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Streamer blames “jealous” Pokimane fans for Twitch ban after bizarre clip

Published: 1/Feb/2020 19:02

by Meg Bethany Koepp


After the bizarre clip of a streamer’s strange reaction towards a selfie of Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys led to his suspension, the Australian hit out at her “jealous” fans and blamed them for the ban.

On January 30, a viewer informed Pokimane of a clip that was making the rounds online in which Twitch streamer ‘Empirrre’ jokingly took one of her Twitter selfies and positioned his camera overlay so that it appeared as though he was kissing and licking her backside.

While the Moroccan-Canadian found the whole thing hilarious and even got in on the joke herself by positioning her own camera feed so she could stretch out her arm and “stop” the Australian with her hand, he was later banned from the Amazon-owned platform – something he blames the 23-year-old’s “jealous” fans for.

Banned after weird interaction with Pokimane picture

On January 31, the 26-year-old informed his Twitter followers of the one-day suspension, and shared a partial screenshot of the email he was sent from Twitch about the ban.

“I have been temporary banned on Twitch for 1 day, this is most likely due to spam reporting,” he said, stating that Poki’s reaction to the clip could have caused her fans to mass report him. “Probably out of jealousy towards [Pokimane] which [by the way] was a joke.”

While the image of the email was cut off as to not show the exact reason why the platform made the decision to temporarily suspend him, it did back up the Australian’s claim that he’d been banned for one day.

While the streamer cites the Moroccan-Canadian’s viewers as a reason for the ban, Twitch’s Community Guidelines have a “suggestive” content section which, if broken, can result in punishment – including suspensions.

“When reviewing this type of content or activity, we will consider its intent and context based on a number of factors including, but not limited to behavior and commentary, reaction to content, camera framing, angle, and focus,” it reads.

His pretend-kissing of her rear end could have fallen under that, though it’s unclear if it actually did or whether he was indeed mass-reported by people who saw the clip.

Twitch Community Guidelines
Twitch doesn’t take “suggestive” content lightly.

In the past, users have been met with three-day bans, 30-day, and worse for offending behavior on the streaming platform, all depending on a case-to-case basis.

Pokimane is the top female personality on the Amazon-owned service though, so it wouldn’t be out of the question to claim a handful of her 3.87 million followers could have been offended over Empirrre’s joke – but who knows.


Pokemon releases Pikachu ASMR and fans are loving it

Published: 4/Dec/2020 20:41 Updated: 4/Dec/2020 21:09

by Brent Koepp


The Pokemon Company surprised fans on December 3 with a special ASMR video hosted by Pikachu. The odd YouTube upload went viral after players of the Nintendo RPG couldn’t get enough of it.

Pokemon made its debut in 1996 and quickly took the world by storm. Decades later, the Nintendo property has surpassed titans such as Disney and Marvel to become the highest-grossing media franchise of all time. From cards to t-shirts, consumers can’t get enough of the beloved series.

On December 3, fans were surprised when the series’ mascot, Pikachu, hosted an ASMR video. Players unfamiliar with the audio phenomena that has swept YouTube and Twitch found themselves surprised by how much the Electric-type’s sounds made them feel relaxed.

Screenshot of Snorlax sleeping in the Pokemon anime.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
Pokemon fans can now lay back like Snorlax with Pikachu ASMR.

Pikachu relaxes Pokemon fans with ASMR

ASMR, which stands for auto sensory meridian response, is a phenomenon where certain sound frequencies cause listeners to get tingles or chills. The category has exploded on sites like YouTube where millions tune in to watch personalities whisper into a mic – yeah, it sounds weird on paper.

Now, The Pokemon Company has shared their own take on the medium by releasing an upload that features lovable mascot Pikachu. Despite only being out mere hours at the time of writing, the video has racked up over 369k views.

For over 15 minutes, the Gen I character interacts with objects around the room, while also shuffling and rolling across the floor.  The adorable ‘mon even whispers its iconic “Pika Pika” catchphrase from various angles.

Despite not being the usual content the Pokemon community expects, fans absolutely loved it. One user exclaimed, “I never knew I needed a Pikachu ASMR!” Another viewer agreed and wrote, “The comfiest thing I have ever heard.” Some even wanted more ASMR content featuring other Pokemon: “I need the Eevee version of this.”

Pokemon fans comment on ASMR Pikachu YouTube upload.
Fans absolutely love the video.

While ASMR isn’t for everyone, the unexpected Pikachu video has been a major hit with the community. Maybe Nintendo was actually onto something big with their Pokemon Sleep project after all.

Despite releasing over two decades ago, the Game Freak franchise has never been more popular. Fans have a lot to be excited for as the series will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2021, with many surprises to come.