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Cloud9 Content Creator ‘Ziqo’ Mysteriously Unbanned by Twitch After 7 Days

Abhimannu Das
26/Jan/2021 10:40 am

Cloud9 content creator Ziqo has been unbanned following six days of silence from Twitch on his ban.
He claims that he does not know why he was not banned and Twitch has not responded to him in the past few days.
The Warcraft streamer guessed that him saying "f*** it" was misunderstood to be a homophobic slur by Twitch.

Mohamed ‘Ziqo’ Beshir is a popular World of Warcraft streamer who was mysteriously banned from Twitch without any communication from the platform. He explained his side of the story on YouTube and was unable to stream for a week. Multiple content creators and his organization Cloud9 offered support and he was unbanned earlier today with no communication. 

Why Was Ziqo Banned?

The content creator who is currently working with Cloud9 revealed on Jan 19th that he got banned and had no additional information to share with his viewers. His ban was set to be removed on Wednesday but it looks like Twitch reversed the ban early without citing any reasons. The World of Warcraft streamer made a follow-up video saying he got unbanned. 

xQc showed support following the ban and challenged Twitch to show a VOD that proves Ziqo breaking terms of service. The content creator was charged with hateful speech but he was completely unaware of what the platform was talking about. Ziqo revealed to his fans on social media that he had not intentionally used any hateful slurs and the only thing he could think of was the usage of the term “f*** it” which may have been misinterpreted has a homophobic slur. He approached Twitch but they did not offer a response and quietly unbanned him a day early.

Twitch users are unhappy with how the platform handled the ban as there was no explanation on why Ziqo was banned and there was no VOD to back up the platform’s claims either. In one of his videos, Ziqo addressed the issues that his career and stream may face due to the recent ban. He lost the opportunity to be a part of the Twitch Participation Ceremony since he now has a bad standing with the platform. 

The content creator has been on Twitch for almost a decade and this was his first ever ban which he feels is unwarranted. This is not the first time Twitch has banned a user without citing proper reasons on why a ban was issued. 

Dr Disrespect’s permanent ban from the platform is one of the most shocking incidents of 2020 with millions of fans being left guessing on why he was banned from the platform. Dr Disrespect has gone on record claiming that he does not know why he was banned and Twitch has not spoken about their decision either. Fans are upset with how Twitch handled C9 Ziqo’s issue and want more transparency from the platform. 

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Abhimannu Das is a part of the content team at AFK Gaming and a lifelong obsessive gamer. He is covering content on esports titles like VALORANT, CS: GO, Call of Duty, Fortnite, PUBG and more. He also writes opinion pieces, cover stories and conducts interviews with esports professionals.