Twitch Bans Streamer For Shooting His Cameraman With A Crossbow

April 24th, 2023 - 1:26 PM EDT by Adam Downer

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Twitch has long drawn the ire of its streamers for delivering bans for trivial or unknown reasons, but it seems most everyone can agree that banning a streamer for shooting someone with a crossbow is a legitimate reason to lay down the banhammer.

This situation unfolded with streamer OfficialDuckStudios, aka Reice, who shot his cameraman Joey with an arrow in a raucous stream gone wrong.

The clip has been removed from Twitch, but has been discussed more widely on YouTube. Cr1tiKaL notably posted a video about the developing controversy over the weekend.

Apparently, Reice and his friends were having a drinking stream when one of the men suggested they try out his new crossbow. The plan was to see if they could get an arrow to penetrate a door. Cameraman Joey stood behind the door to get a potential shot of the arrow piercing it. Instead, the arrow went straight through and pierced Joey's abdomen.

The incident clearly violates Twitch's terms of service against depictions of violence, which state:

"You may not show or promote: Attempts or threats to physically harm or kill others. Attempts or threats to hack, dox, DDOS, or SWAT others. Use of weapons to physically threaten, intimidate, harm, or kill others."

Luckily, Joey was able to walk away with minor injuries, but the incident attracted harsh criticism on Reddit's /r/livestreamfail, where users recalled the Death of Pedro Ruiz III, who was shot in a stunt in which his pregnant girlfriend shot a desert eagle at a phone book covering his abdomen to see if it would stop the bullet.

OfficialDuckStudios has over 1.1 million subscribers on YouTube and had 59,000 subscribers on Twitch before his ban. According to some commenters in /r/LiveStreamFail, he and his gang apparently wanted to push the limits of what they could show on Twitch before getting banned and apparently found their line. Still, many think they could have done that without nearly killing their friend.

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