Russian firm Rambler is trying to have Twitch blocked in the region

Russian firm Rambler is trying to have Twitch blocked in the region

Russian search engine firm Rambler is lobbying to have Amazon-owned streaming platform Twitch blocked in the country.

As reported by local publication Kommersant - and spotted by VGC - the company is trying to sue the streaming platform for ₽180bn ($2.9bn) and have Twitch removed from Russia after the broadcasting service has been used to watch football matches from the UK's Premier League. Rambler has exclusive rights to the sports event for Russia.

In a statement to VGC, Twitch claimed that it “only provides users with access to the platform, does not post its own content, cannot change the content posted by users, or track possible violations of rights.” The Amazon-owned firm also said that Rambler had not provided enough information for it to be act on.

Rambler's case is going to be heard in Moscow City Court on December 20th.

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