One of Dota 2’s top streamers has been banned.
Mason “mason” Venne has been slapped with another ban from Twitch, his third in just nine months. Although Twitch’s three-strike policy used to come with the potential for a permanent ban, that doesn’t seem to be a worry for mason. He took to Twitter shortly after the ban was announced and revealed that it was a one-week ban:
7 day vacation. See you on the 9th
— mason (@masondota) January 2, 2021
Though it’s possible the streamer may be unclear on the length of his ban, his account retains Twitch Partner status. Twitch normally revokes Partner status immediately when a user is permanently banned from the platform, meaning that his ban is temporary regardless of its length.
The reason for this latest ban is unclear, but it came shortly after the streamer used an ableist insult during a New Year’s Day stream. This is the streamer’s third ban from Twitch. The first two lasted only three days. The first stemmed from pervasive racism in his chat, while the reason for his second ban is unknown. Fan speculated wildly over why he received the second ban, but mason never discussed the incident again after serving the punishment.
If mason is to be believed, his ban should expire on January 9. It is unclear if he plans on spending that time preparing for competition in the upcoming Dota Pro Circuit leagues hosted by Beyond the Summit.
mason is a former professional Dota 2 player who is currently a full-time streamer. Known for being a strong Weaver player, his greatest achievements in professional Dota 2 came during a two-month stint with Evil Geniuses as a stand-in for Clinton “Fear” Loomis who had been sidelined from competition due to a wrist injury. mason’s run with Evil Geniuses included a first-place finish in Dota Summit 1 and a third-place finish at The International 2014.
Despite a strong run with Evil Geniuses, mason’s pro career largely fizzled from there. His most notable gig after Evil Geniuses came with a North American stack that was eventually sponsored by Digital Chaos before managing to qualify for The International 2017. mason has not played a professional game of Dota 2 since The International 2019’s qualifiers.