The Twitch blog has been updated with a significant post that reveals a new legal action filed by the company against seven of the most active viewbot services sellers. This is the third layer of protection the company is putting in place to stop broadcasters from overinflating view statistics, follower counts and chat activity on Twitch.
3. Defendants threaten to disrupt this cycle. Defendants design, sell, and deploy bot services — software that mimics the behavior of real users. These bot services capitalize on Twitch broadcasters’ desire to become popular on Twitch and to become Partners by promising shortcuts to both. Defendants offer bot services intended to deceive Twitch into believing that broadcasters are more popular than they really are. Defendants claim that their services will artificially inflate broadcasters’ viewership to make their channels appear higher in directories and trick Twitch into accepting broadcasters into the Partnership Program, with its promise of additional revenue.
4. For example, Defendant Erik Bouchouev offers bot packages that range from $9.99 per month for 75 viewers to $38.99 per month for 475 viewers. Defendant Justin Johnston “guarantee[s] that you will get more profile views, more viewers when you stream live, and more followers when you upgrade your account!” Defendants Michael and Katherine Anjomi sell packages that range from $26.99 per week for 100 viewers to $759.99 for 20,000 viewers. Defendants’ offerings, described in more detail below, are accompanied by fake follower and fake chat activity designed to make the fake viewership mimic real user behavior.