The incident is indicative of the popularity of Fortnite now.
After playing Epic’s so-hot-right-now survival game with Paul over the weekend, the popular streamer received multiple complaints from his audience. During the stream, Summit1g said he “was a little disappointed in the chat,” and that he thought “the 1g squad was a little bit different. I thought some people had a little bit thicker skin.”
“I played like 5 end of the night squad games with Jake Paul and his friends last night,” he said on a now deleted Twitter post after the stream. “I had fun, everyone is p**sed. And you know what Twitter? You disappoint me. Sup. I expect apologies raining in quick now. You messed up.”
“You lost me as a fan for this,” one Twitter user said. “[Paul] is trash.”
Summit1g’s subsequent responses to the revolt were defensive, which disappointed fans on his subreddit. “Don’t care who he plays with, but I unfollowed him today when I saw how he was acting towards the people who support him financially,” reads the most upvoted comment. Others were more forgiving, with one fan claiming that “humans weren’t built to deal with the stresses of streamer life.”
The incident is indicative of the popularity of Fortnite now – Drake joined forces with Tyler “Ninja” Blevins last month to play it and smashed the record for most concurrent viewers on Twitch in the process – and the uneasy intersection between outside personalities wanting a taste of it and long-time Twitch streamers (as Polygon notes, search ‘Twitch normies’ on Twitter for an idea of the backlash). YouTube megastars Jake and Logan Paul only recently signed up to Twitch – with Logan amassing over 100,000 followers a few hours after he made the announcement.
Despite their allegedly super young subscriber base, both brothers carry with them no small amount of controversy, with Logan recently taking a month off YouTube for filming a recently deceased man who had committed suicide in the Aokigahara forest in Japan.
Lucy O’Brien is Games & Entertainment Editor at IGN’s Sydney office. Follow her on Twitter.