Popular Russian Company, Rambler Group has decided to file a lawsuit against Twitch over an illegal broadcast of the Premier League Games in Russia. If you don’t know, Rambler is the third-largest company in Russia, its basically a search engine with huge capacity.
Coming back to Topic, Rambler has rights for Premier League games in Russia, and Twitch broke them their Exclusive broadcast rights 36,000 times, thus Rambler hopes to extract 180 billion rubles ( $2.9 billion ) through damages. Their end goal is to ban Twitch in Russia.
Furthermore, Twitch’s legal terms and conditions claim that the service “only provides users with access to the platform, does not post its own content, cannot change the content posted by users, or track possible violations of rights.” Hence, this means that Twitch violated their own law, through not keeping a check and balance. However, Twitch officials seemed confident and one of them said “despite the fact that Rambler did not send any official notifications, only screenshots of pages, and even those without specific dates,” the Twitch representative said.
Looking at this perspective being gamer in Russia will be difficult. Twitch is the number one streaming platform in the world, and there are millions of Russians either watching or Streaming. The likes of PUBG Pro Recrent, Ubah, dota2ti_ru, and others. A Gaming personnel Haji Makhtiev, founder of Russian Gaming company Kanabu said that if Twitch loses this case, YouTube will also see its last days in Russia, “If Twitch is blocked, then we are one step away from blocking YouTube.”
While Rambler Group is based in Russia, it’ll take a lot of effort and money to achieve something like that. They are Russians, and they are dealing with American based company, and going through all procedures before going to Court will be a huge headache for them, but their evidence looks quite strong.
The lawsuit news is official, and Moscow City Court will consider Claim against Twitch on December 20, thus stay updated.