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.

If you or a loved one is struggling with mental health issues and would like to talk to someone, please reach out to your local hotline:

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How to watch the TikTok Room Awards: Nominees, results & more

Published: 28/Nov/2020 16:01

by Charlotte Colombo


Popular drama page TikTok Room delighted its 1.8 million followers this week when, on November 25, they announced on their Instagram that they would be hosting their very own awards show!

The post also announced that voting would be on Friday 27 November, with the awards then streaming tonight on Saturday 28 November.

Details surrounding what the award categories were was initially vague, with the account teasing more information throughout the week before opening the polls on Friday for fans to vote for some of their favorite TikTokers in various categories.

Despite the categories remaining unclear prior to voting being open, that didn’t stop some of TikTok’s biggest stars endorsing the awards and encouraging fans to vote for them.

Among other famous faces like Skai Jackson, Nessa Barrett, and Jacob Sartorius, Sway House star Bryce Hall endorsed the awards in a video, joking that he was probably nominated in the “most problematic” category, while Charli D’Amelio, who recently reached 100k followers on the TikTok, told her fans that “there is a special award show on Sunday” and encouraged them all to vote.

Although some fans found that there was difficulty submitting their votes – with TikTok Room explaining in an Instagram post that this was due to heavy traffic on the form- by the time the polls were closed, TikTok Room announced that over 500,000 votes were cast after teasing fans earlier that day with just how close some of the categories were.

What are the categories?

The TikTok Room awards consists of 28 categories in total, and are as follows:

  • Most active with fans
  • Best couple
  • Best makeup
  • Most positive
  • Best style (male)
  • Best style (female)
  • Best ship
  • Best dancer (male)
  • Best dancer (female)
  • Best fandom
  • Funniest TikToker/ collab
  • Best diss track
  • Least problematic (male)
  • Least problematic (female)
  • Best role model
  • Best group/duo
  • Kindest TikToker
  • Best dance creator
  • Best song
  • Most talented musician
  • Most achieved (male)
  • Most achieved (female)
  • Favourite TikToker/ Influencer (male)
  • Favourite TikToker/ Influencer (female)
  • Best clapbacks/ comebacks
  • Best YouTuber
  • Best hair
  • Best house

The running order of these categories is not yet clear.

When do the TikTok Room awards start?

While the awards themselves start at 8pm Eastern Standard Time, TikTok Room have announced that there will be a pre-show from 6pm Eastern Standard Time.

It isn’t quite certain how exactly the awards will be broadcast, although TikTok Room did confirm to a fan in the comments section that they would be posting the results on their Instagram page throughout the night.

So, to watch the awards, your best bet is to keep an eye on TikTok Room’s Instagram account!