Twitch's legal representation has called the case "unfounded", but it will still lead to quite the legal battle, and can have massive impacts on the Twitch audience as Russian Federation is the third-largest user of the streaming platform. Currently, Russia is the third-largest audience on Twitch, with more than 15 million users per day. According to a report from Kommersant (via VGC), Russian corporation Rambler is attempting to sue Twitch for 180 billion rubles (nearly $3 billion) and have the streaming platform blocked in Russia.
The spokesperson added that the suspension covers the 2019-20 to 2021-22 Premier League seasons.
Mikhail Gershkovich, head of Ramblet Group's sporting ventures, saying settlement talks have already begun. Amazon itself also has exclusive rights to stream a number of Premier League matches here in the United Kingdom over the next few years.
"We are now holding talks with Twitch to sign the settlement agreement".
Twitch argues that its terms and conditions are clear in prohibiting the rebroadcast of copyrighted materials, but denies the case has any merit, pointing out that it is simply the messenger - it doesn't control the content as broadcast.
Rambler told the Reuters news agency that it is holding talks with Twitch over a possible settlement deal to end the dispute.
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