Update 1/7/22: Pokimane announced that the ban is a 48-hour ban, and she will return with a 12-hour live stream when it ends.
Original article: Twitch streamer Imane "Pokimane" Anys was banned from Twitch on Friday. The reason for her ban has not yet been made public, but it is possible that she was banned for violating DMCA after watching anime on her stream, specifically she has been watching the Nickelodeon anime, "Avatar the Last Airbender" which is licensed to Netflix. This is Pokimane's first ban from the platform since she started streaming on Twitch in 2013.
Since she was watching Avatar with her audience this past week, many people are responding to her ban with memes referencing that anime and the DMCA. The theory that she was banned for DMCA violation is further supported by her reference to Avatar the Last Airbender in her response to the ban, with the streamer stating "the fire nation attacked."
Her ban comes as many streamers who have been watching TV on stream have come under scrutiny for their apparent copyright violations. Other streamers like xQc, Hasan, and Disguised Toast have also engaged in the practice of watching copyrighted television shows on stream, including notably Fox's Master Chef competition show. If this is a DMCA ban, it might be the first in a coming tidal wave of DMCA bans for streamers who violate copyright law.
Earlier this week Twitch streamer Amouranth said that she was unwilling to engage in the TV watch meta, because it was too risky for her to face a DMCA ban. It appears she made the right call, considering Pokimane is now banned for an undisclosed period of time. On the bright side, maybe Pokimane can finally take some time to rest, considering she is one of the most dedicated streamers on the platform.
Aaron is an esports reporter with a background in media, technology, and communication education.