The rising popularity of gaming has attracted onlookers as well as participants – giving way to esports and streaming as a platform. Platforms like Twitch, Mixer and YoutubeGaming allow visitors to watch streamers play through their favorite games. Players balance playing the game with hosting the room’s visitors, talking with them in chats and inviting engagement, follows, or subscriptions. Unfortunately for millions of creators of color and women, their path to streaming stardom goes through rugged terrain that their white male counterparts may not have to experience. Due to the anonymity of the internet, streamers can often find themselves on the receiving end of racist and/or sexist comments from trolls in their own chatrooms.
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