Twitch streamers banned after broadcasting drug taking in public

Published: 19/Nov/2019 21:46 Updated: 20/Nov/2019 12:47

by Virginia Glaze


Two teenagers were banned from Twitch following a stream in which they took illegal drugs in a public place.

While the pair aren’t well known streamers, a clip of their broadcast went viral on sites like LivestreamFails as they filmed themselves imbibing ketamine and marijuana.

One was smoking a bong and the other inhaling, allegedly, a bump of ketamine through her nostril. Despite doing this in broad daylight, one of the girls seemed surprised by the attention of some passers-by (who can’t be seen on camera).

Laughing, the short-haired teen asked her friend: “Why is there just old people… [unintelligible], what are they looking at? What they looking at, man? I’m just trying to snort some ket!”

The youngster’s account was quickly banned after the clip went viral, probably due to Twitch’s stance against using illegal drugs on stream.

According to the site’s Community Guidelines, “any activity that may endanger your life or lead to your physical harm” is prohibited on the platform, which includes such offenses as “suicide threats, intentional physical trauma”, and even “illegal use of drugs.”

Gage, Skidmore, Flickr | Twitch’s Community Guidelines make it clear that illegal drug use is prohibited on the platform.

Although some states in America have legalized the recreational and medical use of marijuana, cannabis remains illegal in the United Kingdom – as is ketamine, a substance that is reportedly on the rise among the country’s young citizens.

The teens broke Twitch’s Community Guidelines, but it doesn’t look like the banning has put a halt to their streaming activities.

As the time of writing, both girls have begun streaming under a new account named ‘zoinkedtv’, where they addressed their ban in a comeback stream titled: “Sometimes, banning happens.”

Although Twitch has yet to take action against their new channel, it’s likely only a matter of time before the teens get hit with yet another ban from the platform in wake of their extracurricular activities.


TheGrefg breaks Ninja’s world record for most-viewed Twitch stream

Published: 2/Dec/2020 1:27

by Bill Cooney


Spanish streamer ‘TheGrefg’ has broken Ninja’s world record for most people watching a Twitch stream during the Galactus Fortnite event.

David ‘TheGrefg’ Cánovas made Twitch history while streaming the Galactus event, which marked the end of Fortnite season 4, when he had more people watching him at once than any other individual Twitch streamer ever has in history.

The Spaniard was watching and reacting to the event, and captures appear to confirm that he reached a total of 660,000 people watching his stream at the same time before Twitch unfortunately crashed.

Twitter: @ArnauVidal
A screenshot showing Grefg surpassing 660K viewers.

The previous record you might remember was held by Ninja from when he teamed up with rapper Drake, where the duo peaked at 635k viewers at once while playing Fortnite back in 2018.

This insane amount of simultaneous viewers in a broadcast was almost double the figures of the previous record, held by  DrDisrespect — now streaming on YouTube — when he had 338,000 during his return stream in February 2018.

Grefg looking over his Twitch stats from Dec. 1

Now, the title for most-watched stream on Twitch now belongs to TheGrefg, and while there are no official figures yet, screenshots and clips definitely seem to indicate the streamer managed to bring in than 660,000 people simultaneously.

Grefg was far from the only streamer posting impressive viewer counts during the Galactus event, which actually “broke” Twitch and caused the site to temporarily crash following the big reveal. This is the big reason why the official viewer count, while definitely impressive, isn’t exactly known just yet.

The event itself officially closed out Fortnite Season 4, with the Season 5 update arriving at 9 PM PT / 12 AM ET / 5 AM GMT on Wednesday, December 2, according to Epic Games, with downtime expected to last all the way up to 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET / 9 AM GMT.

After that, the brand new season will kick off, and Fortnite fans — including Grefg — will get to check out all of the new content. Whether the streamer will be able to repeat his impressive record-breaking feat remains to be seen, but we certainly wish him the best of luck.