Even the largest amongst us can fall. On Friday night time, Imane “Pokimane” Anys, one of the vital standard streamers on Twitch with over 8.5 million followers, was banned from the platform after streaming the favored animated sequence Avatar: The Final Airbender. The reason for the ban remains to be unknown, however seemingly 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 seemingly be restored.
Anys is a face of the Twitch model at a time the place different standard streamers like Ludwig Ahgren have left for YouTube. In 2020, the streamer signed a multi-year deal to remain 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 seemingly 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 approach to seize the eye of viewers. In December, standard selection 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 corporations. In 2020, the streaming platform inspired streamers to take away content material to adjust to copyright legal guidelines 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 staff would subject the request.
A possible DMCA strike in opposition to such a well-liked streamer might have large implications for Twitch’s bigger TV meta pattern. Whereas Anys’ channel will seemingly be reinstated, it stays to be seen if different big choice streamers will proceed to react to reveals with the specter of a takedown looming over them.