Dafran banned from Valorant voice chat after outburst on Twitch stream

Published: 20/Feb/2021 13:14 Updated: 20/Feb/2021 17:07

by Luke Edwards


Streamer Daniel ‘Dafran’ Francesca is no stranger to an outburst of rage while playing, but this time, his outburst at his teammates cost him the ability to use Valorant voice chat.

You might have thought being forced into taking an ice bath would have helped Dafran ‘cool off’. But he’s been as hotheaded as ever, with his latest Valorant escapades resulting in him getting banned from voice chat.

The former Overwatch pro was in the midst of an extremely close game of competitive Valorant. At the start of the first round of overtime on Ascent, Dafran’s Viper was picked off from mid.

While he was swiftly traded out, his teammates struggled and failed to win the round. Dafran understandably got quite frustrated.

After his team’s Killjoy was picked off, and their Jett failed to secure a return kill, Dafran was not happy. “What the f***,” he said. “My teammates are so f***ing bad.”

As soon as the round ended, Dafran received the message: “You have been restricted from transmitting in team voice. You will be able to use team voice again on Feb 22.”

He took the ban in good spirits, however. “Okay, I got banned from voice,” he said, laughing. “It’s probably for the best, let’s be honest. Everyone in Immortal is f***ing banned, dude.”

Twitch streamer Dafran is now a farmer
The former OWL pro quit Twitch for farming school in June 2020, but left after two months.

Section 7 of Riot Games’ Terms of Service states: “Transmitting or communicating any content which we reasonably believe to be offensive to players, including language that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, vulgar, obscene… warrant disciplinary measures.”

The ban didn’t stop Dafran from securing the win in the following round, however, as his team were able to claw it back to a draw.

This isn’t the first time the part-time farmer has been disciplined for Valorant-based activities. Back in May 2020, Dafran was banned from Twitch for flaming Valorant tournament organizers Solary TV, and returned from another ban in November with a promise he was “reformed”.

Regardless, it’s good to see the ex-Overwatch pro take the ban in good spirits.


TikTok star Josh Richards and Mark Wahlberg launch Gen Z production company

Published: 23/Feb/2021 19:44

by Virginia Glaze


Sway House member and social media star Josh Richards has partnered up with actor and producer Mark Wahlberg to kick off his very own Gen Z-centric media production company.

Josh Richards is no newbie when it comes to content creation and amassing a large audience; the social media star has garnered over 2.4 million subscribers on YouTube alone, scoring another 24 million followers on his primary platform, TikTok.

However, it seems that the personality behind the smartphone screen is transitioning to broader horizons after partnering with none other than actor Mark Wahlberg’s Unrealistic Ideas production company.

Together, these two giants are forming another media production company with a focus on Gen Z viewers. Dubbed CrossCheck studios, this company aims to “cater to Gen Z content creators across all sectors of entertainment” and is “focused on becoming the premier venue for internet-native creatives.”


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Whether or not Richards’ production company will launch full-fledged movies and tv shows remains to be seen, but it has already “put together a full slate of material” and is even “actively scouting new projects.”

“This is a real passion project for me that I’m going to pour my heart and soul into,” Richards said of his new venture. “We’re going to have a lot of fun along the way and build something great together. I would like to thank Mark, Lev and Archie for believing in a 19-year-old from a small town in Ontario. Now, let’s get to work.”

“I am impressed with Josh and all of the things he’s already accomplished,” Wahlberg commented. “We are looking forward to being in business with him and joining forces with CrossCheck Studios.”

With the likes of Charli D’Amelio and her family scoring their very own reality show on Hulu and rumors of Addison Rae potentially creating a song with Nicki Minaj, Richards’ newest partnership marks yet another huge milestone for internet-based content creators moving into the mainstream limelight.

Exactly what kind of content Richards’ company will put out remains to be seen, but it’s certainly exciting to imagine young innovators taking the reigns for a new generation of media.