On May 4th, 2023, Kaitlyn “Amouranth” Siragusa, one of Twitch’s top-performing and most popular female streamers, was hit with a ban from the platform for the first time since October 2021. The reason behind the ban is unknown, and both Twitch and Amouranth have remained silent on the matter. Her channel displays the standard text:
“This channel is temporarily unavailable due to a violation of Twitch’s Community Guidelines or Terms of Service.”
Amouranth is a household name on Amazon’s livestreaming platform, with over six million Twitch followers, making her easily the purple streamer’s most recognizable female creator next to Imane “Pokimane” Anys. Despite facing controversies for regularly streaming in skimpy bikinis, it has not stopped her from charting highly on Twitch. She consistently pulls in thousands of viewers who eagerly wait for her livestreams. Fans create waiting rooms for and replays of her streams, attesting to her popularity.
Despite receiving several bans in the past, which lasted no more than a couple of days, Amouranth has managed to maintain her viewership. However, this time, her channel has been nuked, and viewers can’t view her content to determine why Twitch decided to ban her. There is speculation that the drama between Amouranth and fellow streamer Adriana Chechik could be a possible reason for the ban.
On April 27th, Chechik called Amouranth “a fucking cunt” on her stream, and in response, Amouranth challenged her to a fight in the ring. This reference could be to Creator Clash, an annual charity boxing event that began in May 2022. However, such actions or threats of violence on or off the platform could result in a temporary suspension or permanent ban, as per Twitch’s community guidelines revolving around violence and threats. The guidelines state that:
“Acts and threats of violence are counterproductive to promoting a safe, inclusive, and friendly community. Violence on Twitch is taken seriously and is considered a zero-tolerance violation, and all accounts associated with such activities on Twitch will be indefinitely suspended.”
The situation with Amouranth is not unique. Recently, Twitch has banned several big-name creators, including Bruce “BruceDropEmOff” Ray, LowTierGod, Hans “Forsen” Fors, and Kai Cenat, the new King of Twitch. Twitch seems to be enforcing its community guidelines and terms of service more stringently on popular streamers.
On May 5th, 2023, Amouranth was unbanned from Twitch just a day after her mysterious suspension. Fans have been speculating about the reason behind the ban, but there has been no official explanation. Amouranth has amassed over 6.3 million followers on Twitch since 2016, making her one of the most popular female streamers on the platform.
While the reason behind the ban remains a mystery, the incident highlights the importance of following Twitch’s community guidelines and terms of service. Twitch seems to be taking a more stringent approach in enforcing them, and big-name creators are not immune to consequences for violating them. For now, fans eagerly await Amouranth’s return to streaming and hope that she will avoid future controversies that could lead to more severe consequences.