Streamers and call-of-duty expert Carl Riemer was suspended from Twitch and dropped by his e-sports organization SoaR Gaming. The reason for this: He accidentally fired a loaded weapon during a live stream – nobody was injured in the incident.
During the said stream, Riemer picked up a pistol, jokingly threatened an unavailable person in the room, and twice pulled the sled backwards. Deluding himself that the gun was no longer loaded, he pulled the trigger and fired into a pack of Gfuel – a powder drink mix. Visibly irritated by the shot, the streamer shouts: "What the hell ?!"
HOLY FUCKING SHIT pic.twitter.com/CEHnCvLbiF
– cam! (@ cam834) March 5, 2020
Twitch has drawn immediate consequences from the incident and that Carl Riemer streaming account suspended, Riemer's e-sports association SoaR also condemned the behavior of the streamer and immediately excluded Carl Riemer from their team.
We do not condone the actions on livestream by Carl last night. He has been removed from the SoaR Gaming roster effective immediately.
– SoaR (@SoaRGaming) March 5, 2020
Meanwhile, Carl Riemer commented personally on the incident on Twitch and takes responsibility for his negligent behavior. In the course of a YouTube video he apologized publicly, admits his mistakes in front of the camera and exhorts others not to follow his example.
Riemer admits that he was "obviously drunk" during the live stream (there are several cans of beer on the table in the shot) and admits that weapons, regardless of their condition, are "not toys" and should not be treated as such :
“It was a stupid mistake. However, a mistake that could have cost someone's life. «- Riemer confesses in the video. Riemer's colleague Drift0r, also a CoD streamer and influencer, reacted angrily on Twitter about the incident.
Guns are not toys and it makes me angry to see people showing them off casually on stream, especially when loaded. I wish gun safety, maintenance, and basic marksmanship classes were required before people could purchase them. That alone would eliminate a ton of gun deaths. https://t.co/jSNahQEBeX
– Drift0r (@ Drift0r) March 5, 2020
»It makes me angry when people show weapons just as easily in the stream – especially loaded. I wish that safety, maintenance and weapon handling courses were mandatory before buying one. That alone would prevent thousands of deaths from firearms, «Drift0r writes.
It is not currently known when and whether the Twitch ban from Carl Riemer is lifted again, It is unlikely that the streamer will be resumed at SoaR gaming.