The World of Warcraft streamer was found dead only days after he was accused of misconduct by Twitch partner Indiefoxx.
Small streamer Indiefoxx levelled assault allegations against one of the world’s largest Twitch streamers a little over a week before he took his own life. These allegations would have resulted in the immediate termination his partnership deal with Twitch regardless of truth.
Byron “Reckful” Bernstein’s roommate has confirmed that the popular Twitch streamer has died at age 31. No official cause of death has been announced, but sources close to Reckful allege that he committed suicide.
Reckful was known at large for being a professional gamer who played World of Warcraft. He competed in the the 2016 World of Warcraft tournament hosted by Major League Gaming and was ultimately crowned the champion. Following his success in competitive professional gaming, Reckful became one of the most largest Twitch streamers.
The news of Reckful’s tragic death comes shortly after the #MeToo Twitch purge where any streamers, regardless of popularity, are instantly banned if so much as a single misconduct allegations is made against them.
A lot of people have spent a good part of their lives chasing Twitch partnership and have made many sacrifices along the way. For many of Twitch’s partners subscribers and donations is their sole source of income and a Twitch ban could have a devastating effect on their livelihood.
A little over a week before Reckful took his life a smaller known Twitch partner known to her followers as Indiefoxx published a twitlonger that accused him of harassment.
The message says that Reckful tried to kiss her neck, and force her to sleep with him, but when she refused he tried to ruin her life by “being mean” to her.
The message specifically mention Reckful by name but she reveals enough information about him for fans to confidently conclude that it is, in fact, him.
Verbatim, the TwitLonger message reads: “I’m in the restroom, he comes up from behind me while I’m not paying attention and kisses my neck… I freak out and am like ‘uhhh wtf are you doing!’ he is like oh I didn’t know you seemed into me.. I didn’t show anything about me that I was into him other than I was being a nice human being.”
It continues: “Later that day his gf or ex gf comes to sleep with him… I’m like WTF lmaoo like was this foo thinking he was gonna sleep with me and his gf or something?…. I don’t tell her cuz idk I don’t wanna [swear] up his shit with her. Thats just all around awkward.
“(Turns out after the con I googled a bit about him and I guess he ruined some other girl career by having a 3 some with her and bragged about it to his fan base.. ) YIKES”
Although most people don’t believe that any real harassment occurred, or that the events actually happened, these kind of allegations are enough to end someone’s career, especially in today’s political climate.
Janelle “IndieFoxx” Dagres claims that she was disturbed by Reckles’s past conquests and pleads that she’s entirely innocent. However, you can follow Janelle “IndieFoxx” Dagres (Elle Chu) on OF where she posts full lewd and nude photos.
Whether the allegations made against Reckful by IndieFox are the reason why he decided to take his own life is yet to be confirmed, but a source close to Janelle “IndieFoxx” Dagres claims that she had threatened to expose him by dropping his name days before he dead.
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