Twitch star Shibuya Kaho recounts a ‘scary’ sniping incident in Japan

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

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

While on her way home from an IRL stream, Twitch star Shibuya Kaho was stream-sniped by a fan waiting for her at a train station, resulting in a “creepy” situation for the content creator.

Stream sniping has become a normalized activity for die-hard Twitch fans who take things too far. For those unaware, this is when someone from Twitch chat looks through a streamer’s broadcast and uses clues in the environment to track down their real location.

The fan then finds the streamer in person in an attempt to greet them. And while in the eyes of a fan this may appear simply as a respect for watching their favorite streamer, depending on the context of the situation it may very well lead to discomfort and an invasion of privacy for the streamer.

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In Shibuya Kaho’s case, a fan knew she had to catch the last train after her stream ended. They waited for her at a station in Tokyo, and eventually found her, much to her shock.

This meeting “frightened [her] in so many ways…” Kaho actually had to “tell her fans[please] don’t come find me off stream, not even to say goodbye at the airport or on the bullet train when [she is] travels'”.

According to Kaho, the creek shooting incident was “completely captured [her] off duty when [she] going home alone after the power… [She] thought the concept of stream shooting is only when [they’re] stay.”

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Fans tend to limit their behavior when appearing on their favorite streamer’s broadcasts, as their actions are recorded and they can be judged by others online. In Shibuya Kaho’s case, the tab appeared when the cameras and her broadcast were off. In other words, the small protection of the content creator’s current is no longer a factor.

Although Shibuya Kaho was safe, the encounter itself caused her great uneasiness – which is a very reasonable response to the action her fan took. There may not have been bad intentions, but the invasion of privacy and lack of boundaries is a very real concern.

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