Rambler Group of Alexander Mamut and Sberbank, which has become a defendant in the scandalous criminal case surrounding Nginx in recent days, has entered yet another high-profile anti-American process. It requires "stopping the spread of pirated broadcasts" and recover a record 180 billion rubles. (about $ 2.9 billion) from the world's largest streaming service Twitch. The company counted 36 thousand cases of violation of the rights to display matches of the English Premier League (Premier League) on football, which owns in Russia. Blocking Twitch could be a blow to the gaming industry and a signal for YouTube, market participants say.
On December 20, the Moscow City Court will consider the claim of Rambler Internet Holding LLC against Twitch Interactive. “Due to the fact that we detected a significant number of cases of illegal broadcasts on Twitch, we were forced to go to court with Twitch Interactive to stop the spread of pirated broadcasts,” Rambler Group sports project manager Mikhail Gershkovich confirmed to Kommersant. Claims include Twitch’s blocking in the Russian Federation and the recovery of compensation in the amount of RUB 180.345 billion, Yulianna Tabastaeva, a Twitch representative in court, told Kommersant. According to her, at the stage of filing a lawsuit in August, the holding demanded only a block, then a claim for compensation of € 2.1 million was declared (about 147 million rubles at the Central Bank rate), and the claim was 180 billion rubles. It was presented at the meeting on November 29.
Rambler confirmed that "the amount of claims is substantial", noting that the final compensation will be determined by the court, "based on the actually established circumstances." As the source of Kommersant explained, the amount of 180 billion rubles. formed as a result of a multiplication of the number of alleged illegal views on Twitch of nuclear submarine broadcasts - 36 thousand — by a maximum compensation amount of 5 million rubles. Rambler owns exclusive rights to display nuclear submarines in Russia. As Kommersant reported on April 11, the holding could pay € 7 million for the three seasons of the tournament.
Owned by Amazon, Twitch is the largest video streaming platform in the world and in Russia. According to Mediascope, the monthly audience of the resource among Russians over 12 years old in October 2019 was 4.8 million people. According to SimilarWeb, in the world in November the site was visited 611.4 million times.
The representative of Twitch insists that the requirements are unfair, the service "only provides users with access to the platform, does not post its own content, cannot change the content posted by users, or track possible violations of rights." At the same time, Twitch took all necessary measures to eliminate violations, “despite the fact that Rambler did not send any official notifications, only screenshots of pages, and even those without specific dates,” Ms. Tabastaeva claims.