Phantoml0rd's court case against Twitch has begun

Aug 15 2019 2 min read

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In July 2016, James “Phantoml0rd” Varga was banned from Twitch for misleading viewers over Counter-Strike: Global Offensive skin gambling. He has since sued Twitch for breach of contract, and the court case has finally begun. 

Phantoml0rd was a popular streamer at the time and an early adopter of Twitch until he had his channel deleted following a controversy in which he was allegedly manipulating the result of bets on skin gambling site called CSGO Shuffle while on stream. It was also discovered that he secretly owned the website. 

A number of websites took advantage of the Steam trading system to promote gambling, so Valve eventually announced that such actions went against its terms of service. “The OpenID API and making the same web calls as Steam users to run a gambling business is not allowed by our API nor our user agreements,” stated Steam.

Twitch followed up with a post of their own, explaining that users can't stream content that violates any third-party's agreement, which Phantoml0rd was clearly doing. His lawsuit claims that “Twitch has made only vague and ever-changing allegations of breaches of the terms of service.” 

In 2017 Twitch charged Phantoml0rd with breaching his contract by gambling on CSGO Shuffle while streaming. “In running these promotions, Mr. Varga breached his contractual obligations to Twitch and made material misrepresentations to defraud Twitch and its users,” reads the cross-complaint. It also accused him of amassing fraudulent subscribers which is also against its TOS. Phantoml0rd in turn claimed that Twitch gave him permission to stream up to 30 minutes of gambling content at a time.

Earlier in the week, Phantoml0rd posted a tweet in which he asked the public to join him in court to hear “the truth” about the whole situation. His actions cost him a significant amount in Twitch revenue and his reputation, as many have since taken to calling him Scaml0rd to show their disapproval of him. It remains to be seen what the court decides regarding the matter. 

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