Twitch star Shibuya Kaho opens up about a ‘scary’ stream sniping incident in Japan

Twitch star Shibuya Kaho opens up about a ‘scary’ stream sniping incident in Japan

Released: 2023-01-09T06:00:14

updated: 2023-01-09T06:00:35

On her way home from an IRL stream, Twitch star Shibuya Kaho was being streamed by a fan waiting for her at a train station, creating a “scary” situation for the content creator.

Stream sniping has become a normal activity for die-hard Twitch fans who take it too far. For those who don’t know, this is when someone on the Twitch chat is reviewing a streamer’s broadcast and using environmental cues to track down their real location.

The fan then finds the streamer in person to greet them. And while it may seem like just an act of respect in a fan’s eyes to see their favorite streamer, depending on the context of the situation, it can very well create discomfort and an invasion of the streamer’s privacy.

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In the case of Shibuya Kaho, one fan knew she had to catch the last train after her stream ended. They were waiting for her at a train station in Tokyo and eventually found her, to her great shock.

This encounter “anxious [her] in so many ways…” Kaho actually had to tell her fans.[please] Don’t come and find me out of flow, not even to say goodbye at the airport or on the bullet train [she is] to travel'”.

According to Kaho, the stream sniping incident was “totally captured [her] unprepared when [she] went home alone after the stream… [She] thought the concept of stream sniping is only if [they’re] reside.”

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Fans tend to withhold their behavior when appearing on their favorite streamer’s shows as their actions are being recorded and they may be judged by others online. In Shibuya Kaho’s case, the fan appeared when her cameras and broadcasts were off. In other words, the low protection of the content creator’s stream no longer matters.

Although Shibuya Kaho was safe, the encounter itself caused her great uneasiness – which is a very reasonable reaction to her fan’s action. It may not have been out of ill intent, but invasion of privacy and the lack of boundaries are a very real problem.

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