Streaming platform giant Twitch has been in the middle of Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) controversy, with even some top streamers getting banned or receiving takedown notices due to music playing. Things are going from bad to worse now, as several Twitch Partners have reportedly been banned for copyright infringement, playing Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity hours after it was released as Nintendo reportedly issued DMCA notices.
Twitch streamers banned for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
Several Twitch Partners have reported they are receiving bans due to copyright infringement for playing Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity on stream. While playing a game which has not been released is obviously an issue, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity was released in some parts of the world when the streams took place.
To make things even more confusing, these Twitch streamers had legitimate copies of Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, as they were able to purchase the game in a store.
To make things clear, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity releases on 20th November 2020 worldwide. Gamers in Australia, Japan and Europe were able to purchase their copies a bit earlier, so there's a grey area to consider.
First up, Twitch streamer REVERSAL posted the ban notice for Alleged Infringing Content from Twitch on Twitter, stating: "Bro did I just get banned on Twitch for Age of Calamity?!"
CLG Linkus7 also noted this issue on Twitter, explaining: "I just received a copyright takedown and my account is suspended for 48 Hours from streaming Age of Calamity despite it being out in Australia, Japan, part of Europe and all of Europe in 30 minutes?"
CLG Linkus7 continued by saying he got a DM from a Japanese streamer getting banned from Twitch as well for playing Hyrule Warriors, despite the game being legally released there for eight hours.
This is definitely an odd and troublesome development, as DMCA notices from Nintendo were reportedly issues for playing Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity on a Twitch stream even where the game was officially released.
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Several Twitch Partners all received these DMCA notices for playing the game and got banned for 48 hours, which is quite a lot considering the first two days after a game's release is a crucial period for streamers.