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It looks like video creators can no longer keep it all together while trying to sell their service or content. It’s probably hard to imagine the moment when you start having to post a security log or even just an image of what you’re used to for your videos, but it seems that a new reality for the streaming world is taking place at a rate. Overwatch streamer Daniel Hacelden had to lose his cool on Twitch when an ex’s YouTube history appeared during his stream.

Hacelden has lived and worked on his Overwatch channel ever since it was spun out by Wizbang Games, which produced the Overwatch video game. Over the course of the nine-year journey, Hacelden has made a number of videos and discovered, in some cases, new top-tier players in the game. The story began when Hacelden’s ex’s login was hacked. The two aren’t on speaking terms these days and had not kept in touch with each other. Until he started getting emails on Twitch and at his job telling him that his ex had uploaded a video on YouTube that contained information like his username and other personal information. Hacelden didn’t think much of it because he hadn’t seen the videos before and was even getting a subscription to the video in question.

The news on the conversation board went national when screenshots of his subscription receipts and the Google account invoices suddenly popped up, showing the link to his ex’s YouTube history. It wasn’t anything too shocking because of the information in that YouTube video, but the fact that he seemed so thrown off by it. When someone else asked him what the terms of service of Youtube were, he replied, “Okay, they are easy to parse. We both use the google account and we have the same password.”

This wasn’t just a minor issue for the news on his Twitch account. Hacelden’s real YouTube account had numerous posts from people congratulating him and asking for personal information. Hacelden updated his Twitch account so that none of those videos could reappear, but he wasn’t planning on keeping YouTube private. However, at one point he searched for and captured the link to his ex’s YouTube account.

Hacelden found a version of the URL of his ex’s which he found on Reddit and decided to post it to his channel. He knew that the attempt on his ex’s account wasn’t malicious, but one user identified as Brady Dunne caught up to him and named as the one who accessed the account. Dunne is a known Twitch catfish with a reputation as someone who likes to trick fans into acting like they want something with serious content. When Hacelden blocked Dunne’s account, he messaged someone he knew with no additional information and that person reported the account anyway.

Might have been a different story if Twitch weren’t so corporatized. Hacelden’s password for his actual Youtube account is just a jumble of characters with no word meaning and no capture device. It’s similar to how you can have a username and no passwords for multiple accounts. This isn’t the first time Twitch has seen harassment from bad actors and considering how many people use Twitch for their gaming (half of the Overwatch League audience is Twitch’s employees) it can be crazy how someone could make a living off of knowing about someone else’s personal life.

Streamers like Hacelden have at times had to deal with harassment from fans and trolls through their channels, but until now the focus seemed to be on the fans. Hacelden, who has more than 2 million followers on Twitch, is one of the most popular people in the world for gaming streamers and his rambling stand up comedy stream is a staple for a lot of them. He’s simply had his Twitch account come in to conflict with his daily life so much that it was almost enough to explode. Even Twitch was mentioned in the stream and it took him some time to regain composure.

We don’t know much more about the issue and it’s going to depend on who’s right in the situation. If what Daniel Hacelden learned about Youtube rules regarding information stored in the product can also be applied to Twitch, then this could be a huge problem. The same thing may happen with any social media platform, so it will be interesting to see if people who dislike people controlling their stream will have problems with Twitter (which doesn’t have Google uploads on there) or Facebook. Just kidding, nobody is against their favorite streaming app or video game

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