Activision did not really ban a 6-year-old gamer trying to stream Warzone with his dad

    
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We’ve updated this story at the end. In short, this family was fibbing for internet cred.

One of the best parts of having little kids is slowly bringing them into some of your favorite games, especially MMOs and co-op games where you can play with them and teach them the ropes. But as every parent knows, you’ve got to be a smidge circumspect about it since technically, most online games bar the littlest of the littles from even signing up, given data and COPPA laws. You probably wouldn’t risk, you know, putting your kid into tournaments or on streaming platforms where he’s specifically restricted from playing.

But that’s exactly what the parents of “RowdyRogan” did, and given the kid’s apparent talent, maybe you’ll understand why. According to Polygon, Rogan’s merely six years old but has charmed hearts by streaming games, entering gaming contests, and finding success in the not-exactly-family-friendly Call of Duty Warzone, racking up over 86,000 Twitch followers. Unfortunately, it looks as if someone at Activision banned him during his stream of the game earlier this week. The company hasn’t said why it made the ban call, but Warzone’s age requirements – 18, or 13 with parental permission – are baked into the terms of service.

Personally, my six-year-old would’ve thrown the world’s most epic tantrum over something far less crushing than this, so props to poor Rogan and his relatively mild reaction, which his father posted to Twitter. Then again, it really is a hard sell that something like Warzone is suitable for kids that small. Thankfully, I’m sure you’ll have opinions.

Source: Twitter, Polygon
Update
So apparently Activision didn’t ban anyone and this was all an elaborate stunt by the family to boost this poor child’s clout and make a video go viral for yet another dumb contest. I know you’re shocked to find out that the bad parenting in this story didn’t start and end with choosing Warzone. Shocked.
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kgptzac

The fact that such stunt is not universally condemned and even apparently white knighted in MOP comment section demonstrates the shitful aspects of celebrity streamers and why I despite idolization of this sort.

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MilitiaMasterV

Lovely, so ‘they did it for the culture’/fame. Humans and their desire for popularity…-sighs and rolls eyes-

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Armsman

Well, in all honesty, I HOPE Activision bans his Dad’s and his account now.

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laelgon

Well I feel like I was pretty on the mark with my initial comment thinking the parents were already scuzzy for streaming their child for money, and would you look at that, they’re actually worse. Teaching some great lessons to their kid.

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Rndomuser

the parents were already scuzzy for streaming their child for money

In what way this is wrong if the child is enjoying what he does? Serious question. I do not see any signs of this child doing what he is doing against his will, in fact he looks pretty happy about stuff he does. And if that brings income to parents – so what? They provide everything for him now, including all the clothes or fancy toys, things he might have wanted but his parents might not have been able to afford to buy for him. Do you see evidence of his father and mother using those streaming revenue only to buy things for themselves like fancy cars or expensive pedicure at local spa and not buying things that the child needs? I don’t see it, and unless there is evidence for that – I don’t believe it would be right thing to assume they somehow exploit the child only for their personal gain.

By the time he will be old enough to handle his own finances independently from parents he could just leave them, move to his own house and continue to rack up money while sitting at his personal home and streaming (like Ninja, Lirik and many other famous streamers who now earn $1 million/year or more) based on his fame that his parents helped him to establish through streaming and through media coverage by doing such pranks. He might be actually VERY thankful for what his parents are doing now because of that.

Stop throwing false assumptions without evidence, people.

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laelgon

Yeah, I’m going to stick with my position that good parents don’t use their small children as part of publicity stunts.

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Yoshi Senpai

I wonder if a real ban is coming now that they made money and clout at the expense of Activision.

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Rndomuser

Why would they ban him now? This prank gave Activision a free advertising of their game (because many articles which mentioned this kid’s story specifically mentioned the game) and it showed that Activision is not an insane company and they let parents decide what’s best for their children (which is a rational decision), especially since people know it was a prank. Banning him now would only make people angry at Activision, same goes for Twitch.

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Bruno Brito

Sigh. This hurts.

Having a parent being interested, genuinely on things you like, feel good. Having them making it a marketing stunt feels awful. I feel for this kid.

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Rndomuser

Why would it feel awful? I actually watched a video of how the prank was set up, it is in the link of Dexerto article, the kid looked pretty happy about whole thing. And it might have taught him (as well as few others) a very valuable lesson in life – to not blindly believe everything you see on interwebs (which I am also guilty of doing sometimes) until all the details will be available.

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traja

Just out of curiosity, is anyone here who has a strong opinion about how appropriate or inappropriate Call of Duty is for a 6 year old basing it on research that they can cite or is it just based on feelings?

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Utakata

Parental discretion is advised?

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Arktouros

Yea I had a feeling this one was something like that. Like I said below never trust or have sympathy for anyone in a “pRo gAmEr” jersey throwing out some pretentious hand gestures for a photo, even a 6 year old.

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texyFX

sincerely sry to highlight the necessitiy of thourough research.

also sincerely sry to criticize the viralisation of child labor. since Twitch is a monetisation modell of User Generated Content (as is YouTube etc), any involvement has to be seen as labor. this marketing “gag” isnt slapstick, it is the exploitation of a child by his parents supported by a community, that has lost its integrity.

there is no argument in PEGI, to protect those from violent and any other harmful content, who still have to learn about death, sorrow, anger etc. but do they really have to know how to master close quarter combat with a pump-action?

there is a difference between a water gun and a virtual massacre.
but then violence is seen as natural in mankinds societies, although it is socialised and not biological “hardwired”. so probably PEGI is simply an alibi for a society installed via artificial violence to (oppressively) enforce productivity.

a reason more to protect the most innocent members of society from adult games and monetisation schemes.
ofc Call Of Duty, assault rifles and killing spree r common knowledge for kids, but the argument of controlled vs. tabooed (and therefore hidden) exposition is wrong, cuz distracting from the real issue: violence.

kids should know about violence, but not experience it in any form. it may be naive, as everyday life cant be separated into a kid-secure PEGI area and mature content, but it should be. the sooner any brain adapts violence as common social practice and even more disturbingly fun, the more natural violence becomes (eg child soldiers).

while i dont think killer-games r responsible for amok (mass shootings etc), the industry must be held accountable for disrespecting its own Terms Of Service with or without money involved. cuz otherwise the industry is hypocrite and protection of minors (like PEGI) simply an alibi like (many) green/eco seals.

kids should know about sex, but should not be exposed to porn.

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Utakata

“So apparently Activision didn’t ban anyone and this was all an elaborate stunt by the family to boost this poor child’s clout and make a video go viral for yet another dumb contest. I know you’re shocked to find out that the bad parenting in this story didn’t start and end with choosing Warzone. Shocked.”

Wait…this was *Balloon Boy 2.0? o.O

*FYI: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balloon_boy_hoax