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Twitch Clarifies Safety Advisory Council Following Controversy

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Twitch CEO Emmett Shear has posted a lengthy blog post to clarify the recently unveiled Safety Advisory Council following the bubbling controversy surrounding one member of that council, streamer Steph “FerociouslySteph” Loehr regarding her comments, and the harassment that she was subjected to in the aftermath.

You can read the entire statement below:

“Last week, we announced the formation of our Safety Advisory Council, a group of online safety experts and Twitch creators we brought together to advise on issues related to trust and safety at Twitch. We’ve since seen a lot of discussion and questions, as well as some concerns, and I want to provide some clarity to help everyone understand our thinking about the council’s role and what we’re doing next.

The role of the council is to advise, offer perspective, and participate in discussions with our internal teams pertaining to the work we do to help keep our community safe and healthy. We made an intentional choice to recruit advisors with strong independent opinions and the courage to challenge our thinking. Our goal is to hear a wide range of points of view informed by truly different people within Twitch and outside Twitch. Because a position on the council is not a test of ideology or an endorsement by Twitch on a specific viewpoint, we expect that members of the council will sometimes have very different viewpoints from each other, from Twitch staff members, or from the official Twitch policy. We recognize that hearing from a diverse set of voices is valuable when crafting products and policies to serve our entire community.

We said in our blog post we were looking for the council to advise on a variety of things, from advising on new policies to promoting healthy streaming habits, but we could have been clearer about tasks the council will not be involved with. Council members will not make moderation decisions, nor will they have access to any details on specific moderation cases. They are not Twitch employees, and they do not speak on Twitch’s behalf. While we value their opinions and their right to share them, they are independent actors who will have opinions that aren’t shared either by Twitch, Twitch employees, or even by other members of the council. Nevertheless, we believe that having diverse viewpoints will make the council and its recommendations stronger, and ultimately better for our community.

All participants care deeply about the Twitch Community and want to help make it a better place. It’s a commitment of time and energy from them, and we’re grateful for their contribution to help us improve Twitch policy. Harassment directed at council members or anyone at or on Twitch only underscores the importance of the council. We do not condone bullying or harassment of any kind and will continue to take action against accounts who engage in that behavior.

At the heart of the Safety Advisory Council and all of our work at Twitch is the desire to foster a safe, inclusive, and creative community of passionate people. As with every community, there will be disagreements and differing points of view, and we are committed to considering a diversity of perspectives as we work to help keep our community safe and healthy.

– Emmett “

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W Series Esports League Partners with Getty Images

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Getty Images, the global visual media brand, has officially announced their partnership with the all-female simulation racing competition known as W Series Esports League, which will see Getty Images serve as the official photographer of the league.

“Ever since Getty Images was founded 25 years ago, our specialist operations team and industry-leading photographic talent have been at the forefront of creating innovative sports photography” Ken Mainardis, Global Head of Content at Getty Images said in an official press release. “This partnership furthers the W Series aim in elevating female esports to a global audience and demonstrates how Getty Images leads the way in delivering cutting-edge content to our customers around the world.”

“But although the W Series Esports League provides great on-screen entertainment for fans and poses a stern sporting test for our drivers, there is a bigger purpose to it also: we hope that women and girls who perhaps have not engaged with esports or in particular sim racing, either as viewers or players, will be inspired by the exploits of our 20 female racers to embrace it in greater numbers than they have hitherto” Catherine Bond Muir, CEO of W Series added.”

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Simplicity Esports Acquires PL Gaming Texas LLC

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Simplicity Esports and Gaming Company has officially announced that it has acquired all assets of PL Gaming Texas LLC, which has been referred to as “one of the most successful franchisee-owned esports gaming centres in its nationwide footprint.”

“Our franchisee has done an excellent job building, staffing, and growing this location” Roman Franklin, President of Simplicity Esports said in an official statement. “The gaming center consists of over 30 gaming stations, gaming related merchandise and accessories for sale, and a quality staff that will remain in place after the acquisition to continue serving the center’s thousands of existing customers.”

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Twitch Prime July 2020 Lineup

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July is here and that means a new lineup of free games for Twitch Prime members, which comes with any Amazon Prime subscription, so you should be expecting some free PC games each and every month you’re a member.

As of July 1st, you can claim Turok 2: Seeds of Evil, Dear Esther, Grip: Combat Racing, Kunai, and Dark Devotion. As always, be on the lookout for Twitch channels streaming the free games available this month (just in case you want to preview).

Here is a more complete breakdown of this month’s offerings:

Free Twitch Prime games for July

Available until July 31st unless otherwise stated

  • Turok 2: Bad Seed
  • Dark Devotion
  • Kunai
  • Grip: Combat Racing
  • Dear Esther
  • Melbits World
  • Dream Daddy – ends today
  • PictoQuest – ends July 10
  • Mad Tracks – ends July 17
  • Reus – ends July 24

Free SNK Games

Available through December 31st, 2020

  • Art of Fighting 2
  • Blazing Star
  • Fatal Fury Special
  • Pulstar
  • Samurai Shodown II.
  • The King of Fighters 2000
  • The King of Fighters 2002

Free in-game Loot

  • Available now – Mafia City
  • Available now – Words with Friends 2
  • July 7 – Black Desert Mobile
  • July 7 – The Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross
  • July 9 – Yahtzee with Buddies
  • July 13 – Apex Legends
  • July 13 – Big Farm
  • July 14 – RuneScape
  • July 29 – Legends of Runeterra
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