Gorgc Criticizes Streamers Who Smurf, Calls Them Shameless
One of Dota 2's popular Twitch streamers, Janne “Gorgc” Stefanovski, has been quite vocal recently, discussing his dislike of NFT promotion by Dota 2 organizations and the positive aspects of co-streaming. In a recent Twitch broadcast, Gorgc has now condemned the actions of Dota 2 livestreamers who smurf. In his opinion, these personalities are disingenuous and lie to their viewers with their smurfing content, which negatively affects him as a content creator who competes in his own bracket. Additionally, Gorgc explicitly named these popular livestreamers, calling them "shameless" and asking them to disclose on their YouTube videos that they smurf.
Gorgc feels that livestreamers who smurf have a negative impact on other content creators
As Gorgc went through a Reddit thread that talked about smurfing, he put forward his opinion on how it negatively affected content creators that did not smurf. As opposed to Twitch, where smurfing is clearly visible during a stream, these streamers hid their rankings in their edited YouTube videos, in which they can be seen destroying their opponents, Gorgc mentions.
“It’s kinda obvious on Twitch," said Gorgc. "But do you know what they do on YouTube? They cut out the part where they show their ranks at the beginning and they cut out the part where they show their ranks again at the end. So they are just lying. They are farming YouTube viewers which in turn farms Twitch viewers because people come to Twitch because of it. That’s what bothers me,” he added.
He further went on to name the streamers who practice smurfing and then post edited YouTube videos, “It’s very disingenuous. All of them. I can name all the names. BSJ, Rizpol, Sumiya, Bulldog, fu**ing everybody does it, literally everybody and it’s shameless. At least disclose the bags that you are scumbag smurfers in your YouTube videos as well. That is super important, I feel. Just disclose, “Hey I am a scumbag. It’s not a real skill bracket.” There’s more of them, probably, Jenkins smurf.”
Gorgc explained that in some YouTube videos where he loses or has bad games, people comment that other streamers such as Sumiya or Henrik "AdmiralBulldog" Ahnberg are superior since they never die in their games. As Gorgc points out, these streamers do not play in their original skill bracket and the viewers are unaware of that, so his own content gets belittled.
In addition, he denied the righteousness of ethical smurfing in a lower bracket or for educational purposes. He believes that if streamers want to coach lower-ranked players, they should either make a lobby with nine more players or play unranked. As Gorgc noted, playing in a game where none of the players are in your skill bracket ruins the game for them.
With his opinion, Gorgc explains that he does not intend to incite hatred. As a content creator, he feels that his ego gets compromised when other streamers lie about their content and look good in front of a lot of viewers.
Gorgc attracts a lot of viewers to his daily livestreams. He usually starts streaming around 11:00 PM SGT and continues for five to six hours. The Swedish streamer currently has over 4,000 subscribers and 479,582 followers according to data provided by TwitchTracker.