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January 29, 2020 10:00 PM UTC

Myth’s Darwin Project Debacle Tests the Limits of the Twitch Banhammer

Myth forgot to mute the lobby while streaming Darwin Project on Twitch, and you can probably guess why he went into panic mode seconds later.

  • Twitch star Myth made a crucial mistake during a recent Darwin Project stream.
  • His error allowed other players to flood his stream with insults and racial slurs.
  • While not Myth’s fault, the incident tests the limits of Twitch’s inconsistent policy on bans.

When you stream an online multiplayer game, it’s not enough to police your own language; you must also worry about the other players’ vocabulary. Twitch star Myth learned that the hard way during a recent Darwin Project stream, and fans worry that his misfortune could land him in Twitch jail next.

While streaming Darwin Project, Myth failed to mute the free-to-play battle royale’s lobby. Within seconds, a torrent of racial slurs began to blast through the public voice chat.

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Myth Immediately Went Into Panic Mode

The look of panic on Myth’s face is palpable.

As soon as he hears the first n-word, he starts frantically slapping at his keyboard. He’s clearly trying, and failing, to get the player list up to mute everyone as quickly as possible.

He eventually succeeds – but not before the other foul-mouthed Darwin Project player manages to spew his vitriol to Myth’s 5.7 million followers.

Hopefully, the esports pro will be a bit more cautious when entering random game lobbies in the future.

Concern Over Being Banned is Part of the Reason Streamers are Jumping Ship

Twitch’s scattershot approach to player bans has created numerous controversies. | Source: Allmy/Shutterstock.com

It’s a cautionary tale for other streamers.

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Twitch hasn’t been shy about handing out bans – and not always for good reasons. The site’s lack of consistency and scatter-fire approach to banning streamers should give everyone pause.

While it’s possible that nothing will happen to Myth, Twitch’s enforcement policies couldn’t be much murkier. He shouldn’t be banned for another player’s behavior, but it’s telling that we can’t say with confidence what might happen here.

This is one reason that celebrity gamers have been jumping ship to Mixer, Facebook, and YouTube. And if Twitch screws this one up, maybe these competitors will add another streamer to their payroll.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of CCN.com.

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This article was edited by Josiah Wilmoth.

Last modified: January 29, 2020 7:49 PM UTC

William Worrall @mizushinzui

William Worrall is a professional writer based out of the UK who has been writing about video and tabletop games for over a decade and has covered industry events such as EGX and UKGE. Contact him at: william.worrall@ccn.com

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