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Dafran teases “family friendly” Twitch stream following suspension

Published: 15/Nov/2019 21:50

by Michael Gwilliam

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Former Overwatch pro and full-time streamer Daniel “dafran” Francesca has hinted at reforming his Twitch channel to be “family friendly” when his suspension concludes.

The highly popular Overwatch DPS star was hit with a 30-day suspension on November 13. The streamer alleged that the suspension was due to his “ignorance” and saying “stupid sh*t all the time.”

While the exact reason for the suspension is unknown, some of his viewers suggested it was because he allegedly told an off-meta support player to “kill themselves” during a game he was streaming.

Regardless of the reason for the ban, the controversial Atlanta Reign streamer has claimed that the “last reformation of dafran has begun.”

In a Twitter post, Dafran listed multiple “versions” of himself. The first, he said, was an adult anime-watching thrower. This was a reference to his infamous 2017 grief spree in which Blizzard themselves stepped in and banned the pro from two seasons of Overwatch Contenders.

The second version, according to Dafran, was toxic and would rage at teammates. This was probably a reference to his most recent suspension. However, just as before, there is no way to verify the exact reason for his suspension and Francesca wouldn’t elaborate.

Now, the newest version of the Danish Tracer God could be one for the ages. “Dafran v3: Family friendly???” the former pro bizarrely suggested in a totally out of character declaration.

The response to the tweet was mostly negative, with many of the streamer’s vocal fans not wanting him to change or asking if he was joking.

Popular YouTube channel Blizzard Guides weighed in writing, “pls say sike.”

“Mixer soon Pog,” Dallas Fuel sniper legend Timo ‘Taimou’ Kettunen sarcastically responded suggesting Dafran will be permanently banned from the platform in the future and forced to move to Mixer.

The only individual who seemed on board with the idea of a family-friendly stream was Overwatch League host Brennon Hook who replied with “SPONSOR FRIENDLY POG.”

While it remains to be seen what route Dafran will take, the Overwatch star has stated he plans to pop off when he returns from his suspension after hearing about the upcoming nerfs to shields in Blizzard’s team-based FPS.

Only time will tell if version 3 really is the Danish superstar’s final form, especially as pressure from his fanbase mounts. For his part, however, he has been able to tone down his antics in the past during Season 2 of the Overwatch League.

During his time on the Atlanta Reign, which lasted a single stage, the opinionated streamer managed to keep things together and even give interviews after matches while keeping things professional. Hopefully, he can do the same with this upcoming iteration of himself and stay out of trouble for the foreseeable future.

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Onision announces YouTube departure after demonetization

Published: 20/Jan/2021 15:48

by Alice Hearing

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James ‘Onision’ Jackson has announced he will be leaving YouTube after being demonetized by the platform following a documentary looking into allegations of sexual abuse.

Onision first joined YouTube in 2006 and became well known for his comedic songs and sketches including the viral “Banana Song.”

Since then, the 35-year-old has become almost notorious for allegations against him of manipulation, grooming, and sexual abuse. This includes a range of disturbing allegations emerging in autumn 2019.

Along with a video also resurfacing of his alleged abusive behavior towards former fiancé Shiloh Hogansen — where he is filmed saying “No one will ever know how much I abuse you” — a series of young girls also came forward with allegations of grooming against him and his then-spouse Kai Anderson.

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Onision was banned and then unbanned from Twitch in 2020

Things escalated further when Chris Hansen announced in late October 2019 that he would be collaborating with the FBI on an investigation into Jackson’s behavior, with him interviewing his ex Shiloh as well as two of the young girls who accused him of grooming and manipulation: Billie Dawn Webb and Sarah.

Webb later had her phone number posted online by Jackson in a presumable retaliation against her speaking out. This led to him being banned by Patreon in November 2019 for doxxing.

Onision was also banned from Twitch in January 2020 but was quietly unbanned by the platform in October 2020, sparking a wave of outrage. Many also criticized YouTube for keeping the creator online despite the number of controversies.

However, it seems that YouTube has changed its tune. On Wednesday, January 20, Onision posted a video to his account “OnisionSpeaks” announcing that he was leaving YouTube after the platform had made the decision to demonetize his channel. In the video, he addresses and denies the allegations made against him.

He said, “unfortunately after about 14 years on the platform, because of Shiloh following through with her promise to destroy my life, destroy my career, leave me with nothing, here I am with this email telling me that everything I’ve worked for has come to an end.”

In the video he shows a screenshot of the email that the platform sent to him explaining their reasons for demonetizing his content. YouTube cites “continued allegations of off-platform behavior related to child safety that could cause significant harm to the community.”

This comes a day after Discovery+ aired the final episode of Onision: In Real Life, a documentary hosted by Chris Hansen that examines these allegations.