One of the most triumphant creators of poker humor on the web, auto-tune and lyrical sensation SrslySirius, has recently had his integrity called into question by QuadJacks.com, a poker media outlet through which he was formerly affiliated.
The site released a statement today announcing that they are removing all videos created by SrslySirius from their website. Their reasoning for deleting SrslySirius’ portfolio of work which includes a poker rap making fun of Prahlad Friedman, a tribute song to Erik Seidel, and some much-needed Black Friday comic relief, were due to allegations that viewbotting had taken place on his latest video release Nightmare on My Street.
Viewbotting is the practice of intentionally spiking a video’s view-count on YouTube in order to fool the site into believing you have more viewers than you really do. The increased viewership is helpful for monetization purposes. More viewers means more ad revenue for the video’s creator. SrslySirius’ latest production, Nightmare on My Street, rose to over 1 million views in just two days. The video, which is anything but his best work, currently has 4.2 million views.
Said QuadJacks in their statement on the matter, “Viewbotting is an extremely unethical method of artificially inflating a video’s view count. It’s obviously a very dishonest thing to do, and it’s also a form of fraud.”
They elaborated on their reasoning for deleting the poker humor videos from their site in saying:
After having studied the situation thoroughly, QuadJacks is sufficiently confident that SrslySirius is in fact responsible for viewbotting in the case of Nightmare on My Street, which is something that genuinely shocks us and disturbs us. Given SrslySirius’s past working with us, it also implicates us. Did SrslySirius secretly viewbot on behalf of QuadJacks during his tenure? Not to our knowledge, and we have absolutely no reason to suspect this.
However, because we are unable to 100% guarantee this, and because of the controversy now linked to SrslySirius’s name, we have made the choice to eliminate all videos bearing his name.
SrslySirius is also being accused of copyright trolling. He allegedly filed a complaint with YouTube against QuadJacks stating that the site was hosting four videos on their channel which were his works. QuadJacks has stated that SrslySirius had no legitimate claim to these works as they were a collaborative effort by the site team to which SrslySirius belonged from May 2011 until February 2012.
This scandal is an unfortunate turn of events in what was once one of the most well-intentioned creative endeavors in the poker community.