Streamers banning Twitch for playing Spoken
Highlights of the story
- Gtamen was recently banned from playing Square Enix’s new RPG Forspoken for two days following a copyright strike.
- The game was delayed several times but was finally released on January 24, 2023.
- Gtamen claims that the ban was unfair as the game was officially released in their country on January 24, 2023.
Forspoken is an open world RPG by Square Enix that mainly consists of parkour wizards. The game was delayed several times but was finally released on January 24, 2023.
Regional time differences can make it difficult to keep up with a game’s global release date, as one Dutch streamer discovered firsthand. Gtamen was banned from streaming Forspoken for 48 hours before its official release. Although it was already available in many parts of the world.
Twitch, the live streaming platform, recently banned streamer Gtamen after he streamed an unreleased game, Forspoken. This is the first case of a streamer being banned for playing an unreleased game, and it has caused quite a stir in the streaming community.
Gtamen had been streaming on Twitch for years and had built quite a fan base. He had been streaming Square Enix’s upcoming game Forspoken on the platform for several weeks before it was banned. He had no previous violations and was an exemplary streamer.
Although the game was not yet released in the United States, it was already available in certain regions of the Southern Hemisphere.
A Dutch Twitch streamer called Gtamen managed to get hold of a copy of the game early and streamed some of it on his channel. However, Twitch intervened and issued a 48-hour ban on streaming the game before its official release. Gtamen expressed his displeasure over the situation in a tweet, where he explained the email notification of his ban and the reason for it.
An officially released and legally purchased game was banned from streaming for 48 hours. cold pic.twitter.com/lOMjctFAx7
— Gtamen (@Gtamen) January 23, 2023
Overall, this incident highlights the need for clear policies when it comes to streaming unreleased games. This highlights the need for streamers to have the freedom to stream however they want, as long as it’s within the rules.
What are your thoughts on this? Should Twitch ban Gtamen since the game was officially released for him? Let us know in the comments below.
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