Twitch Video Game Site Sues Over Bots

Twitch, the video game streaming video site, is suing over bots faking statistics on its service.

“Twitch has filed a lawsuit against seven makers of “view-bots, follow-bots, and chat-impersonation bots” designed to artificially inflate the viewer and follower counts of Twitch streamers. Bots are a “persistent frustration,” Marketing SVP Matthew DiPietro wrote in a blog post announcing the action, that “have created a very real problem that has damaging effects across our entire community.”

“Sometimes these bots are used by a broadcaster who believes the perception of higher viewership and social activity will put them on the fast-track to success or Twitch partnership. Other times, bots are used to harass other broadcasters in order to attempt to deny them partnership, or get their channel suspended,” he wrote. “All of this is enabled by bot services offered by a handful of sellers who make misleading claims for their own commercial benefit.”” [READ MORE]