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Valve talks DotaTV streaming rules and DCMA notices


As most Dota 2 fans know, the ESL One Genting 2018 Minor is finishing up today, where some of the top teams in the world are duking it out for their share of the $400,000 prize pool and 400 Pro Circuit points. In case you didn’t know or haven’t been watching, the ESL recently signed an exclusivity deal with Facebook for their CS: GO and Dota 2 tournament streaming.

Some fans obviously prefer or YouTube to watch Dota 2 streams, so a lot of controversies have been going on about DCMA (takedown) notices and if organizations can send them out to streamers who use the in-game DotaTV to stream tournaments created by these organizations. There are also talks of boycotting the ESL streams and more. Valve has aimed to clear matters up with a new blog post focusing on two aspects of streaming, the DCMA notices and who is permitted to cast off of DotaTV.

Valve talks about DCMA notices:

The first issue we’ve been seeing discussed is regarding DMCA notices. This one is very simple: No one besides Valve is allowed to send DMCA notices for games streamed off of DotaTV that aren’t using the broadcasters’ unique content (camera movements, voice, etc).

Valve explains who is allowed to cast off of DotaTV:

The second issue is regarding who is permitted to cast off of DotaTV. We designed the DotaTV guidelines to be flexible in order to allow for up and coming casters, or community figures like BSJ or Bulldog that occasionally watch tournament games on their channel, to be able to stream off of DotaTV. It is not to allow commercial organizations like BTS to compete with the primary stream. It’ll be our judgment alone on who violates this guideline and not any other third party’s.

You can check out the full DotaTV Guidelines here.


The ESL has given a statement on Twiter about the matter, which reads:

"Genting update & clarification: there will be no actions or takedowns from ESL for unmonetized/non-commercial ESL One Genting streams." - Source

Update ends:

Do you watch unofficial streams and what do you think about Valve’s stance on the matter? How many players do you think will boycott the ESL matches and not watch ESL One Genting? Let us know in the comment section below.

Source: Dota 2 Blog

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