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Asmongold calls out Blizzard over their “dumb” WoW harassment guidelines

Published: 10/Sep/2020 2:13

by Alan Bernal


Popular Twitch streamer Zack ‘Asmongold’ slammed Blizzard’s spotlight on the company’s tools and suggestions for handling harassment within World of Warcraft.

Asmon called the company’s guidelines to deal with online harassment in WoW ineffective, and suggested his own way of dealing with constant infractions that streamlines the process of blocking communication with another player.

The WoW developer’s monthly spotlight for September reminded players about Blizzard’s Code of Conduct as well as what they could do to combat problematic players. Among others, the ignore features, report functions, and filters are some of Blizzard’s ways to keep harassment from others in check.

But as a longtime resident of Azeroth, Asmon thinks there’s a much more efficient way to let players control who they can ignore – and for the most part, Blizzard agrees.

Blizzard has been hearing online harassment complaints from WoW players for years.

“Are you guys dumb?” Asmongold replied to the Blizzard spotlight. “Make ignore list account-wide and add an option to ignore an entire bnet account.”

The streamer got right to the point of how the World of Warcraft filters should act when blocking a player from communicating.

An account-wide ban would prevent all of a malicious player’s characters from interacting with any of the characters from the person that put them in an ignored list.

This is where Blizzard’s method and Asmongold’s idea of censoring differ slightly.

While Blizzard noted the Ignore feature was account-wide, the person who Ignored another player will still be able to talk to them on other characters.

But Asmon thinks the devs are “creating unnecessary work for (themselves) when (Blizzard can) give players better tools to solve these problems without having to open a ticket.”

World of Warcraft encompasses millions of players, and the game’s issue with harassment has lasted for decades. “With so many diverse people throughout the game you will encounter folks who share your views and who you may get along with, and others you do not,” Blizzard wrote.

Both Blizzard and Asmongold want better ways to combat online harassment in WoW, and the community is hopeful that the studio will implement those kinds of solutions soon.

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Veteran WoW streamer claims he’s been banned from Twitch with no reason given

Published: 23/Jan/2021 19:57 Updated: 25/Jan/2021 0:47

by Julian Young


On January 19, World of Warcraft creator Mohamed ‘Ziqo’ Beshir announced he would be unable to stream for several days. He later confirmed his account was suspended by Twitch, but claimed the ban came without explanation or warning.

A long-time World of Warcraft content creator and caster, Ziqo is a respected voice in the community and go-to channel for many PVP players. Known for streams and videos showing off his skill as a Mage, he become a staple of the game’s PVP scene over the years.

With tens of thousands of subscribers across his Twitch and YouTube channels, and time spent signed to respected organizations like Cloud9, Ziqo has amassed a dedicated following of fans and the respect of his fellow WoW creators.

Now Ziqo finds himself in a situation where he can’t stream “for some days,” but didn’t have any other details to share at the time. Two days later he confirmed his Twitch account was suspended until January 27, and also claimed the platform never provided a reason for his ban.

Support from fans and creators filled Twitter and Reddit. Fellow WoW streamer Nick ‘nmplol’ Polom asked if Twitch gave a reason for the ban, and Ziqo responded “Nope, zero transparency so far.” Ziqo also discussed how these events had affected him: “I feel like a criminal, I have nightmares about it.”

The creator then explained how went back to his old streams to find something that might explain the ban. “I keep replaying my streams over in my head grasping for straws,” he said. He was unable to pinpoint a reason for the ban, and said “I really feel so bad right now left in the dark.”

Ziqo YouTube Wow Mage Gameplay
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Ziqo’s high-skill gameplay as a Mage earned him the respect of WoW’s PVP community.

Ziqo banned for ‘hateful speech and slurs’

Shortly after announcing the news, Ziqo put out a video on YouTube where he revealed he had since heard from Twitch that the suspension was for 7 days for breaking Twitch TOS by “using a hateful slur during a VOD.”

Despite informing him where he could appeal the suspension, Twitch could not point him to a specific clip or instance where Ziqo was caught breaking TOS, according to him.

“They told me it could be anything, honestly. In that policy it could be that I did a “hateful” symbol, it could be because I was stretching and they said ‘that’s a Nazi symbol, you’re banned,'” the streamer speculated. “It could be I left my chat open in WoW and somebody said something, it could be I said something. I highly doubt that since I never say these things in general, but it could be, I’m open to the possibility, maybe I slipped up.

The platform’s policies on banning streamers have been criticized by the community many times for their ambiguity, and it seems this is just another case to add to the ever-expanding file.

One big problem with the way Ziqo feels his suspension has been handled is that since Twitch hasn’t told him exactly what it is that got him banned, he can’t look out for it and avoid it in the future. Either way, he says he plans on returning to stream as soon as his suspension ends.