It’s not easy being a streamer. Day in and day out, you have to entertain your followers in interesting and engaging ways that keep them coming back for more (and throwing the likes and subscribes), without violating any of the myriad rules that govern acceptable behavior on Twitch, YouTube, or whatever other streaming platform you happen to call home.
Complicating the situation even further, those rules are occasionally opaque and unevenly applied: A simple mistake or misunderstanding can result in a lengthy suspension. In one such notable case, Quqco was given a three-day suspension in 2019 for violating Twitch’s guidelines on “sexually suggestive content or activities” by streaming in a fairly conventional Chun-Li cosplay.
In other cases, though, the matter is more cut-and-dried: You were a dumbass, and now you’re getting a timeout. 2020 saw a few such cases of self-inflicted misery, which we present here in a rogues’ gallery round-up to mark the end of this godawful trashfire of a year.
The Accused: xQc
The Crime: Stream-sniping in Fall Guys.
The big question here is, why? The incident, which took place during a Twitch Rivals tournament in November, saw the former Overwatch League pro stream-snipe