Continuing its recent wave of generating backlash and controversial decisions as of late, Twitch has decided to follow up its contentious partner price-cut policy with the banning of a Russian streamer for reportedly having «violent content.»
Known as Russiangas1, the theme of the streamer’s entire channel revolved around leaving their gas stove on 24/7, all four burners lit, while having a message posted on the screen taunting Europeans over their gas shortage while Russia has very cheap gas prices. The man’s initial flex on Europeans, as well as sub-goals such as buying a camera for looking at the boiling water, made him a near-instant success on the platform lately and elsewhere online.
The best Russian streamer.
A russkiy man on Twitch simply turned on four gas hob burners for Europeans under the «Gaza Strip» – and so he keeps them 24 hours a day. This unaffordable luxury by European standards in Russia costs him €1.44 per month. pic.twitter.com/KEyShs9KZz
— whoami (@copemuch) September 20, 2022
There’s a channel on twitch that’s just a Russian guy running his gas stove 24 hours a day and has text on the screen that reads «1.44 RUB/month XD» with a bunch of laughing emojis plastered on the screen
— Andy (@HailGribble4Lyf) September 20, 2022
There is a Russian livefeed on @Twitch where a guy just burns gas 24/7 and occasionally pops on to laugh at Europeans. Imagine CEOs of a German company coming home after a long day of losses and depression only to find this stream.https://t.co/GbI5c63TFu
— CulturalHusbandry (@APhilosophae) September 20, 2022
Did you know, there is a russian man on Twitch, streaming himself just burning gas 24/7 pic.twitter.com/wgPfNkgzil
— Sth (@microgrrr) September 19, 2022
While Twitch is normally very hour-hungry in having its partnered streamers collect upwards of 160 hours of streamed content per month, it clearly wasn’t happy with Russiangas1’s continuous stream and blocked it entirely from the platform within days of it starting up and going viral.
This, naturally, riled up many among the community that was already mad for a litany of other recent reasons, and even caused a copycat account to appear, this time showing a 24/7 running faucet in a bathtub, which also fell victim to the banhammer.
Most noticed by people was the length of time on the bans, with them each being lifetime bans versus the seven-day ban given recently to a streamer who was caught having intercourse live on stream, which many claimed should have faced harsher punishment.
It appears that Twitch blocked a Russian channel that was trolling by streaming video of a gas stove (ie cheap energy) running 24/7. 🤭 pic.twitter.com/Ty05ghewkQ
— Nina 🐙 Byzantina (@NinaByzantina) September 21, 2022
❌Twitch Running a Mockery: Another #Russian Channel in Hot Water
After banning a streamer for burning gas in Russia and comparing the prices to #Europe , another channel has since emerged and fallen.
It has been reportedly removed for «violent content.» pic.twitter.com/RQE9PtJYW6
— RT_India (@RT_India_news) September 22, 2022
Twitch bans a dude for being Russian and burning gas while some ugly lady can have sex on stream and only get a week off
— Official Cletus Gaming【English Vtuber】 (@cletus_gaming) September 22, 2022
Twitch: stream sex? 3 day ban
Also twitch: some russian makes a gas joke? banned for life
— Defi-Raf.bnb ChainLegion (@defi_raf) September 22, 2022
Throughout this week, Twitch has been at the center of several high-profile controversies as well-known streamers have been accused of scamming viewers for gambling money and covering up sexual assault.