Despite all of the backlash from Twitch against the MasterChef meta, streamers have continued to broadcast entire seasons of reality TV shows and anime series while streaming. This has led Jeremy “DisguisedToast” Wang to receive a ban from Twitch on Monday.
DisguisedToast has been streaming a variety of anime series on Twitch over the past few weeks. The latest was Death Note, a dark anime based on a manga about writing the names of those you wish to die in a notebook. DisguisedToast was on the final episode of the intense show when he received the suspension.
This led DisguisedToast and his followers to joke about the bad timing of the ban. DisguisedToast tweeted that Twitch should have waited 20 more minutes. His fans joked that they would “never know the end” of the anime now.
After DisguisedToast was banned, other big-name streamers decided to offer tongue-in-cheek condolences to the popular content creator. Imane “Pokimane” Anys told DisguisedToast to “stay strong” while Ludwig joked that he was watching the stream himself.
But even before DisguisedToast was suspended, other streamers had already faced backlash from Twitch for showing entire series of popular TV shows. This included Hasan “HasanAbi” Piker, who received an email from the Fox Network, Pokimane, who received her first-ever Twitch ban for showing Avatar, and xQc, who deleted all of his VODs after stating he was currently in talks with networks to continue streaming reality shows.
Despite the suspensions, Twitch’s largest streamers still have not been taking the situation seriously. Pokimane and HasanAbi have made it clear that they understand that there are consequences to streaming TV shows and that it hasn’t stopped them.
But streamers like Sodapoppin and MoistCr1tiKaL have expressed concern over the nonchalant attitudes of popular Twitch stars. While Twitch’s biggest streamers may not be impacted, possible effects on advertisements in response to streamers continuing to push the DMCA limits could significantly damage smaller streamers on the platform.