djWHEAT claims Twitch saw him as a “rebel” for prioritizing the streaming community

Former head of developer development at Twitch, Marcus “djWHEAT” Graham, said the company had a “huge empathy issue” with creators and saw him as a “rebel” for prioritizing them.

Former shoutcaster djWHEAT was one of Twitch’s longest-serving employees until his departure in January 2022, having worked for the streaming platform for a full decade.

After leaving the company, Wheat raised concerns about the direction of the site, as the Amazon-owned streaming platform has reportedly lost tons of employees over the past year and filled it with employees from outside the streaming community.

Now he speaks directly about how he felt during his time at the company.

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djWHEAT has originally been on Twitch since 2011.

djWHEAT is concerned that Twitch is not prioritizing the streaming community

The streamer was there live on March 4 as he went through the original coverage Bloombergwhich sheds light on the employee attrition experienced by the company in 2021.

A Twitch spokesperson shared a statement that read, “The common thread for all employees is the drive to serve our community.”

Wheat dismissed this claim: “I was viewed as a rebel because of my desire to serve the community. I don’t see how that can even be said when I felt offended as that person on Twitch.”

He continued, “I’ve spent my last four months on Twitch campaigning for empathy training for employees. Do you think I would do that if there was a big connection to the creators within the company? Do you think I would be wasting my time if Twitch didn’t have an empathy issue? It’s a bloody big problem! Cut that shit.”

DJWHEAT has detailed Twitch’s problems in even more detail. “People don’t understand creators. They don’t understand what they need. They don’t understand the struggles they’re dealing with,” he said.

The former Twitch exec concluded by saying that not only is the platform struggling to understand the needs of its big streamers like xQc and Pokimane, but also smaller creators who are just starting to build their channels. djWHEAT claims Twitch saw him as a “rebel” for prioritizing the streaming community

Emma Bowman

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