Russian Dota 2 Commentator v1lat calls out Valve and Tournament Restreamers

Vignesh Raghuram
24/May/2020 01:06 pm

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  • v1lat states that talking about streamers casting Dota 2 tournaments on their channels is pointless because Valve's "rules" are non-existent.
  • However, he did clarify that he was vehemently opposed to anyone restreaming tournaments.

Russian commentator Vitalii Nikolaevich "v1lat" Volochai has always been one of the outspoken individuals in the Russian Dota 2 scene. He has always made his opinions known whenever there is any major development in the Dota 2 world. So it isn’t really surprising to see him comment on the ongoing issue regarding the ‘stream exclusivity’ issue that Kyle and AdmiralBulldog brought out.

v1lat's Comments

The Russian commentator said that it was pointless to talk about it since Valve’s rules are non-existent.

"Talking about piracy is pointless since Valve's "rules" are non-existent. Just want to remind you that I consider anyone restreaming tournaments an asshole who doesn't give a shit about the work that other people do and has no respect for those making tournaments happen."

Translation Courtesy: /u/Real_Eleven

Earlier this month, Kyle "Kyle" Freedman made some statements about ‘stream exclusivity rights’ and specifically made some targetted comments against streamers like Henrik "AdmiralBulldog" Ahnberg who watch tournament broadcasts on their streams with their viewers. Later, AdmiralBulldog Tweeted about this, calling Kyle’s comments “Dumb”.

(Read: AdmiralBulldog Criticizes Kyle and his Comments. Calls them ‘the Dumbest’ and ‘Most Misinformed’)

However, the Swedish streamer deleted his Tweet after Kyle posted a detailed explanation of the point he was trying to make. It is unclear if Kyle's explanation played a part in this.

Earlier this week, Dendi also commented on this issue stating that if streamers continue casting tournament games, he believed that we will be left without tournaments, sooner or later.

(Read: Dendi Talks About Streamers Casting Tournament Games and How it Affects the Scene)

Despite, all these discussions, Valve is yet to make a response to this situation.


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Vignesh has been covering the esports industry for nearly 5 years starting with the early days of the DPC. His industry expertise includes experience in Dota 2, CS:GO and Mobile Esports coverage.