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Call of Duty: Warzone ‘prodigy’ who is only 6 banned from game – Polygon

RowdyRogan is only 6 years old, but the curly-haired tyke made waves in 2020 by becoming the youngest member in the Call of Duty World League. In addition to being featured in a number of popular videos showcasing his video game skills, he also has the distinction of being a finalist in a FaZe Clan recruitment challenge. But despite winning the public’s adoration, Rogan was recently banned from Call of Duty: Warzone while he was live on Twitch.

Footage of the ban was shared on Rogan’s social channels, which are managed by his father. In the clip, Rogan appears upset as he buries his face in his father’s chest.

Polygon has reached out to Rogan and Activision but did not hear back in time for publication. Call of Duty: Warzone is rated M for mature, which under ESRB guidelines suggests that players should be at least 17. Activision’s own terms of service stipulate that the publisher’s products “are made available” to fans who are at least 13 years or older, “subject to any applicable Product age ratings, restrictions and Account requirements.” The company says that if a player is under 18, a parent or guardian “must review” the terms of service with their child.

In a different section about Activision accounts, the terms of service say, “Subject to any applicable age ratings or other restrictions, you may establish an Activision account only if (i) you are 18 years of age and a ‘natural person’ in your country of residence, or (ii) if your parent or guardian reads and accepts the terms of this Agreement and the Activision Privacy Policy on their and your behalf if you are aged 13 or over but under 18 years of age.”

While Rogan obviously had his dad’s blessing and has been playing under his watchful eye for a couple of years now, it’s unclear if the ban was related to his age. But regardless of cause, much of the internet has rallied around Rogan, with a hashtag dedicated to defending his continued play. Twitch also has rules about minimum age requirements, which Rogan technically defies, though the young savant hasn’t been banned from the service. On Instagram, Rogan lists three different sponsors for his online content.

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