Matthew “FormaL” Piper has been officially banned on Twitch for seven days according to sources. This follows a Sunday night Black Ops 4 Blackout stream where a subscriber used a homophobic slur live on his stream. FormaL is currently attempting to appeal the ban, seeing as he himself didn’t use the slur.
However, Twitch is particularly stingy when it comes to this rule in their Terms of Service. If the ban is upheld, FormaL will miss streaming the launch of Modern Warfare on Thursday and the opening weekend.
This ban came as a complete surprise to FormaL and the community as a whole. Anyone who tunes into FormaL’s streams, which are very popular, knows that he is not the type of person to violate any rules in the Twitch TOS.
However, while playing with random subscribers in Blackout, one individual decided to use a homophobic slur. This slur was directed at an enemy FormaL was shooting at. Below, we can see a clip from the stream in question, though it takes place directly after the slur is used.
This is what i believe formal was suspended for.
In Random Duo's, a person he does not know rages and says the word "fa****" (just before clip)
Suspended for a week for something he has no control over, meaning he cant stream the MW release…
I dont even know what to say… pic.twitter.com/WSx4kCyV2q
— Kevi 🍀 (@KeviSkillz) October 21, 2019
Though we don’t actually hear the subscriber use the slur, we know it was said. However, FormaL had no control over what this individual said. After all, it was a randomly selected player in Blackout. This is not the first time something like this has happened on Twitch, of course. But while it clearly states in the Twitch TOS that no derogatory slurs are to be heard on stream, sometimes things are simply out of the streamer’s control.
This past month or so, FormaL has seen tremendous growth on the streaming platform. Just last night, the Call of Duty pro reached over 20,000 subscribers for the first time. He is one of the fastest-growing channels on Twitch due to his insane gameplay.
FormaL will attempt to handle this situation before Modern Warfare releases on Thursday. The launch of that game would no doubt boost his stream to new heights – assuming he can work his way out of this mess.
I got suspended over something someone else said while I was playing with them. I’m currently trying to get it handled.
— LG FormaL (@FormaL) October 21, 2019
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Joey Carr is a University of North Georgia Journalism graduate. He has 5+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including Dreamhack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.