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Tarzaned explains how he’ll clean up “loser act” after Twitch ban

Published: 28/Nov/2019 0:07 Updated: 28/Nov/2019 0:10

by Isaac McIntyre


League of Legends star Julian ‘Tarzaned’ Farokhian has promised to clean up his “loser act” after being slammed with a 30-day streaming ban just hours after winning the Twitch Rivals tournament with Tyler ‘Tyler1’ Steinkamp.

Tarzaned and his team the Shadowdogs, captained by Tyler1, cruised to an undefeated 10-0 first-place finish in the Twitch Rivals tournament, taking home $75,000, and bragging rights over streamers like Yassuo and Nightblue.

For Forkhian, the event seemed to be a turning point. He dominated on the Rift, with many tipping him as the tournament’s MVP, and proved he could fit into a team with former LCS stars like Max ‘Soligo’ Soong and Alex ‘Xpecial’ Chu.

Shadowdogs’ team captain Tyler1 even went so far as to tell Tarzaned he was “going all the way to LCS, baby” in a passionate outcry after the notorious jungler came up trumps on a pivotal smite fight on Baron Nashor in the semifinal.

All that momentum, right after shining on the biggest streaming stage, has been stunted for Tarzaned; however, after the 25-year-old was slapped with a 30-day streaming ban from Twitch’s platform just ahead of the Twitch Rivals decider.

The 30-day ban, which Tarzaned revealed was for “harassing another League of Legends player,” combined with the delight of dominating Twitch Rivals alongside other streaming stars, seems to have been a shock to the jungler’s system.

No one would have been surprised if Farokhian leaned into his ‘bad boy’ persona and laughed off the ban, sticking to highlight reels until he had served his month-long punishment. Instead, he said he wants to change.

“I was told an hour before the tournament that I’m receiving a 30-day ban,” Tarzaned revealed in an emotional statement released soon after the Shadowdogs clinched a 2-0 victory in the final. “This is the first time in 4 years of streaming that I will be getting suspended, so it got me very depressed and emotional on stream.”

Twitch: Tyler1Tarzaned’s huge 30-day ban came hours after his and Tyler1’s team Shadowdogs clinched the Twitch Rivals title with an undefeated record.

Farokhian revealed that a player had been griefing him during broadcasts, in his Discord channel, and through private messages “for years,” telling the streamer to kill himself, and barraging him with “the N and F words.”

“Considering I have had really good behavior, I’m beyond disappointed in myself for doing this… [what he did] didn’t mean I should ever get on his level,” Tarzaned said.

The jungler admitted that, for the first time in his life, he had started seeing people positively support him in Twitch chat as he played the tournament. He even set up the program on his second monitor, so that he could see the comments roll in.

When they didn’t stop, and the support continued to grow, Tarzaned admitted that he sat back and read them, and just cried.

“For the first time in my life, I was seeing people support me, and I truly couldn’t believe it… the Reddit threads, reading my chat, the DMs on social media, I thought my redemption arc was going to be the real thing this time,” he said.

“I was going to utilize everything I’ve learned both as a person and a player to do something with all my time spent into this game.

“If you’re not aware, I have always had the reputation of someone who’s too toxic, shit teammate, etc. I agree with all of this, and I’m not proud of it.

“The moment I faced my first denial, I just had a loser’s attitude and just decided to be an edgy piece of sh*t that does whatever he wants instead of bouncing back, recovering, and trying to be a better person and I will forever regret it.”

Riot GamesTarzaned has set his eyes on a debut in the LCS.

After taking time to reflect, Tarzaned added that he would be appealing against the month-long ban, and looking to use what he had learned from the successful Twitch Rivals tournament to “better myself” in the future.

“I’m extremely sorry for everything,” he concluded. “I’m truly grateful for everything my community, supporters, team, girlfriend, and family have done for me to get here, but unfortunately, I ruined everything again. I’m sorry.”

Whether or not Tarzaned commits to the ‘reformed’ life, and aims to break into the LCS remains to be seen, but for now, all eyes will be on the explosive jungler’s next steps forward. Twitch has yet to comment on the month-long ban.


xQc explains why his 7-day Twitch ban was actually a good thing

Published: 25/Nov/2020 23:59

by Michael Gwilliam


Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel finally returned to streaming after receiving a massive seven-day ban for his role in a Fall Guys Twitch Rivals stream sniping controversy. However, according to the French Canadian, the ban was actually good for him.

xQc’s return to Twitch was met with some huge numbers, with over 100,000 viewers packed into his chat.

With such a massive audience, Lengyel explained how, while he expected to be criticized for his actions, he was shocked at how some folks didn’t want him to improve or get better.

“Seeing people not wanting you to move or not wanting you to go past the hurdles, it’s almost like they’re living through you,” he explained. “There’s a lot of them.”

xQc's Twitch viewers upon his return
xQc’s return stream was pulling in huge numbers.

According to the former Overwatch League pro, even after he apologized for his actions, some people were still attacking him for silly reasons.

“‘Oh no, not good enough of an apology, I hope you get perma-banned,’” he paraphrased of his haters. “I hope nobody gets perma-banned and there are people I really dislike in the content creator space, and I wouldn’t want them to get perma-banned.”

His reasoning for this is because he believes people can come back and do better. But he also addressed people claiming that Twitch was using him as an example.

“I don’t think bigger streamers get preferential treatment. And I think that was a good showcase of it,” he added. “I think, out of all the other instances, I think that was a good showcase of me not getting preferential treatment. If anything, I got the full juicer. Seven-day whole thing and I got clapped.”

Twitch has often been accused of giving some larger streamers better treatment than others on the platform, so this was a refreshing revelation from the Laval-born Lengyel.

“Even if, let’s say, I was being used as an example, and they put me out there as an example of doing a bad thing, that’s fine,” he continued. “That’s fine because when we come back, I can also be an example of doing better.”

Hopefully, xQc can make good on this challenge to himself and actually become better, just as suggested.