Twitch 2021: A year full of controversy

2020 is a notable year for Twitch’s large-scale streaming ban, but 2021 is different. In many ways, the past 12 months have become darker and more difficult: we have seen marginalized anchors fighting against abusive audiences beyond Twitch’s control, rather than laughing at self-incriminated Call of Duty cheaters or wondering Why is PhD being banned for disrespect, and copyright conflicts and mismanagement are still everyone’s thorns.

A large-scale security breach in October exposed the entire platform and dragged the platform into the mainstream spotlight: a digital security expert said the situation was “as bad as possible”. However, the crisis was over quickly, at least publicly, and by mid-December, the biggest debate was whether streaming was eligible for work. As they said, life continues.