Federal investigators arrested popular YouTuber Starlit "JinBop" Zhao last month for allegedly engaging in sexually predatory behaviour toward a 15-year-old female fan of his channel. The news of Zhao's arrest first spread over the weekend through a YouTube news channel, and he remains in custody today. Zhao's YouTube channel, popular among young teens, features him playing a variety of games including Minecraft and Inside.
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A year ago, Matthew "NaDeSHoT" Haag announced that he would be streaming Call of Duty on competitive gaming site MLG.TV exclusively in a deal that the New York Times once called "lucrative." Last weekend, the former top player looked back on that decision -- and came pretty close to calling it a mistake.
"I go to the comments, and it's mainly spam, it's people self-advertising, people that are trying to provoke, people who reply to all these... just all this stuff that, to me, it doesn't mean anything." This is rockstar Let's Play-er PewDiePie explaining why he's removing comments from his insanely popular YouTube channel, which recently surpassed 30 million subscribers.
Gamers have been up in arms ever since Twitch began to enforce harsher restrictions against users playing copyrighted music in their videos. Hovering around the edges of this chorus of unpleasantly surprised voices, meanwhile, are all the YouTube broadcasters who are still reeling from the crackdown they all experienced back in December 2013.
"If you were hoping to hear about video games..." he says, pausing for a moment. Comically gruesome gameplay footage of a doctor clumsily fiddling with a half-excavated chest cavity continues to run uninterrupted on the YouTube video. "Not today. I think that needed a video of its own, to explain there."