Russia blocks Premier League broadcasts by Amazon’s Twitch over lawsuit

Amazon’s Twitch will no longer broadcast the English Premier League game in Russian, because a Russian court has blocked it access to broadcasts in the county over piracy issues.

Russia blocks Premier League broadcasts by Amazon’s Twitch over lawsuit
Russia blocks Premier League broadcasts by Amazon’s Twitch over lawsuit


According to the TASS news agency, Russia’s Rambler media group said it would sue the video streaming service over pirate broadcasts and hence the court decision to block Twitch EPL broadcast in Russia.

Rambler plans to sue Twitch for 180 billion roubles ($2.82 billion) in a Russian court for what it said were 36,000 cases in which Twitch had violated its rights to broadcast the soccer games, the Kommersant newspaper reported earlier on Monday.

The Moscow District Court said it planned to hear the case on Dec. 20. It said it had taken “interim measures” ahead of the hearing, but gave no further details.

Amazon did not immediately reply to a request for comment. Rambler confirmed its plans to sue Twitch for damages and said it was holding talks with the service over a possible settlement deal.

“Our suit against Twitch is to defend our exclusive rights to broadcast English Premier League matches and we will continue to actively combat pirate broadcasts,” said Mikhail Gershkovich, head of Rambler Group’s sports projects.

“We’re currently holding talks with Twitch to sign a settlement agreement. The service has given us tools to combat pirate broadcasts and we are now only talking about compensation for damages between August and November,” he said.

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