite.
This new practice has proven controversial among both fans and streamers. While some fans appreciate having a place to park their browsers in hopes of getting a code, many feel it’s unfair for streamers to be marking their gameplay as live when it isn’t. Meanwhile, many streamers are frustrated by the behavior, since the massive numbers on the 24/7 streams push streamers that are actually live further down the Twitch directory, making it harder for people to find streams of real-time play.
Twitch has now stepped in to prohibit the practice. According to a Twitch Support tweet from Tuesday afternoon, Twitch has updated its Community Guidelines to reflect the fact that cheating any Twitch rewards system is prohibited — this includes the closed beta drops from Valorant streams.
We’ve heard concerns about creators continuously streaming VODs while tagging the channel as "Live" to farm Valorant Drops. This harms the integrity of our Drops Program so we’ve updated our Community Guidelines to clarify that cheating any Twitch rewards system is prohibited.— Twitch Support (@TwitchSupport) April 28, 2020
With this new rule, Twitch will have the ability to combat anyone trying to pass off their VODs as a live stream. The rule itself is also vague enough to cover any future gaming of the system that might occur — and with Valorant’s massive streaming success, it seems possible that other games could follow its beta access model.
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