The ‘U’ that cost Twitch another star: How silly spelling slip-up pushed Sykkuno to YouTube

One email changed everything for the now-former Twitch streamer.

Its the spelling blunder thats cost Twitch yet another star from their dwindling streamer stable. According to Sykkuno, who shocked the internet on May 2 with a surprise swap to YouTube, his decision all came down to the letter Uone misspelled in his name on an official contract offer, that is.

Sykkuno was all set to stay with Twitch, the streamer revealed in his first YouTube stream, when an Amazon employee spelled his name wrong in an email.

The agreement email from Twitch read Sukkuno.

It was enough to pivot Sykkunos decision completely. Up until that point, Twitch had completely won the race. YouTube had offered an insane deal, yes, but the Just Chatting star was happy to take a little haircut on his exclusive deal and work more hours so he could stay on the juggernaut Amazon website.

Instead, the Sukkuno spelling mistake sent the deal into a nosedive. Sykkuno began wondering if Twitch really cared at all, and began ringing friends to go over the offer again with a finer comb and closer eye.

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The second look changed Sykkunos mind, and he joined YouTube.

Im supposed to be the 28th highest earner on the platform, the 45th most followed streamer of all-time on the platform, and they called me Sukkuno in an official email, the star said. Maybe I have too big an ego or something, but I was just shocked. I thought I was getting scammed.

Im looking at it, and they couldnt even spell my name right.

Like, I was actually scared to click the email, he laughed. I thought it had a virus. I was messaging people, calling people, asking if it was legit. And, hey, it was.

Screengrab via Sykkuno on YouTube

Whats interesting is Twitch pushed harder on the Sykkuno deal than most others in recent times. When TimTheTatman exited the purple-branded platform, his decision came down to how little Twitch cared. Similar for Ludwigthe former Smash pro settled on YouTube because they kept calling back.

This time around, it was the Amazon camp that was matching deals, pushing extra hard, and fighting for their incumbent streamer, Sykkuno revealed. They originally offered up what the now-defected star said was just bad, and when he told them as much they pulled the brains trust together, cobbled up a new deal, and basically matched YouTube in priceonly the hours were a point of difference.

I was actually going to take the Twitch deal at that point, Sykkuno admitted. I was shocked, Twitch have a reputation for garbage offers, but I was happy.

And yet, in the end, Twitch bombed out all the same.

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