This past week has been a rollercoaster of emotions for Twitch streamer Viperous. On November 8th, Viperous discovered she had received a seven-day ban for saying "nerd" due to Twitch mistakenly believing that she had instead said a "hateful slur."
Luckily for Viperous she had video proof of her innocence, and she quickly shared the clip of her supposed slur for the whole world to judge. In the clip, she asks, "What is this nerd doing?" when she sees a camper crouching in the corner. Viperous fought back against her unjust suspension on Twitter, saying, "I call people who kill me 'nerd' all the time..." Despite some initial confusion as to what she had said (due to Viperous' pronunciation), fellow streamer Blankzy slowed down the clip so people could hear her more clearly, erasing any doubt as to what was said.
That's where the story should have ended, but as the days rolled on, more and more drama came forth. Viperous tweeted that Twitch had denied her request to become a partner for the third time, and she would have to wait another 90 days after her suspension was completed to apply again. This lead to Viperous contemplating leaving streaming altogether, saying, "I don't even know if I want to be on Twitch anymore if they don't overturn this suspension." While this was going on, Viperous also took issue with esports and entertainment website Dexerto for the original title of the article on her ban: "Twitch streamer Viperous banned for racial slur claims she said 'nerd.'"
After four days of drama, Twitch finally decided to end the suspension early and issued an apology to Viperous, stating that she been suspended "due to a mistake" on their end.
In the comments to her tweet, Viperous thanked fellow streamer Ben "Dr Lupo" Lupo who had apparently informed Twitch of their mistake. What's more, due to the ban interrupting her "subathon," Dr Lupo gifted her 100 subscriptions to get her back on track. In fact, all this drama with Twitch ended up having a major upside for Viperous. An hour after she had announced she was back on Twitch, she had over 1,800 subs.
As has been mentioned before in previous articles, Viperous isn't the only streamer to be unjustly banned by Twitch mods. Team Liquid's League of Legends streamer Ashkan "TF Blade" Homayouni was banned recently for 30 days, also for using racial slurs. And just like Viperous, he too argued that he had only said "idiots." His suspension was only lifted once Team Liquid contacted Twitch about the mistake.