Twitch is banning some of its partnered streamers for playing Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity even though it has already been released.
Several of Twitch‘s partnered streamers are receiving bans due to copyright infringement for playing Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity on stream even though the game has legally released in some parts of the world. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is set to release worldwide on November 20th, and Nintendo Switch owners in Australia, Japan, and Europe are already able to purchase their copies.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is the second game in the Hyrule Warriors series, a spinoff of the Dynasty Warriors games, and acts as a prequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. While Age of Calamity doesn’t match the gameplay style of BOTW, it explains the events of the war against Calamity Ganon that took place 100 years before BOTW. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is for the Zelda fan who wants the full story of how Hyrule fell to Calamity Ganon, and what the kingdom looked like before 100 years of decay and destruction.
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Some streamers couldn’t wait to play through Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity with their fans, and as such played the game live as soon as it was released in Australia and Japan. However, a slew of creators have received bans for playing the game even though it is already available in some countries. At least six of Twitch’s partnered streamers have received a 48-hour ban for streaming the game ahead of its Western release including Reversal, MissKylie, and Linkus7. Each streamer has posted on Twitter that they have received notices for their bans which claim they were streaming an “unreleased video game” despite all streamers owning a legal copy of the game.
I just received a copyright takedown and my account is suspended for 48 Hours from streaming Age of Calamity despite it being out in Australia, Japan, part of Europe and all of Europe in 30 minutes? Holy shit what?
— CLG Linkus7 (@Linkus7) November 19, 2020
Trying to figure out what is going on… hang tight everyone. ❤️
— Misskyliee (@MissKyliee) November 19, 2020
Of course, this comes in the middle of Twitch’s ongoing battle with DMCA takedown issues. Some of Twitch’s largest streamers have been banned, or are on the verge of being banned, due to playing copyrighted material on their streams. Yet, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity shouldn’t cause anyone to receive bans or strikes due to it already being available digitally. Even streamers who live in Australia and Japan have stated that they were banned from Twitch for playing Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity despite the game being available for several hours in their countries.
While the ban is only for 48 hours, that is a crucial window of time for content creators who want to capitalize on the release of Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. Luckily, streamers who are banned have been given contact information for Nintendo that they can use to attempt to resolve said bans. Whether or not reaching out to Nintendo will net any results has yet to be proven, but it’s better than waiting for the 48-hour ban to expire. If anything, Twitch should be able to step in after realizing these bans were unfairly dished out.
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