G2 Esports jungler Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski did his first stream after arriving in Shanghai, but he was quickly asked to shut it down after streaming for just over an hour.
Teams are beginning to arrive in Shanghai, where the 2020 World Championship will soon be held. All players and staff were sent for 14-day quarantines right after arriving, which means that players will have a lot of time on their hands.
Most players will be using the coming weeks to climb the solo queue ranks that are currently filled with the best players from around the world. Jankos had this idea in mind but wanted to stream his games on Twitch while climbing. The stream received over 25,000 concurrent viewers in a short amount of time, and fans were happy to finally see some solo queue action in China prior to Worlds.
Not long after starting his stream, Jankos received a text saying that he had to shut down the stream immediately. The G2 jungler didn’t disclose the reason behind it and couldn’t say if he was going to stream again during his stay in Shanghai.
“I have to end the stream right now, I don’t have a choice,” Jankos said on stream. “It’s from high up that I have to end the stream, there is nothing I can say or do.”
The clip quickly started trending on social media, where fans began speculating on the reason. A tweet from INTZ support Ygor “RedBert” Freitas appeared shortly after, saying that all streaming had to be canceled to avoid lag on the hotel internet.
Rapaziada, lembrando pra quem ta pedindo que a gente streame daqui: nao podemos
E o motivo nao e pelo site nem nada do tipo, e que se todos os jogadores resolvessem streamar a internet nao aguentaria(pelo que falaram p gente) entao ninguem pode
— Ygor Flores (@RedBertt) September 10, 2020
It’s not yet confirmed that this is the only reason for the stream shut down, but it seems to be the only valid explanation so far. The upcoming days will tell if Jankos and other players will be allowed to stream for the remainder of their stay in China for the World Championship.
The official start to the 2020 World Championship is set for September 25.