Entertainment

Twitch streamer left stunned after being banned over an approved emote

Published: 23/Jan/2020 5:30

by Brad Norton

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Having streamed from his account for over five years, Twitch partner ‘Kordell’ was completely shocked to learn that he was suddenly banned due to previously approved emotes.

Typically, streamers on Twitch get banned for violating the community guidelines and engaging in some questionable activities while live.

From broadcasting explicit material to creating works of art that toe the line between safe for work and not, there’s often a relatively understandable reason behind most bans on the platform.

That has not been the case for ‘Kordell’ however as he was recently notified of his Twitch account being banned by absolutely no fault of his own.

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Custom Twitch emotes are typically offered as a bonus to new Subscribers.

Having received an email from Twitch on January 22, Kordell was made aware of an indefinite suspension to his account as a result of supposedly violating the community guidelines through the emotes or ‘cheermotes’ on his channel.

The cause of the controversy appears to stem from various emotes that were previously approved and implemented on Twitch. With the account being over five years old, the streamer explained how they had never even received so much as a warning.

Further adding to the confusion, Twitch failed to address exactly which emote or emotes were responsible for the violation and subsequent ban.

“I got perma-banned on twitch for an emote they approved without being told which one and have yet to receive any type of reply from support,” he said.

As outlined in the official Twitch Subscriber Emoticon Guide for Partners and Affiliates, those that are “in good standing” on the platform “will have their emoticons automatically approved.” 

Conversely, if a Twitch Partner is not in good standing, their emoticons will need to be approved through a manual process. 

It’s unclear whether Kordell was in good standing at the time in which his emotes were implemented on Twitch, or if an employee manually approved them after review.

Having each been permitted over the past few weeks however, the ban has certainly come as a shock to the streamer who was under the notion that everything he submitted was in line with Twitch standards.

More and more of the most popular content creators have been parting ways with the Amazon-owned streaming platform of late. 

While many prefer the freedom that other services afford, perhaps the lack of communication and often puzzling decisions such as this ban, have been significant factors for those seeking new homes.

Overwatch

Former Overwatch pro Ryuhejong suspended from Gen.G following Twitch drama

Published: 19/Jan/2021 21:43

by Bill Cooney

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Former Overwatch League star Jehong ‘Ryujehong’ Ryu has been suspended from the Gen.G organization after reportedly making sexist comments on stream.

Widely regarded as one of the best Ana and flex support players around, Ryujehong is a familiar name to any Overwatch esports fan. He was one of the most popular players in OWL before stepping away from the competitive scene after the Vancouver Titans nuked their roster back in May 2020.

On January 11, 2021, Gen.G announced that RJH would be joining their org as a content creator, which makes sense, as he was a figurehead for the org’s Seoul Dynasty squad during the League’s first two seasons.

Following what was a very short honeymoon period, the Korean-based org has now suspended Ryu for sexist comments he made on stream that quickly caught the attention of social media, as you can see below:

On January 16, Jehong streamed alongside a female streamer named Haegi, and reportedly made a number of sexist comments towards her multiple times, and even called her out for interrupting him, claiming that women shouldn’t interrupt men.

Since the stream happened the VOD has been deleted, but this is the internet, and the comments were quickly translated into English, kicking off the storm of social media backlash.

On January 19, Gen.G’s Chief Operating Officer Arnold Hur announced that the org was suspending Ryujehong “indefinitely” due to his on stream-comments.

“I’m personally very disappointed in the language used during the stream by Jehong. He was wrong, and I find it uncharacteristic of the person I knew who has always been a considerate, kind-hearted teammate,” Hur wrote. “Our belief is that whether you are a player or streamer, anybody with a platform should understand the responsibility of the higher standards that come with it. As such, we have suspended all of Jehong’s team-related activities indefinitely.”

Like Hur mentioned, Jehong did put out an apology of his own after the firestorm started, where he apologized for what he said, and promised to watch how he speaks in the future, but added he won’t be censoring himself either, according to a translation provided by @hannahhycho on Twitter.

“I am trying to move my streams towards the streamer Ryujehong. I know there are many people who used to watch my old streams who are struggling to adjust to the chat and are confused by the fact I will be using ‘streamer memes’ but I hope you can understand,” RJH wrote, according to the translation. “From now on, I will listen to feedback for my streams and chat to develop them further… I saw some messages from people who aren’t my fans and I want to tell them to stop fanning the flames.”

Just in case there weren’t enough wrinkles to this story, Haegi, the female streamer who was broadcasting with Ryujehong when the incident took place, has come out and defended him according to translations by Reddit user Great-Reno, saying they were bantering back and forth and what happened wasn’t what it seemed.

“Why RJH gets all the blame when I made sexist jokes with him either? This is a bit undeserved,” Haegi said in a YouTube video posted after the outrage began, according to the translation. “I’m cool with it. Why does it matter when the person involved with the matter feels okay? I don’t see why people get offended by this. Live in comfort please.”

Opinion from the female streamer that RJH was with from Competitiveoverwatch

Now, even if it just was some friendly banter back and forth, the kind of language Ryujehong apparently used just doesn’t fly when you’re signed to a major esports org like Gen.G, and is also a huge disappointment to the greater Overwatch community who saw him as a role model, and just a genuine, stand-up dude.

It remains to be seen when or if RJH will return from his suspension to being an active member of Gen.G.