Emil "BikiniBodhi" Tobias André is a popular figure in the Rainbow Six Siege community, boasting over 1.6 million subscribers on YouTube and 545,000 followers on Twitch. He joined FNATIC in October 2019 as a streamer and recently streamed the 2021 LEC Summer Playoffs to showcase a long-time rivalry between FNATIC and G2 Esports.
Unfortunately, the streamer learned the hard way that he needed permission from Riot Games to restream the playoffs after he was slammed with a DMCA claim, with a Twitch ban to go along with it.
Twitch bans Bikinibodhi after DMCA for streaming LEC Summer Split
The StreamberBans bot indicated that Bikinibodhi was banned on August 22nd at around 5:40 AM BST. We are not certain as to how long the ban will last, however, we speculate that Bikinibodhi's channel will be reinstated in the next day or two.
According to a recent Twitter post, Bikinibodhi speculates that he received a DMCA claim against his channel for "restreaming LEC playoffs". The Twitch streamer tweeted: "I'm a poopiehead for not researching if it was okay or not", adding that he was waiting on confirmation from Twitch Support on the reasoning and duration of his suspension.
Prob got DMCA'd for restreaming LEC playoffs, I'm a poopiehead for not researching if it was okay or not.— BikiniBodhi ðŸ¦€ FNATIC (@BikiniBodhi) August 22, 2021
Still waiting on confirmation from @TwitchSupport if that was the case, will let you all now how long I'm suspended when I know LULW
Clearly bored by his suspension from Twitch, Bikinibodhi has at least looked on the bright side of the ban. He posted a follow-up tweet saying: "I think getting banned from Twitch has actually been a blessing in disguise [because I] don't have to deal with snipers or pepegas in chat" and joked that "Siege is actually really fun off-stream."
Bikinibodhi confirmed that he is "still partnered" but has yet to receive any information from Twitch. "Still zero words from Twitch on the ban, great hospitality from my employer", he said. He further noted that he would "work on some YouTube content in the meantime" while he waits on feedback from Twitch.
Still partnered, we gucci, ban should last a few days I guess...— BikiniBodhi ðŸ¦€ FNATIC (@BikiniBodhi) August 22, 2021
(still 0 words from Twitch on the ban, great hospitality from my employer tyvm)
Vacation time it is then, gonna work on some YT content in the meantime :) pic.twitter.com/3cSY1cbdNM
Popular Twitch streamer, Felix "xQc" Lengyel was banned from Twitch two times in 10 days over DMCA claims. Both bans only lasted a few hours although xQc did appeal both bans. Unfortunately, Bikinibodhi has yet to receive any correspondence from Twitch regarding his ban, therefore he is unable to do so at this time.
"Literally not even an automated response mentioning [the ban]. I got my stream stats for my last stream though, I guess," Bikinibodhi tweeted.
Literally not even an automated response mentioning it lol— BikiniBodhi ðŸ¦€ FNATIC (@BikiniBodhi) August 22, 2021
I got my stream stats for my last stream tho I guess 🤪 pic.twitter.com/cIWNtBVP15
We doubt that the Twitch ban is permanent and expect that Bikinibodhi's will be reinstated in the next 24 to 48 hours time. In the meantime, fans can stay updated with his content via his YouTube channel.
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Header image via ESL / Bikinibodhi.