Even the largest amongst us can fall. On Friday night time, Imane “Pokimane” Anys, some of the common streamers on Twitch with over 8.5 million followers, was banned from the platform after streaming the favored animated collection Avatar: The Last Airbender. The reason for the ban continues to be unknown, however probably the results of a DMCA strike.
In keeping with Twitchtracker, the streamer was watching and casting the Nickelodeon present to roughly 25,000 peak concurrent viewers throughout the stream. Anys didn’t immediately touch upon her different social media platforms on how lengthy the ban would final. Nevertheless, on the time of publication, Anys’ Twitch channel is inactive. Twitch has a three-strike coverage in the case of DMCA claims, so her channel will probably be restored.
Anys is a face of the Twitch model at a time the place different common streamers like Ludwig Ahgren have left for YouTube. In 2020, the streamer signed a multi-year deal to stay on Twitch. After the ban, Anys joked on Twitter that the “hearth nation attacked,” which is a reference to a well-liked meme from the present she probably received banned for streaming.
Streamers broadcasting and commenting on tv is a more recent pattern on Twitch. Referred to as “TV meta,” it’s develop into a well-liked strategy to seize the eye of viewers. In December, popular variety streamers like Félix “xQc” Lengyel and Hasan “HasanAbi” Piker streamed viewings of the aggressive cooking present MasterChef on their channels.
Nonetheless, the technique is dangerous, as Twitch has a historical past of eradicating content material after receiving takedown requests from firms. In 2020, the streaming platform inspired streamers to take away content material to adjust to copyright laws for music. Twitch responds to notifications from copyright holders who’ve filed DMCA requests. On this case, ViacomCBS owns Avatar: The Final Airbender so its authorized group would challenge the request.
A probable DMCA strike towards such a well-liked streamer might have enormous implications for Twitch’s bigger TV meta pattern. Whereas Anys’ channel will probably be reinstated, it stays to be seen if different wide selection streamers will proceed to react to reveals with the specter of a takedown looming over them.