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Forsen banned on Twitch for second time in 2020

Published: 10/Sep/2020 0:58 Updated: 11/Sep/2020 1:36

by Andrew Amos

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UPDATE 9/10/2020: After 24 hours, Forsen has been unbanned from Twitch. While the reasons for his suspension are still unknown, it seems his ban from the site was rather short, which spells good news for fans.

Original story below:


Popular Twitch variety streamer and former esports pro Sebastian ‘Forsen’ Fors has been banned on Twitch. The detail surrounding the Swede’s ban remain unclear.

You might not have watched Forsen, but your Twitch experience was likely influenced by him. The Swede has spawned many memes and trends that live on until this day, including the ForsenCD and monkaS emotes.

However, he might soon be wiped from the platform entirely. Forsen was handed down a Twitch ban on September 9, and it’s unclear if he will return.

Why was Forsen banned on Twitch?

As we mentioned at the top, the reasonings behind Forsen’s ban remain unclear at this point in time. The streamer has yet to speak out about his suspension, and Twitch doesn’t comment on individual streamer suspensions publicly.

What we do know is that the ban came through after Forsen went offline on September 9. It could have potentially been for something he did on that stream, although Twitch has often handed down judgment late in some instances.

The length of Forsen’s ban is also unknown. Without details about how the Swede got banned, there’s no way of estimating how long he will be suspended for.

Forsen was banned earlier in 2020 for two weeks after going on a rant while playing a Valorant game. He reportedly broke Twitch’s community guidelines for “hateful conduct.”

Forsen at Blizzard event for Hearthstone
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Forsen is one of the most popular variety streamers on Twitch.

Who is Forsen?

Forsen is one of the most popular variety streamers on the platform, broadcasting himself playing a number of different games to the world. He is a member of Cloud9’s stream team, having joined the organization back in April 2017.

He has over 1.3 million followers on the platform, making him one of the top 100 streamers on the platform. He also averages around 9,000 concurrent viewers every time he goes live.

Before he got his big break on Twitch, Forsen was a professional Starcraft II and Hearthstone player. He was active in Starcraft II from 2010 to 2014 before making the swap to Blizzard’s card game. He retired from professional play in 2017 to start streaming full time.

We will update you once more information arises.

Overwatch

Former Overwatch pro Ryuhejong suspended from Gen.G following Twitch drama

Published: 19/Jan/2021 21:43

by Bill Cooney

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Former Overwatch League star Jehong ‘Ryujehong’ Ryu has been suspended from the Gen.G organization after reportedly making sexist comments on stream.

Widely regarded as one of the best Ana and flex support players around, Ryujehong is a familiar name to any Overwatch esports fan. He was one of the most popular players in OWL before stepping away from the competitive scene after the Vancouver Titans nuked their roster back in May 2020.

On January 11, 2021, Gen.G announced that RJH would be joining their org as a content creator, which makes sense, as he was a figurehead for the org’s Seoul Dynasty squad during the League’s first two seasons.

Following what was a very short honeymoon period, the Korean-based org has now suspended Ryu for sexist comments he made on stream that quickly caught the attention of social media, as you can see below:

On January 16, Jehong streamed alongside a female streamer named Haegi, and reportedly made a number of sexist comments towards her multiple times, and even called her out for interrupting him, claiming that women shouldn’t interrupt men.

Since the stream happened the VOD has been deleted, but this is the internet, and the comments were quickly translated into English, kicking off the storm of social media backlash.

On January 19, Gen.G’s Chief Operating Officer Arnold Hur announced that the org was suspending Ryujehong “indefinitely” due to his on stream-comments.

“I’m personally very disappointed in the language used during the stream by Jehong. He was wrong, and I find it uncharacteristic of the person I knew who has always been a considerate, kind-hearted teammate,” Hur wrote. “Our belief is that whether you are a player or streamer, anybody with a platform should understand the responsibility of the higher standards that come with it. As such, we have suspended all of Jehong’s team-related activities indefinitely.”

Like Hur mentioned, Jehong did put out an apology of his own after the firestorm started, where he apologized for what he said, and promised to watch how he speaks in the future, but added he won’t be censoring himself either, according to a translation provided by @hannahhycho on Twitter.

“I am trying to move my streams towards the streamer Ryujehong. I know there are many people who used to watch my old streams who are struggling to adjust to the chat and are confused by the fact I will be using ‘streamer memes’ but I hope you can understand,” RJH wrote, according to the translation. “From now on, I will listen to feedback for my streams and chat to develop them further… I saw some messages from people who aren’t my fans and I want to tell them to stop fanning the flames.”

Just in case there weren’t enough wrinkles to this story, Haegi, the female streamer who was broadcasting with Ryujehong when the incident took place, has come out and defended him according to translations by Reddit user Great-Reno, saying they were bantering back and forth and what happened wasn’t what it seemed.

“Why RJH gets all the blame when I made sexist jokes with him either? This is a bit undeserved,” Haegi said in a YouTube video posted after the outrage began, according to the translation. “I’m cool with it. Why does it matter when the person involved with the matter feels okay? I don’t see why people get offended by this. Live in comfort please.”

Opinion from the female streamer that RJH was with from Competitiveoverwatch

Now, even if it just was some friendly banter back and forth, the kind of language Ryujehong apparently used just doesn’t fly when you’re signed to a major esports org like Gen.G, and is also a huge disappointment to the greater Overwatch community who saw him as a role model, and just a genuine, stand-up dude.

It remains to be seen when or if RJH will return from his suspension to being an active member of Gen.G.