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No one will be able to watch the Mad Catz CS:GO Invitational matches via GOTV from now on, after a password was set on all relays.
Last week, FACEIT TV was announced as the official stream partner of the Austrian event, which is taking place at the Imperial Riding School Renaissance in Vienna, with former fnatic talent Björn "threat" Pers among the casters of the tournament.
But since GOTV service was allowed, just about everyone could stream the matches, and all they had to do was connect to the public GOTV relays.
Heaven Media had a deal with Starladder.TV in which the latter would not be allowed to stream Natus Vincere's match against TeamCRG, forcing thousands of CIS fans to look for another way to follow the games.
But as the Ukrainian team started playing against the British side, Starladder.TV ignored the deal and began to stream the match, much to the disbelief of Heaven Media, who decided to put password on all GO TV relays.
In order to watch the matches, you will have to do it through the official FACEIT TV stream, or through one of the other streams with which Heaven Media has an understanding.
A statement on the matter will be released shortly.
Post edited 2013-02-23 19:11:38
its a good business move from Hm, to get more viewers on the stream, but sucks if people want to watch the other games.
I think, organizers should to unblock GOTV servers asap. If SL4M had agreement with them (i don't know anything about it), obviously he did wrong move and we are sorry about that. But there is no need to punish viewers.
Cant see this being a bad idea for the spectators at all.
might as well boycott now
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2. Setting password isn't the solution if someone breaks the agreement.
Keep that in mind guys...
Valve are the only controllers of their copyrighted material.
Anything else is hurting the community.
But still restricting the GOTV isn't the right solution^^
Everyone will be happy.
Right now you're losing viewers.
CS:GO was doing SO well today on TwitchTV (Up to 22,000 at one point). One of the better days for Counter-Strike on Twitch, all thanks to MadCatz hosting an incredible tournament with great access to streams & GOTV
I had the FaceIT stream open all day (which has been fantastic by the way), plus GOTV, plus other streams. I imagine others had the same set-up so we could enjoy multiple matches...
Perhaps allow a few choice streamers into the GOTVs? :D
Post edited 2013-02-23 19:26:58
If there are so many streams through all twitch then it decreases views for professional streamers, whose are doing it as theyr honest job.
Post edited 2013-02-23 19:28:55
btw, sltv's stream and faceit's stream could collect the same number of viewers. imho, about 8k people on each.
"It's so easy to explain. They have sponsors. And these sponsors are _not_ interested in russian/ukranian aduitory, because it's a very separate market, they have no full access to. So if they show english stream with 12k viewers - they can say "we don't know how much europeans there. Assume everyone and let's say 12k is a win. If they separate auditory and show sponsors 6k on english stream and 7k on russian - sponsors will say: "well, we don't care about russians. You've got only 6k europeans. it's a fail." That's basically it "
nice choice i think
Shit like this will kill slowly Counter Strike.
it's not long term development but short term money
Post edited 2013-02-23 19:39:54
Post edited 2013-02-23 20:07:41
The Russian community would watch the stream, if the streamers atleast knew something. We're used to having professional casters, not these amateurs.
Mad catz/Heaven media should have brought in SLTV and some pugcast.
Get better casters, or make tournaments without them at all, atleast so that i could watch the games with GOTV, not the laggy stream, which i have to mute, to atleast enjoy the match.
Post edited 2013-02-23 19:53:18
is it fucking racism?
1) Don't make "agreements", make contracts.
2) If they breach contract, don't punish your entire audience by password-ing GOTV, take the offenders to court or something.
It's pretty common for me to have to watch games that are casted in languages I don't understand or speak fluently and I can still enjoy them.
I don't need my hand held to understand what is going on in a match but judging by most of these comments I'm in the minority.
FNATIC did that with the FragOut league with great success.
Keep up the good work.
Richard on the other hand should stick to writing, he's amazing at that - but that's just my opinion.