Twitch streamer Jeremy "Disguised Toast" Wang was banned from the platform Monday after watching the anime "Death Note" on stream.
Although the reason for the ban hasn't been officially confirmed, it's likely the rights holders of "Death Note" issued a DMCA copyright strike on his channel. Wang himself didn't comment directly on the reason for the ban. Instead, he tweeted, "they really couldn't have waited 20 more minutes huh?"
Imane "Pokimane" Anys, who is a fellow member of the streaming group Offline TV, was banned during a stream last week for showing "Avatar: The Last Airbender." Her ban lasted 48 hours before Twitch restored her channel, causing minimal damage to her viewership.
Wang has suggested his ban will last a month, which could have a more significant effect on his followers. A month of downtime is an eternity to live streamers like Wang, who often stream constantly throughout the week to maintain their viewership and keep the subscriptions rolling in.
Wang and Anys' bans reflect a larger trend on Twitch that streamers are referring to as "TV meta," in which they stream television shows to their viewers and comment on them. The trend has helped viewership numbers, but it runs the perpetual risk of a DMCA strike from the owners of the shows.