September 29, 1994
Stuart, Florida, U.S.
|Also known as||Ice_Poseidon|
|Years active||2015 – present|
Paul Denino (born September 29, 1994), better known by his online pseudonym Ice Poseidon, is an American streamer, primarily of the video game RuneScape and the IRL genre. He is best known for his IRL (in real life) streams which he describes as “life streaming”. Rolling Stone named Denino as a "pioneer 'life streamer'".
Initially a streamer on Twitch, Denino was publicly banned on the platform for being swatted off an airplane at Phoenix airport after a viewer called in a bomb threat under Denino's name. Denino now streams on YouTube Gaming with streams characterized by his edgy humor and interactions with fans.
Denino was previously part of the eSports organization NRG.
Streaming Career[edit | edit source]
Twitch[edit | edit source]
Denino was a partnered streamer on Twitch. He rose to prominence for his RuneScape streams in 2015 playing under the pseudonym Ice Poseidon which he created using a random-name generator when he was twelve years old.  He moved into streaming IRL, beginning by streaming himself playing Pokémon Go. Denino moved to California to pursue his Twitch career full-time in late December 2016, coinciding with the launch of the IRL section on Twitch and so allowing him to stream without the involvement of gaming for the first time.
Suspension from Twitch[edit | edit source]
Denino was banned from Twitch on April 28, 2017, after being swatted on American flight 458 in Phoenix, where police officers removed Denino and another person. The incident made national news across the US as a hoax bomb threat had been called in by one of Denino's viewers under his name. While this was not the first time he had been swatted during a livestream it was the first on Twitch to lead to a permanent suspension.
The decision to ban Ice Poseidon from Twitch sparked controversy with some believing his ban was unjustified including Denino himself. Some members of the community demanded that Twitch undo the ban citing complaints that the Twitch terms of service were too vague and with Denino stating “when you look at the [terms of service], there was no rules saying that you shouldn’t leak your location”. 
YouTube[edit | edit source]
Following his ban from Twitch in spring-2017, Denino partnered with YouTube as his primary streaming platform. Originally intended to only be a channel which consists of highlights of his livestreams on Twitch.tv it now hosts his main livestream. Almost all his fan community, known as the "Purple Army" made the transition with him from Twitch to YouTube, a rarity for streamers. 
Denino quickly became one of the most popular livestreamers in the world focusing primarily on the IRL genre using a mobile broadcasting rig of his own design. His streams are known for their 'edgy' humor and interaction with viewers through text-to-speech and viewers meeting him in public by determining his location, a process known as 'stream sniping'. Denino's openness about his life has led to multiple incidents in public due to viewers calling and harassing nearby store owners by making baseless threats and warning that Denino is a risk in order to provoke violence or have police called on Denino.
His continual swatting provoked a debate within the streamer community on whether such content should no longer be publicized due to the media contagion effect which may encourage more people to swat him and as a result many Twitch/streamer communities banned the posting of swatting clips.
Pauls fanbase, known as the “Purple Army”, are controversial with some describing the community as ‘toxic’ due to their political incorrectness. His community is largely based around his large discord community and reddit subreddit /r/Ice_Poseidon. Denino admits that it is nearly impossible to hide anything from the "Purple Army".
eSports[edit | edit source]
NRG[edit | edit source]
From September 2016 Denino was affiliated with the eSports organization NRG Esports as part of their RuneScape roster and as a content creator.  The sponsorship provided management services through team NRG's Brent Kaskel. Sponsorships Denino has received earns him about 60 thousand dollars a month. 
Awards[edit | edit source]
|2016||Golden Gnome Awards||Best OSRS streamer||Nominated|||
|2017||Esports Industry Awards||Streamer of the year||Nominated|||
References[edit | edit source]
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- Berrones, Annie, "Announcing: IRL, Mobile Broadcasting, and Updated Community Guidelines", Twitch Blog
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- "IRL STREAMING: SPONTANEOUS ENTERTAINMENT FOR AN AUDIENCE THAT'S ALWAYS LIVE". Newsweek. 2017-10-28. Retrieved 2018-05-16.
- "Twitch's contentious IRL section sparked the platform's biggest debate in 2017". Polygon. 2018-01-03. Retrieved 2018-05-16.
- Naquin, Ryan (2017-04-25). "Livestream ends violently inside N.O. restaurant, owner blames trolls". FOX 8. Retrieved 2018-05-17.
- Alexander, Julia (2018-03-09). "Major Twitch subreddit debates whether swatting posts should be allowed". Polygon. Retrieved 2018-05-17.
- "Ice Poseidon Stream Numbers Drop As Community Flees". Player One. Newsweek Media Group. Retrieved 2018-05-16.
- "ICE_POSEIDON Hits Out at NRG Founder Andy Miller for Leaking DM Conversation". Dexerto. 2018-04-20. Retrieved 2018-06-13.
- Grandi, Annalisa (2018-07-11). "Ice Poseidon, vita da live streamer: così guadagno 60 mila dollari al mese". Corriere della Sera (in Italian). Retrieved 2018-07-22.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
- "Golden Gnome Poll". RuneScape. 30 August 2016. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
- "Esports Industry Awards 2017 – Nominees, Stream, Results from 1400/1900 EST/GMT". Dexerto. 13 November 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
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