Twitch is suing users who used the article dedicated to Artifact on the platform to broadcast violent content, pornography, or protected by copyright. The lawsuit was filed on June 14 in a United States court against a hundred unidentified users. The platform alleges a trademark infringement, breach of contract, fraud and illegal use of company resources, stating that “Twitch does not tolerate harassment or dangerous content, nudity and content or sexually explicit activities, or Physical violence (including blood) ”
This is the legal response to a situation that occurred last May, when some Twitch users noticed that Artifact, the card game of Dota 2, enjoyed a small base of spectators. Large number of users began to transmit copyrighted material and offensive content, including acts of terrorism, torture and self-mutilation. Twitch decided to disable the transmission of all newly created accounts for almost two days, before imposing two-step authentication with which to stop the creation of new profiles through the use of ” bots “.
The lawsuit can serve a s to warning to other Twitch users who try to replicate this action. The platform has shown in recent weeks to take very seriously the agreements accepted by users when creating their profile, and has set an example by temporarily closing the Dr. Disrespect channel by retransmitting from the services of the recent E3 2019 or by suspending the profile of a professional Fortnite player upon discovery that he is under 13.