Amazon-owned Twitch is facing serious trouble as it was recently sued $3 billion by Russia’s third largest internet provider, Rambler Group over streaming rights for Premier League matches.
Rambler Group recently filed a suit against Twitch for $3 billion (UGX 110,109,00,000,000) under claims that the live streaming platform for gamers breached it’s exclusive broadcasting rights of Premiere League football matches numerous times since August, 2019.
According to a translation of Rambler Group’s accusations via the BBC — originating from the Russian website, Kommersant — Twitch breached Rambler Group’s exclusive streaming rights more than 36,000 times in 2019’s final months.
Rambler Group now seeks to ban Twitch entirely from Russia over the breach, as it purchased exclusive English Premier League streaming rights for Russia earlier this year for three seasons.
It should also be noted that Russia is the third-largest user of Twitch, which has more than 15 million daily active users worldwide. This move could hurt Amazon badly if the ban was to take effect due to the breach claims by Rambler Group.
The $3 billion suit filed against Twitch by Rambler Group has been called ‘unfounded’ it’s lawyer, Julianna Tabastaeva
According to the streaming company’s lawyer, Julianna Tabastaeva, the company isn’t responsible. She also referred to Rambler’s case as “unfounded” .
“Twitch only provides users with access to the platform and is unable to change the content posted by users, or track possible violations,” she said.
Twitch’s lawyer also informed Kommersant – Russia’s national newspaper that it did everything it could to eliminate violations — despite never receiving an official notification from Rambler Group.
In Twitch’s terms and conditions, streamers and viewers are prohibited from sharing content under strict copyright laws — including sports matches like the English Premier League. On that note, the streaming service also launched a lawsuit in June early this year against anonymous users for illegally broadcasting porn and gory content on its platform.
According to the recent filing, Twitch’s lawyers said it had identified some of the anonymous users in that lawsuit who had been in breach of the copyright laws for sharing content.
“Our suit against Twitch is to defend our exclusive rights to broadcast English Premier League matches and we will continue to actively combat pirate broadcasts,” said Mikhail Gershkovich, a spokesperson for Rambler Group in a public statement.
According to Gershkovich, Rambler Group and Twitch are currently holding talks with to sign a settlement agreement.
A court in Moscow City will hear the case against Twitch on December 20, 2019.
In 2014, Amazon shocked many when it bought the video streaming live service for $970 million (UGX 3,560,191,000,000) spiking its revenue and stock prices that year.
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