If you’re a fan of Dota 2 esports, you’re likely already familiar with the ESL One Genting Twitch uproar that has been taking over the event. Turns out that Valve has an opinion on the matter, and that opinion has been made known.
If you’re not following the matter, here’s the brief: ESL has been issuing DMCA strikes against prominent Twitch streamers for broadcasting the event on the platform in lieu of the confusing-to-navigate Facebook streaming service. According to fans, ESL was overreaching their authority, since they own the esports event but not the actual gameplay itself; a point that Valve, apparently, agrees with.
“The first issue we’ve been seeing discussed is regarding DMCA notices. This one is very simple: No one besides Valve is allowed to send DMCA notices for games streamed off of DotaTV that aren’t using the broadcasters’ unique content (camera movements, voice, etc).”
Valve also touched on the use of its DotaTV service as a means for Twitch streamers large and small to broadcast the game’s esports events:
“We designed the DotaTV guidelines to be flexible in order to allow for up and coming casters or community figures[…]to be able to stream off of DotaTV. It is not to allow commercial organizations like BTS (Beyond The Summit) to compete with the primary stream. It’ll be our judgment alone on who violates this guideline and not any other third party’s.”
And there you have it, pretty much. ESL appeared to be a bit too zealous to protect its investment in the Facebook streaming deal and overstepped its bounds. That said, the guidelines on who is using DotaTV for commercial reasons aren’t exactly clear, either. At least we can likely expect to see ESL One Genting on Twitch without much issue now.
Source: official site
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