Twitch Sued for £20 Million Over "Sexually Suggestive" Streamers

By Alistair Jones on at

A Twitch viewer is suing the streaming platform for $25 million (£20 million) for exposing them to "overly suggestive and sexual content." The suit, filed in California earlier this month (via Dexerto), also call for some of the platform's biggest personalities to be banned for violating its terms of service.

Court documents state that the complainant, Erik Estavillo, suffers from a number of medical conditions that require him to remain indoors, limiting his entertainment to Twitch. Estavillo is also said to suffer from a sex addiction, a condition which "Twitch has extremely exacerbated by displaying many sexually suggestive women streamers through Twitch's twisted programming." The prevalence of these streamers makes it "nearly impossible" for Estavillo - who follows nearly 800 women and 0 men on the platform - "to use Twitch without being exposed to such sexual suggestive content."

The complaint eventually names some of those streamers, in a list that includes some of the biggest names on the platform, including Pokimane and Alinity. The suit asks that all of those streamers be permanently banned from the platform, and £25 million in damages to be shared between Estavillo and other Twitch Prime Turbo subscribers.

Twitch was served with an official summons on June 19, so will be forced to address this suit in some way, but I'd be surprised to see the case go particularly far. Estavillo seems to be in the habit of suing tech companies; last year he sued Blizzard for $100,000 after being banned from Overwatch, and previous lawsuits dating back to 2009 have had Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo in their sites.