Twitch Permanently Bans Hashinshin Following Allegations Of Grooming A Minor

Category: League of Legends, Date: 23/Jul/2020

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Twitch has permanently banned League of Legends streamer Robert “Hashinshin” Brotz after allegations arose of him grooming an underage girl.

On July 22, Hashinshin was banned on Twitch, he confirmed that the ban is permanent in a twitter post. 

Maya “Caltys” Henckel, a semi-pro League player, accused Hashinshin of grooming her in 2017, when she was 15. She backed up her claims with screenshots of conversations that occurred on Twitter and Discord where he allegedly asked her for pictures and referencing her butt and breasts, all while knowing that she’s underage.

Hashinshin initially said in a YouTube video Henckel used false information to paint him as a pedophile and the screenshots Henckel provided were edited.

“People have used fake, doctored, and outright falsified information to unfairly label me a pedophile,” Brotz said. “In addition to that, they have withheld evidence indirect and intentional ways to continue to unfairly label me a pedophile.”

But later Hashinshin posted a Twitlonger which has since been deleted in which he did not deny several of the allegations and instead said he could not recall what had happened. In a newer statement, he maintains he did not groom girls.

“I say again what I did was wrong, it was gross, it was extremely creepy but it was not grooming,” Hashinshin said. “I want people to understand that this isn’t some Ben Shapiro video, and this isn’t League of Legends. In LoL we’re so used to exaggerating and calling everything “inting” that we get used to just using the worst description possible for something. This wasn’t grooming.”

A Number of high-profile League of Legends personalities, including Moe ‘Yassuo’ Abdalrhman and Joedat ‘Voyboy’ Esfahan, tweeted out in support of the victims and called out Hashinshin for his ‘predatory’ behavior.

Hashinshin posted a video to YouTube addressing Voyboy’s tweet, appearing distressed and causing his fans to fear for safety.

Hashinshin still says he did not groom anyone, but he admitted he “did engage in inappropriate conversation with teenage women.” Hashinshin later tweeted that he will “earn forgiveness” and that people should “be ready to see me later and say I’ve earned your forgiveness.”

Even with Hashinshin denying the allegations the community and personality figures in the League scene are taking the allegations seriously. Hashinshin isn’t the only case that was handed a permanent ban on Twitch for alleged sexual assault, harassment, and other misconduct. SayNoRage a Destiny 2 streamer and ZeRo a former smash pro player have also been banned from the platform.