Twitch is the biggest live-streaming platform on the internet. The site itself demands that streamers follow its TOS(Terms of Service) or rules to the fullest. Apparently, Twitch has no regard for TOS of other companies. Twitch subscriber-only streams are openly violating TOS of studios like Blizzard, Valve, and CD Projekt Red.
As the name suggests, subscriber-only Twitch streams don’t allow non-subscribers to watch the stream. Meaning if you aren’t paying for it, you aren’t allowed to watch the stream.
This directly violates TOS for a lot of AAA games. Some only allow the use of their content in a non-commercial way or with the exception that non-subscribers can still watch it.
League of Legends developer Riot Games’ TOS clearly states that it allows subscription-based streaming of their content as long as non-subscribers are allowed to view it.
We permit individual players to solicit personal donations or offer subscription-based content while live-streaming games, so long as non-subscribers can still watch the games concurrently.
Other than that, these subscriber-only Twitch streams are also violating TOS for games like Overwatch and WOW. According to Blizzard’s TOS, under “Limitation of Usage” any website or the operator of a certain website can’t force “viewer to pay a fee to be able to view”.
Similar to Riot, Blizzard Entertainment only allows for a subscription fee for their content as long as non-subscribers have a way to view it.
Use of our content in videos must be non-commercial. By that we mean you can’t charge users to view or access your videos. You also can’t sell or license your videos to others for a payment of any kind.
This raises the question that why these studios are ignoring their own TOS violations on Twitch. One could assume that these studios are allowing Twitch to do so but, that is highly unlikely.
It could just be a coincidence that these violations have gone past the vigilant eyes of law firms for these studios. Maybe now these studios will take action against these subscriber-only Twitch streams.
Also, such violations aren’t expected from websites as big as Twitch. The website really needs to get its act together.