ZLaner “not eligible” for Warzone Twitch Rivals, possibly due to Dr Disrespect cosplay

Twitch streamer and content creator Zack “ZLaner” Lane has been told that he is “not eligible” to participate in a Warzone Twitch Rivals tournament, possibly due to his Dr Disrespect cosplay.

Youtuber, Zack “ZLaner” Lane, was disappointed when he learned that he would not be belittled to participate in the Warzone Twitch Rivals tournament. Zack is a popular streamer and content creator with over 316,000 YouTube subscribers and is well known for his Warzone content.

Coincidentally, he’s also closely associated with former Twitch star Dr Disrespect. It was therefore speculated that her relationship with the Doc was potentially the reason for her ineligibility to participate in the $ 75,000 Twitch Rivals event.

Twitch: ZLaner “not eligible” for Warzone Twitch Rivals

Naturally, Zack was eager to take part in the Warzone Twitch Rivals event, tweeting “I was excited to launch it with Kalei Renay and ClutchBelk today”.

Warzone Twitch Rivals Showdown (Image: Twitch)

Unfortunately, much to his disappointment, he received a message from Twitch shortly before the start of the tournament, which allegedly read: “ZLaner is not eligible for Twitch Rivals today – Twitch staff”.

While the reasoning for Zack’s ineligibility is not confirmed, some members of the Twitch community believe it may have something to do with his association with Dr. Disrespect.

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Cosplay Dr Disrespect de ZLaner (Photo: Twitter / ZLaner)

In particular, esports reporter Jake Lucky speculated that it could be due to Dr. Disrespect’s Zack cosplay. We don’t know if Jake was trolling or making a legitimate claim.

While the reasoning for Zack’s ineligibility is not confirmed, some members of the Twitch community believe it may have something to do with his association with Dr. Disrespect.

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Cosplay Dr Disrespect de ZLaner (Photo: Twitter / ZLaner)

In particular, esports reporter Jake Lucky speculated that it could be due to Dr. Disrespect’s Zack cosplay. We don’t know if Jake was trolling or making a legitimate claim.

In case you didn’t know, Dr Disrespect was a major star on the streaming platform but was irrevocably banned for reasons we (and the Doc himself) are unaware of.

Other skeptics indicated that Zack could not compete because he is not a Twitch Partner, despite being a Twitch Affiliate. On the official Twitch Rivals SmashGG page, it states that “Twitch Partners and Twitch Affiliates may qualify for a chance to play in Twitch Rivals”. This reasoning is therefore certainly not valid.

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Qualifying Criteria for Warzone Twitch Rivals SmashGG (Photo: Smash.GG)

There are other qualifying criteria listed on the Qualifiers page, so it is possible that Zack did not qualify on one or more of the entry criteria.

We’ll give Twitch the benefit of the doubt here, as we find it hard to believe that Zack would be ineligible to participate simply because of his affiliation with a banned streamer.

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Dr Disrespect (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

What is clear, however, is that it has indeed been a crazy week for Twitch Rivals. Recently it was revealed that a competitor, DavskaR, is using aimbot hacks during the tournament. This then forced Twitch to perform a full tournament reset to preserve the competitive integrity of the event.

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We’ll have to wait for an official response from Twitch or Zack regarding the exact reasoning he can’t play for.

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