Streamer banned from Twitch over emote she's had for 5 years - Dexerto

Streamer banned from Twitch over emote she’s had for 5 years

Published: 19/Jan/2020 11:20 Updated: 19/Jan/2020 22:55

by Joe Craven


UPDATE January 18, 2:15PM PST: Annialis has since been unbanned from Twitch after just one day.

Original story below…


Twitch streamer Annialis was left stunned on January 18 after being banned from the streaming platform – for an emote she has had for 5 years. 

Annialis is a streamer with upwards of 100,000 followers on Twitch. However, fans trying to find her channel will now be met with the infamous ‘time machine’ message that is displayed when a streamer has their account banned. 

It was not initially clear to Annialis why her account was banned as she went live for the first time in a month. Once the reasoning became clear, she was left with more questions than answers.

TwitchThe message fans receive when visiting Annialis’ channel.

On January 18 the streamer tweeted her frustration and confusion after realizing the ban was for an emote her channel has had for over 5 years. The emote was called ‘anniGasm’, and looked like this:

While her initial tweet was mostly directed at Twitch, it quickly became clear that she was actually banned for a DMCA copyright infringement. 

Essentially, this means that an individual or company has claimed the Twitch emote Annialis has been using for over 5 years, as infringing upon their intellectual property. In cases of DMCA violations, Twitch is legally obligated to comply with the takedown request.

After initially pointing her dismay in Twitch’s direction, a follow-up tweet explained: “I’ve already stated that I was in the wrong and am aware of the consequences. Please read before pulling the trigger.”

Hassan Bhokari, accounts director at Twitch, explained that a DMCA violation is “not a normal report suspension”. 

“In this instance, someone filed a claim for an emote that they said didn’t belong to you, so it was removed,” he said. “If you’re saying that emote is something you had the rights to, then you can file a “counter claim notice”. Instructions for that should be on the site if you search DMCA. Hope that clears it up for you.”

Regardless, the streamer was left baffled by the fact that someone had put in a claim against a five year old emote. 

It’s possible Annialis will file a “counter claim notice”, as advised by Twitch staff, which, if successful, should then see normal service resumed on her channel. 


Who is Granny? The rising Twitch star who streams as a grandma

Published: 26/Nov/2020 23:45 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 23:46

by Michael Gwilliam


Twitch is home to some pretty outlandish personalities, but none may be as unique as the rising streamer known only as Granny.

Dressed in a bright white wig, oversized glasses, and attire that you could have sworn you’ve seen the elderly wear, Granny takes the character to the extreme.

If you thought the outfit or persona was the limit of the character, think again. Just like how Dr Disrespect streams from his legendary “arena,” Granny has her own broadcast center of sorts.

From Granny’s house to Twitch

Her streams begin, amusingly enough, with an old house in a green meadow surrounded by rainbows, flowers and chirping birds.

Twitch streamer Granny begins a broadcast.
Granny begins her streams in a pink house surrounded by rainbows.

After introducing herself, talking to viewers from inside the big pink home that looks like it’s ripped from either Lord of the Rings or Teletubbies, the gameplay kicks off.

What makes Granny’s choice of games so hilarious is that she’s made a habit of streaming titles such as Dead by Daylight, which are the complete opposite of the happy-go-lucky nature of the intro.

Fans are absolutely loving it. Since starting the stream, Granny has amassed nearly 30,000 followers and is growing on other platforms such as YouTube.

Climbing the Twitch ranks

Speaking with Dexerto, the entertainer refused to break character, further, cementing the concept that this was a grandma streaming on the Amazon-owned platform.

Granny claims it all began when she was working for a finance firm in New York City for three years and was beginning to feel worn out.

“Right around that time, Red Dead Redemption 2 came out and I found a huge comfort being immersed in that world while I took time to recover and figure out my next steps,” the streamer explained.

“When Red Dead Online was released I started to make friends on the proximity voice chat and they told me I should try my hand at streaming. In February 2019 I moved to New Zealand to go all-in on starting a Twitch channel, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision.”

That said, she does have plans to return to New York at some point in 2021, so fans should be sure to be on the lookout for that.

While the climb up the Twitch ranks has been a journey since it first began in January of 2019, the streamer does have a few favorite moments.


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“A couple of exciting milestones along the way have been Trixie Mattel and TPAIN discovering the stream,” she happily noted. “They love joining in now and again to help repair the ice cream machines in Dead By Daylight.”

Going into 2021, Granny is definitely going to be one of the streamers to watch out for, especially if she continues to get noticed by some larger members of the community.