Twitch Interactive, Amazon.com's subsidiary that operates a platform which allows users to watch others play video games, has filed a lawsuit in a California Federal Court against seven bot makers for selling bots that are allegedly used to inflate the view-count, follower the count, and engage in chat activity on Twitch channels.
The popular live streaming video platform, argued that the bots harm Twitch and its user community by misleading them regarding the broadcasters' true popularity and making it difficult for users to discover legitimate broadcasters. Twitch also brought claims of federal trademark infringement, cybersquatting, computer fraud and abuse, tortious interference, unfair competition, fraud, breach of contract, and violation of the California Comprehensive Computer Data Access and Fraud Act.
View-count inflation is a significant issue for streamers and video producer as it causes users to be misled regarding a broadcasters' true popularity. By filing this lawsuit, Twitch is sending a clear message concerning its plan to enforce the quality of social interactions on its service.