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Last week, streamer Trainwreck got handed a five-day suspension by Twitch after a video went viral featuring an incendiary rant against women streamers, in which he called them things like "god damn sluts" and accused them of stealing views from those who he viewed as more deserving streamers.

This poured gasoline on a fire that's been slowly growing ever since Twitch's non-gaming "IRL" section launched last year.

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On Friday, the first night of TwitchCon 2017 in Long Beach, California, I was standing on a street corner, waiting for a traffic light to change. A roving pack of streamers walked up behind me. "Are you streaming right now?" one asked another. "Of course!" an IRL streamer replied. "If you're here and you're not streaming, what the fuck are you even doing?" The moment would prove to be illustrative of a divisive trend at this year's show that led to tension on show floor, trouble at parties, and even an arrest.