Sykkuno, one of Twitch’s top streamers known for his sane demeanor and for playing games like Among Us and GTA Online, left the Amazon-owned platform for the red pastures of YouTube Gaming this month. The move shocked the live-streaming space because Sykkuno was something of a household name on Twitch, bragging four million followers and 103 million total views since becoming a more consistent streamer in April 2019. However, the change made sense to him because, as he revealed during his first-ever YouTube Gaming livestream, the Google-owned platform offered him a slightly better deal, and Twitch gave its name a rather unfortunate misspelling in an official email.
You may not have heard of him, but Sykkuno has been on YouTube for years. In reality, an old account of him dates back to April 2006, where he downloaded League of Legends and Minecraft content before moving on to his current channel, which now has 2.75 million subscribers, in September 2011. While Sykkuno spent much of his early career on YouTube, he didn’t make a name for himself as a streamer until April 2019, when he started streaming regularly on the Twitch channel. d created years before. In August 2020, he joined a collective of streamers called Offline TVwhich includes other online personalities like DisguisedToast and LilyPichu, and although he left the group a few months later in November, it continued to experience rapid growth. Now, with four million Twitch subscribers, Sykkuno has left the Amazon-owned platform because he thinks he’ll be “much, much happier” on YouTube.
After share the news of his move on YouTube on social networks, Sykkuno posted May 3 to discuss the reasoning behind the change. It was a multi-faceted explanation spurred by the negotiation of his Twitch contract. He said he went to the company to ask for a better deal because Twitch’s original offer was “just bad,” though he didn’t elaborate. Twitch came back with what Sykkuno called a “really, really good offer”, which almost convinced him to stay because it was “almost dead even” with YouTube. He even said that if Twitch’s offer was “a little worse,” he would have stayed on the platform.
And yet, he didn’t. In the end, YouTube made the best offer, but that wasn’t the only deciding factor. What solidified the movement, aside from the increased money YouTube was offering, was a particular email Sykkuno received from Twitch.
After sharing some stats about his performance on Twitch — he was the 28th highest-earning streamer and 45th most-followed streamer of all time — he then snapped an email the company had sent him on the screen, which showed an apparent Twitch spokesperson spelling his name as “Sukkuno”. You can almost feel the embarrassment emanating from Sykkuno as he discussed the email. He was so shaken that he messaged people asking if it was a phishing scam because he couldn’t believe Twitch would do this in his name.
“Maybe I have too big an ego or something, but I was shocked,” Sykkuno said during the livestream. “I legitimately thought I was being scammed. I was afraid to click on that email because I was like, ‘Am I about to get a virus?’ »
There was some levity, with Sykkuno joking a bit about the unfortunate misspelling, but he concluded the segment by expressing how unappreciated Twitch made him feel. Notably, Sykkuno’s move comes during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, during which Twitch is supposed to be “celebrate and acknowledge” the huge impact that AAPI streamers have had, not just on Twitch but on gaming culture as a whole. Sykkuno is a Chinese-Vietnamese American, and misspelling his name, even though it’s not his real name, seems pretty negligent. It’s no wonder he feels unappreciated, especially since Anti-Asian sentiment is growing around the world but especially in the USA due to the ongoing pandemic.
Kotaku has reached out to Sykkuno and Twitch for comment.
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