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Forsen finally unbanned on Twitch after two week suspension

Published: 22/May/2020 20:17 Updated: 22/May/2020 20:25

by Michael Gwilliam


UPDATE May 22, 12:17PM PST: Forsen has now been unbanned on Twitch following his two week suspension, so you can probably expect him to return to your screens very soon.

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Popular streamer Sebastian ‘Forsen’ Fors has finally revealed the reason why Twitch banned him for a whopping two weeks.

News broke on May 8 that the Swede had been suspended on the platform, but no one had any idea why he had been banned, nor how long he would be gone for. However, many correctly believed it may have been due to his behavior while playing Riot’s new FPS Valorant.

Taking to Twitter on May 11, a full three days after being suspended, the streamer finally addressed the situation.

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Forsen was hit with a two week ban.

“Banned for 2 weeks,” Forsen revealed. As for why, the former StarCraft pro claimed it was for calling players “ret**ded Russians” in Valorant.

Rather than accept the ban and move on, the streamer added that instead of calling his teammates “ret**ded Russians,” he should have called them “ret**ded people who cant participate in voice comms in Valorant due to legal reasons.”

Currently, Valorant does not let Russian players use voice communication in the game.

“I guess I have some more time to beat up my half Russian siblings now. Nice,” he sarcastically concluded.

This is Forsen’s first ban since 2016, so for the most part, the Swede has managed to stay out of trouble up until this point.

Many fellow Twitch stars found the ban to be extremely harsh. IRL streamer Jake’N’Bake said it was “nuts,” while NymN called it “crazy” and urged the streamer to appeal the ban.

Fans of Forsen seemed to agree. “If this is the full story, then totally unjustified,” user ‘aquanxck’ wrote.

“Should’ve flashed nipple instead, Forsen. That’s just a 1 day ban,” joked SoHyp3d, referencing Alinity’s controversially short ban back in April.

It’s unclear if Forsen will return to streaming right when his ban is up, but for the time being, the popular streamer will have some time to hone his Valorant skills without an audience.


FBE founders Benny & Rafi Fine called out by staff for “toxic workplace”

Published: 16/Jan/2021 19:54

by Charlotte Colombo


Benny and Rafi Fine, the two creators behind the FBE (Fine Brothers entertainment) brand have come back into the spotlight today a year after they stepped back from FBE after former employees publicly accused them of racism and a “toxic” working environment.

In an investigative article by Insider, 26 former employees spoke out about their experiences working for FBE. The company’s former head of casting, Steve Caustey, revealed that the Fine brothers used a three-tier system to rank their “reactors”, and demanded that at least 33% of the people in their “react” videos involved people in the top tier before an episode could be made.

Causey told Insider that there were “more white people at the top” of the tier, which meant that episodes ended up being predominately white.

He said in an interview with them: “It was noticeable, but I don’t think it was intentional. I feel like it might’ve started as unconscious bias, but after a time enough people brought it up that it should have been addressed.”

A former researcher told Insider that FBE staff “profit from the idea that they’re diverse without valuing it authentically. They try to capitalize and commercialize on it as much as they can.”

FBE’s lawyers said to Insider that race wasn’t a factor in decisions such as tiers and video thumbnails, with a spokesperson adding that the Fine brothers “have always endeavored to feature a majority of underrepresented voices in FBE’s content.”

What happened with FBE last year?

In June 2020, a video resurfaced of a comedy sketch Benny Fine did with fellow YouTuber Shane Dawson, wherein Benny was wearing blackface. The footage went viral and led to the two founders receiving extreme backlash.

High profile members of their ‘React’ series, such as Kennedy Zimet, made the decision to leave the channel after the footage went viral, with Zimet saying in a statement shared to Twitter that they felt “blindsided and flat out used, especially since they have not owned up to their actions by apologizing publicly or to their black cast members.”

This led to Mark Plier, who claimed to be a former producer for FBE, to claim on Twitter that the Fine brothers “wanted to benefit from the “diversity” but not benefit diversity”, alleging that YouTube video thumbnails with more than one BAME person were frequently turned down by the pair.

He also claimed that they “would frequently ask for the person of color to be on the right of the thumbnail and not the left, our only conclusion as to why that would be is the left person is the first one you’d see and thus the first impression.”

In further Tweets, Plier alleged that “the culture was so entrenched and they were so unwilling to hear our demands for changes that employee turnover became larger than the company’s actual size in just the 3 years I was there.”

The brothers released a statement apologizing for their “terrible errors of judgment” and ultimately decided to take a step back from the FBE company following the backlash.