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Twitch streamer banned after accidental game censorship fail

by Jacob Hale

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A Twitch streamer and esports caster has been banned from the platform after a game’s in-game censorship tool failed to work, and viewers got a little more than they bargained for.

Many partnered Twitch streamers have faced temporary bans from the platform for various reasons in the past, and it’s not an irregular occurrence, but something like this must be particularly frustrating for the broadcaster.

Through no real fault of his own, and having taken all the necessary precautions to prevent any issues, Phil ‘EE’ Visu found himself being penalized by Twitch after an in-game tool broke – and revealed a little too much of a character.

EE is a Smash and NBA 2K caster.

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Posting to Twitter late on March 20, Visu went into more detail on the unfortunate run of events.

"Just got banned on Twitch because I played a game a viewer gave me that has censor nudity options and it didn't censor a pair of [breasts],” he said before asking: “What is the point of the option?”

Obviously, there’s no clip available of the mishap due to Twitch’s terms of service, but it definitely sounds like a monumental mistake made from whoever the original game developer is.

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You can definitely understand why Visu would be so annoyed by this ban, too. As mentioned in his tweet, with no esports work in the calendar for him, streaming on Twitch could have helped fill the gap and keep some money coming in while the ongoing global crisis continues to shut down events and communities.

There will be countless members of the esports and gaming communities that will be affected by this sudden crisis, so they’ll be making sure they’re extra cautious now if they plan on making income from streaming.

That said, given the fact that EE clearly didn’t intentionally forget to censor the game, Twitch might decide to revoke the ban if they look into it further.