Asmongold clashes with its community over free games

Streamer Asmongold clashed with his community over paid games and in particular the recent Diablo Immortal. Asmongold has banned multiple users and deleted multiple threads on his popular subreddit following intense criticism following a stream that saw the content creator perform microtransactions and buy boosters.

The developer behind the game, Blizzard Entertainment, has been criticized by fans of the franchise for packing Diablo Immortal with a variety of different features described as pay-to-win. Diablo Immortal has also been criticized for its focus on the mobile market.

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Discussions on the subreddit started popping up shortly after Asmongold’s broadcast ended. These have widely condemned his actions, calling on the content creator to distance himself from Diablo Immortal. Several of them have linked paying game participation to the highly controversial game streams that Asmongold has been calling for weeks.

When asked about these issues in his community, Asmongold said in a stream that “I’m just going to resolve them the same way I always do, which is delete all threads and ban them. I don’t want to deal with it.

Asmongold recently joined the chorus of content creators calling for gambling to stop. “What makes a difference is if the rules change,” Asmongold pointed out. “Unless the rules change, no one will stop playing.” The streamer went on to describe how Twitch could put a stop to such streams. “Twitch might change the rules,” Asmongold noted. “Twitch might say ‘no, no more gaming’ and they might delete the slots category today and they might say ‘if you stream slots you’re permanently banned’. And that’s it “That’s literally it. They could change that and you don’t need a decision from the government for that. They don’t need anything, do they?”

The gambling stream controversy started when xQc started accepting gambling sponsorships and distributing promo codes for online casinos. The streamer later admitted to having a problem with the game. “I’m just easily addicted so I shouldn’t play,” xQc said at the time. “I still do. Is it good? No, it’s terrible. It’s a disease. It’s sick. I am sick. But you know what? I can afford to be sick. I’m lucky.”

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Christy J. Olson