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Twitch streamer Pokimane has been banned after streaming The Last Airbender

By Tim Augustin - on 10 Jan 2022, 6:30pm

Twitch streamer Pokimane has been banned after streaming The Last Airbender

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Who didn’t see that coming?

Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys is one of Twitch’s most popular streamers, but that didn't stop Twitch from banning her after streaming episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Pokimane had more than 8.5 million followers on Twitch, and her Avatar stream peaked at around 25,000 concurrent viewers. 

Pokimane seemed to take the ban in good humour, at least:

the fire nation attacked

— pokimane (@pokimanelol) January 8, 2022

Don’t expect Pokimane to be gone for good, however. The streamer later tweeted that the ban would last 48 hours, and she would be back on Monday with a 12-hour ‘comeback stream’. The ban likely occurred due to a copyright claim from Viacom, as she was streaming Avatar without legal permission to do so. Copyright laws can be pesky things, but we’re not sure what the expected outcome here was. 

Twitch has seen an influx of popular streamers commentating over TV shows live. This new trend is called the ‘TV meta’ and while some shows can clearly be streamed on Twitch with little issue, Avatar: The Last Airbender is certainly not one of them. Streamers might now have to pay a little more attention to the shows they broadcast on Twitch, because Viacom isn't the only company out there taking copyright laws seriously. 

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