Twitch Lawsuit Blames Artifact Porn Streams for Permanently Pushing Users Off the Platform

Twitch Lawsuit Blames Artifact Porn Streams for Permanently Pushing Users Off the Platform

Twitch reveals the extent of the damage caused by the Artifact stream attack.

Live-streaming platform Twitch is currently suing 100 unnamed defendants over an incident where the Artifact page was flooded with illicit videos. These included pornography and footage from the 2019 Christchurch Mosque shooting.

In a lawsuit in federal court, Twitch says the "Defendants' actions threatened and continue to threaten Twitch and the safety of the Twitch community." Despite banning the offending accounts, Twitch says that the Defendants used automated methods to create accounts and continue livestreaming offensive materials onto the Artifact game page.

Furthermore, Twitch says that these videos even caused some users to stop using Twitch altogether. Twitch is seeking monetary relief and a permanent legal injunction that will bar the defendants from ever using Twitch again in the future.

"We are pursuing litigation to identify these bad actors, and will take all appropriate actions to protect our community," Twitch says in a statement to PC Gamer.

According to Twitch the defendants used Google, Discord, and the site ArtifactStreams.com to coordinate their efforts to flood the Artifact game page with illicit videos. Aside the previously mentioned materials, the defendants also streamed copyrighted films and television, as well as racist and misogynistic videos on Twitch.

The attack, which took place on May 25, was caused by frustration over the card game Artifact, Valve's digital card game that failed to gain traction following its troubled released. Valve has since stopped talking about Artifact until fundamental changes are made to the game.

This marks one of the strongest legal actions Twitch has taken against a group of streamers, and we'll have more updates as the situation evolves.

Thanks, Ars Technica.

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