Out of Character: An Interview With Twitch Streamer Kaceytron

When I think of social media hearsay, I instantly recall the intro to the 2002 Missy Elliott banger “Gossip Folks.” Girl that is Missy Elliott she lost a lot of weight / Girl I heard she eats one cracker a day / Oh well I heard the bitch was married to Tim and started f***ng with Trina / I heard the bitch got hit with three zebras and a monkey / I can’t stand the bitch no way.

Kaceytron is a bespectacled, busty, and brash Twitch TV partner who has been a successful fixture of gaming live streams since early 2013. She’s known for playing League of Legends, acting out on stream, and interacting with her chat for several hours most days of the week, just like most well-known and well-established streamers. 

If you do a simple search for Kaceytron on Twitter, you may confuse the 24-year-old retail manager-turned-gaming entertainer with an evil harpy who is out to enslave poor innocent victims (men) with her indecent and impudent ways. Here is a small sampling of the Twitter direct mentions and indirect derisions I found during the past hour while writing this piece:

@kaceytron you say your carrying the team on cs…you can’t even open a door you fat slut never mind fit through one, #Cleavage4Views

“lol that camwhore kaceytron responded to me even though I didnt tag her. God damn what a disgusting slice of diseased pie. Fuck Outta Here”

“I can guarantee 95% of the people who watch her stream just come to hate and she deserves it all.”

What, exactly, is it about Kaceytron that so enflames and enrages some viewers? The people in her stream chat are outspoken in their endless love or seething hatred for her, and she responds to haters just as often as she responds to fans. Yes, she does display her ample cleavage on stream, however, Twitch only implemented a rule to keep streamers from appearing on camera fully nude or in lingerie. One reason they had to make this rule? Men and women were playing “strip poker” versions of games, flashing body parts for donations, or simply playing games casually — stark naked.

So, no, Kaceytron was not the reason for the Twitch rule about nudity, though she has a not-so-subtle wink to porn in her stream overlay in which her name is edited to look like the logo of a hub that brands itself “The World’s Best HD Porn Site.” There is a common misconception among many a bitter streamer that “boobs = views,” but as a person with breasts myself, I can assure you this isn’t entirely true. Along with the boobs, you must be willing to put up with or embrace a certain amount of both emphatic abuse or desperate adoration if you choose to go the cleavage-cam route.

However, with Kaceytron, it’s not just the cleavage factor that boosts her streams — she also plays some of the most popular games in the world (also known as “games people really want to see”) like World of Warcraft, League of Legends, and CS:GO. The dedication to her stream and her willingness to play to the popular crowd have allowed her to make a living working four days a week playing video games in front of people.

When I visited Kaceytron’s channel on Twitch for a week or two before interviewing her, I tried to work out the demographics of her viewership, but couldn’t quite get a handle on it based off of the most vocal members of her chat. She later told me she has a lot of LGBTQIA+ subscribers, but wasn’t entirely sure herself who was really watching. I came to my own conclusion: some people don’t “get” what she’s doing, some people get it and don’t like it, and a lot of people are in on it — and absolutely love it. So what does Kaceytron think of her role in the streaming world, particularly as a woman who plays games? I decided to ask.

MostlyBiscuit: How much of “Kaceytron” is you, and how much of it is a character you are playing?

Kaceytron: The extreme amount of narcissism and self-interest is definitely not me. In real life, I like to think I am a very humble person. The sarcasm and crude vulgar humor, however, is definitely me.

MostlyBiscuit: Were you always Kaceytron when you began streaming? If not, how did the character begin and evolve?

Kaceytron: I always streamed as a “character.” Over time, my comedic timing and presence has evolved and gotten a lot better from constant practice. A lot of my early bits revolved around me getting R1 Gladiator in WoW and being a better player than the legendary Reckful.

MostlyBiscuit: Does it ever bother you that some people fervently believe that’s how a typical “girl gamer” would act? In other words, are you aware that your act may have an impact on the way other people treat women who stream?

Kaceytron: I have never intended to be the “standard” model of a female gamer. People who look at the character I portray on stream and are unable to detect the sarcasm in it and take it a step further by assuming all female gamers are like that, I think truly are very few … and the ones that do exist are obviously of low intelligence and not worth my time.

One of the first rules that I ever had in my stream was that no one gets banned. I did this because I didn’t want to be another female streamer who was just being coddled by “white knights.” I guess another reason for it was because I knew I was going to get awful things said to me, why try to filter it whenever it’s going to be constant no matter what I do? What would make me feel better: deleting their toxic comments and pretending it never happened or fighting fire with fire?

For me, it’s the latter. I am aware that the lack of a filter on my chat has had some impact on other female streamers. Instead of placing themselves on a pedestal to be fawned over by their audience, I suggest they grow a thicker skin in order to be able to respond to either criticism or toxicity in their chat.

MostlyBiscuit: What are your thoughts on how women can make themselves “known” in a pretty saturated gaming entertainment community?

Kaceytron: I think that it definitely is easier for a female streamer to get the initial viewers, it’s true. Guys will simply just watch you because you are a female. Although I think that the streaming community is beginning to get oversaturated on the female side as well. The presumption that “boobs get you views,” I think, is silly.

MostlyBiscuit: Let’s talk about the amount of trolling in your chat — it’s pretty rowdy in there. Are you trolling the trolls with your act, and thus don’t mind the high amount of abuse in the chat? Or does it get to you?

Kaceytron: I absolutely hate that people think me replying to my chat in a highly sarcastic manner is me “trolling,” it’s just me replying to my chat. I’ve been a user of the internet for quite a long time — I think I first started going to 4chan when I was 14. I knew what I was getting into putting myself out there. I’ve never had an overly high self-esteem, and I know I’m not perfect, but I know I’m also not completely unfortunate-looking.

MostlyBiscuit: You’ve spoken publicly about battling depression in the past. Has streaming helped with the mental health process at all?

Kaceytron: I think we all battle depression from time to time. I like to think that underneath it all we’re all fighting the same fight — trying to find a sense of purpose and belonging in this crazy world. Streaming has given me a sense of purpose and belonging. I may not be curing cancer, but bringing happiness to someone’s day and making them laugh is good enough for me.

MostlyBiscuit: What does your family think about your chosen profession? 

Kaceytron: My dad didn’t get a high school diploma, my mom makes under twenty grand a year. Both of my parents are extremely proud of all my accomplishments before my stream and including the stream.

MostlyBiscuit: What do you hope new viewers would be able to take away from watching one of your streams?

Kaceytron: I like to think of my stream as long-form improv. I want all of my viewers to be entertained and possibly maybe even laugh. What I’m working towards the most now is getting an established community (amongst my subscribers) that people can feel welcome to.


Check out Kaceytron’s streams and contact the writer on Twitter @mostlybiscuit.

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5 Comments on “Out of Character: An Interview With Twitch Streamer Kaceytron

  1. “What would make me feel better: deleting their toxic comments and pretending it never happened or fighting fire with fire? For me, it’s the latter. I am aware that the lack of a filter on my chat has had some impact on other female streamers. Instead of placing themselves on a pedestal to be fawned over by their audience, I suggest they grow a thicker skin in order to be able to respond to either criticism or toxicity in their chat.”

    While she might be ok with fighting fire with fire (which, for her, partly means having a really lax moderation policy), that’s a really poisonous piece of advice for other people and it’s one that’s often used by those doing the trolling and bullying. Nobody should be forced to deal with toxicity like that. This functionally blames women for the abuse thrown at them, placing the blame on women’s reactions to abuse (i.e. “just grow thicker skin”) rather than those doing the abusing. Women shouldn’t be required to solve other people’s problems with gender just because they want to play a video game in public.

    She has a lot of the secondary trappings of sexist gamers, such as her reference to “white knights” and body shaming language aimed against other women (“unfortunate looking”). It feels like she hides behind the guise of improv and sarcasm in order to be an MRA’s little darling without taking responsibility for the stereotype she’s actively creating.

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    • (Just a note: I’m neither the interviewer nor the interviewee, but I DID approve this post to be published, so I feel responsible to reply to your comment.)

      I completely agree with every point you make here. If I could pin it to the site, I would. For me personally, Kaceytron’s methods are not something I would do or condone—they are simply her own, which I think is a story in need of telling. What I liked about this piece was that we got to hear a different side to this whole shitfest than we typically get to, and that’s why I thought this was important. A lot of people speak for Kaceytron and the way she handles her streams. This was a chance for her to explain some of what she experiences.

      Again, I don’t agree with her methods either, but I also don’t find sharing her perception of what’s happening so easily dismissible. I honestly felt Mostly Biscuit asked some important questions and stayed impartial throughout.

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  2. While I appreciate her gun-ho attitude, I would agree with elspeth. Her attitude is unfortunately toxic and stereotypical for a community already closed off to offering a welcoming environment for women. I also disagree about boobs not equaling views; that is an unfortunate truth, otherwise what would be the point in showing cleavage if it’s just about personality? It is important to hear from everyone, though. Props to her for her accomplishments, can’t say I could be as successful (though I claim some great sarcasm myself). And props to the interviewer for staying impartial and presenting another side of the experience.

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  3. The interview itself is fine, and I’m glad that she was allowed to describe her process. Nothing but thumbs up there.

    The thing is, I *want* to like her. If somebody crafted a caricature of this ridiculous “gamer girl” stereotype, played to every masculine insecurity, and then flipped it by absolutely OWNING people on LoL while in-character, that would be amazing! I would watch the hell out of that. But what she does ends up being this weird femme minstrel show… but also she wants her feminism along with it.

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    • Love it. What she does is seriously on another level. She is able to take a very rowdy and difficult crowd and turn their worst parts (misogyny, entitlement, etc.) into accessories for her own comedy. It’s amazing to me how successful it is. And how even though it’s a constant topic on her stream, in reality she’s neutralizing it by owning it and parlaying it into laughs. I believe, and this interview is evidence of this, that she isn’t out to make a feminist point but rather she’s making a point that happens to be feminist.

      It’s not a minstrel show. It reads heavily as satire to me. A close concept to sarcasm which she mentions frequently above.

      Also, no, she’s not a ‘pro’-level gamer but she does in fact play with pros semi-regularly. Doesn’t that count for something too? As far as legitimizing what she’s doing for the community and the effectiveness of her comedy and the resulting statement? I personally think so.

      That advice u mentioned above did suck though lol The thicker skin argument is trash in general, but it’s how she succeeded with this crowd so as takers of this advice we should be able to contextualize who is giving it to us and decide for ourselves whether to actually take and implement it or not. Who actually literally follows advice of someone they don’t even know personally to a T anyway? So why that was a deal breaker for you is odd to me.

      Kacey’s great ok

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