Twitch avoids Russia ban over pirated Premier League games
As per the latest updates, a Russian watchdog has dropped its plans to block Twitch over a pirated Premier League Football games dispute flaming out. According to the Tass report, Roskomnadzor, a Telecommunications regulator, has finally withdrawn its threat after the offending content was removed from Amazon-owned Service.
The Case Under Microscope
The ban we mentioned earlier was a result of the complaint filed by the firm that owns the local online rights to the matches. Rambler had claimed 36,000 such cases of copyright infringement. As per the statement of Rambler’s lawyer, it was suing the US firm for 180 billion roubles in damages. However, as per the company’s spokesman, the claim amount has not been set.
All this went away on Wednesday when Twitch stated that Rambler has withdrawn the claim of any sort. This is great news for all Twitch fans. As per the stats, Russia is the 3rd largest user of Twitch. Twitch is not just a video game platform. It even contains the feature of live video streaming and pre-recorded content.
Twitch’s Spokesperson stated – “Twitch will continue to, as has always been the case, effectively and swiftly address any violation of its terms of service with the removal of unlicensed copyrighted content”. Adding on to the statement, he said that they are even looking forward to working with Rambler in the coming future to provide Russia with the best quality content.
Earlier this year, Rambler has also acquired the digital distribution rights for the three seasons of the famous English Premier League from the Russian sports broadcaster Match-TV.
Amazon itself has shown interest in restricting access to the Premier League as it has also bought exclusive rights to multiple numbers of matches for its own Prime Video service available in the UK.