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Ice Poseidon
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Denino in 2019
Personal information
BornPaul Denino
(1994-09-29) September 29, 1994 (age 24)
NationalityAmerican
ResidenceAustin, Texas
OccupationYouTube Personality
Websitewww.iceposeidon.com
YouTube information
Also known asIce_Poseidon
Channel
Years active2015–present
Genre
Subscribers756,085
Total views85,270,446
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2017

Paul Denino (born September 29, 1994), better known by his online pseudonym Ice Poseidon, is an American internet personality and live streamer, primarily of the video game RuneScape and the IRL genre. He is best known for his IRL streams, which he describes as "life streaming". Rolling Stone named Denino as a "pioneer 'life streamer'".[1]

Initially a streamer on Twitch, Denino was publicly banned on the platform for being swatted off an airplane at Phoenix airport after a viewer called in a bomb threat under Denino's name. Denino now streams on YouTube Gaming with streams characterized by his edgy humor and interactions with fans.[2]

Denino was previously affiliated with the eSports organization NRG.[3]

Streaming career

Twitch

Denino was a partnered streamer on Twitch.[4] He rose to prominence for his RuneScape streams in 2015 playing under the pseudonym Ice Poseidon which he created using a random-name generator when he was twelve years old.[5][6] He moved into streaming IRL, beginning by streaming himself playing Pokémon Go.[1] Denino moved to California to pursue his Twitch career full-time in late December 2016, coinciding with the launch of the IRL section on Twitch[7] and so allowing him to stream without the involvement of gaming for the first time.

Suspension from Twitch

Denino was banned from Twitch on April 28, 2017, after being swatted on American Airlines Flight 458 in Phoenix, where police officers removed Denino and another person. The incident made national news across the US[8] as a hoax bomb threat had been called in by one of Denino's viewers under his name.[9][10][11] While this was not the first time he had been swatted during a livestream it was the first on Twitch to lead to a permanent suspension.[12][13]

The decision to ban Ice Poseidon from Twitch sparked controversy with some believing his ban was unjustified, including Denino himself.[2] Some members of the community demanded that Twitch undo the ban citing complaints that the Twitch terms of service were too vague and with Denino stating “when you look at the [terms of service], there was no rules saying that you shouldn’t leak your location”.[14]

YouTube

Following his ban from Twitch in spring-2017, Denino went to YouTube, taking most of his fans (the "Purple Army") with him, a rarity for streamers.[1]

Paul's fan base are controversial with some describing the community as ‘toxic’ due to their political incorrectness.[15] His community is largely based around his large Discord community and his reddit subreddit /r/Ice_Poseidon which was placed under "quarantine" by reddit.[1][16] Denino admits that it is nearly impossible to hide anything from the "Purple Army".[5]

Denino quickly became one of the most popular livestreamers in the world focusing primarily on the IRL genre using a mobile broadcasting rig of his own design.[1] His streams are known for their 'edgy' humor and interaction with viewers through text-to-speech and viewers meeting him in public by determining his location, a process known as 'stream sniping'.[2] Denino's openness about his life has led to multiple incidents in public due to viewers calling and harassing nearby store owners by making baseless threats and warning that Denino is a risk in order to provoke violence or have police called on Denino.[17]

His continual swatting provoked a debate within the streamer community on whether such content should no longer be publicized due to the media contagion effect which may encourage more people to swat him and as a result many Twitch/streamer communities banned the posting of swatting clips.[18]

Mixer

On August 1, 2019, Paul started streaming on Microsoft's streaming-platform, Mixer.[19] Denino stated that he was trying out Mixer in comparison to YouTube and that Mixer's community and active staff-support made the community much more welcoming than Youtube.[20] Another reason given for the platform switch is "Youtube has only downgraded their streaming discoverability over the years which sucks for the streamers."[21]

eSports

NRG

From September 2016 Denino was affiliated with the eSports organization NRG Esports as part of their RuneScape roster and as a content creator.[3] The sponsorship provided management services through team NRG's Brent Kaskel.[5] In June 2019, Denino announced he was no longer working with Kaskel after allegations of sexual abuse were made against Kaskel.[22][23] Denino earned about 60 thousand dollars a month through various sponsorships.[24]

Awards

Year Award Show Category Result Ref
2016 Golden Gnome Awards Best OSRS streamer Nominated [25]
2017 Esports Industry Awards Streamer of the year Nominated [26]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "On Air With LA's Most Wanted Man, 'Life Streamer' Ice Poseidon". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2018-07-01. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  2. ^ a b c "For Twitch Streamer Who Got Swatted On A Plane, Notoriety Is A Double-Edged Sword". Kotaku. Retrieved 2018-01-31.
  3. ^ a b "ICE_POSEIDON Hits Out at NRG Founder Andy Miller for Leaking DM Conversation". Dexerto. 2018-04-20. Retrieved 2018-06-13.
  4. ^ Kaser, Rachel (2017-05-01). "Twitch bans streamer targeted by malicious airport prank". The Next Web. Retrieved 2017-05-04.
  5. ^ a b c Chen, Adrian (2018-07-09). "Ice Poseidon's Lucrative, Stressful Life as a Live Streamer". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2018-07-02.
  6. ^ Hernandez, Ivan (2018-03-11). "Live Streaming — The New Online Streaming Niche Still Has Its Fair Share of Problems". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2018-08-25.
  7. ^ Berrones, Annie (2016-12-15), "Announcing: IRL, Mobile Broadcasting, and Updated Community Guidelines", Twitch Blog
  8. ^ Erickson, Jon (2017-04-28). "Internet personality says he was target of prank threat at Sky Harbor". KNXV. Retrieved 2017-05-04.
  9. ^ "Twitch Banned the Streamer Who Got Swatted Off a Plane". Motherboard - Vice. May 2017. Retrieved 2017-05-04.
  10. ^ "Police Draw Guns On YouTube Star During Possible Internet Prank". CBSLA. 2017-06-02. Retrieved 2018-01-31.
  11. ^ "ICE_Poseidon Permanently Banned from Twitch After Being Swatted on a Plane". Dexerto. Retrieved 2018-06-13.
  12. ^ "Ice Poseidon Banned From Twitch: What Happened?". International Business Times. Newsweek Media Group. 2017-04-30. Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  13. ^ "IRL STREAMING: SPONTANEOUS ENTERTAINMENT FOR AN AUDIENCE THAT'S ALWAYS LIVE". Newsweek. 2017-10-28. Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  14. ^ "Twitch's contentious IRL section sparked the platform's biggest debate in 2017". Polygon. 2018-01-03. Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  15. ^ "Ice Poseidon Stream Numbers Drop As Community Flees". Player One. Newsweek Media Group. Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  16. ^ Sommer, Will (2018-09-28). "Reddit 'Quarantines' White Nationalist Subreddits". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2019-05-03.
  17. ^ Naquin, Ryan (2017-04-25). "Livestream ends violently inside N.O. restaurant, owner blames trolls". FOX 8. Retrieved 2018-05-17.
  18. ^ Alexander, Julia (2018-03-09). "Major Twitch subreddit debates whether swatting posts should be allowed". Polygon. Retrieved 2018-05-17.
  19. ^ "Mixer | Interactive Livestreaming". mixer.com. Retrieved 2019-08-12.
  20. ^ Ice_Poseidon (2019-08-03). "the streamers on this site have been extremely nice and welcoming and thats really nice to see, instead of drama nonsense. its made me feel so happy to not be shunned". @REALIcePoseidon. Retrieved 2019-08-12.
  21. ^ Ice_Poseidon (2019-08-01). "Might give @WatchMixer a try for chill or gaming streams and keep irl on youtube. I'm down to see where it goes with that because youtube has only downgraded their streaming discoverability over the years which sucks for the streamers unless u play fortnite exclusively. Opinions?". @REALIcePoseidon. Retrieved 2019-08-12.
  22. ^ "ICE_POSEIDON's manager accused of sexually abusing his own 14-year-old daughter". Dexerto. Archived from the original on 2019-06-08. Retrieved 2019-06-08.
  23. ^ @RealIcePoseidon (2019-06-08). "Just a reminder, after moving out of la I have no affiliation with MOST of the people I've streamed with in la anymore and I'm also NOT affiliated with SSJ anymore, nor do I have a manager. I dont condone anything that my old affiliates may or may not do" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  24. ^ Grandi, Annalisa (2018-07-11). "Ice Poseidon, vita da live streamer: così guadagno 60 mila dollari al mese". Corriere della Sera (in Italian). Retrieved 2018-07-22.
  25. ^ "Golden Gnome Poll". RuneScape. 30 August 2016. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  26. ^ "Esports Industry Awards 2017 – Nominees, Stream, Results from 1400/1900 EST/GMT". Dexerto. 13 November 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2018.

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