Relief for Fnatic as deleted Twitter account is restored

London-based esports organisation Fnatic suffered a social media scare on Tuesday afternoon when its Twitter account was temporarily deleted.

The account, which had more than 1m followers, disappeared from Twitter, with its former page simply displaying a "this account doesn't exist" error message.


The account was down for just over an hour before being restored, much to Fnatic's relief ahead of a busy weekend of high-profile esports action.

Fnatic will compete in the biggest Dota 2 event of the year, The International 9 as well as the Rainbow Six Raleigh Major and the final week of the League of Legends European Championship's Summer Split in which their team could secure a top-two finish.

The organisation's co-founder Sam Mathews had used his personal verified account the official Twitter account in hopes of reversing the decision. The Fnatic CEO revealed Twitter had terminated the account in belief that the creator of the account had been underage with the official message reading: "Our Terms of Service require everyone who uses Twitter to be 13 or older, and we have determined that you did not meet the minimum age requirement at the time this account was created."

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The organisation itself is older than the aforementioned age requirement seeing as Fnatic recently celebrated its 15th birthday last month. On top of that, Mathews was 18 years old when he created the organisation and claims to have been 19 when the Twitter account was made.

Fnatic's social media manager Brendan Husebo also took to the platform to vent his frustrations and Tweeted the website's co-founder Jack Dorsey in hopes of the account being returned.


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