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Asmongold explains why players should quit WoW Classic right now

Published: 13/Sep/2019 8:30 Updated: 14/Sep/2019 10:47

by Joe O'Brien

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Popular World of Warcraft streamer Asmongold has explained why people should stop playing WoW Classic.

During a recent stream, Asmongold was watching videos on YouTube while waiting for a raid group to organize, when he came across a video of another content creator explaining why they were quitting WoW Classic.

The YouTuber, Mtashed, explained that the game had quickly taken over his life, playing 36 hours over the course of three days, and that he had decided to quit because it was too much of a drain on his time and continuing to play WoW Classic would prevent him from making videos and playing other games.

Blizzard EntertainmentWoW Classic launched to massive popularity with both players and viewers.

Asmongold is arguably one of the biggest advocates for WoW in the world, but after the video had ended he surprisingly suggested that Mtashed – or anyone else worried about WoW Classic addiction for that matter – should in fact quit.

“Quit right now. Stop playing this game. Because if you get to 60 and you get to experience the game, you’re going to hate all those other games that you were gonna play. And it’ll be the only game you wanna play, and you’ll be like me, playing one game for 13 years. Don’t get to 60, don’t do that, you’re gonna ruin your life and you’re gonna love it.”

Asmongold’s dedication to World of Warcraft certainly doesn’t seem to have done him too much harm. Interest in WoW Classic has spilled onto Twitch, and Asmongold has been at the forefront of the game’s streamers, which resulted in him being the most-viewed individual on the platform for August.

Whether the game can hold quite as much interest over the long term remains to be seen, but so far it has held the attention of thousands of players, including major streamers primarily known for very different titles, such as shroud.

While there will eventually be a limit on the potential evolution of a game explicitly designed to replicate its original, pre-expansion state, WoW Classic players do also have new content to look forward to over the coming years, with Blizzard planning to release extra PVP, raid, and world content over the course of six phases.

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

Published: 23/Jan/2021 19:57

by Julian Young

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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.

After one fan remarked how creators seem to never truly be safe from getting banned, the streamer voiced his agreement and frustration with Twitch’s process: “10 years spotless record, no link to TOS violation, no warning. No one even able to have a conversation with me.”

Fellow Cloud9 WoW creator Elliott ‘Venruki’ Venczel also criticized Twitch for their handling of the ban, and said it “feels like they drastically need a policy update. How on earth can you get a suspension without any context or examples of what you did wrong?”

“Crazy how 10 years of streaming with a spotless record counts for nothing, absolutely absurd, super disappointing,” he ended his tweet. Several replies to Ziqo’s tweets showed frustration from other creators who experienced similar bans of their own channels in the past.

The platform’s policies on banning streamers have been criticized by the community many times for their ambiguity.

Ziqo confirmed that after his suspension ends, he plans to release a video that could help explain the ban and will “share my thoughts on this situation.” The community will need to wait and see if the creator does decide to share more details on his suspension when he returns to Twitch.