Twitch has unbanned NoPixel 3.0 streamer ‘RatedEpicz’ after an in-game incident, but the circumstances have still managed to pull the platform’s double standards into question.
GTA roleplaying (RP) is taking over Twitch yet again. With streamers like Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel, Jaryd ‘summit1g’ Lazar and more getting back on the trend, servers like NoPixel 3.0 are popping off once more.
The Rockstar title, first released in Sep. 2013, isn’t known for being the most family-friendly; Lives of high crime, and the trimmings that come with that, are the norm. However, RP servers make the experience a little bit tamer.
So, when RatedEpicz decided to enter the Vanilla Unicorn in GTA 5 as part of his RP content, he didn’t really think twice about it. The adult club is part of the game, and people have gone there before.
However, Twitch pinged him for adult content, temporarily banning the streamer.
“They got me boys. Hold it down,” he said on Twitter. He added later in Discord that he believes “being in the VU” was the main reason behind his suspension.
The ban was a minor one, and it only ended up lasting a few hours, with RatedEpicz being unbanned later on the 26th, and his channel coming back online the same day.
Twitch’s quick reversal didn’t stop the community from going into an uproar over the platform’s alleged double standards for a couple of reasons.
First, there are a number of other streamers doing worse things through GTA RP. The notorious Ricegum was highlighted as one case of being seemingly above Twitch’s law when it comes to roleplay streams.
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The second is that the Vanilla Unicorn is a part of the game anyone can enter. While not explicit entirely, the heavy suggestions might toe the line of Twitch’s adult content policy. However, many believe it should be whitelisted.
Reportedly, a number of other Twitch streamers were alerted to the problem’s surrounding the Vanilla Unicorn in GTA 5. The number of warnings handed out has forced the NoPixel devs to shut down that part of the map.
The devs also joked about the double standards surrounding Twitch gaming streams and IRL Just Chatting content, claiming “we are going to add hot tubs to VU and call it Just Chatting.”
RatedEpicz appealed the suspension just after it happened, and the strike was soon removed from his account. Even still, he’ll probably be staying far away from the Vanilla Unicorn to try and avoid Twitch’s wrath.