first published on March 6, 2020 by Funker
A Pro Call of Duty streamer produced a pistol during a livestream and unintentionally fired it into his desk, resulting in the termination of his team sponsorship and subsequent ban from Twitch.
According to the video, Carl Riemer, a professional esports player for SoaR, had been drinking alcohol before grabbing a semiautomatic handgun from out of frame. He pulls the weapon from the holster, and charges the pistol to extract the chambered round.
However, he didn’t drop the magazine before racking the slide, which just chambered another round. The streamer pulled the trigger and the bullet tore through a coffee cup and a tub of Gatorade powder. Luckily, no one was on the other side of the wall, as no one was injured in the incident.
The streaming platform Twitch has a code of conduct that prohibits firearms on stream and acts of streamers endangering themselves or others. They promptly terminated Riemer’s account. SoaR released a statement saying, “We do not condone the actions on livestream by Carl last night. He has been removed from the SoaR Gaming roster effective immediately.”
While firearms ownership is an inherent right, it is also a great responsibility. Common sense would suggest not mixing alcohol and firearms, but common sense usually evaporates upon the consumption of alcohol. This dude is lucky his negligence only cost him his career.
Don’t stream drunk with a loaded gun next to you 🤦♂️ pic.twitter.com/2sXKaZbFQG
— DEXERTO.COM (@Dexerto) March 5, 2020