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Fortnite pro Khanada’s YouTube stream instantly shut down following Twitch ban

Published: 6/Jan/2021 21:55

by Albert Petrosyan

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Leon ‘Khanada’ Khim, a competitive Fortnite player who recently joined Built By Gamers, saw his first YouTube broadcast instantly shut down after the former TSM pro was looking for a new platform to stream following his Twitch account’s ban.

Khanada is running out of options when it comes to platforms he can live-stream on. Built By Gamers’ newest high-profile recruit had built a lot of hype surrounding his first YouTube stream, where he also announced that he’d be joining the organization.

With over 144K subscribers on YouTube, there was sure to be lots of viewers who would be tuning in, except for the fact that barely 25 minutes or so into it, the stream was inexplicably shut down.

“Bro I just got banned for nothing,” Khanada tweeted out. “Everybody hates me. I might be the most unluckiest person to touch streaming. Anyway, thanks for everyone that showed up to the stream, means a lot. I’ll try to get this fixed as soon as possible and let you know when my next stream [is].”

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There was a lot of hype surrounding Khanada’s first YouTube stream.

At this point, it’s not clear exactly what caused the issue that led to YouTube turning off the broadcast. When attempting to click to any links leading to it, users now get a message that reads, “This video has been removed for violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines.”

What makes things a bit more confusing is that this appears to be the only content on Khanada’s YouTube page that’s been taken down; the dozens of other videos he’s published over the past two years continue to exist on the page, along with his verification status.

“I actually missed streaming so much just for it to get snatched right out of my hands,” Khim added on Twitter after appealing to YouTube’s Head of Gaming, Ryan ‘Fwiz’ Wyatt.

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Khanada is the latest big-name recruit for Built By Gamers.

What the Fortnite player is probably also alluding to in that latest tweet is the fact that not only was his attempt to stream on YouTube unsuccessful, but he’s also banned on streaming on Twitch as well.

Back in September, the former TSM man was hit with an indefinite suspension, and after a lengthy appeals process, he revealed that Twitch hadn’t budged from their original decision, stating that they “do not un-suspend accounts for this level of abuse.”

The “abuse” they referred to stems from the original reason for the suspension; the platform believed that Khanada had been “making threats,” despite his claims that it was just some in-game trash talk, and nothing he’s done so far has been able to persuade them otherwise.

As always, we will continue to bring you the latest on this situation as more information becomes available, so make sure to check back here regularly for updates.

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Epic Games sues Apple & Google in UK over Fortnite removals

Published: 16/Jan/2021 1:28

by Theo Salaun

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Following litigation over Fortnite’s app store removals by Apple and Google in the United States of America, Epic Games have officially mounted lawsuits against both tech companies in the United Kingdom, as well.

In August 2020, Epic Games added their own payment process to Fortnite’s mobile offerings so that Apple and Google’s cellphone and tablet users could purchase in-game items at a discounted price. This discount was specifically enabled by the new process, which bypassed each company’s transaction fees. 

Unsurprisingly, as the payment method was in direct violation of both the App Store and Play Store’s Terms of Services, each company subsequently removed Fornite from their offerings. And, expecting this, Epic Games responded by launching lawsuits against the companies in the U.S. and Australia. 

Now, the makers behind the world’s most popular third-person battle royale have tripled down and mounted legal action against both tech giants in the U.K. Citing violations of competition laws, Epic Games’ legal case in the U.K. is very similar to the ones already made in other countries. And, immediately contested, Apple and Google’s responses have proved similar, as well.

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Fortnite’s Crew subscription service means even more payments for Epic Games.

As discussed by BBC News, Epic have officially submitted documents to the Competition Appeal Tribunal in the UK. The allegations suggest a monopolistic abuse of power by each company that centers around competitive restrictions to app store and payment processing options, as well as unfair payment fees.

Typically, those fees come at about 30 percent of all purchases, although exact figures differ depending on company and app. Fortnite is obviously one of the biggest games in the entire world, so almost one-third of their sales on mobile means hefty earnings.

But, like their other lawsuits, Epic allege that this is about more than their own profits. The company demands that Apple and Google begin allowing software developers to institute their own payment-processing systems and options to be downloaded outside of the App and Play stores.

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Fortnite has always delighted its fanbase with purchasable cosmetics.

So far, Apple and Google have both replied similarly in the U.K. situation, claiming that they are open to reintroducing Fortnite to their mobile stores but that they deny any violation of competitiveness.

Dexerto will continue to monitor the legal cases in each country, providing updates whenever these prolonged legal disputes begin reaching their conclusions.