View profile

Sports Tech Live - Issue #102

Hey Sports Tech Fans, It's been a crazy week for Twitch streamers. There have been a raft of take d
Issue #102  •  October 30  •  View online  •  Suggest a link
Sports Tech Live
Sports Tech Live
All your Sports Tech news in one place, covering topics like AR/VR, Data Analytics, eSports, Live Streaming, Sports Betting, Wearables, etc.
Hey Sports Tech Fans,
It’s been a crazy week for Twitch streamers.
There have been a raft of take down notices through the DMCA protocol as a result of the streaming of recorded music.
People of a certain age will remember the RIAA, the Recording Industry Association of America, and their lawsuits against peer to peer networks like Napster, Limewire, Kazaa and others for the illegal distribution of recorded music.
The RIAA again seem to be leading the charge in these take down notices as they have lost money under American copyright law as streamers using content they represent hurts their bottom line.
With the advent of the streaming model for music, there is now a value on each stream of a song. When a Twitch streamer broadcasts a song to thousands of viewers, that represents lost revenue.
The main issue has come about with clips and video on demand on Twitch as these have been analysed by the RIAA and copyright claims have issued.
This has resulted in streamers getting an email from Twitch to say they are in violation and videos have been deleted on their behalf as Twitch have to by law or face a lawsuit themselves if they break the DMCA request.
This has resulted in a lot of Twitch streamers losing years of work, which must be heartbreaking for them.
Twitch as a platform is far less developed than Youtube when it comes to copyright issues.
Youtube implemented its Content ID system as a result of pressure from the music industry.
Twitch desperately needs a similar service to help the community stay within the law and to provide a better service.
The inclusion of being able to make clips and VOD’s private would also greatly help streamers as they could retain the content that they have produced over years of hard work.
But the reality is a lot of streamers have lost out and many more are worried about what the future holds.
Will streamers face lawsuits? Will they be banned as many have been?
The issue of bans was brought to an ironic place when a musician, DragonForce, was banned from Twitch for playing his own music.
Twitch operate a 3 strikes your out policy, which might equate to play 3 songs in a single stream.
A major issue for streamers receiving notices is that there has been no indication from Twitch which clips or VOD’s are the culprits.
Deleting everything is not a nice solution but some have made that choice.
Leaving everything up and hoping no lawsuits transpire is a major risk, especially for larger streamers who might become the targets as being made an example of.
The great Devin Nash has compiled a list of resources to help streamers take the actions they need to get onside and not face issues faced by DMCA take down notices.
You can check it out here https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1u0_VQHP1m_LiAlUwi8VTLTus9OfX2JkOSut2hqLKz1M/edit#gid=1035229811
If you are a streamer or know people that are, you should share this with them as they are at risk right now.
This story will continue to run and I hope that Twitch provide the streamers the tools they need to continue to grow inside the law.
Have a great sporting weekend,
Will

Building your startup? We’re here to help.

Zendesk Startups ProgramEvery customer counts when you’re a startup - so make sure you build lasting relationships from the start. Join the Zendesk Startups Program today and get 6 free months of Zendesk's customer support and sales tools, along with expert advice and hands-on support to get up and running in no time.

Streaming Wars
DAZN Reactivates Global Expansion Plan, Updates Strategy For Sports Streaming In COVID-19 Comeback – Deadline

AT&T’s CEO Predicts That Millions More Homes Will Cut the Cord - Bloomberg

Study: NFL streaming up 41% over Q3 2019 - SportsPro Media

Twitch Combines Live Sports and Video Games in Fan-Controlled Football Partnership

T-Mobile expands into live internet TV with new TVision streaming service - The Verge

Once Disney’s cash cow, the cable giant is shedding linear subscribers while the high cost of live sports rights is hindering its transition to a direct-to-consumer future.

A crowded menu, cord cutting and other factors have driven individual sports’ numbers down, even as overall viewing is fairly stable.

Gambling
Fox Makes Early Bet That Wagering Technology May Work Beyond Sports - Variety

Drone Racing League, Genius Sports strike long-term data agreement | SportBusiness

NBA renews contracts with two betting data operators

Caesars Entertainment And William Hill Sign First NFL Team Sponsorship Together

D.C. United, FanDuel Building Sportsbook at MLS Club’s Audi Field – Sportico.com

Entercom and FanDuel Announce Landmark Strategic Partnership | Business Wire

esports & Gaming
Twitch DMCA Strike Causes Panic as Streamers Worry Their Channels Could Be Banned - IGN

Twitch suspends DragonForce guitarist for playing his own music

Sport1 launches new pan-European esports channel - SportsPro Media

Gen.G expands Team Bumble partnership, plans all-women VALORANT team

Dutch judge rules that EA should be fined €500k every week until it removes FIFA loot boxes

Activision Blizzard Reports $1.95 Billion In Revenue For Q3, Will Hire 2,000 New Staff

Will Esports Replace Slot Machines in Casinos?

Real Madrid player Casemiro enters the CS:GO scene with CaseEsports

Move Over, Kylie: Gamers Aim to Be the New Marketing Stars - Bloomberg

Content
LeBron James' Springhill to Develop Podcasts for Audible

HBO Lands Doc ‘The Day Sports Stood Still’ From Antoine Fuqua, Brian Grazer and Chris Paul (EXCLUSIVE)

Netflix is raising the price of its most popular plan to $14 today, premium tier increasing to $18

The Uncharted movie finally finishes filming— after more than a decade in development

Marketing & Social
In the wake of COVID, sports fans have gone social - Digiday

Ad revenues and e-commerce boom boost Facebook earnings but US users down from COVID surge – TechCrunch

Manscaped kicks off 'Field Goal Challenge' game in 49ers app | Mobile Marketer

Deals
Qualtrics Founder Ryan Smith Buys Majority Interest In Utah Jazz For Reported $1.66 Billion

U.K. Betting Firm Genius Sports to Go Public in $1.5 Billion SPAC Deal - WSJ

Callaway Golf to Buy Rest of Topgolf Entertainment - WSJ

Dolphins Executive SPAC Taps Bobbi Brown, Gary Vaynerchuk For IPO Hunt – Sportico.com

Whoop, maker of the fitness tracker that pro athletes love, is now valued at $1.2 billion

NFL Players Association Takes Ownership Stake in Monkey Knife Fight, Orchestrated Through OneTeam Partners

Partnerships
5 More U.S. Stadiums Select Appetize Mobile Ordering To Improve Fan Experience | Business Wire

Bucs' Tom Brady boosts business empire via Fanatics, IMG partnerships | RSN

Data
NCAA Forms Committee On Athlete Biometrics; Will It Catch Up To Technology?

AI
AI Camera Ruins Soccer Game For Fans After Mistaking Referee's Bald Head For Ball | IFLScience

AR
Snapchat’s Augmented-Reality Lenses Find Their Way to the Ballpark - WSJ

Women in Sports
Introduce high school and middle school young women to careers in sports tech through inspiring and educational seminars. WiST Next Gen shares these videos with students across the country as a member of the NCWIT Affinity Alliance.

8K
First-ever 8K Video Replay System Unveiled at Levi's® Stadium

Appointments
ESPN Digital Chief Ryan Spoon Exits For COO Post At Sports Betting Venture BetMGM – Deadline

Best of the Rest
The Social Change Fund Partners with Chopra Global to Provide Support for Teachers | SLAM
Techstars Startup Digest Sports Tech Live is curated by:
Will Martin Will Martin
will.martin@startupdigestmail.com
Did you see something you think we should include in our newsletter?
Suggest a link
Copyright © 2020 Techstars, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you opted-in on one of our websites.
Our mailing address is:
Techstars
1050 Walnut St #202
Boulder, CO 80302
If you were forwarded this newsletter and you like it, you can subscribe here.
If you don’t want these updates anymore, please unsubscribe here.
Manage all your newsletter subscriptions here.
This newsletter is carefully curated with Revue