Banned for CSGO gambling – PhantomL0rd sues Twitch
Until 2016 he was very famous on Twitch: James « Phantoml0rd » Varga, best known for his League of Legends and CS:GO streams. When it became known that he was not only involved in the gambling site « CSGOShuffle », but also promoted it on his channel with manipulated betting chances, it was over: Twitch banned the successful streamer indefinitely. Now Varga has sued the company for financial damages. In this article we are going to give you some background information.
Between 2012 and 2016, PhamtomL0rd was a very famous on Twitch with over one million followers, including around 16,000 subscribers. He first became known for his League of Legends streams. A few years later he looked around for other games. At that time, CS:GO streams on Twitch were popular. But PhantomL0rd didn’t only entertain his viewers with his gameplay. He also regularly opened loot boxes live on stream or bet with items on gambling sites.
The Prehistory CSGOShuffle & betting manipulation
2016 it was one of the biggest scandals on Twitch: The popular streamer James « Phantoml0rd » Varga promoted the gambling site « CSGOShuffle » on his stream and won Skins worth tens of thousands of euros there. The viewers were thrilled, but after some time it turned out that Varga not only promoted the site, but was also involved in it (which he had denied until then). Furthermore, his games were manipulated. For these reasons he was banned from Twitch. After the incident Twitch even changed the terms of service and made it clear that streamers aren’t allowed to broadcast any content that violates the rules of third-party providers. Shortly before, Valve had announced that the use of Steam’s trading system on such gambling websites violated Steam’s subscriber agreements.
The lawsuit of James Varga
After that it became quiet. Now, almost 600 days after his ban we hear about « Phantoml0rd » again. On 14 February 2018, Varga filed a lawsuit against the termination of its contract by Twitch Interactive Inc in San Francisco He accuses the company of breach of contract as they had terminated his contract without providing sufficient notice. According to Varga, Twitch would have been contractually obligated to provide him with written notice of his violations, alongside a 30-day period to correct them before termination of the contract.
Furthermore, Varga accuses the streaming platform of receiving permission for the content from Twitch itself. He therefore demands damages, as he can no longer do his full-time job (streaming) due to the ban and the « misrepresentation of his character », which damaged him financially. You can take a look the complete lawsuit here.