Popular Brazilian streamer Alexandre “Gaules” Borba endured a nervous 12 hours after getting banned on Twitch after accidentally breaking the rules of his deal with the NBA. He was banned from streaming last night, Nov. 4, and managed to get himself unbanned around 12 hours later, just in time for an important deadline.
Why was Gaules banned on Twitch?
Gaules has a deal with the basketball league that allows him to steam games to a Brazilian audience with the NBA’s blessing, as he thought he was doing last night. As it turns out though, while he had the location blocking tools enabled before going live, his stream crashed, and they were not active when it came back meaning viewers from across the world were able to enjoy the action despite Gaules only having permission to broadcast to his home nation of Brazil.
To make matters worse, the ban came just over 12 hours before Brazilian CSGO team Furia were due to make their on-stage debut at the CSGO Major in Sweden. Gaules is a massive part of the CSGO scene in Brazil, and often draws over 100K viewers for his Portuguese-language re-streams of Brazilian teams, with Furia the best and most popular team in the region at this point in time.
Fortunately for Gaules, it seems as though the issue of location restriction is something Twitch has to activate on their end, rather than a switch he has to flip for himself. The fact he was not actively responsible for the error would have made it far simpler to get his stream unbanned once the mess was sorted out, with Twitch left to deal internally with whatever went wrong and allowed the game to be broadcast far and wide.