Overwatch star Dafran explains why he was banned from Twitch - Dexerto

Overwatch star Dafran explains why he was banned from Twitch

Published: 13/Nov/2019 19:02 Updated: 25/Nov/2019 1:38

by Scott Robertson


Daniel ‘Dafran’ Francesca, former Overwatch League pro and Twitch partner, has received a thirty-day ban on his Twitch channel. He is planning an appeal.

Twitch has dropped the banhammer once again. The popular Overwatch pro-turned-streamer is facing a thirty-day ban on his Twitch channel.

Dafran responded on his own Twitter account, confirming the 30-day length and informing his followers that he will try to appeal the ban. As for a reason, dafran says it is due to his “ignorance,” admitting that it stems from  saying “stupid s**t all the time.”

What are the potential reasons for the ban?

The exact reason for the dafran ban is unknown, but there are a few theories. Some fans say it was because the streamer told an off-meta support to “kill themselves” during an Overwatch game he was streaming. 

Others allege that he was laughing at ‘race jokes” while on stream. Unfortunately, due to his channel being offline, any clips of these alleged incidents currently don’t exist. The ban could also relate to a completely different event altogether.

If his comments toward the off-meta support player are accurate, it wouldn’t be the first time that dafran has lashed out on his stream. In the past week, he exploded with rage at the tail end of a defeat, raining down expletives on top of his teammates and imploring them to uninstall the game.

Just before that, he went off on a profanity-laced rant toward a viewer who claimed the streamer was “not their hero anymore.”

Whether or not dafran returns to Overwatch after his most recent ragequit remains to be seen, as does the outcome of dafran’s ban appeal. He most recently played competitively for the Atlanta Reign in the latest season of the Overwatch League. He announced his competitive retirement in March.

We will provide updates with more information regarding the ban and the appeal as that info becomes available.


TheGrefg breaks Ninja’s world record for most-viewed Twitch stream

Published: 2/Dec/2020 1:27

by Bill Cooney


Spanish streamer ‘TheGrefg’ has broken Ninja’s world record for most people watching a Twitch stream during the Galactus Fortnite event.

David ‘TheGrefg’ Cánovas made Twitch history while streaming the Galactus event, which marked the end of Fortnite season 4, when he had more people watching him at once than any other individual Twitch streamer ever has in history.

The Spaniard was watching and reacting to the event, and captures appear to confirm that he reached a total of 660,000 people watching his stream at the same time before Twitch unfortunately crashed.

Twitter: @ArnauVidal
A screenshot showing Grefg surpassing 660K viewers.

The previous record you might remember was held by Ninja from when he teamed up with rapper Drake, where the duo peaked at 635k viewers at once while playing Fortnite back in 2018.

This insane amount of simultaneous viewers in a broadcast was almost double the figures of the previous record, held by  DrDisrespect — now streaming on YouTube — when he had 338,000 during his return stream in February 2018.

Grefg looking over his Twitch stats from Dec. 1

Now, the title for most-watched stream on Twitch now belongs to TheGrefg, and while there are no official figures yet, screenshots and clips definitely seem to indicate the streamer managed to bring in than 660,000 people simultaneously.

Grefg was far from the only streamer posting impressive viewer counts during the Galactus event, which actually “broke” Twitch and caused the site to temporarily crash following the big reveal. This is the big reason why the official viewer count, while definitely impressive, isn’t exactly known just yet.

The event itself officially closed out Fortnite Season 4, with the Season 5 update arriving at 9 PM PT / 12 AM ET / 5 AM GMT on Wednesday, December 2, according to Epic Games, with downtime expected to last all the way up to 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET / 9 AM GMT.

After that, the brand new season will kick off, and Fortnite fans — including Grefg — will get to check out all of the new content. Whether the streamer will be able to repeat his impressive record-breaking feat remains to be seen, but we certainly wish him the best of luck.