Pokimane banned on Twitch after streaming Avatar: The Last Airbender
Even the greatest amongst us can fall. On Friday night, Imane “Pokimane” Anys, among the most popular banners on Twitch with over 8.5 million fans, was prohibited from the platform after streaming the popular animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender. The reason for the restriction is still unidentified, however likely the outcome of a DMCA strike.
According to Twitchtracker, the banner was seeing and casting the Nickelodeon program to approximately 25,000 peak concurrent audiences throughout the stream. Anys did not straight talk about her other social networks platforms on how long the restriction would last. Nevertheless, at the time of publication, Anys’ Twitch channel is non-active. Jerk has a three-strike policy when it concerns DMCA claims, so her channel will likely be brought back.
Anys is a face of the Twitch brand name at a time where other popular banners like Ludwig Ahgren have actually left for YouTube. In 2020, the banner signed a multi-year offer to remain on Twitch. After the restriction, Anys joked on Twitter that the “fire nation attacked,” which is a referral to a popular meme from the program she likely got prohibited for streaming.
Streamers broadcasting and discussing tv is a more recent pattern on Twitch. Called “TV meta,” it’s ended up being a popular method to catch the attention of audiences. In December, popular range banners like Félix “xQc” Lengyel and Hasan “HasanAbi” Piker streamed watchings of the competitive cooking program MasterChef on their channels.
Still, the method is dangerous, as Twitch has a history of getting rid of material after getting takedown demands from business. In 2020, the streaming platform motivated banners to eliminate material to comply with copyright laws for music. Jerk reacts to alerts from copyright holders who have actually submitted DMCA demands. In this case, ViacomCBS owns Avatar: The Last Airbender so its legal group would release the demand.
A most likely DMCA strike versus such a popular banner might have big ramifications for Twitch’s bigger television meta pattern. While Anys’ channel will likely be renewed, it stays to be seen if other huge range banners will continue to respond to programs with the danger of a takedown towering above them.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.