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The U.S. Army Returning to Twitch, Lifting Suspensions

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The United States Army may have collected a win when Democratic representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tried to pass a bill banning them from using streaming platforms such as Twitch for recruiting, but they have a long way to go in repairing their image among gamers and Twitch streamers as they will be returning to Twitch following a month away.

According to a statement emailed to Kotaku, the esports team is making it’s way back to Twitch and unbanning users, for now.

“The U.S. Army Esports Team is reinstating access for accounts previously banned for harassing and degrading behavior on its Twitch stream,” reads the statement. “The team is reviewing and clarifying its policies and procedures for the stream and will provide all who have been banned the opportunity to participate in the space as long as they follow the team’s guidelines.”

The U.S. Army is clearly sticking to their guns that the aforementioned “harassing and degrading behavior” were valid claims, when in actuality it was viewers asking about the Army’s history of war crimes. Regardless of their position, legal organizations like the ACLU and the Knight First Amendment Institute claim that the bans were violations of free speech laws seeing how the Army is an extension of the United States government.

We will see how things play out this time, but it doesn’t seem like the channel’s issues will be going away anytime soon.

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NAVI Releasing Documentary on s1mple

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NAVI is getting set to release a documentary that will follow s1mple’s life and explore his “ups and downs” as one of the most recognizable esports players with insight from former and current teammates, his family, commentators, analysts, and “many others” from the industry.

“I remember the time when we just signed a contract in 2016,” NAVI CEO Yevhen Zolotarov said in an official press release. “Honestly, now it’s hard to believe that it was already five years ago. For the esports industry, five years is quite a long period of time.”

“S1mple is a legend not only for NAVI but for esports in general,” co-founder and CEO of DMarket Vlad Panchenko said. “Therefore, the items that will be dropping during the NAVI watch party stream are also legendary and unique.”

DMarket has created a “unique drop-game” with exclusive items dedicated to s1mple to coincide with the release of the doc, and Natus Vincerewill be premiering a documentary about him on Twitch next month, to celebrate his fifth year with the brand.

Additionally, a NAVI watch party is also set for the doc, set to air on one of their upcoming twitch streams set to take place on September 8th at 11am CT.

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Pengu Retires From Rainbow Six, Focusing on Content Creation

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Niclas ‘Pengu’ Mouritzen, who made a name for himself in the Rainbow Six universe and is considered one of the best players in the world, has officially announced his retirement from the game so that he can focus his attention on content creation.

“It’s been FIVE years. Five years of living my childhood dream, and getting to experience the most incredible things. I have stepped down as an active pro league player active as of this tweet,” Pengu said in a statement issued on his official Twitter page. “I can’t wait to show you what the future holds. But for now, we gotta be patient.”

G2 released a video to honor his contributions to the team, and his incredible career.

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Astralis Mid Laner ‘Nukeduck’ Steps Away from LEC Starting Lineup

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Astralis Mid Laner Erlend “nukeduck” Våtevik Holm is stepping away from the LEC starting lineup due to “personal reasons”, according to DOT Esports.

In a corresponding move, Astralis is currently in talks with other midlaners outside of the LEC, with free agent such as Felix “MagiFelix” Boström being among the names. MagiFelix parted ways with Fnatic last November.

Currently, Astralis has only one victory on the LEC, and is tied for ninth place with team Vitality, posting a 1-6 record over the first three weeks of competition.

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