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New ‘sub only’ Twitch feature could get streamers banned from multiple games

Published: 1/Jul/2019 11:21 Updated: 14/Apr/2020 16:47

by Joe O'Brien

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It appears that using Twitch’s new Subscriber Streams feature could be against the terms of service of many of the most popular games on the platform.

Twitch announced on June 26 that a new ‘Subscriber Stream’ feature would be coming to the website, which will allow creators to broadcast exclusively to viewers with a paid subscription to their channel.

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The announcement has been met with a considerable amount of backlash, with many fans decrying the ability for streamers to put their content behind a paywall. Some popular streamers themselves even expressed uncertainty about the new option, with xQc stating that he has “a lot of concerns with it.

It appears, however, that fans might not have to worry too much, as many of Twitch’s biggest games have rules in their terms of service that seem to prohibit streamers from using Subscriber Streams while playing them.

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Twitch “Subsciber Streams” can only be viewed by those with a subscription to the channel.

While most games allow players to monetize content around them through partnerships, sponsors, or advertising, such as on YouTube videos or Twitch streams, many have clauses that prohibit content creators from requiring viewers to pay in order to see it.

As identified by League of Legends streamer Gross Gore, Riot’s popular MOBA has a stipulation that players streaming the game can “offer subscription-based content while live-streaming games, so long as non-subscribers can still watch the games concurrently”, which Subscriber Streams would appear to be in breach of.

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Likewise, Valve’s video policy, which applies to games like DotA 2 and CS:GO, states that “you can’t charge uses to view or access your videos.” Blizzard also have a rule stating that “Neither you nor the operator of any website where your Production(s) may be viewed can force a viewer to pay a “fee” to be able to view your Production(s).”

It’s not just streamers in the big competitive games that could fall foul of such rules, if they use Subscriber Streams. CD Projekt Red, developers of The Witcher series and upcoming Cyberpunk 2077, also states that content must be non-commercial, which means that “you can neither charge users to view your work nor sell or license it to others in exchange for any kind of payment.”

With such rules featuring in the terms of service for so many of the biggest titles on Twitch, it seems likely that, in their current form at least, Subscriber Streams will be limited almost exclusively to the non-gaming sections of Twitch such as “Just Chatting” or “IRL”.

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The following major games appear to have terms of service prohibiting the use of Subscriber Streams or similar pay-walls:

  • League of Legends
  • LoL Teamfight Tactics
  • DotA 2
  • DotA Underlords
  • CS:GO
  • Overwatch
  • World of Warcraft
  • StarCraft
  • Hearthstone
  • The Witcher series
  • Cyberpunk 2077 (when released)
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Hashinshin claims FBI cleared him of sexual harassment allegations

Published: 8/Oct/2020 4:00

by Andrew Amos

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Popular League of Legends streamer Robert ‘Hashinshin’ Brotz has claimed the FBI investigated him over allegations he was sexually harassing minors, and cleared him of any wrongdoing. He was permanently banned on Twitch over the claims.

Hashinshin was ostracized from the League of Legends community back in July, after claims the 30-year-old Twitch streamer sexually harassed underage girls by abusing his platform of power.

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Other popular content creators, like Joedat ‘Voyboy’ Esfahani, stated that “Hashinshin is a manipular, predator, and worst of all [a] pedophile who used his platform to abuse so many underage girls over the years.”

However, the disgraced streamer has claimed he was investigated by the FBI and cleared of all wrongdoing.

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“There has been an FBI investigation into me, and I have neither been jailed or charged with a crime. Some of you might not believe that. I have a freedom of information request [to prove my innocence publicly], but that can take up to a year,” Brotz said in a October 7 statement.

Numerous women came forward stories in July of Hashinshin grooming them while they were underage. However, Hashinshin has always maintained his innocence, claiming these stories were false, and that many of those who came forward have since deleted their statements.

He also stated that he was potentially looking into suing some of the alleged victims for defamation, stating they did a “public assessment of [his] character” that distorted what people thought of him.

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“I was going to sue Alli for defamation ⁠— and I probably should have ⁠— but Alli is not a victim, and people started getting these really distorted views on what was happening,” he said, referring to one of the victims.

“Things aren’t as they seem, regardless of what they seem. I’m not a rich and powerful figure. They didn’t find that I did anything. I think a lot of this was a public assessment of my character, and a lot of people did this because they didn’t like me.

“I’ve been working on bettering myself over the last two years, and I think I’ve become a better person overall. It hurts a lot…to see all these people denying that.”

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Brotz claimed that while he believed his accusers weren’t “all terrible people,” they betrayed his trust. He also said that while he believes they should apologize, he hopes no one in the community attacks them. He just wants to “go back to living a normal life.”

“I thought these were nice people, I thought I could trust them and work with them. That’s why my response to this was all sh*tty because I shouldn’t really have trusted anyone. I don’t think they’re all terrible people, but things really escalated,” he said.

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“I don’t want anyone to attack them. I just want to go back to living a normal life. I just want to exist peacefully, and I hope people can start letting me do that. I hope this can change their minds in some way.”

Hashinshin remains permanently banned on Twitch despite his attempts to clear this name. He has also lost his Twitch partnership, and has instead moved to streaming on YouTube.