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Popular Twitch streamers temporarily banned thanks to DMCA takedowns

xQc, Daequan and Sneaky all affected by the takedowns

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Early Friday morning, several popular Twitch streamers like xQc, TSM_Daequan, C9 Sneaky, KittyPlays, Pokelawls and Avxry were issued DMCA takedown notices for copyright violation. As per Twitch’s policy, each of these streamer’s channels were issued a temporary 24-hour ban. But it appears that most of the bans could be reversed, thanks to YouTuber KeemStar.

According to tweets from several of the streamers, the content in question was music from rapper Juice Wrld, whose label appears to have issued the takedown requests. The bans came at an unfortunate time for some of the streamers in question with this week’s Friday Fortnite tournament starting just hours after the bans were issued. The tournament, run by UMG and KeemStar, is a popular institution of the Fortnite community and regularly draws over 500,000 viewers to the game on Twitch.

TSM_Daequan was scheduled to compete in the tournament along with his TSM teammate Camills, while Avxry was also supposed to be playing with his duo partner, and another TSM streamer, HighDistortion. In hopes of keeping the tournament going as planned, Keem stepped in on behalf of the players competing in his tournament, as well as all of the other banned streamers and reached out to Juice Wrld, according to Keem’s tweets.

Keem’s involvement started when Daequan mentioned his ban on Twitter, Keem quickly responded saying, “Dm, I know everyone. We have 2 hours to contact the artist and get this over turned.”

Shortly after Keem updated his followers, “trying to get all the twitch channels unbanned. We made contact with artist. Everyone prayers please,” Keem tweeted. “FYI - artist is just as mad this happen. Labels are so out of touch.”

About 30 minutes later, Keem tweeted again, asking everyone that received the 24-hour Twitch ban for the takedown to message him as he was getting them overturned. While none of the channels have been reactivated yet, it appears, according to KeemStar, that the bans will be overturned — and that the streams, and Friday Fortnite, will be able to continue as planned.

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