Stalkers aren’t new. What’s new is that video game streaming personalities have risen to the point of stalker-worthy.
Due to the nature of being able to get into streaming so easily, there’s probably an element of people become celebrities who are ill-prepared for the costs and just plain work that goes into investing in your safety. It can be very expensive both in time and money.
I have a friend who picked up a stalker after giving a TED Talk. She had to hire security because the guy showed up at her house regularly. Previous to that, she was very open with writing articles, speaking appearances, etc. because you feel like “who would want to stalk me? I’m talking about AI not a singer or performer.”
Internet fame makes people very accessible and approachable.