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NICKMERCS Banned from Twitch...

In (yet another) controversial move by Twitch, they've recently banned FaZe Clan's Nickmercs (Nick Kolcheff), for violating "community guidelines". This is not only a prime example of Orwellian overreach by the streaming giant, but also, Twitch's clearly reeling from the Dr Disrespect fallout and is doing everything they can to divert attention from their own 'unresolved' controversy.

Personally, I love Nickmercs. His raw, outspoken and often provocative commentary is refreshing this day in age. At least for people like myself. Unfortunately, the powers that be at Twitch determined his actions were bad enough to be banned after using the term “tranny” during a livestream. While this term is often recognized as a slur against transgender people, the context and intent behind Nickmercs' use of the word have been hotly debated. In a subsequent tweet, he attempted to clarify his position but only fueled the fire by sarcastically suggesting, “Apparently that’s a derogatory term. That’s on me. Next time I’ll use mental health disorder.” The fact that we've reached a point in time that people can invent their own version of a truth and also have people penalized for calling it out is beyond outrageous.


Twitch, in line with its guidelines that prohibit hate speech and discriminatory behavior, quickly flagged Nickmercs’ channel as “temporarily unavailable.” The platform’s rules explicitly state that it does not permit behavior motivated by hatred, prejudice, or intolerance, including any conduct that promotes or encourages discrimination based on protected characteristics such as gender identity and sexual orientation.

The gaming community is now questioning Twitch’s motivations, suggesting that the platform is engaging in selective enforcement of its policies. With 6.72 million followers, Nickmercs is one of the most prominent figures on Twitch. His ban is seen by some as an attempt by Twitch to showcase its commitment to inclusivity and fairness, especially in the wake of its ongoing issues with another high-profile streamer, Guy Beahm, aka Dr Disrespect... And how Twitch could be using this event as a smokescreen to divert attention away from their own mistakes made during the policing of Dr Disrespect way back in 2017 that has come to light now.


The timing of Nickmercs' ban is particularly suspect. Dr Disrespect, one of Twitch’s most famous streamers, was permanently banned in 2020 under 'mysterious' circumstances that remain unresolved. Allegations of sexually explicit messages to a minor have continued to haunt Dr Disrespect, and Twitch’s lack of transparency on this matter has led to widespread speculation and criticism. By taking a hard stance against Nickmercs, Twitch, IMHO, is trying to deflect attention from its own failings in handling the Dr Disrespect situation...

Nickmercs is no stranger to controversy. In June 2023, I covered how Activision pulled his Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone skin after he posted an anti-LGBTQ+ tweet. Responding to a tweet from eSports broadcaster Chris Puckett about a clash between anti and pro-LGBTQ+ demonstrators, Nickmercs had tweeted: "They should leave little children alone. That's the real issue." This comment created some serious backlash from the fragile folks with mental health disorders and led to the removal of his in-game content...

Nickmercs has recently sought to distance himself from Dr Disrespect amid the ongoing scandals (above twitter vid). This distancing act can be seen as an effort to maintain his own brand integrity while navigating the turbulent waters of public opinion and platform policies.


This latest incident raises important questions about the role of major platforms like Twitch in regulating speech and behavior. While community guidelines can be important for trying to foster a respectful and inclusive environment, the enforcement of these rules must be consistent and transparent. In the current state of how they are enforced, it is anything but.

The selective targeting of high-profile streamers can appear as a calculated move to manage public relations rather than a genuine effort to uphold community standards.

It underscores the complex dynamics at play in the world of streaming and the significant influence wielded by both content creators and the platforms that host them...


But one thing's for sure this time - we aren't letting Twitch off the hook so easily for their handling of Dr Disrespect.


~Smash

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It is not surprising that this has happened to this guy, clearly the call that Twitch has chosen to make was not the smartest one because I think we all know by now that they carry some guilt in this situation that they have not rectified at all and due to that, that makes them a guilty party too. I also think that they were also pressured by those Trans activist nutbags whom like to strong arm social media sites to see things there way instead of going on the true facts of the situation and I think that is very wrong

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