Valve recently clarified its stance on DOTA 2 community streaming.
In a nutshell, this new rule means that popular DOTA 2 streamers like Henrik “AdmiralBulldog” Ahnberg can stream popular tournaments & competitive games from DotaTV. Of course, there are stipulations:
- Amateur streams cannot broadcast in a commercial manner or in a way that directly competes with the tournament organizer’s stream. In other words, no ad overlays & no sponsorships.
- Streamers can still open up donation and Twitch.tv subscription buttons, allowing folks like AdmiralBulldog to monetise these streams.
- Community streamers cannot reuse official broadcast assets like camerawork and the event’s official casting
- Studios cannot broadcast each others’ events; basically, they have to play nice.
“Broadly speaking,” the official DOTA 2 post stated, “we see two groups of fans (with some degree of overlap). Some fans follow competitive play … other fans have strong affinities to specific personalities. We want to make sure that there is content available that serves both groups of customers.”