Popular Twitch streamer 'Pokelawls' received a ban from Twitch on November 22, and he later revealed the surprising reason as to why his channel was suspended.
A big appeal of streaming is the real-time interaction that audiences get with their favorite personalities. The live format, however, has its drawbacks as streamers can't take back something that is shown on their stream, even if accidental.
Canadian Twitch star 'pokelawls' learned that the hard way when he found his account was on the receiving end of a 72-hour ban from the streaming platform, which left fans angry and outraged at the abrupt suspension.
The frequent collaborator and friend of Felix 'xQc' Lengyel was less than happy with his ban, and took to Twitter to share what exactly it was that got his channel shut down temporarily.
What was Pokelawls banned for?
The streamer confirmed his ban on Twitter on November 22, stating that he had been handed be a three-day suspension, and claimed that it was due to showing nudity during his November 21 broadcast.
"Getting banned on Twitch for 72 hours, some dudes bare ass from the 1980s got shown," he tweeted, which drew outrage from many of his fans,who argued the streaming platform was unfairly enforcing the rules.
Getting banned on twitch for 72 hours, some dudes bare ass from the 1980s got shown. Yep
— Poke (@pokelawls) November 22, 2019
While the Canadian personality didn't specify what exactly got him banned, he was browsing videos on YouTube with his audience during a previous broadcast, when he briefly watched a music video from the artist 'The Babe Rainbow' for their single 'Broccoli Forest.'
In the beginning of video, there was a scene showing a couple walking into the ocean from a beach, when the camera shows the backside of the man – who also happens to be naked.
Despite the scene being just a second long, it apparently netted his channel a ban.
While a ban is bad enough, the popular Twitch star also revealed on his Twitter that he is also losing bounties, which are paid sponsorships offered to Twitch partners.
This is a huge deal given this is one of the main outlets that streamers make money off of, as they are able to broadcast games while getting paid by a sponsor.
It remains to be seen if the bounties feature is being removed permanently for pokelawls, as well as whether Twitch had some other issue with his stream.
While it's not that uncommon for streamers to accidentally show something they don't intend to during broadcasts, many of his fans feel the ban is harsh given the it was a split second clip that most didn't even notice initially.
Update November 22, 5:10PM PST: Pokelawls has now been unbanned on Twitch.