After taking a day’s break from streaming on Twitch, OfflineTV member LilyPichu is hit with racist remarks from some viewers who were upset that they might miss out on the Rust drops.
Receiving in-game item drops by watching Twitch streams is a new feature that started on January 7th following Rust’s surge in popularity. The current items are available until January 14th, though it’s expected that Rust will put a new set of items in rotation afterward. To earn these items in-game, players need to simply watch a stream with the Drops Enabled tag after connecting their Twitch and Rust accounts. Some items are personalized for some Twitch streamers; for example, players can get Pokimane’s garage door by watching one of her Rust streams for 4 hours.
LilyPichu, another member of the OfflineTV house playing Rust, also has a personalized item: a LilyPichu jacket that players can earn by watching her for 2 hours. On the Rust website, it states 4 hours are required, by Lily dropped the hours because she streams less often than others, she explained on Twitter. Despite the consideration for her fans, however, some viewers still lashed out at her for taking a day off of streaming, and others even made racist comments out of anger.
The content creator took to Twitter to show some messages she’s received both publicly and privately and explained that some viewers attempted to harass her mods into getting her back to playing Rust on Twitch. “[I] wanted to say now that i can that your a trash person for asking your mods to ban people asking about twitch drops,” one toxic viewer said, “Im going to dance on your grave someday you filth get off my game.”
Another viewer took a more racially-charged approach to get a rise, calling LilyPichu a “chineese coronavirus piece of ****,” an all too common racist comment heard by many Asian-Americans following the Covid-19 pandemic. They also told her to go back to her “communist” country, ignorant of the fact that LilyPichu comes from a Korean heritage and was born in California. But despite receiving several of these absurd messages, Lily explains that she’s not upset and takes it as a form of comedy because so many of her followers are more welcoming and kind.
LilyPichu also points out that, to earn her jacket or any other Rust items, such as Jacksepticeye’s storage container, viewers can leave the stream open and walk away from it, as they don’t need to interact with the stream in any way to earn the in-game rewards.
Rust is out now for PC, with console ports currently in development.