PewDiePie banned on Twitch again, but why?

By Kenneth Williams


Jul 17, 2023

Reading time: 2 min

Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg has earned another strike on Twitch, as his channel has been unexpectedly banned for the second time.

This is PewDiePie’s second ban on the platform, with a third ban potentially leading to being permanently booted from Twitch. Here’s what we know about the ban, what it means for the channel, and why some fans think it happened.

The ban was revealed on July 17, 2023 during one of the regularly scheduled “infinity streams,” a continuous stream that plays older videos from his YouTube channel on repeat. Just before 1 pm CST, the channel was suddenly taken down. Automatic ban reporting services quickly confirmed the situation. Pewds himself has not commented, as he is currently celebrating the birth of his son Bjorn.

As with most Twitch bans, the announcement did not come with an official reason. This is especially strange given that PewDiePie’s infinity stream only consisted of content that had previously aired on Twitch just fine. This has left fans to speculate the reason why, but the culprit may just be the format itself.

Why was PewDiePie banned again on Twitch?

Twitch has not given an official reason why PewDiePie has been banned on Twitch, but some fans believe it’s due to the infinity stream concept.

Infinity streams are a relatively new concept where content creators continually stream older content live. PewDiePie is a pioneer in this concept, and the material for his Twitch stream is entirely taken from his YouTube channel. The man himself is not involved at all with the stream, and it is entirely managed by another company called CoPilotMedia. The hands-off nature of the infinity stream may be the cause of the ban.

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PewDiePie’s first ban was equally mysterious, with many fans falsely believing that the infinity stream rotation showed the streamer’s infamous “bridge incident.” While that would certainly be grounds for a ban, it’s more likely that a different video violated Twitch’s terms of service. PewDiePie’s come-up era involved plenty of languages that would no longer fly on the mainstream streaming platform. Since the channel’s videos were taken down, it’s impossible to verify for sure.