Asmongold, a popular streamer on Twitch, has expressed his opinion that streamers shouldn’t be banned from the site for breaking game rules unless they also break the law.
The rules and terms of service for Twitch are extremely extensive. Although the platform’s community guidelines contain some ambiguities, they clearly spell out what is and isn’t permitted on the website. Of course, the site is rather stringent when it comes to violent, sexist, and other offensive behavior. However, it is prohibited to violate a game’s terms of service, according to the community guidelines.
Having said that, a World of Warcraft streamer by the name of TinyViolin69 recently received a Twitch ban for violating the developer’s terms of service by sabotaging his fellow guild members during a raid. Asmongold, a streaming celebrity, asserts that platforms shouldn’t penalize creators for what they do in games unless those actions are illegal. The Twitch streamer responded to TinyViolin69’s removal on July 23 during a live stream, criticizing the platform’s action and stating his belief that no one should be punished unless they break the law.
“I don’t think that anybody should get banned for anything unless things that are like against the law,” he said. “Like if Blizzard has a problem with him doing that they can give him the Tyler1 treatment. Ban any account that he’s on and do that, but they don’t. So like how is it Twitch’s responsibility to make this decision?”
Asmongold then attacked a viewer who had mentioned TinyViolin69’s several problems, with the chatter suggesting that “narcissism” was his main concern. “Wait so you think he should get banned because he’s a narcissist?” Asmon hit back. “What the f**k are you talking about, are you delusional? What are you talking about? What, he trolled people in a video game, who cares? Like, It doesn’t really matter.”
152 Twitch partners have been banned from the network in the last 30 days, according to the tracking website StreamerBans, all for different reasons.