IRL Streamers Cause Problems at Twitchcon
Live streaming shouldn't cause problems at an event celebrating, well, live streaming, but that's exactly what happened this weekend at Twitchcon, Kotaku's Nathan Grayson reports. Many "IRL" streamers – people who broadcast their daily activities with their phones attached to selfie sticks – chose to go live during the convention. Because, y'know, that's what they do. But this apparently led to tensions, and sometimes confrontations (and at least one arrest), with other Twitch streamers who wanted to just take a night off and chill with their friends and peers at a private party for Twitch Partners.
"There were guys shoving cameras in our friends' faces," popular video game streamer LolRenaynay tells Kotaku. “Our friends were being polite about saying no, and that's when these guys started getting aggressive. It was really awkward. It's fine to walk around the party [on stream], but it's a whole different thing when you incorporate other people into it... You just don’t take pictures and video of people without their consent."
While streaming was allowed at TwitchCon (it'd be weird if it wasn't), there are apparently no guidelines or rules about streaming at other events like parties. Some IRL streamers like Andy Milonakis believe people forfeit an expectation of privacy at an event like TwitchCon, but he says it can't hurt to show a little tact. "If someone is being an asshole, they shouldn’t be able to fall [back on] the excuse of 'Hey man, we’re at TwitchCon. I'm allowed to stream.'"
(Edit: Added some clarification about streaming rules and that the incident referred to was at a party, not on the show floor)