William “WillNeff” Neff is back on Twitch after a dramatic day surrounding his ban.
WillNeff was initially suspended on July 17 for streaming with banned content creator Austin “Mr. Wobbles” O’Brien. Twitch calls the decision “supporting account suspensions.” In response, Mr Wobbles apologized profusely for his part in WillNeff’s ban, although WillNeff said Mr Wobbles was not at fault.
Mr Wobbles was initially suspended three years ago, a seemingly permanent ban. In an unexpected move, Twitch decided to unban Mr. Wobbles. This makes for a surprising conclusion to an already strange situation.
I want to say a big thank you to @TheWillNeff He is truly the most beautiful person I have ever met. I joined the OTV server to make a song request store video and I would never have expected this. Thank you so much everyoneFree #Willy pic.twitter.com/dBmZT7ffkF
– Mr. Wobbles (@mrwobblesmusic) July 17, 2021
Pokimane defends Mr. Wobbles, Blame OfflineTV For WillNeff Ban
Before WillNeff and Mr. Wobbles allowed to return to Twitch, both streamers had trouble streaming together while playing on OfflineTV’s Rust server.
TV superstar Imane “Pokimane” Anys spoke out about the situation after she heard Mr. Wobbles with Twitch. After Mr Wobbles shared a video apologizing to WillNeff, Pokimane expressed that she did not feel Mr Wobbles was at fault. Instead, Pokimane blamed OfflineTV.
“Why is that so [Mr. Wobbles] on our Rust server? Because it’s a legal liability to have a banned streamer. That makes people violate [Twitch’s ToS],” explains Pokimane.
Pokimane went on to say that it was strange that only WillNeff was banned because the others were also hanging out with Mr. Wobbles. She also felt that going out with Mr. Wobbles was not worth the ban to begin with. She pointed out again that Mr Wobbles was on a streamer server, reiterating that it was no one’s fault except maybe OfflineTV’s.
WillNeff unblocked after Twitch was called upon by the Rust community
It’s not just Pokimane who has strong opinions about WillNeff’s ban. Facepunch Studios producer Alistair McFarlane stated that the Rust team contacted Twitch on July 17 shortly after the ban. Although WillNeff has told fans not to harass Twitch staff during the three-day suspension, it seems many in the community have been unable to sit back and wait. McFarlane said that Twitch’s actions felt “extremely contradictory and targeted.”
McFarlane added that WillNeff’s Rust skin reduction won’t be rolled into a general drop as he’s only been banned for three days.
“He delivered some of the most memorable and entertaining moments on the server. He deserves whatever extra visibility Rust Twitch drops bring to his channel,” the producer said. said.
WillNeff’s unblocking leaves many wondering why Rust has so much “power” over Twitch’s decisions. Others noted that Twitch may have been afraid to damage its relationship with Rust and other games and how it will affect the platform in the future.