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Twitch uphold hate speech ban against streamer who claims he said “yikers”

Published: 11/Jun/2019 8:12 Updated: 11/Jun/2019 8:33

by Matt Porter


League of Legends streamer who claims to have used the word “yikers” during a broadcast, which was mistaken for a racial slur.

Hunter ‘Pink Ward’ Trahan is a LoL streamer on the platform, but had his Twitch account shut down by the company back in May for “hateful conduct.”

Pink Ward believes this refers to a moment on his stream in which he says “yikers” in response to behaviour from an opposing player, but could possibly be misheard as a racial slur.

Riot / YouTubePink Ward is a League of Legends streamer on Twitch.

In a clip taken by the streamer from from his broadcast. Pink Ward’s teammate can be heard saying “yikes” when an enemy player refers to the LoL player as a “fat pig.”

In the clip, Pink Ward can be heard calling the opposing player salty, before using what sounds like the phrase “fucking yikers,” a claim he vehemently maintains, despite some viewers feeling he may have used the slur. 

The streamer received a 30 day ban from the site on May 17, and has been trying to get his ban overturned ever since, saying that he understands what people might have heard, but feels that Twitch haven’t taken context or intent into account when handing down the ban.

Despite his protests, it appears that Pink Ward will have to serve out the entirety of his 30 day ban, revealing on June 10 that he had reopened his ticket in the hopes of receiving a response from Twitch about the ban, but had it closed again.

“Guess my ban is just going to get swept under the rug,” wrote Pink Ward on Twitter. “I thought I had a chance at getting unbanned. I guess it’s confirmed that context doesn’t matter. In the end, Twitch will ban who they want to ban.”

The streamer says his biggest issue with the ban is the lack of communication he has received from Twitch about it, despite sending multiple emails and tickets about the situation.

Pink Ward explained: “My problem is no communication. My tickets have been changed from open to closed. I’ve only gotten one email about it. At this point, either the system is automatically closing them, or someone’s fucking with me.”

The LoL player suggests that he is anxious to return to Twitch, stating that due to the strike on his account, he will not be able to apply for a Twitch partnership for another three months.

This isn’t the first time Twitch’s policy on banning channels for using hate speech has come under scrutiny, with a number of World of Warcraft streamers claiming that they had been banned for typing the name of the game’s NPCs in chat.

We’ll be sure to update this story as new information becomes available.


Minecraft streamers TommyInnit, Tubbo & more dominate Twitch after Dream SMP finale

Published: 24/Jan/2021 12:29

by Georgina Smith


Streamers who are part of Dream’s SMP Minecraft server such as TommyInnit, Tubbo, Quackity, and more, are topping the list of the fastest growing streamers on Twitch following an SMP finale stream.

The Minecraft community has experienced a giant surge in popularity throughout the past year, with the 2011 game providing a central focus for a huge number of streamers who have seen a boost in their follower count recently.

Largely this resurgence in popularity is due to the huge multi-streamer server named the ‘Dream SMP.’ Dream is a popular Minecraft speedrunner and YouTuber, and while the SMP (survival multiplayer server) started off as a simple fun server, it quickly progressed into remarkably detailed roleplay and lore, which has captivated fans across the world.

Minecraft promo image next to Dream logo, Mojang, Microsoft Studios /
The Dream SMP is full of many hugely popular streamers and YouTubers.

The story of the Dream SMP features wars, betrayal, revolutions, and more, and these plotlines are acted out and developed by a huge host of streamers who have all appeared in the server or in content relating to the server.

Dream SMP dominate fastest-growing channels

Following a ‘finale’ stream that saw an end to part of the developing story, many of these Dream SMP streamers are shooting to the top of the ranks on Twitch, dominating the fastest-growing streamers list.

According to SullyGnome, 16-year-old Tommy is the fastest-growing account on the platform, with his average viewers at a whopping 300,000. This follows his finale stream in which he peaked at around 650,000 viewers.

(Note: The top channel here, elpront0, is the victim of a follow bot, and so those numbers are discounted)

Table showing the fastest growing streamers for the week up to January 24
SullyGnome’s data shows the fastest growing streamers for the seven days leading up to January 24.

Close behind Tommy, and all within the top ten fastest-growing streamers for the seven days leading up to January 24, are fellow SMP streamers awesamdude, Tubbo, RanbooLive, Quackity, Foolish Gamers, Sapnap, and Philza.

To see this list dominated by one group of people is certainly a testament to the growing popularity of the Dream SMP group. With so many creators on board, the amount of content is practically endless, and clearly a huge amount of work has gone into developing the lore.

Now this finale has passed, fans will be keen to know what’s going to happen next in the world of the Dream SMP, and there’s no doubt that this interest will provide an even bigger boost in numbers for these streamers.