Beware: A Fake Shroud Is Scamming Viewers on Twitch

Published 10/14/2020, 11:01 AM EDT


Online streaming platforms like Twitch and YouTube are widely known because of their streamers and content creators. Shroud is one of the biggest streamers on Twitch with over 8.6 million followers. However, Shroud’s name is being used for false purposes on the platform as many fake Shrouds are popping up on it. These livestreams mislead fans into buying skins in the name of their favorite streamer, and Twitch needs the community’s support to solve the issue.

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Jake Lucky, from Esports Talk, talked about these scams in a recent episode.

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Fake Shroud is giving free skins to everyone

The con artist is so good at deceit that over twenty thousand people were watching the fake stream. The stream claimed to be giving away free skins to everyone with false messages like, “write skins in the chat for your prize.”

Jake discovered this stream and sarcastically commented, “What an incredible guy, all that Mixer money going to a great cause.”

Jokes apart, this is a very serious issue for streamers and content creators around the world. Not only do the scammers make revenue out of their copyrighted content, but they also use fake names for scamming and looting the innocent audience.

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Twitch’s response to the situation

Unfortunately, this is not just Shroud’s problem. Scammers also use names of other popular streamers like Ninja, Dr Disrespect, and Clix, etc. Handling all the fake accounts is not possible even for Twitch and the organization requires the community’s support. Community members need to report all such fake accounts and streams so it becomes easier for Twitch to identify and ban them.

This problem also extends to other streaming platforms like YouTube, where fake channels mislead fans for false motives. YouTube, like Twitch, is also trying its best to maintain a strict copyright policy.

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Viewers around the world need to be more careful while watching content online. They should refrain from clicking on anything that seems “too good to be true.” Organizations can remove these scammers only with a collaborative effort with the community.

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Aakrit Sharma

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Aakrit Sharma is an eSports author at EssentiallySports, and has written over 600 articles for their eSports division. He is an undergradate student at Delhi University. From getting chased by The Dahaka while playing Prince of Persia Warrior Within, to sweating his way up in ranked Apex Legends matches, he developed his consuming passion for the massive world of gaming and now writes about it with the same enthusiasm.

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