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.