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Twitch streamer banned for using racial slur claims he was misheard

Published: 18/May/2019 11:14 Updated: 18/May/2019 11:48

by Connor Bennett


A League of Legends streamer, Pink Ward, has been banned from Twitch after Twitch determined he had used hateful language, but he claims that he only said “yikers” – not the ‘n word’.

Being misheard and suspended by Twitch is nothing particularly new – not for League of Legends streamers. Back on April 22, Team Liquid’s Ashkan ‘TF Blade’ Homayouni was banned for allegedly using a racial slur during one of his League of Legends streams – despite claiming that he had been misheard and only used the word “idiots.”


TF Blade had that suspension lifted, after an outpouring of support, on April 27, yet, a similar incident has once again happened again on Twitch to another LoL streamer.

Team Liquid’s TF Blade went through a similar situation to Pink Ward at the end of April.

Up-and-coming broadcaster Pink Ward was locked into a game of LoL on May 17 when he mocked his opponents for allowing him to live with such a small amount of health remaining after darting around a big team fight.


When some members of his chat tried to accuse him of using a racial slur after the fact, the streamer said: “N-word? What? I said ‘yikers’.” Pink Ward re-watched a clip of what happened, cementing his belief that he didn’t, in fact, utter the slur. “Grayson said yikes and I said yikers,” he added.

The streamer noted that he been handed a ban by Twitch, after the fact, but he wasn’t entirely sure what he had done to achieve such a punishment.

After receiving his suspension, he tweeted: “Well guess this is gonna set back getting partnership. Not sure what I did, but will see what I can do,” with the notice of his temporary ban attached.


Some fans quickly jumped in with tweets of support to Pink Ward, asking if he had been in contact with Twitch about getting the suspension lifted.

Yet, the streamer mentioned that he hadn’t, yet, spoken to anyone at Twitch about what happened and believed it was an automated ban that had misheard what he said.

It remains to be seen if Pink Ward will get unbanned for what happened on-stream, but he has been unable to confirm if he was actually suspended for the clip.


This post will be updated as and when new information become available.


Hashinshin claims FBI cleared him of sexual harassment allegations

Published: 8/Oct/2020 4:00

by Andrew Amos


Popular League of Legends streamer Robert ‘Hashinshin’ Brotz has claimed the FBI investigated him over allegations he was sexually harassing minors, and cleared him of any wrongdoing. He was permanently banned on Twitch over the claims.

Hashinshin was ostracized from the League of Legends community back in July, after claims the 30-year-old Twitch streamer sexually harassed underage girls by abusing his platform of power.


Other popular content creators, like Joedat ‘Voyboy’ Esfahani, stated that “Hashinshin is a manipular, predator, and worst of all [a] pedophile who used his platform to abuse so many underage girls over the years.”

However, the disgraced streamer has claimed he was investigated by the FBI and cleared of all wrongdoing.


“There has been an FBI investigation into me, and I have neither been jailed or charged with a crime. Some of you might not believe that. I have a freedom of information request [to prove my innocence publicly], but that can take up to a year,” Brotz said in a October 7 statement.

Numerous women came forward stories in July of Hashinshin grooming them while they were underage. However, Hashinshin has always maintained his innocence, claiming these stories were false, and that many of those who came forward have since deleted their statements.

He also stated that he was potentially looking into suing some of the alleged victims for defamation, stating they did a “public assessment of [his] character” that distorted what people thought of him.


“I was going to sue Alli for defamation ⁠— and I probably should have ⁠— but Alli is not a victim, and people started getting these really distorted views on what was happening,” he said, referring to one of the victims.

“Things aren’t as they seem, regardless of what they seem. I’m not a rich and powerful figure. They didn’t find that I did anything. I think a lot of this was a public assessment of my character, and a lot of people did this because they didn’t like me.

“I’ve been working on bettering myself over the last two years, and I think I’ve become a better person overall. It hurts a lot…to see all these people denying that.”


Brotz claimed that while he believed his accusers weren’t “all terrible people,” they betrayed his trust. He also said that while he believes they should apologize, he hopes no one in the community attacks them. He just wants to “go back to living a normal life.”

“I thought these were nice people, I thought I could trust them and work with them. That’s why my response to this was all sh*tty because I shouldn’t really have trusted anyone. I don’t think they’re all terrible people, but things really escalated,” he said.


“I don’t want anyone to attack them. I just want to go back to living a normal life. I just want to exist peacefully, and I hope people can start letting me do that. I hope this can change their minds in some way.”

Hashinshin remains permanently banned on Twitch despite his attempts to clear this name. He has also lost his Twitch partnership, and has instead moved to streaming on YouTube.