Streamer Suspended From Twitch For Playing Pokémon Game That Came Out Early In Australia

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Australian streamer Mark “Werster” McKenzie received a temporary ban from Twitch last week, because the service said the Pokémon game he was playing was “unauthorised pre-release content”. Even though he’d bought the game from Nintendo’s own store.


Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon were released in the US on November 17, but because of time differences, they hit Australian shelves on November 16. While on holiday in Germany, Werster took advantage of his Australian eShop account to get hold of Ultra Sun, and began streaming its first hours live.

As Kotaku Australia reports the stream was soon cut short, however, when Nintendo of America filed a DMCA takedown notice. Leaving him understandably unimpressed.


Werster quickly filed a counter-claim, and his stream was eventually brought back online, though not until after the North American release of the games.

Let this be today’s reminder that DMCA takedowns still suck.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs

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