Many times I have talked about You-tube and the people that are so big on it being a new industry. How they massage themselves and their 'collegues', spend quite some time name-dropping themselves, think that their opinion is the only one opinion and want other people to defend that opinion.., the list goes on.
Youtube isn't a savory place. I have stressed that many times. There's no branche-organization that polices it's own and the barrier to entry is non-existant. Joe Blow with a PC and internet can be a 'youtuber' and start broadcasting any old uneducated opinion TODAY. (If that 'youtuber' isn't already doing so.)
So what happening on youtube (And by extension Twitch as of late.) is not unexpected. I'm actually amazed it took this long to be honest. Everywhere when everybody can play and a lot of money is involved, backstabbing, defaming, demonizing, lible and slander follow hot on it's heels and the start of the end is the logical outcome.
The american 'freedom of speech' is nice on paper, but when middle-school drop-outs command a large fanbase to spew their nonsense to then that same 'freedom of speech' is cancer.
Enter John Bain of Total Biscuit fame. If you listen to the man you get the idea that he alone knows best. He alone knows how to critique and how to make it interesting. He alone knows what makes a game fun and he alone can effectively explain it to his viewerbase the only way it should be explained. And he alone holds a degree in Law.
John Bain was in my opinion one of the biggest proponents of the 'only established channels are the best' camp on youtube, amassing around him other youtubers that he props up as 'professionals' and otherwise as people who hold the one key to user-content-creation. Amongst those people he favored (Allah helps you if he finds some fault with you.) are youtubers now exposed as total hacks.
So the time for John Bain to take a side has come.
Friendships mean little on youtube, huh?