Peter ‘Pedguin’ Mann, UK streamer and member of the UK-based entertainment group Yogscast, has been banned on Twitch.
Pedguin says the ban was due to his emotes, and white Twitch hadn’t apparently told him what was specifically wrong with his latest emotes, it did previously state previous emotes were removed due to ‘imagery of sexualised content or nudity’.
Pedguin had previously submitted slightly different versions of the below Winnie the Pooh-style emotes, which were removed by Twitch, prompting him to make tweaks and changes.
Back in May, Twitch partner Pedguin said his pedTub emote was removed even after Twitch had previously removed it.
The emote was clearly referencing Twitch’s ‘hot tub meta’, which involved female streamers livestreaming from hot tubs or small pools while wearing skimpy outfits.
This trend sparked debate in the Twitch community, with some feeling Twitch should stick to gaming or other non-sexualised IRL content, and that the ‘Just Chatting’ category was getting swamped by these kind of streams.
Twitch eventually responded by adding a separate ‘Pools, Hot Tubs and Beaches’ category and also removed ads from some hot tub streamers.
This led to a new ‘ASMR’ meta, with similarly sexualised content, and just this week Twitch banned popular ASMR/yoga streamers Amouranth and Indiefoxx for ‘sexual content’.
Pedguin’s ban is temporary, though it’s not clear how long it will last.
“It’s upsetting as I don’t think I abused the system,” he said. “[Twitch] never told me what was specifically wrong with my emotes, I tried changing the suffixes and the emotes to appease Twitch without guidence, but alas, a ban.”
Pedguin has almost 400,000 followers on YouTube and plays games such as Minecraft, Among Us and Terraria.
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