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Apex Legends cosplayer banned from Twitch after using blackface on stream

Published: 14/Apr/2019 21:02 Updated: 22/Apr/2020 12:44

by Virginia Glaze


Twitch has seen its fair share of controversy, including body-painting slip ups, livestreamed porn, and more – but one streamer’s use of racially charged makeup is stirring up outrage across the internet.

Lithuanian Twitch streamer Karina ‘Karupups’ Martsinkevich caught flak for her cosplay of Apex Legends’ Lifeline, but not without cause – the cosplayer’s ensemble included a generous heaping of blackface makeup, which she applied during a live broadcast in mid-April.

Karupups’ stream soon garnered backlash across social media, with users decrying her change in skin tone even while her broadcast was live.

Karupups, Twitch / Lord Balvin, TwitterKarupup went live in a stream to create a cosplay of Apex Legends’ Lifeline – and soon found herself banned from the platform, reportedly due to using blackface.https://twitter.com/LordBalvin/status/1117146673690611712

Banned for using blackface

The streamer was later banned from the platform, which many attributed to her use of blackface.

This development appeared to be confirmed by Russian news outlet DTF, which claimed that Karupups had received a 30-day ban for “incitement to hatred towards a person or a group of people.”

Karupup’s use of blackface to cosplay Apex Legends’ Lifeline earned her mass backlash online.https://dtf.ru/life/46791-twitch-zabanil-strimershu-karupups-iz-litvy-za-kospley-na-personazha-iz-apex-legends

Karupups’ response to her Twitch ban

Karupups herself called the cosplay “nothing but an image,” claiming that her viewers had been “interested” in her cosplay as she created the outfit on stream.

“It was just an image, nothing more,” Karupups reportedly said of the debacle. “There was a big online, the guys asked how I dyed my hair, how make-up felt on my face, etc. They were interested. And in fact, many of those who threw the reports, then wrote to me in the Discord, they say, get a ban, we tried…”


Controversy throughout the cosplay community

Karupups’ cosplay even saw responses from within the cosplay community at large, with popular costumer ‘Kayyybearxo’ speaking out on the issue in a lengthy series of Tweets.

“Some people don’t seem to understand why painting your skin darker is wrong,” she explained. “Being black isn’t a costume you can wear when you want. At the end of the day, you can wash off your face paint and never have to deal with anything that real [people of color] have to deal with.”

Kayyybear herself created a Lifeline cosplay that went viral in early March; however, her take on the character also received some unpleasant vitriol, with angry users harassing the cosplayer for creating a ‘lewd’ version of the support legend.

Kayyybearxo, TwitterKayyybearxo’s Lifeline cosplay received praise throughout the internet – but some fans weren’t happy with her ‘lewd’ take on the character.

Kayyybear likewise went under fire for her Jill Valentine cosplay in early April, for which she received a plethora of racist comments – prompting her to speak out on the matter with an encouraging post despite the hate.

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Apex Legends release for Nintendo Switch delayed

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:54 Updated: 23/Oct/2020 18:01

by Alan Bernal


Respawn Entertainment has announced that they are delaying the official release of Apex Legends on Nintendo Switch, after announcing their launch on Steam for PC players.

The news that Apex was coming to Switch was first shared during the EA Play Live event on June 18, where they revealed the next stages of the game’s development. It finally put a host of rumors and leaks to bed since Apex’s debut back in 2019, as players wanted to immediately take the Arena with them on-the-go shortly after launch.

The news would have opened the game to expand its player count by millions, but Switch players will now have to wait a little longer after further delays were announced.

Apex Legends Nintendo Switch release date

Respawn confirmed that the new Switch port has been delayed until early 2021 after it was expected to arrive with the Steam version of the game.

“For those who game on the Nintendo Switch, we’re still hard at work on the port, but in order to do justice to the game and make it into the great experience Switch players deserve, our team needs more time,” Apex Game Director Chad Grenier confirmed, on October 23.

“This year has brought on unexpected new challenges, to put it mildly, and we don’t want to rush anything out,” the Respawn dev continued, “Switch owners can expect to get their hands on Apex Legends next year.”

Apex Legends will be on all the major consoles in early 2021.

While it is being delayed, he confirmed that it still arrive with all of the expected features, “of course, when Apex Legends does launch on Switch, it’ll come with support for cross-platform play, our latest seasonal content, and full feature parity with the other versions of the game.”

This won’t be the first time a major battle royale comes to Nintendo Switch. EA and Apex Legends are going to compete against Epic Games and Fortnite for the many battle royale fans on the platform.

The initial announcement was a longtime coming. Reports for a Nintendo Switch port have been around for about as long as Apex Legends has been released to the world.

In a 2019 interview only months after Apex’s release, Project lead at the time, Drew McCoy, said that the company knew a Nintendo port was on many people’s wishlist. Since then, it’s been a waiting game for Nintendo fans who have been waiting to get into the Arena.

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Players from all walks of consoles will be able to drop into Apex Legends soon.

There were a lot of questions revolving around the technical limitations of the Switch that would be a hurdle for a port, but the developers are now committed to releasing it early in 2021.

It’s unclear what the download size for the Switch version will be, so stay tuned to Dexerto for all the latest information on the upcoming Apex Legends port.