Twitch has faced questions over its ban policy for a while. While some streamers are banned for the smallest of slip ups, others like Natalia ‘Alinity’ Mogollon have escaped punishment despite clearly flouting the rules. The company’s approach to bans and suspensions, which has been criticised in the past for being wildly inconsistent, is something Kjetil Ruden ‘Zizaran’ Kippervik wants to change.
The variety streamer, who’s been on Twitch since 2015, was recently appointed to Twitch’s new safety advisory council to help keep the community “safe and healthy.” The group, which is made up of three other Twitch partners and four experts, will help the company create new policies and update existing ones, as well as acting as a voice for the community. So, as a long-time partner, Zizaran wants to use his voice to help Twitch be more transparent with its ban system, as well as act more consistently.
“I think a lot of people feel like the larger Twitch grows, the harder it is [for Twitch] to stay in touch with the community,” Zizaran tells The Loadout over email. “I think having someone give advice while they’re still streaming can be very powerful. There’s been issues in the past where people feel there’s a big discrepancy in how some streamers get banned, so transparency and consistency are the main things I hope to see an improvement on.
“It’s hard to tell what impact the council is going to have. A lot of people are jaded because in the past Twitch said it will listen more to the community and nothing changed. Hopefully this can be a big turning point and a path to improve things.”
While the full-time streamer admits he’s not an experts on bans, he wants more clarity on the system so that streamers go in with the full knowledge on what can essentially cause them to lose their job. He hopes that this council will provide that platform and give clarity to those who find themselves disenfranchised with the system.
“I think this is a great step in the right direction, but talk is cheap and actions speak louder than words,” he says. “The main thing I care about is this board accomplishing increased transparency and consistency, as well as making the entire Twitch community feel less at odds with each other.”
We’ll have to wait and see how the council’s recommendations are received, but either way this is a step in the right direction for Twitch.