Warzone Streamer Claims 3.3 Million Followers Are Bots

Warzone streamer NeonSniperPanda says he's been the victim of a follower botting campaign.
Warzone streamer NeonSniperPanda says he's been the victim of a follower botting campaign. / Photo by NeonSniperPanda

Warzone streamer NeonSniperPanda received 3.3 million followers in a single massive burst this week. He claims those followers are the result of a bot campaign to inflate his follower count, and is asking Twitch Support to remove them.

NeonSniperPanda had slowly built his modest Twitch following of around 10,000 followers with sustained Warzone streaming. Then he woke up Oct. 5 with 3.3 million followers gained overnight. He tried to notify Twitch's support team, but has yet to receive any help fixing the numbers.

"Yo quick reminder i was follow botted 3.3 million and theres no way to delete them," he tweeted Oct. 26. "@Twitch can you help me out bro bro. I will gift you a sub to @Ninja no cap."

Why a bot campaign might target NeonSniperPanda specifically is unclear, but it's hard to fathom how a streamer of his size could grow more quickly than major celebrities such as footballer Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior and congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez without illicit manipulation.