December 17, 2019 / 3:00 PM / a month ago

Russia says Amazon's Twitch has deleted illegal content, won't face ban: media

FILE PHOTO: A twitch sign-in screen is seen at the offices of Twitch Interactive Inc, a social video platform and gaming community owned by Amazon, in San Francisco, California, U.S., March 6, 2017. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage/File Photo

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia no longer plans to block Amazon’s Twitch over piracy allegations after the streaming service took down illegal sports content, Russian news agencies cited communications watchdog Roskomnadzor as saying on Tuesday.

A Russian court on Monday blocked Twitch’s access to English Premier League soccer broadcasts after Russia’s Rambler media group said it would sue the Amazon subsidiary for 180 billion roubles ($2.88 billion) over pirate broadcasts.

Rambler said there were 36,000 cases in which Twitch had violated its rights to broadcast the soccer games in Russia, the Kommersant newspaper reported on Monday.

Rambler acquired the broadcast rights for English Premier League soccer this season from Russian sports broadcaster Match-TV.

Reporting by Alexander Marrow; Editing by Susan Fenton

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