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Streamer Phantoml0rd wins three-year Twitch lawsuit


In 2016, Twitch imposed a lifetime ban against popular CS:GO streamer James "Phantoml0rd" Varga. The reason for the ban was never made clear—Twitch said only that the channel was closed "due to terms of service violations"

In 2018, Varga fired back with a lawsuit against Twitch, claiming that it suspended his channel and terminated his contract without providing a required explanation as to why.

The suit alleged that Varga was never given written notice of violations and opportunities to correct them as required by the contract, and that his suspension arose from "unsubstantiated, false accusations leveled at Varga by a third party, whose accusations were the culmination of an effort to publicly disparage Varga and take advantage of his popularity."

Twitch filed a counter-suit a few months later, saying that Varga had in fact been warned of infractions multiple times over the course of roughly one year prior to his suspension. It also stated that Varga did have a relationship with CSGOShuffle, saying, "He streamed promotions for a gambling website that (1) he had an undisclosed financial interest in, (2) he used to rig jackpots in his favor against users he gained from Twitch, and (3) operated in contravention of the terms of the underlying game's publisher and was potentially illegal."

Three years later, the matter has finally been concluded, and the winner is Varga: A jury has ruled that Twitch "unfairly interfere with Varga's right to receive the benefits of the Partnership Agreement," and that he was harmed by that interference.

As a result, Varga was awarded total damages of $20,720.34: $15,139.34 in lost earnings from the first 30 days of his suspension, plus $3,060 in lost donations, and $2,521 for lost sponsorships and endorsement deals.

Despite his win, it looks as though Varga will not be returning to Twitch.
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