It looks like Twitch is repeatedly embroiled in varied controversies. There are quite a lot of issues that make Twitch streamers wish to protest the corporate, however one widespread cause is the platform’s determination to generally ban streamers for seemingly minor offenses or, conversely, not ban different streamers regardless of obvious violations of Twitch’s TOS, typically with no rationalization. One of probably the most controversial Twitch bans thus far was that of gaming streamer Dr Disrespect in June 2020.
For the previous yr, Dr Disrespect maintained that Twitch by no means gave him a cause for his everlasting ban from the platform. In August 2020, the content material creator moved to YouTube and appeared to proceed his streaming profession with little hiccup, build up a subscriber depend in a single yr on the brand new platform that nearly matches the 4 million he as soon as had on Twitch.
On August 23, throughout a YouTube livestream, Dr Disrespect revealed that he lastly realized the rationale Twitch banned him and that he has identified “for months now.” Though the streamer didn’t present any perception into the rationale for the ban, he ended his assertion on the topic by saying, “There’s a reason why we’re suing the f*** out of them. Okay? I don’t know how else to put it. The amount of damages and… No, no.” From his response, it’s clear that Dr Disrespect doesn’t really feel that the Twitch ban was justified.
It appears that even a yr in the past, earlier than studying the rationale for his ban, Dr Disrespect was conscious that the scenario with Twitch would possibly result in a lawsuit. In an interview with PC Gamer only a few weeks after his sudden elimination from the platform, the content material creator identified a number of instances that he wanted to watch out about what he stated for authorized causes.
Although from the surface, it seems that Dr Disrespect moved on from Twitch with no long-term injury, the streamer shared that that’s not fully true. He revealed that, greater than a yr after being banned from Twitch, he’s solely incomes 1 / 4 of what he used to. “We’ve certainly tried to maximize the most of what we have to work with,” Dr Disrespect acknowledged, after which thanked his viewers for his or her assist. “We’re doing well enough.”
Nevertheless, continued Dr Disrespect, the ban affected him not solely financially but additionally from a networking perspective, compromising the relationships he had constructed over time with firms like Activision and EA. Inevitably, stated the content material creator, potential sponsors and companions will query why he received banned. The Twitch ban impacted each facet of what Dr Disrespect was engaged on to construct his model. Blacklisting and shadow bans exist, whether or not they’re apparent or not, he acknowledged, and the scenario has been “extremely disheartening” and “a rollercoaster of emotion.”