Popular YouTuber Olajide ‘KSI’ Olatunji and Logan Paul could be set to crack down on stream piracy for their next fight, after their initial bout saw mass viewership through unofficial channels.
KSI addressed the issue in a video on January 2, where he mentioned that organizers for the rematch are working on legalities in terms of streaming, among other such improvements.
“We’re working on protection and the legal side of things when it comes to streaming,” KSI stated, likely referencing their past fight’s widespread internet piracy back in August of 2018.
According to metrics cited by esports consultant Rod Breslau, the KSI vs Logan Paul fight garnered over 1.2 million viewers on Twitch - even though their fight was only legally available to watch via a pay-per-view stream on YouTube for a $10 fee, at the time.
Overall, the match received over two million concurrent viewers across both Twitch and YouTube (on par with The International 2018, which peaked at 687,000 eyes during Grand Finals for its English Twitch stream.)
There is now over 2 million concurrent viewers for the KSI Logan Paul fight. 800,000 on the official YouTube stream that cost $10 to watch, and 1.2 million watching for free on Twitch. #KSIvLogan pic.twitter.com/ZZ0FYHLzOn— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) August 25, 2018
Now, it appears that organizers are taking steps to prevent such a debacle from happening again - although YouTube has stated that the widespread Twitch piracy wasn’t an issue they were ultimately responsible for.
KSI also gave an official date for his rematch with Paul, citing November 2019 as an appropriate time to throw down due to the time needed to organize such a venture. While Paul previously claimed that KSI was responsible for dragging his feet in scheduling a date, KSI alleged that Paul’s team has yet to choose a venue - or even pick a state for the fight, as well.