Personally, I don't watch or even know any streamers. I am very much in the camp of "why would I watch someone else play the game if I could be playing myself." So I could find myself pit against a team of all the most popular streamers, with more streamers on my time, and never know it happened.
But there's quite an amount of regularity that I see/hear other people going on about streamers and the problems they have with them, be it game specific forum posts, general gaming forum posts or in game voice chat. Every time I see/hear someone talk about this, they make valid points about how it's unfair for them to have to deal with the streamer.
In some games, it's a matter of cbmm putting people in direct pvp fights or the like (example: Call of Duty), where the streamer's prescence ruins the experience for everyone else present, on both teams, since it's this one person who's made a job out of the game being matched with a bunch of people who can only play after their regular jobs. These posts present valid arguments about having these people and that streamer in the same match is itself unfair and unbalanced. Granted, this is partly a matter of how using cbmm over sbmm is an extremely flawed design decision, but we'll not start that "debate" in this post.
In other games it's about things only streamers can do, not as a matter of skill. (Example: Sea of Thieves) In some games, rather than directly matching players together, players are simply placed on servers, spawned into the games world with whoever else happens to be there. These are generally more open, sandboxy games.
To take a scenario from the example game, events occasionally occur on any given server. Npc fleets spawn, PvE forts activate, etc. Some of those events even require players to go through a process to make it occur, rather than just randomly starting. Normal players have to get lucky enough to have these events randomly happen in their presence, or put in the work to make them start. Apprantly, as I am told by the community (again, I don't know any streamers myself so I wouldn't know it's streamers I'm dealing with), many streamers have convinced there viewers to hop from server to server for them, looking for events, especially the one players have to activate on their own. So there's all these people bouncing around looking for it, and when one finds it, they invite the streamer and their crew in. Suddenly, the player(s) who started the event, possibly after deciding they were on a calm server that wouldn't interuppt them, find themselves at the mercy of a streamer who manipulated game systems specifically to get on their exact server and ruin it for them. It presents the same issue of the unfair occurance of the normal player having to deal with someone who's made the game their job, and has the constant playtime obtained by doing so, but it's even worse now because it's not just luck of matchmaking, they were actively targeted.
I wanted to provide at least two examples from two very different kinds of games, but there are of course a lot more that could be given.
If you had asked me about stream sniping before I had ever thought about it, my initial impulse would have been to say it's unfair and nobody should consider doing it. But every time I see/hear others talking about streamers, the valid arguments they make push me farther down the road of seeing the streamer's presence in that regular players attempts to join the game as a major unfairness of it's own. That, in turn, pushes my farther down the road of seeing a given player's choice to stream snipe as less of an unfair advantage, as cheating, and as more of a justified form of self defense against the unfairness of the streamer being there in the first place, attempting to bring things into some sort of balance. Sometimes I even leave a discussion, whether I joined it myself or just witnessed it as a silent outside party, wondering if maybe the streamers actions and presence are actually notably *worse* than stream sniping, making the fairness-balance of the situation still in the streamer's favor after the regular player starts stream sniping
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