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CodeMiko banned on Twitch for third time, but returning to platform soon

Published: 21/Jan/2021 10:37 Updated: 24/Jan/2021 1:22

by Connor Bennett

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Popular virtual streamer CodeMiko has been banned from Twitch for the third time – but has stated she will be ‘back soon’ and denying rumors that the ban was caused by her using the word ‘simp.’

Over the years, Twitch streamers have come up with different ways to stand out from the crowd instead of just being world-class at certain games. Some have ramped up production in a major way and you can’t really take your eyes off it.

That includes VTubers and virtual streamers too, who use a digital avatar, editing, and even in some cases, a motion capture suit, to replace themselves on-screen and take on a different persona. 

In the last few weeks, Codemiko – a streamer who takes the VTuber concept to a whole new level – has been getting massive numbers on Twitch. However, she’s now been banned – for the third time.

CodeMiko on a livestream
Twitch: CodeMiko
CodeMiko is a virtual streamer with 350,000 followers on Twitch.

Why was CodeMiko banned?

The ban came on January 19, but the specifics around why CodeMiko had been suspended by Twitch were unclear.

The reason for the ban, or its length, is unknown but some fans were quick to speculate on the reason. Some suggested that it was because she used the word Simp – which was recently banned by Twitch. 

On January 21, CodeMiko clarified that this was not the case, stating simply: “It’s not because of the word ‘simp.'” She then dove a bit deeper into the suspension, saying she accidentally revealed a streamer’s private information.

“A female streamer and I were talking about female harassment online and I asked her what was the worst comment she had ever received. When I saw the email, it was pretty bad and was more like a threat than a comment,” she said in a TwitLonger.

“From my experience, threats are almost never sent from a user’s actual email address, but throwing up the screenshot got me banned. I only wanted to shine the light on harassment that streamers face and did not mean to violate terms.”

This would be her third ban, previously being banned twice in September of 2020. However, a streamer usually has to be banned three times within a three month period to rack up a permanent ban.

She will be returning on February 5 with a game-show style stream, inviting some of the biggest Twitch streamers along. More details will be revealed at a later date.

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CodeMiko reveals she has nightmares about her Twitch bans: “I have PTSD from it”

Published: 25/Feb/2021 13:18

by Georgina Smith

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Twitch streamer and ‘VTuber’ CodeMiko opened up about the after-effects of her Twitch bans with fellow streamer Dr. K, explaining that she’s been having nightmares about the situation.

The popularity of VTubers has been steadily on the rise recently, with huge creators like PewDiePie even trying out an avatar for themselves.

CodeMiko is just one example of the VTubing phenomenon, and she’s garnering a lot of attention for her entertaining streams in which she lets her audience interact with the brightly-colored avatar that’s been developed with some high-tech gear. Behind the colorful personality is Miko’s creator, who refers to herself as the Technician.

Her account was banned in early 2021 after she showed a screenshot of an email on stream, but two weeks later was able to return to the platform – although this was not her first ban.

CodeMiko on Twitch
Twitch: CodeMiko
CodeMiko’s streams are equally chaotic and entertaining.

The star has opened up on how difficult the ban was for her, saying in a February 5 stream, “It hurts because I feel like they see me as a toxic person or something.”

Now, in a stream with gamer wellbeing streamer Dr. K, the ‘Technician’ has revealed the impact that has occurred as a result of her bans.

“It feels like because I got banned three times, I must be a toxic streamer,” she explained. “Like I must be not wanted on the platform. And I think it kind of just reiterates my pattern, I guess, of like, I try really really hard on something, and I get punished for it.”

The streamer went onto explain that, “I have PTSD from it because I dream about it.” She continued by saying, “it’s kind of funny. The last dream I had, I wanted to get pizza, and I had a pizza flyer, and I showed my chat the pizza flyer, unbeknownst that the owner’s last name and number were on the pizza flyer. And then I showed it to chat and I got banned for it, and I was so upset in my dream.”

Dr. K suggested that it may actually be a good idea for the Technician to get professionally evaluated, as although people throw around the word PTSD a lot, “hyper-vigilance and nightmares are two parts of the diagnostic criteria.”

The conversation between the streamers was an insight into how the bans have affected the creator behind CodeMiko, but at least for the time being her channel remains fully active.