Sometimes, players love their favorite game so much they end up doing something stupid that gets them banned. Other times, the allure of winning through cheating is just too great, and gamers play outside the rules. Today we’re going to be looking at the players who were banned from their favorite video games.
Counter-Strike Player Kumawat
A professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player called Kumawat was banned for a whopping five years when it was found he was cheating during a tournament in 2018. He was caught trying to close an aim-assist program during a match and even tried to hide his screen from the esports officials. While five years seems pretty hefty, it’s actually a wonder he didn’t receive a lifetime ban. Kumawat had already been caught cheating in a 2017 incident, for which he received a six-month ban. An investigation into the 2018 incident also found that he cheated a month earlier in the ESL India Premiership.
The WoW Player Who Spent Almost $10,000 to Get Banned
Back in 2007, a player named Shaks decided he wanted a character with the legendary sword set Twin Blades of Azzinoth and some other high-end loot. The problem was, getting this gear in-game isn’t easy. You need a dedicated guild or a team of players willing to boost your WoW character to the top, and boosting services weren’t as easily available back then. Shaks decided to do the next best thing and offer Zeuzo, a player in one of the world’s top guilds, 7000 euros to buy his World of Warcraft account. Zeuzo liked the sound of that and accepted the offer, taking the money and handing over his account. That could have been a happy ending, but Blizzard realized what happened and banned Shaks.
Showing Lewd Images
If you’ve spent much time on Twitch over the last few years, then you can probably think of a time when this one happened. Twitch has a policy against explicit content like graphic images. Fair enough, right? The problem is, some viewers will try to trick a streamer into opening graphic content while on stream. This happened to Sodapoppin, a gaming streamer with over 6.2 million followers, and he was temporarily banned from the platform. Sodapoppin isn’t the only victim here; this happens all the time, even to small streamers.
So, how does it work? Typically the streamer will ask viewers to send them content. For example, they could say, “send me a photo of your setup,” or “let’s compare gear.” Most viewers play by the rules, but some trickster will get the bright idea to send a lewd image. The streamer then opens this image live on stream, and that’s enough to get a ban. It doesn’t seem fair, but it happens.
This one is both absurd and insane. And dangerous. You’re probably familiar with SWAT teams. They’re specialized police teams that carry guns and wear protective gear. Their job is to respond to highly dangerous situations where there is a risk to life or public safety. However, a few years ago, a new trend called “swatting” started happening. Swatting is a form of harassment where someone will call the police and claim that a crime is taking place at a particular address. The police then gear up and turn-up at the address.
One famous example of swatting is the incident involving Fortnite champion Geirsdorf. Geirsdorf was streaming on Twitch when his dad interrupted him to say police were at the door with AK-47s. Luckily, the officer recognized Geirsdorf, and the situation was discussed.
However, it’s fair to say swatting left an impression on the gaming community, and one Twitch streamer decided to set up a fake swatting during a stream. League of Legends streamer Trick2g was hosting a 24-hour live stream to celebrate hitting a follower milestone. He hired a fake swat team to run in during the stream, with guns and all, and take him away. Viewers were naturally concerned for his well being, and he later admitted it was just a prank. Twitch didn’t see the humour and hit him with a temporary ban.
In 2018, Blizzard banned a player who reportedly ruined Overwatch games for thousands of players. It was popular Twitch streamer TimTheTatMan who brought attention to this player by saying he was constantly hounded by someone who would join his games just to ruin the experience. More players started sharing their experience of playing with this gamer, and Blizzard took notice. Blizzard permanently banned all accounts associated with the griefer.