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IRL Twitch streamer intervenes after fight breaks out in Tokyo elevator

Published: 27/Sep/2020 19:19

by Michael Gwilliam


Tokyo, Japan is a major hotspot for many IRL streamers on Twitch thanks to the country’s amazing culture and nightlife. However, sometimes streams get a bit crazy, especially when people on the street engage in altercations.

That very sort of situation took place during a September 26 broadcast when streamer mari_kuri was walking around Tokyo’s Shibuya district.

Out of nowhere, the streamer spotted two groups of people yelling at each other; the first group was made up of a Japanese man and two women while the second consisted of a tourist and a friend.

Suddenly, the tourist pushed the Japanese man inside of the building, causing the streamer to swear, “What the f**k?” before running nearer towards the alteraction.

As he approached and put his drink on the ground, two of the women tried to pull the Japanese man back while the tourist pushed him into the elevator.

For his part, mari_kuri tried to calm the situation down while speaking in Japanese, but the two seemed hellbent on taking their pushing match to the next level.

After being shoved yet again, the Japanese man seemed ready to go, but the streamer was persistent to deescalate the situation, and eventually, the two men were separated.

Once the two went their own way, the women inside the elevator appeared grateful to the streamer for stepping in and helping deescalate the situation.

“Kinda random,” he said while walking down the street. “You don’t even have to be hard. You just have to say ‘hey, man. Chill out a little bit.’”

As it turns out, mari_kuri told the tourist he would buy him a drink in Japanese but noticed he didn’t speak the language: “Anyway, they got into the elevator and he walked off.”

The situation certainly could have turned out a lot different if the Twitch streamer didn’t get involved, so good thing he was around to help make sure things didn’t get worse.


DragonForce’s Herman Li banned from Twitch amid DMCA drama

Published: 27/Oct/2020 13:36 Updated: 27/Oct/2020 13:50

by Lauren Bergin


Popular music streamer and DragonForce guitarist Herman Li has had his Twitch account banned on October 27, with the reason still unknown.

In a shock move, Twitch has suspended popular musician Herman Li from streaming on the platform, which he uses to provide insight into the life of professional musicians, as well as to shred his guitar like the metal God that he is.

Known for being the lead guitarist of Grammy-winning heavy rock group DragonForce – the masterminds behind the infamous ‘Through the Fire and Flames’ that dominated every Guitar Hero players’ childhood, Li has been praised over the years for his musical talents.

The guitarist has become somewhat of an icon on the platform, so it shocked fans to see his channel was no longer available.

Li has become not only a DragonForce icon, but a Twitch one too.

Is this a DMCA ban?

At the time of writing, the reason for Li’s ban is unknown. Twitch does not comment on moderation decisions as a matter of privacy.

Speculation though, is that the artist has been banned as part of the new wave of DMCA strikes that have been sweeping across Twitch. As a musical streamer, DMCA makes the lives of musicians particularly difficult. Many have and may be banned in the future due to these new regulations – even if they are playing their own music.

In April, Li was livid as Universal muted his music on YouTube.

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Neither Li nor Twitch have elaborated on why the ban has taken place. No matter the reason though, this news comes will come as a shock to both Li and his fans, especially when he addressed the Twitch ban situation directly on stream back in June, reassuring other streamers that using his band’s music would not result in a DMCA strike.

Li stated that: “We know all these crazy things are happening on Twitch, people getting banned, people getting taken down, DMCA, I can tell you, you can play any song from the latest DragonForce album, Extreme Power Metal, and you will not get a strike. I assure you, you will be ok. Because we are very good friends with our people from the record label, who also love Twitch, so you will not have a problem.”

We will update this story if more details on the reason behind Li’s suspension become clear.