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Popular WoW player blasts Twitch after ‘double standards’ ban

Published: 19/Jun/2019 20:04 Updated: 19/Jun/2019 20:41

by Alan Bernal


Popular YouTuber ‘PilavPowa’ has been banned from streaming on Twitch for ‘wearing sexually suggestive attire’ after getting access to the World of Warcraft Classic Beta, and the community is calling foul.

World of Warcraft fans are hyped to go back and play the game as it was at release with WoW Classic and according to Twitch, one streamer got a bit too excited when learning he got into the game’s early version.


Twitch audiences love the diverse and entertaining assortment of content readily available on the streaming platform, but the company has been consistently under fire for their questionable bans regarding Terms of Service infractions.

Pilav YouTubeThe YouTuber was pretty hyped about the upcoming WoW throwback version, but it doesn’t seem like he’ll be able to stream it on Twitch any time soon.

In a series of Tweets, Pilav revealed what got him banned from the platform which was met with a lot of people disagreeing with the call.


“Reason: Wearing sexually suggestive attire, such as undergarments or intimate apparel,” pilav said. “I was BEGGING Blizzard for weeks now to give me Classic beta invite and finally tonight I got it and my genuine reaction was to jump around out of excitement and shorts slipped down a bit you could literally see half of my underpants and that’s about it no arse at all.”

He later said that Twitch gave him a ban with an “indefinite” suspension length. That leaves the fate of his channel in question, as fans don’t know exactly when they can expect to watch Pilav go live again.

Twitch’s lopsided bans have drawn ire form the community

The Twitch community are used to strange and questionable bans from the streaming platform in the past.


In his disbelief, Pilav linked a clip from streamer saamjam’s broadcast showing her enjoying a homemade slip and slide in her living room while wearing a bikini.

“Yeah my underwear slip from shorts after genuinely celebrating EPIC gaming moment on gaming platform is sexual attire but this is not ecks dee,” Pilav said.

It seems as Pilav is using the clip to hint at the disparity in the nature of Twitch bans as it relates to creators: “Keep in mind this is literally going on right now… it’s actually sad now that I think about it at this point..please perma ban me actually I don’t care Twitch.”


The linked clip has since been made unavailable, but the stream’s VOD is still viewable at the time of writing.


Twitch staff accused of tricking streamer into promoting brands

Published: 7/Oct/2020 21:28 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 21:34

by Alan Bernal


Twitch streamers are speaking out against the broadcasting platform for attempting to promote brands within individual chats. Content creators are slamming the practice, especially since they have no control of removing the adverts from their channel.

One longtime YouTuber and Twitch streamer who goes by ‘The Black Hokage’ noticed a staffer had dropped a message in his Chat. The purpose of the text, sent by ‘newcryka,’ was to have the streamer acknowledge the listed brand with 400 Bits attached to the post.


He immediately took issue with the move: “Yo, are you promoting something?… You got a Twitch staff symbol next to your name, are you promoting sh*t in my Chat?”

After posting the interaction on Twitter, more streamers slammed the apparent unsolicited advertisement from the streaming platform.


“Creators beware! Twitch staff is now going around donating spare change in an attempt to trick you into shouting out brands without proper compensation. Don’t fall for it,” The Black Hokage said.

Twitch partner and viral streamer ‘negaoryx’ responded: “Which is great, because we can’t moderate anything said by Twitch staff in chat, so we can’t even purge it… great…”

There is a function that lets people ‘/Clear’ their channels messaging log, which lets “broadcasters and chat moderators to completely wipe the previous chat history.” This feature doesn’t apply to messages from Twitch staff accounts.


However the means, content creators and the wider Twitch community got an indication that the streaming platform could experience more intrusive marketing campaigns.

Some believe that The Black Hokage’s clip could have been a Twitch advertisement staff member testing out a new form of social engagement tactics meant for branding – and the thought isn’t unfounded.

In early August, an outside company released how its latest marketing scheme made use of Twitch’s donation alerts to get a branded sound bite played on a streamer’s channel. Their video showed multiple instances of a Twitch account surprising streamers by donating $5 to get a brand’s name and current offerings played on their page.


The idea was immediately chastised for its way of engaging in promotion and sponsorship for a company without consulting or locking a paid deal with the individual streamer. However, despite inevitable backlash, advertisers are still trying out new methods of outreach.

The Amazon-owned streaming site has been incorporating more ways to engage audiences with branding promotions and advertisements.

Amazon solutions for ads have directly integrated Twitch channels and streamers in the past.

“Twitch video and display media, as well as new Twitch audiences, are now available for inclusion in Amazon Advertising campaigns, and Amazon audiences are available for inclusion in Twitch campaigns,” Amazon wrote. “We’re delighted to share that we are combining Twitch’s hard-to-reach and highly engaged audiences with Amazon Advertising’s integrated full-funnel advertising offering.

Days after Amazon announced it had added Twitch to its Amazon Advertising portfolio, the streaming site announced it was testing out mid-roll ads for channels. This too was vehemently criticized by everyone from Twitch streamers to viewers, and the idea was later abandoned.

Twitch has been experimenting with new ad campaigns that have drawn ire from viewers and streamers.

A feature that hasn’t gone back to the drawing board has been the picture-in-picture mode for ads that minimizes and mutes the main stream while playing a fullscreened promotion. This too was received with angst from viewers.

Twitch’s latest attempt at finding a more engaging way to introduce ads to its reported 17.5 million daily users has, again, created ire from its partnered content creators.

As Amazon and Twitch continue to create advertising solutions for its highly-valuable and impressionable audiences, the platform’s streamers will be on the lookout for more marketing tactics that look to benefit off of their communities.