On 25th March, veteran Twitch streamer Steven "Destiny" Bonnel revealed that he had been indefinitely suspended from streaming on the Amazon-owned platform. Accordingly, he noted that his Twitch permaban was due to "hateful conduct," presumably following his claims that transwomen shouldn't compete with ciswomen in women's sports.
Despite significant pushback from the community criticising the ban, fellow streaming icon Asmongold shared his thoughts in a lengthy monologue, saying that Twitch might have done Destiny a favour by permabanning him.
Asmongold reacts to Destiny getting permabanned on Twitch
In his 25th March Twitch stream, Asmongold said, "I think they did him a favour. I think Destiny has cucked so much of his more controversial and edgy content, where he really shines as a content creator, that I think they did him a favour by banning him."
Asmongold continued, saying that Destiny will be able to produce "better quality content," with more depth and complexity on YouTube, which will be more useful to viewers. The Twitch star added, "he will be more popular on YouTube [and] he will be able to explore boundaries that Twitch prevented him from doing."
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"Destiny was a pioneer for the political landscape on Twitch. He was a big reason why a lot of people changed their political views, and I think even Twitch in general, as a community, started to look at things differently," Asmongold said.
Asmongold further commented that Destiny was massively circumstantial and influential in establishing the political landscape. "He is a paragon of the community; he always will be. He is one of the OGs," Asmongold concluded.
Notably, Destiny has a sizeable audience on YouTube already. Considering the success of other YouTube-turned Twitch streamers, like Dr Lupo and TimTheTatman, there's certainly substance to Asmongold's prospects Destiny.
On the other hand, some users on Reddit are less convinced, with one user writing, "It's not like YouTube is a bastion of free speech." However, another user replied, "It's not, but you definitely get a lot more freedom in what you decide you upload [or] stream in comparison to Twitch."
While there's no sign of hope that Destiny will continue his legacy on Twitch, only time will tell whether he will continue doing so on YouTube.
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Featured image courtesy of Twitch / Asmongold and Destiny.