ZLaner “not eligible” for Warzone Twitch Rivals, presumably because of Dr. Disrespect cosplay

Twitch streamer and content creator Zack “ZLaner” Lane was told that he was “not eligible” to enter a Warzone Twitch Rivals tournament, presumably because of his Dr. Disrespect cosplays.

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

Coincidentally, he’s also closely related to former Twitch star Dr. Disrespect connected. It has therefore been speculated that his relationship with the Doc may be the reason he was unable to attend the $ 75,000 Twitch Rivals event.

Twitch: ZLaner “not eligible” for Warzone Twitch Rivals

Of course, Zack wanted to attend the Warzone Twitch Rivals event and tweeted, “I was thrilled to start it today with Kalei Renay and ClutchBelk.”

Warzone Twitch Rivals Showdown (Bild: Twitch)

Unfortunately, to his disappointment, shortly before the tournament started, he received a message from Twitch that read: “ZLaner is not qualified for Twitch Rivals today – Twitch employee”.

While the reasons for Zack’s inadmissibility are not confirmed, some members of the Twitch community speculate that this has something to do with his association with Dr. Disrespect might have to do with it.

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Dr Disrespect Cosplay from ZLaner (Image: Twitter / ZLaner)

Esports journalist Jake Lucky in particular speculated that Dr. Disrespect could be. We’re not sure if Jake was trolling or making a legitimate claim.

While the reasons for Zack’s inadmissibility are not confirmed, some members of the Twitch community speculate that this has something to do with his association with Dr. Disrespect might have to do with it.

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Dr Disrespect Cosplay from ZLaner (Image: Twitter / ZLaner)

Esports journalist Jake Lucky in particular speculated that Dr. Disrespect could be. We’re not sure if Jake was trolling or making a legitimate claim.

In case you didn’t know, Dr. Disrespect was a big star on the streaming platform but was permanently banned for reasons we (and the doc himself) don’t know about.

Other skeptics stated that Zack could not attend because he is not a Twitch Affiliate, even though he is a Twitch Affiliate. The official Twitch Rivals SmashGG page states that “Twitch Partners and Twitch Affiliates can qualify for a chance to play at Twitch Rivals.” So this line of argument is certainly not valid.

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Warzone Twitch Rivals SmashGG-Qualifikationskriterien (Bild: Smash.GG)

Further qualification criteria are listed on the “Qualifications” page, so it is possible that Zack did not qualify for one or more of the participation criteria.

We’re giving Twitch the benefit of the doubt here, as we can hardly believe that Zack would not be eligible to participate solely because of his affiliation with a banned streamer.

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Dr. Disrespect (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

What is clear, however, is that this has been a wild week for Twitch Rivals indeed. It was recently revealed that a competitor, DavskaR, was using aimot hacks during the tournament. This then forced Twitch to completely reset the tournament in order to preserve the competitive integrity of the event.

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

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