The biggest story of this week comes from Twitch. Ex FaZe Clan member and Professional eSports streamer Carl Riemer (aka soarcarl) fires gun on a livestream.
Carl performed a “Negligent Discharge of a Firearm” during one of his regular streams. Carl was consuming an alcoholic beverage on the live stream and got severely intoxicated by it. He picked up the gun, reloaded it, said “B**** say I ain’t got money. Say I ain’t got money.” and then proceeded to fire. Luckily the shot did not harm anyone except what appears to be a beverage.
Carl’s behavior being incredibly irresponsible has caused a lot of problems. This simple act is more important and hurtful to many people involved and not just Carl.
The problem divides into multiple issues. The first and primary issue is the legality of guns and firearms. In recent years, many people are challenging the second amendment of the United States Constitution. The second amendment allows and protects the right for people to own weapons. This can cause more division among people who want to own guns and those who want them banned. Gun control laws can get stricter.
Video game streaming is still a relatively new career path. The mainstream media and the general public look down upon those who chose this path. If incidents like these continue, it can cause more damage to fellow game streamers.
Carl’s streaming career is not over yet. He will need to transfer his reputation and following from Twitch on a different platform such as Mixer or YouTube Live.
Twitch has permanently banned Carl’s account for violating their terms and conditions. Carl publicly apologized at many platforms for his actions and said:
Don’t do what I did. Ever. Literally everything was going perfectly in life and one mistake ruined everything I’ve been doing for year. I cannot put into words how sorry I am and how dangerous what I did last night was.Carl Riemer (via twitter @SoaRCarl_)