Nintendo Banned Alanah Pearce Twitch Tears of the Kingdom Nintendo-Approved Video
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Nintendo Mistakenly Bans Alanah Pearce for Watching Nintendo-Approved Video

Nintendo recently banned prominent Twitch streamer, YouTube content creator and Santa Monica Studio writer Alanah Pearce for streaming a Nintendo-approved video. The ban has since been reversed but not before Pearce was hit with a DMCA takedown from Nintendo that had her account temporarily suspended while watching pre-approved Nintendo footage of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

Yesterday, Pearce streamed a preview video of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom from YouTuber SkillUp, showing footage that was pre-approved and supplied to him directly by Nintendo after he attended a preview event. Nintendo swiftly struck Pearce’s account with a takedown notice mid-stream for showing the footage. Granted, Nintendo has been on a ban-streak lately since Tears of the Kingdom leaked online early, though this was just an unfortunate case of the company completely misreading the situation.

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“Lol, my Twitch just got suspended mid-stream because I was reacting to SkillUp’s Zelda preview video,” explained Pearce in a tweet update. “It would appear that Nintendo DMCA’d me for watching approved Zelda gameplay.”

Pearce later contested the false DMCA takedown with Twitch, resulting in her account being unbanned. As the Tears of the Kingdom release date draws near, Nintendo is doing everything it can to suppress early leaked footage of the game. The company may have simply mistaken SkillUp’s pre-approved gameplay footage as another leak.

In related news, Nintendo is forecasting a slowdown in Switch sales over the next year as it reportedly gears up for the launch of its next console. However, fans probably shouldn’t expect the new hardware to arrive before April 2024. In the meantime, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, the long-awaited sequel to 2017’s Breath of the Wild, is set to launch on 12 May (this Friday) and is expected to be a big seller for the company.

Check out Pearce’s latest video explaining the Twitch ban below:

Source: Alanah Pearce

Editor-in-Chief of Nexus Hub, writer at GLITCHED. Former writer at The Gaming Report and All Otaku Online. RPG addict that has wonderful nightmares of Bloodborne 2.

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