Poopernoodle, a streamer signed to UK esports organisation Endpoint, has been briefly banned by Twitch for drawing an unconventional piece of art.
The British content creator, who has more than 70,000 followers on Twitch, got especially creative on stream yesterday by drawing a cartoon frog. With a long penis. So long it’s draped over the frog’s shoulder.
Poopernoodle said it was based on Michelangelo’s famous statue of David. But Twitch wasn’t so impressed.
Her artistic expression was rewarded with a three-day ban.
But Poopernoodle wasn’t hopping mad about the situation. On the contrary, she said it was a wild stream and that “doing art on stream again was so fun, cocks or no cocks, I will be back.”
“The stream was appropriately labelled according to Twitch’s TOS,” she added. “I have appealed, to hopefully get a slightly shorter length, but I am disappointed considering what else is currently in the category.
“This was a wild stream to be fair, I had people coming into my chat and threatening to kill my dog because I was drawing something they didn’t like. My mum said she’s proud of me for breaking the rules for once because I was always such a good girl. THANKS MUM I GUESS but I wasn’t trying to break the rules!”
Another streamer, Blinkx, said to Poopernoodle: “Sorry to hear you feel your streams have been flaccid recently, I know everyone in chat had an upstanding time <3”
However, less than 24 hours after the ban, Twitch reversed it. This was due to the livestream platform rolling back changes to its rules around nudity (both fictional and real).
Twitch published an update to its Sexual Content Policy on December 13th 2023, and today (December 15th) rolled back these changes.
Twitch CEO Dan Clancy said in a blog post: “Our primary goal in making these updates was to make our guidelines easier to understand and enforce. Part of this update included changes to how we treat fictionalised nudity.
“For years, we heard from artists that our content policies were limiting. In making this update, we were trying to be responsive to these requests and allow the thriving artist community on Twitch to utilise the human form in their art. Upon reflection, we have decided that we went too far with this change.”
There’s also been a recent trend known as the ‘topless meta’, where some streamers were broadcasting themselves seemingly naked, but with the camera positioning cutting off just below their shoulders. Others were frustrated these streams were being allowed to stay live. Yet a drawing of a frog results in a ban.
After she was unbanned, Poopernoodle responded with a joke apology, and a remade piece of art, adapting the frog’s penis into a Twitch scarf instead.
However, she did manage to sneak in a third shadow in reference to the original artwork.
With this ordeal now over, we can now officially say ‘so long’ to this amphibian escapade.
Poopernoodle joined Endpoint back in May 2021.
The news comes as another UK streamer, Jukeyz, was banned for watching a model during the Optic Kickoff broadcast. There’s more in that article on Twitch’s sexual content policy u-turn.
Endpoint announce smart 2FA bot
In separate news, UK esports organisation Endpoint provided their latest video update today from co-owners Adam Jessop and Peter Thompson.
They have developed a two-factor authentication bot, which can work with platforms like Discord and Slack, and act as a key holder.
“We have an in-house dev team that’s been working on projects throughout the years. This is the one we think is fastest to market which we have the most belief behind,” Peter said.
Adam, who has a background in software development, added: “It’s a bot that handles who has access to what credentials but also distributes those 2FA codes and passwords through those mediums, effectively. We’re not building it to bypass security, but to enhance security, in a way.
“We think it’s a great product and have spoken to a lot of people about it behind closed doors, and have had really positive feedback.”
Dom is an award-winning writer and finalist of the Esports Journalist of the Year 2023 award. He graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
As a long-time gamer having first picked up the NES controller in the late ’80s, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV and others. He worked as head of content for the British Esports Federation up until February 2021, when he stepped back to work full-time on Esports News UK and offer esports consultancy and freelance services. Note: Dom still produces the British Esports newsletter on a freelance basis, so our coverage of British Esports is always kept simple – usually just covering the occasional press release – because of this conflict of interest.