Escape from Tarkov developers banned on Twitch after mimicking suicide - Dexerto

Escape from Tarkov developers banned on Twitch after mimicking suicide

Published: 31/Dec/2019 3:30

by Brad Norton


The official Battlestate Games Twitch account has been banned from the platform after a member of a recent broadcast imitated a suicidal act on-stream.

Developers behind the popular First Person Shooter Escape from Tarkov, have been met with a ban on Twitch after violating the Community Guidelines.

Promoting a new content drop and major end of year update for the title, multiple developers were huddled on camera playing the latest version of the game before one member of the broadcast picked up a weapon and acted out pulling the trigger with the fake firearm.

Battlestate Games - Escape from TarkovThe very first playable build of Escape from Tarkov was made available August, 2016.

The reasoning behind the ban stems from an act carried out during a December 29 broadcast. A member of the development team wearing a balaclava picked up an unloaded pistol, cocked the weapon, and proceeded to pull the trigger with the barrel pressed firmly against the side of his head.

Labeled as ‘self-destructive behavior’ in the Twitch Community Guidelines, the individual in question acted in clear violation of the rules and inevitably got the official Battlestate Games channel banned.

“Any activity that may endanger your life or lead to your physical harm is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: suicide threats,” the official ruling outlines.

Having asked a question to a fellow Russian developer on-stream, the individual was evidently frustrated at the existence of an expensive item of clothing in-game. 

“Yes, it’s for real. It will cost four million Roubles,” he responded, addressing the genuine cost of the cosmetic through the in-game currency that serves as a play on Russian Rubles.

Shaking his head upon hearing that the price was indeed displayed correctly, the balaclava-wearing man picked up a nearby weapon and pretended to shoot himself in order to convey his frustration. 

While the act was an exaggerated means of expressing emotions, the Community Guidelines underscore how jokes of such nature are still in direct violation. “We do not make exceptions for self-destructive behavior performed as a stunt or gag made in jest, or meant to entertain.”

Battlestate Games - Escape from TarkovThe Battlestate Games Twitch channel was banned shortly after having reached 700,000 unique views.

While the developers at Battlestate Games may be able to appeal the decision and ultimately have their official channel reinstated on Twitch, there’s no denying that a member of their team acted in clear violation of the Community Guidelines.

With no duration set in stone, Battlestate’s removal from the platform appears to be indefinite. 

Despite their official channel being banned amidst a surge in popularity for the game on Twitch, many popular content creators have been praising the title of late, including Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek, should put it on a higher pedestal than the recent launch of Halo: Reach on PC.

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NickEh30 gets Twitch streamer banned for allegedly stream sniping

Published: 25/Nov/2020 4:48 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 5:07

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


NickEh30’s latest Fortnite tournament was quite a spectacle, but it was tainted by an alleged stream sniper, who was reported and subsequently banned despite maintaining his innocence.

Nick ‘NickEh30’ Amyoony has been hosting a series of Fortnite tournaments in recent months. The latest one was the NickEh30 Cup. It gave players a chance to compete against some of the game’s biggest names in the scene for a chance to win $10,000.  

It was all positive for the most part. A lesser-known professional Fortnite player named  Crumble managed to impress and take home the prize. However, the tournament was marred with some unfortunate stream sniping drama.

NickEh30 Fortnite stream sniping ban

In the final match, several other players landed on NickEh30, including a Twitch streamer named ArchieFN. He eliminated NickEh30 and danced on his body for the better part of 30 seconds.

NickEh30 was less than impressed and looked disappointed and deflated on stream. It was a stark contrast to his usual upbeat and positive vibe. He was convinced ArchieFN was stream sniping and hopped into the replay mode to report him and a few others.

Fortunately, Epic Games responded almost instantly and banned ArchieFN for 24 hours as soon as he returned to the lobby. You can watch a full recap of the incident below and form your own opinion.

However, ArchieFN is maintaining his innocence. He claimed he wasn’t stream sniping at all. Instead, he said he wanted to “contest someone who wasn’t a tier-one pro” and decided to land on NickEh30 after seeing him land in the same spot during a previous game.

Still, he apologized for what he did and acknowledged that some might find it “scummy.” Sadly, that didn’t stop him from copping a bit of abuse, some of which was needless and extreme.

“Why am I waking up to 600 DMs telling me to kill myself?” he said. “I’m 20, and it doesn’t bother me at all, but the majority of the community is quite younger … you really need to think about what you’re saying to people on the internet.”

In the end, ArchieFN’s Fortnite ban won’t last more than a day. It isn’t too long to wait if he’s innocent, but it’s enough for a wake-up call if he’s guilty.

Either way, The NickEh30 was a success despite the stream sniping drama, and a rightful victor was still crowned.