Twitch Dating Show Receives a Predictably Outraged Reaction
“Twitch’s Most Eligible” was a planned dating show on the streaming giant, and to the shock of nobody, it has seen an incredibly negative reaction. I don’t even know where to begin with how gross this concept was. The concept was that it would pair smaller, female streamers with male streamers that have much larger followings. We aren’t saying dating streams/games aren’t any good. On the contrary, it can be a pretty interesting and even wholesome affair. Twitch’s Most Eligible, on the other hand, is being called out for being creepy and predatory, and it’s not too hard to see why.
Bad Idea, Worse Idea
Twitch is a site that has had terrible problems with huge streamers preying on younger/smaller streamers, taking advantage of their ability to “help another streamer grow”. The show itself was specifically looking for smaller female streamers who are looking to grow. It’s wildly predatory to use larger male streamers like this to help a small female streamer find a “break out moment”.
Third Artifact, a Twitch Partner brought this to light via a thread on Twitter. Her reaction is the same as many, finding quite a few red flags in this Twitch dating show. She starts off by pointing out the two Bachelors in question have done nothing to talk about the show, and the bios on the official site for the show just show their total Twitch followers/average view count. Nothing about them as people.
When you couple that with the specific need for “smaller female streamers”, it’s a pretty gross thing to see. So much of last year was talking about this very same thing – men/streamers using their position and influence in a community to prey on others. But where is this taking place? Third Artifact points out her third Red Flag:
“Now let’s talk about the mansion. For a SIX HOUR show, it is taking place in a “Billionaire’s Palace” in the Appalachian mountains because nothing says red flag like an isolated location that may be difficult to get help in case of an emergency. But who is PAYING for this?”
That screams “sketchy”. Apparently, the girls who go would have not been paid an appearance fee, but travel would be covered. Numerous streamers have come out saying they were approached, making it just look worse and worse. This was all being put together by Matthew Pelletier, the Executive Producer. Third Artifact isn’t the only person to question this either.
Zach Bussey, who often covers streamer stories on Twitch spoke about how strange this all seemed:
“The concept is what it is… but the fact it’s being shot in the middle of nowhere due to cost is weird… and the economics of a 6-hour show don’t make sense to me.”
Zach’s thread on Twitter was filled with people who were allegedly hit up to join this show. People in committed relationships, it didn’t seem to matter. The people running this show did virtually no work, other than to seek out female streamers with lower follower counts. That is creepy on levels I can barely explain.
Pelletier posted a Twitlonger from the TwitchsEligible account, which no longer exists. It does go on to state that:
“I completely understand why people are skeptical of the show’s intentions given my mistakes in using these fake email accounts. If we’re lying about names, then what else are we lying about? Aliases are not cool when you’re representing a company, and I should have known better.”
This comes from people discovering that an identity of a woman sending some of the recruitment emails was fake. This “Brittany Good” was fake and used an image of an Indian actress (Rashmika Mandanna). With all these things put together, is it any surprise that the reaction to this Twitch dating show was one of revulsion and discomfort? Sure, they might have thought they hit on a gold mine of an idea. We can see why they would think that.
The way this was put together, the target of only picking small female streamers and larger, popular male streamers? None of this was going to go the way they wanted. There are no doubt guys that would watch this, but it would probably not give them a good idea of reality. It sends the wrong message and one that shouldn’t be sent in the first place. There were so many calls of sexual assault/harassment from within Twitch and from popular streamers, after all. We aren’t against dating streams/events, but if you’re going to do something like this, please, make it not come across as predatory and gross.