Streamers who ruined their careers in seconds

Livestreaming from Twitch has become not only massively popular, but also surprisingly lucrative. Anyone with a decent internet connection, a webcam, and a game to play can start up a stream and find themselves with hundreds of viewers. Unlike YouTube, Twitch does not require clickbait-y thumbnails to become successful. Streamers still do their best to stand out, utilizing online personalities to draw in the views, and with them, donations.

But also unlike YouTube's on-demand videos, Twitch is live. While YouTubers can edit out career-ending mistakes from their videos — or choose not to if you're Logan Paul — Twitch streamers are often caught live doing something despicable enough to turn their fans against them. The stream hears and sees all, which can backfire quickly.

Trying to stand out in an online community oversaturated with thousands of streamers vying for viewers' attention is hard. Here are some streamers who tried too hard, and instead of gaining fame, brought infamy and channel bans upon themselves for their efforts.  

Joedaddy505 abuses partner on stream

Joedaddy was a popular YouTuber and Twitch streamer back before the incident that destroyed his career in 2016. He made a name for himself playing NBA 2K16. The game was quick to disassociate with him, however, after he streamed a disturbing six minutes of audio.

After being intoxicated on the stream, Joedaddy left his desk and went elsewhere in his house, where he can then be heard drunkenly berating a woman, who in turn is screaming, crying, and begging. While there was no visual of Joedaddy physically beating her, her cries of "Get off me!" and "I'm calling the cops" make it clear what was happening. He didn't let up, words slurring as he insulted her, apparently oblivious to his still ongoing stream in the other room.

Again, while the audio itself doesn't make it crystal clear as to what happened, Joedaddy's later "apology" does. In an Instagram post after the incident became viral via KeemStar's posting of the audio on his channel Drama Alert, Joedaddy said, "yes, I was drunk but she hit me first and called me a b**** so I had to do what I did."

Tellingly, Twitch posted a statement on how they will reach out to law enforcement if deemed necessary. Twitch clarifies that it does not comment on terms of service violations, but this was a clear nod to Joedaddy, who deleted his social media accounts.

ZilianOP frauds fans

It's hard to stand out on Twitch, but the level that Angel Hamilton went to rake in donations and sympathy can be called an all new low. Known as zilianOP, Hamilton had made streaming into a full-time job, chiefly playing Diablo and World of Warcraft. He was able to make a living through gathering donations while streaming for 12-hour stints. This itself is far from unheard of, but Hamilton had a gimmick to garner more views.

ZilianOP was wheelchair-bound. He sometimes made donation requests, saying that the money would go toward expenses related to his disability. He was popular and had a following that was happy to help him out. Then in 2013, zilianOP's chat watched in disbelief as the man they believed to be paralyzed got up from his wheelchair and walked away.

Hamilton was quick to jump back on chat, having cut the video, saying that he fell out of his chair while trying to stop his dog from spilling water on wires. His girlfriend, Panthoria, was also on the same game and can be heard shouting "Oh my god!" before quickly moving on to an unrelated story, distracting from the apparent miracle streamed live on Twitch.tv.

Fans felt betrayed, and Twitch was quick to ban both zilianOP and Panthoria's accounts, calling the incident "a slap in the face to Twitch community members with real disabilities."

Aqualadora murdered a dog

Most career-killing mistakes are unintentional: the bad people doing the bad things didn't think they would be caught in the act. More recently, however, part time streamer Simone Scott aka Aqualadora willingly confessed and defended "the worst thing she had ever done." And it's pretty awful.

When posed the question in a stream hosted by RajjPatel, Scott admitted to purposefully killing an otherwise healthy dog while she was working as a vet tech. Her reasoning behind premeditated dog murder? The owner was "a really bad person."

RajjPatel tries to give her an out, attempting to move on, but Scott is unapologetic. She goes on to say that "the dog was pretty shitty too," as if that warrants her to be judge, jury, and notably executioner. The internet — as a whole known to love dogs — quickly became enraged. Aqualadora was hardly popular before, but suddenly found herself with the worst kind of attention in hundreds of threats sent her way after her confession went viral.

She later tweeted that she was only trolling, but the damage had been done.

PhantomL0rd is suing Twitch, again

Most of these streamers disappear after becoming a pariah on the internet. James Varga, known as PhantomL0rd, just won't let go, however.

Back when people were dropping thousands of dollars gambling for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive items, PhantomL0rd was one of the most popular streamers on Twitch. He had 1.3 million followers and they watched as he made huge bets, sometimes with six digits, on the site CSGO Shuffle. And he was lucky, betting big and winning bigger. However, it quickly came out that he was a partial owner of the site and thus was promoting rigged victories and betting with "house money," promoting the site but not the reality of the game.

This scandal resulted in his suspension from the platform. He'd violated Valve's and Twitch's terms of service, but PhantomL0rd sued Twitch, saying that his suspension was without proper explanation. In the two years since his ban, PhantomL0rd has continued to crop up, mostly through threatening more lawsuits against Twitch and subreddits like /r/LifestreamFail for further pointing out his scamming.

Matt "Dellor" Vaughn rage quits

The newly minted Overwatch League has been rife with scandals and professional players behaving in decidedly unprofessional ways, but not all of those faux pas have been broadcast for the world to see. Matt Vaughn's own livestream fail was.

The best of us have rage quit from time to time, but as the tired saying goes, it's just a game. Right? For Dellor, this particular match got under his skin. He was getting hit by an insanely accurate Widowmaker again and again. While his teammates sounded fairly calm, Dellor took to screaming over the chat and eventually found an outlet for his rage.

By saying the n-word, loudly, for nearly thirty seconds straight.

An immature, over the top, and downright racist response in the first place, Dellor made things all the worse for himself by doing it live on his stream, which later went viral as a clip. It was impossible for this not to get back to and mar the image of the team he was signed to. Toronto Esports promptly dropped Dellor and in a single, sad tweet he announced he was done with esports.

Legendary Lea thinks kids with cancer should die

Lea May, who made a name for herself as LegendaryLea on Twitch, is another example of a streamer going the extra distance to make themselves look bad by going on a less-than-PC tirade. At the time of the drunk stream in 2016, LegendaryLea had over half a million followers. Viewers watched her play Hearthstone and somehow the subject of kids with cancer came up, and LegendaryLea had some opinions she shared without shame.

"Children that have cancer are going to die, and they're meant to die," she said.

Citing her education in biology, she claimed it was all just biological destiny that these kids were doomed. All this allegedly in response to a request for a donation to St. Jude's Children's Hospital. This isn't the best look, but it certainly got her noticed, which is what some claim she wanted in the first place.

While saying kids with cancer deserve to die doesn't get you banned from Twitch, flashing the stream "on accident" does. That instance only resulted in a 30 day ban, and it brought her more infamy than slurring about dying children.

xpegasas accidentally makes a XXX stream

The circumstances around Lithuanian streamer xpegasas' ban seem purely accidental. There were no racist rants, no unabashed confessions of pet murder, or domestic violence involved here: just a good, old-fashioned slip-up.

Twitch, especially lately, has done a lot to crack down in inappropriate content on stream. Chiefly, the platform has prolific problems in eliminating sexual content and defining exactly what might be deemed "sexual" in the first place. In xpegasas' case, there is no ambiguity. He evidently forgot to turn off his mic on stream before having sex with his girlfriend and viewers heard everything. "Everything" here means a whole lot of a woman moaning, which is perhaps not outright against Twitch community guidelines, but the context of the incident certainly is.

The NSFW audio got him a ban, but also the apparent admiration of the internet. While the situation is unfortunate considering that he can no longer stream, this is a rare case of a career-killing move that didn't mar his reputation.

Roxicett went too far

As previously mentioned, Twitch is doing its best to avoid becoming a cam site, where streamers show off their nature-given goods in order to get donations. However, there are still notorious times when the line between streaming a game and streaming oneself becomes blurred; oftentimes alcohol helps to make the distinction extra murky.

This is what happened to RuneScape streamer Roxicett. She earned her perma-ban by not just being absolutely hammered on stream, but by turning her stream into a Gamer Girls Gone Wild video. It's not exactly rare for female streamers to have wardrobe malfunctions while streaming. These are accidents, or are at least claimed to be. With Roxicett, however, it's hard to see how her pulling down her shirt and pants mid-stream could be accidental.

Her channel is banned, but that night she drank a little too much will forever live upon the internet via livestream fail videos and NSFW subreddits.

Overwatch pro xQc is a sore loser and a homophobe

There seem to be a few too many examples of Overwatch pro players ending their careers before they've even had a chance to begin, but Felix Lengyel seems particularly unrepentant for his bannable behavior.

The trouble with team Dallas Fuel's Lengyel, aka xQc, started with being a sore loser. Although he didn't even personally play in the match he was so worked up about, he felt it necessary to take to his own stream and go on a homophobic diatribe against Houston Outlaws player Austin "Muma" Wilmot. The unfortunate thing is that homophobic slurs and language are often thrown around casually in-stream, but this was targeted considering that Wilmot is openly gay.

Suspended and forced to pay a fine, xQc didn't seem deterred from behaving badly when he later called casters "cancer," sarcastically apologized for it via Twitter, and then went on to spam racially disparaging emotes at a Black reporter. His poor in-game performance didn't make up for the scandals he was bringing to the Overwatch League. The next logical step was to release him from Dallas Fuel. He's continued to stream Overwatch since, and has been as toxic as he likes.

KneeColeslaw abuses cats on stream

The previously mentioned Aqualadora clearly should not be allowed around animals, and neither should KneeColeslaw. Despite having several cats, she seems to know nothing about them, nor does she seem to see the problem with choking them out on stream while her friends plead with her to stop.

If you're an animal lover, it's not a pretty picture. There have been several clips around the internet showing her holding her cats down as while they yowl so that she can "assert her dominance" and "show him who's the boss." Despite these actions getting her a ban and pages upon pages of angry comments, on her Twitch channel she claims that she was "WRONGFULLY accused of hurting" her cats and that she had been cleared of any allegations.

The proof, as they say, is in the highly publicized videos from her own stream. Seemingly unbothered, she has an image of a crying cat as the header for her Twitch page's section about subscriber milestones. While she still has a considerable number of followers, she can't escape forever being that person who hurt an animal in front of hundreds of witnesses.