StephenIRL explains the real reason behind shocking Twitch ban - Dexerto

StephenIRL explains the real reason behind shocking Twitch ban

Published: 8/Nov/2019 18:53 Updated: 9/Nov/2019 21:42

by Brent Koepp


Everyone was surprised when StephenIRL was banned from Twitch in September for brandishing a weapon, but no one was as shocked as the bounty hunter himself. Now, having returned to Twitch, he has told Dexerto exactly why he was removed from the platform, and revealed his frustrations with the ban.

Stephen has one of the most-known IRL channels on Twitch, with his intense livestreams giving audiences an insight into the world of bounty hunting and chasing down criminals.

However, the streaming personality’s account was in peril in September after Twitch permanently banned him without warning – now the bounty hunter is speaking out.

Twitch: StephenIRLThe IRL streamer gives viewers a unique look at the world of bounty hunting during his broadcasts.

StephenIRL’s Twitch ban

On September 11 the streamer posted on Twitter that his account had been permanently banned, and stated it was for “brandishing a weapon” during his broadcast.

In an interview with Dexerto, he detailed his frustrations with how the ban was handled as the streaming platform took days to communicate specifically what incident it took issue with.

“It took a few days for me to get the exact occurrence of the incident in question due to the fact the VODs or clips couldn’t be referenced since my channel had been removed,” he said. “I wasn’t entirely sure for which incident the ban occurred until I was provided a timestamp a few days later and referenced my own local recordings.”

While showing a weapon on stream might sound controversial, US bounty hunters are allowed to carry firearms, depending on which state they’re in. And the streamer had shown weapons on his channel before, which made the ban initially confusing.

Curiously, the bounty hunter was a partner with the streaming platform for over a year, which meant they had to be at least somewhat familiar with the content shown during his broadcasts.

Why StephenIRL was banned

When asked why Twitch suddenly took issue with him showing a weapon on stream given that the channel had featured firearms before, Stephen explained that it was to do with context.

“My understanding is that the ban did not occur for showing a weapon on stream, but for presenting a weapon in a context in which a weapon, lethal or non-lethal, could potentially be used on another person, regardless of being in compliance with local laws,” he said.

The Twitch personality also theorized that incident might have been singled out as a clip of the incident became popular on Reddit’s LivestreamFails.

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The ban was initially permanent, although Stephen says he was encouraged to appeal the platform’s decision, which he eventually won as his channel was reinstated in October.

The streamer said that according to local law, he had not actually brandished a weapon but acknowledged “it did however violate their [Twitch] terms of service; specifically their definition of “brandishing a weapon.”

Stephen wishes things were communicated better

Stephen clarified that while he was initially frustrated with the ban, he has no issue with the content Twitch doesn’t want on its platform. However, he would have been willing to change his content if they had asked him to in the first place.

“My initial response was one of frustration, primarily for the reason that nothing had been communicated to me until the decision was made to permanently ban my channel,” he said.

Twitch: StephenIRLThe bounty hunter admits that arresting people on stream might be seen as “edgy” for some.

The bounty hunter then acknowledged that he understands why some may see his content as “edgy” and why Twitch might not want all of his content on their platform. However, he just wishes there had been better communication.

“My application of Twitch Partnership was approved over a year ago, and much of the content streamed up to that point would have been considered in violation of TOS based upon recent communication,” he explained. “Had they initially communicated their concerns when they arose, I would have immediately stopped streaming the content in question.”

The future of his Twitch channel

While the IRL streamer’s channel was unbanned in October, the bounty hunter had to make some changes such as cutting the stream when raiding a house, or arresting a victim with violence.

The Twitch channel now “goes dark” and links viewers to a private server, where the rest of the stream can be watched away from the platform to avoid any future upsets.

“I do wish to make it clear that this is in no way a planned substitute for streaming on Twitch, but as a way for the community to watch only the specific content that may result in violation(s) of Twitch’s terms of service,” he explained.

Despite the whole ordeal, StephenIRL is not angry with Twitch and stated the ban was a part of the company’s “growing pains” to keep up with the amount of new streamers. “Regardless, it has been a huge lesson and opportunity for personal growth and maturity,” he said.


Dr Disrespect trolls mobile gamers and players take the bait

Published: 26/Nov/2020 12:49

by David Purcell


Dr Disrespect has taken a cheeky swipe at mobile gamers on Twitter, asking how anybody can even consider it to be a “serious” way to play – but players are fighting their corner. 

The Two-Time has had a whirlwind 2020 by all accounts. He’s moved platforms from Twitch to YouTube, and while some might have expected his influence on the gaming world to perhaps decrease in that move – he’s still one of the best at stirring the pot.

Of course, a lot of franchises that made their name on PC and console, like Call of Duty, PUBG, FIFA and Fortnite, have brought their games to iOS and Android.

Though, Doc doesn’t seem to be a fan.

Dr Disrespect takes aim at mobile gamers

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Dr Disrespect has turned into a mainstream symbol of the streaming world, and sure knows how to get people talking.

On November 26, literally out of nowhere in vintage Doc style, he decided to joke about the idea of playing games on mobile.

He said: “I’ve got 3 state-of-the-art 1ms speed color calibrated monitors staring at me, a keyboard with titan switch optical keystrokes and a mouse that weighs literally nothing backed by a 200k multi pc setup….and you have the guts to tell me mobile gaming is a serious thing?”

As you might expect, he’s sparked a huge debate in the replies – with some arguing for and against his point of view.

One user, by the name of Yettobegin, said: “Well Dr.D not everyone can afford a good PC setup and that’s why mobile gaming is so popular in southern Asian countries.. Anyways I don’t hear any mobile gamers fighting for validation as a “Gamer”.. If u want to play in mobile and have fun who cares?!”

If you thought that was a strong response, wait until you see this.

Tribe Gaming’s Ferg challenged the self-professed best video gamer in the world to a 1v1 in CoD Mobile, with $100,000 on the line. As of writing, that has not been accepted, but it shows there’s certainly a lot of people out there wanting to prove him wrong.

This was not the only challenge, with Elijah Jackson offering a $10,000 wager of his own.

XSET Juicy, who plays PUBG Mobile competitively, also fired back – saying maybe gaming on mobile is too “difficult” for Doc to handle.

Nothing might come from this or Dr Disrespect actually might take up one of the offers, in a way to shoot down mobile gamers who stand in his way.

No matter what, though, he’s certainly achieved his objective of drumming up some debate. What happens next should be interesting.