Redditor bchang3 released a public service announcement when they realized the Overwatch League moderators on Twitch were instantly banning anyone who typed "Trihard 7."
Trihard 7 was a meme that originated from a popular Twitch streamer. The meme originally was a joke that meant someone was try-harding in a game. However, since then the meaning has devolved into something many find offensive.
Now, people in Twitch chats tend to spam Trihard 7 whenever a black person appears on stream.
so emotes aren't racist or sexist.— Akinola Verissimo (@blakinola) March 9, 2018
but people spam Trihard 7 every time a black dude is on stream.
it's like walking outside IRL and saying "black person!" to every black dude seen.
I wonder why it happens all the time 樂樂 https://t.co/u26Pc6Cqtl
Blizzard has been pushing for a friendly and respectable stream for a while now. After recent actions against moderator Uncleswagg, they are cracking down harder in order to help bring professionalism to their esport.
Additionally, there is a crackdown on this meme due to the controversy with player Félix "xQc" Lengyel
How much longer does xQc last in #OverwatchLeague ? Feels like he’s gotten many many chances and continues to violate league terms.— Jimmy (@djtyrant) March 9, 2018
While some people may feel that permanent bans are going too far, it is important for Blizzard to make a powerful statement with this action. The internet loves to dance around the rules so it is understandable that Blizzard is tightening its grip on its channel.
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