SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 08: Jordan Fisher streams from TwitchCon 2022 on October 08, 2022 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Robin L Marshall/Getty Images)
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Streaming Is Even More Dangerous Than You Realized
VR dangers
VR-related accidents and injuries are so common that the Wall Street Journal published a report in February 2022 documenting how widespread they are. Italian Twitch streamer Mekise busted his lip open playing VR while attempting to bend over to pick up a key in an escape room styled game and slamming his face into his fireplace mantel.
Cooking accidents
Streaming while cooking can put streamers’ kitchens and even their entire homes at risk. While Twitch streamer Kjanecaron tried to entertain fans and cook dinner, her frying pan caught fire. She panicked by sticking the pan under her faucet, but luckily the flames died down, and neither Kjanecaron nor her kitchen were hurt.
Pets make great streaming companions, except when they don't. In 2015, streamer SaraKate was playing "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" while her loving cat perched itself on her gaming chair. When she went in for a kiss, the cat scratched her right in the eye and she had to step away from the stream, but thankfully SaraKate would be okay.
User Error
Though this can usually be chalked up to user error, there are times when entire games seem like they're designed around getting gamers to make a dangerous mistake. Since lukeafkfan’s house was decorated for Christmas, one of his viewers suggested he hit a plastic reindeer with a golf ball; lukeafkfan agreed, and he sent the ball soaring through his PC.
When streamers take their channels out into the real world, anything can happen. In August 2022, thatirishgirlro streamed a trip to Texas with her friends, went paddleboarding, and ended up trespassing on a privately owned dock. The dock’s owner informed them that Texas law gave him the right to shoot them, and the group quickly made their way off of his land.