Kripp mailed me a link to his movie

  • A few games, like Hearthstone, don't have set rules about stream-sniping, so it's debatable whether stream-sniping can even be considered cheating in the first place (though I'd definitely call this poor sportsmanship, like stealing signs in baseball). Meanwhile, streamers who are vocal regarding stream-sniping are often criticized for complaining or even being paranoid. "Just stream with a delay! " is a common suggestion, but as we'll see beneath, that's not really a practical solution for streamers whose livelihoods depend on engaging in real-time using their audiences-and often doesn't even prevent stream-sniping anyway.

    I reached out to a few developers, streamers, and stream-snipers to get their thoughts on how big an issue it is, the various motivations snipers have and the techniques they use, how it may be detected or avoided, and how (if at all) snipers ought to be punished by developers. I heard back from Brian Hicks, creative director associated with DayZ (and passionate streamer himself), Hearthstone pro Andrey "Reynad" Yanuk (who additionally plays PUBG, that has recently seen the actual rise of a new form of griefing-'stream-honking'), Buy H1z1 skins and Hearthstone streamer Octavian "Kripparrian" Morosan (Kripp) who recently discovered a sniper 'guild' experienced formed against him. Kripp mailed me a link to his movie, and his quotes in this article are taken from that. Other quotes tend to be taken from emails and Twitter DMs, such as from a number of snipers, current and former-many who now flow games themselves.

    In some instances the quotes have been lightly edited or even rearranged for clarity. "DayZ hands down offers suffered from stream sniping as an issue completely back to the earliest develops of the mod, " says Brian Hicks, who says he is been dealing with this as a developer since 2012. Since a lot of DayZ's success is due to streamers and content creators broadcasting the game live (rather compared to through traditional marketing) Hicks says they have "run into obvious pressure to try and prevent it, and assistance said content makers in combating this. "You can't truly quantify how 'big' of an issue it is, " Hearthstone streamer Reynad told me through Twitter. "That depends on the streamer and their goals in-game and as an entertainer