Call of Duty Bans a 6-Year-Old Player During a Live Stream
When one thinks of people who play Call of Duty, six-year-olds probably don’t come to mind. However, a young talent by the screen name RowdyRogan proved himself a prodigy, showing off his skills playing Call of Duty: Warzone. Until a ban happened in the middle of gameplay on December 9. Live, while streaming on Twitch.
RowdyRogan streams his Call of Duty gameplay on Twitch, where he has gained 84,000 followers. He has 118,000 YouTube subscribers, as well. He earned his popularity the same way most people do—being cute and talented.
RowdyRogan was streaming as usual on December 9, when he was suddenly met with the message that his account was banned. Permanently. While Twitch is no stranger to sudden bans of popular players, this was not the platform’s doing. Call of Duty: Warzone carried out this ban. But, like with Twitch, there’s no real explanation.
The video is tough to watch. At first, RowdyRogan is confused, but once he realizes what’s happened, he begins to cry, looking to his father for consolation. I can’t say I blame him. He is, after all, still a child. Which may very well be the issue.
Warzone has not released any official reason for the ban, but speculation hints that it could because of RowdyRogan’s age. According to the rules, players must be at least thirteen years old to play. The internet is a harsh place, and it is likely that enough people were upset about the boy’s talent and reported him in order to see him removed.
Fans have already demanded a reverse of the ban, with #FreeRogan on Twitter. Many pointed out that according to the TOS, users under the age of thirteen can play with a parent or guardian’s permission. RowdyRogan’s dad sits beside him when he plays, so they aren’t really breaking any rules.
Others have pointed out that banning accounts isn’t working because they are banning the wrong accounts. RowdyRogan is an honest player who is unabusive and talented. There are accounts committing legitimate violations such as cheating that remain online.
RowdyRogan’s parents are handling the situation and looking for a solution. They promised on Twitter to keep everyone updated as soon as they know more. I hope things work out for Rogan. I have a feeling I know what he’s asking Santa for this year.