There are few stupider things a Twitch streamer could do than getting drunk and firing a handgun during a live broadcast. And yet that’s exactly what Call of Duty pro Carl Riemer (“SoaRCarl”) did this week.
Only the other day, Riemer was on his stream, messing around with a firearm he thought was empty . When he fired it, he found out that he was wrong. The bullet shot through a G Fuel cup and allegedly destroyed an expensive monitor too.
Watch the shocking video here (via Twitter ):
Now he’s banned from Twitch and has been dropped by his esports team.
What Carl Riemer did was incredibly stupid. Not only that, but it was dangerous to him, his pets, and anyone who happened to be nearby at the time. It’s a miracle nobody was hurt.
With any justice, he should be banned from owning firearms for the foreseeable future. But I’m not convinced he should have been banned from Twitch.
At least not permanently.
Don’t get me wrong, what he did warrants punishment. But considering the crap that Twitch lets streamers get away with, a permaban seems a bit over the top.
Then again, it’s not like it matters too much in the long run. Carl Riemer still has a solid fan base backing him up, and he seems pretty genuine in his apology videos.
Even if Twitch doesn’t take him back, other platforms will probably be glad to add the Call of Duty pro to their rosters.
What everyone can agree on is that Carl Riemer needs to learn his lesson. Revoking his ability to purchase and carry firearms is a much more suitable penalty than banning him from streaming.
If anything, this is just more evidence that Twitch has a severe problem levying appropriate punishments for streamers who violate its policies.
It’s not surprising that the same company that bans people who’ve done nothing wrong goes over the top when reacting to actual cases of wrongdoing.