Twitch bans Overwatch streamer for receiving offensive friend request

Published: 26/Nov/2019 2:58 Updated: 26/Nov/2019 5:17

by Andrew Amos


An Overwatch streamer has been suspended from Twitch after receiving a racist friend request through Battle.net, which popped up during his broadcast.

During a November 24 broadcast, Overwatch streamer ‘simpleFnK’ was targeted by racist Battle.net users, spamming him with friend requests notifications. 

With no immediate way to block the friend requests while he was in the middle of a match, he had to bear the barrage of insults until he could disable his notifications or turn off his stream. 

Warning: Racism

Twitch then hit the small streamer with a suspension for “hateful conduct,” although it’s unknown how long the ban is.

“It’s been 24 hours and no reply,” he said, speaking to Dexerto. “I took a quick photo in the middle of the game because I knew I would get banned for it, it’s horrible.”

SimpleFnK, who was a part of the Saudi Arabian Overwatch World Cup 2019 team, commented on the situation, saying the friend request wasn’t even sitting in his Battle.net account and that he had very little control of the situation.

“The friend request has been pending the whole game in the middle of the screen, even the friend request list was empty,” he said.

Twitter: SAFEISKSASimpleFnK flew to Anaheim to play in the Overwatch World Cup 2019 with Saudi Arabia.

It’s not the first time Battle.net friend requests have put Overwatch streamers in hot water. Back in March, a bevy of Overwatch League superstars, including Park ‘Saebyeolbe’ Jong-ryeol and Daniel ‘FunnyAstro’ Hathaway were targeted by trolls with racist usernames.

They would send the streamers friend requests using the “Show real name with request” feature on Battle.net, and set their name to an offensive message. 

Streamers were forced to take action to stop the friend requests from popping up, including an iconic clip from Saebyeolbe dragging his camera across the top of the screen.

Warning: Racism

While there was no action taken against these bigger streamers, simpleFnK feels like his ban is having an impact on his ability to go pro in Overwatch.

“I just wanted to be known in NA since I moved there, and streaming and popping off in-game was my way to prove to them that I’m a good player.”

There is a setting within the Battle.net client that allows players to turn off friend request notifications entirely. Alternatively, you can disable in-game notifications in the Options menu under the Social tab.

For now though, simpleFnK will have to wait out his suspension or hope his appeal to Twitch is successful before he can get back to streaming on the platform.


New Overwatch Shield Bash tech makes Brigitte even more powerful

Published: 22/Jan/2021 21:58

by Michael Gwilliam


A new Overwatch trick has just been discovered that could make Brigitte an even bigger threat on the battlefield than she already is.

Brigitte has been one of the game’s most controversial heroes since release thanks to her high levels of sustain, crowd control, armor, and healing. Despite multiple nerfs and reworks, she remains one of the best heroes in the right hands.

Now, players have found a completely new trick with her that is sure to make many players rage and call for nerfs to the Swedish shield maiden.

The trick, which was posted to a Korean YouTube account, shows that if Brigitte Shield Bashes at the exact same time she’s hit with an enemy’s attack that does knockback, she can travel far distances.

Shield Bash already has some slight movement advantages, but when combined with an enemy’s attack, she can torpedo across the map and even clear gaps that other heroes are unable to.

As you can see, when Brigitte gets hit in the back by Sigma’s Hyper Spheres, they do just enough knockback to allow the hero to use them to her advantage.

With this trick, Brigitte can even go from one side of Rialto’s bridge to the other in one swift movement, although it will take some getting used to if players want to pull it off in an actual game.

That said, enemy players could potentially use this to their own advantage, such as by hitting Brigitte with a melee attack right as she Shield Bashes.

In this clip by Overwatch streamer Aspen, she goes flying all over the map on Hollywood and had no idea why. As it turns out, it was because she was hit by a melee from a Tracer player just before bashing.

If timed right, this could cause Brigitte players to go flying off of maps with environmental hazards such as Nepal Sanctum.

Of course, with this new discovery, there also comes the possibility that Blizzard decides to patch it out. Only time will tell how the developers decide to handle it.