Twitch Takes Legal Action Against Spammy Traffic Inflating Viewerbot Services
Why use bots on Twitch? There are several reasons a gamer might look to one of the several available bots that are out there.
"For those unaware, these bots are used to artificially inflate the apparent view count, follower count, and chat activity on a Twitch channel. 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," Twitch explains in a blog post.
Now Twitch is adding what it says is a third layer, that being public legal action taken against seven of the most active sellers of "viewbot" services. Accusations run the gamut from trademark infringement and unfair competition, to cybersquatting and outright fraud. You can view the full text of the lawsuit here (PDF).
It remains to be seen how successful Twitch will be in the legal arena. In the meantime, Twitch pleaded with gamers not to use the services, saying the "best way to stop viewbot sellers from profiting off of empty promises is not to buy their services."