Twitch Streamer Suspended After Accidentally Firing Real Gun At His Monitor

Twitch Streamer Suspended After Accidentally Firing Real Gun At His Monitor
Image: Carl Riemer

A professional Call of Duty streamer who brandished a gun on stream and accidentally fired a round into his desk has been suspended from Twitch and dropped from his esports organisation.

Last night, during a livestream from inside his home, Call of Duty trickshot specialist and former FaZe Clan member Carl Riemer pulled out a pistol. “Bitch say I ain’t got money,” he jokingly said while holding it. An open can of Coors Light beer was visible on his desk during the clip. Riemer then pulled the trigger, and to his apparent surprise, the weapon discharged a round. He has now been suspended on Twitch.

The round did not harm anyone, but it did perforate a nearby container of Gfuel, a powdered energy formula marketed to gamers. “God damn,” Riemer said immediately afterward. “What the fuck? I swear to God I just emptied the mag!”

Today, Twitch suspended Riemer’s channel, and the esports organisation he was part of, SoaR Gaming, dropped him.

“We do not condone the actions on livestream by Carl last night,” SoaR wrote on Twitter. “He has been removed from the SoaR Gaming roster effective immediately.”

In separate videos on Twitter and YouTube, Riemer addressed the situation. (He has not yet responded to requests for comment from Kotaku.)

“I made my biggest mistake of my entire life last night, and it could ruin my life,” he said in the Twitter video. “I could have hurt somebody. I could have hurt myself. I could have hurt one of my animals. And that’s unforgivable… I’ve had that gun for two years, and all it takes is two seconds of stupid to ruin everything. To ruin somebody else, to ruin yourself. Don’t do what I did.”

On YouTube, he said that he was “clearly intoxicated” when it happened. He then proceeded to show viewers a metal cup that he said the round passed through en route to a monitor on the desk next to him, which he said was also broken as a result. He went on to say that he’s not sure how long his Twitch suspension will last yet, but that if it’s permanent, his bank account is going to be hurting: While he has over 800,000 YouTube subscribers, he said he “stopped making enough from YouTube to pay the bills a while ago.”

He also thanked Soar for doing “what they needed to do” in dropping him and apologised profusely.

“I just made such a stupid, stupid, stupid mistake,” he said. “All I can say is that I’m sorry, and I deserve everything. Every bit of backlash.”

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  • Not that anyone here will likely need this information, but always treat a gun as if it’s loaded.
    It’s stupid, but since nobody got hurt, kinda funny.

  • Well it’s obvious here that it wasn’t the mix of stupidity, recklessness, intoxication and ready access to a loaded firearm that caused it. It was the video game he was playing.

  • But… but… if there is an active shooter situation we’d all be safe, right, because trained guys like this with guns will be available to protect us from bad guys with guns while not accidentally shooting themselves, nearby computer monitors, or innocent bystanders in the process. Right?

    • All you apparently need is a bucket of rocks. (For reference, after a school shooting one school decided what they needed was a bucket of rocks to throw at a shooter as a last resort…. Because nothing calms down agitated people more than being pelted by rocks.)

      • “Ow, guys stop… That really stings, both physically and metaphorically! I now understand the errors of my ways and shall lay down my arms.”

  • I gotta give the guy credit for accepting the consequences for his actions but he doesn’t seem to get that his lack of multiple safety checks is kind of irrelevant, there’s literally no reason for pulling it out in the first place.

      • Could go either way I suppose, his apology does become a little funnier if you pretend he’s taking about his junk.

    • Accepting the consequences of one’s actions seems to be a bit of a dying art in the modern era. Plagiarizing editors seem to not accept it and at least subtly try to infer that it’s someone elses fault. Hell; movie moguls blame the ‘fans’ too.

  • The latest in our ongoing series ‘Streamers and Youtubers’ really need to put down the controller/keyboard and get an education and/or reality check.

  • Probably more common then you think. I’ve been on voice chat apps with a fair few ‘gun totting’ Americans, they love playing with their guns, pulling the triggers etc… (not even joking)

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