Valve has published a detailed regulation on independent broadcasts of Dota 2 Championships. the Company explained the controversial issues that could arise in the interaction of streamers and tournament operators.
Dota 2 developers have put forward several mandatory conditions for all third-party tournament broadcasts. First, streamers can only use broadcasts from DotaTV and original content. Secondly, they must fully fulfill their obligations to the operator — in their absence, the stream can not contain commercial elements in any case.
Valve advised content authors to contact the competition organizers personally at least two weeks before the event starts. In this case, if the streamer does not detect the requirements of the tournament operator independently and does not receive a response for the request, it will be able to start the broadcast without any conditions, except for those specified above.
In addition, the developers of Dota 2 asked the organizers of the Championships not to make hasty decisions regarding content authors who do not follow the stated conditions. Valve suggested that tournament operators give such streamers the opportunity to fulfill their obligations, rather than submit complaints without proceedings.
The company also named a number of restrictions for the conditions that can be put forward by the organizers of Dota 2 competitions. for example, the broadcast delay can be no more than 15 minutes, the proposed advertising obligations must not violate the laws of the country of residence of the content author, and the agreement to conduct an independent broadcast must not imply any payments from the streamer.
New rules on conducting third-party tournament broadcasts for Dota 2 came into force on September 15. Valve suggested that tournament operators give such streamers the opportunity to fulfill their obligations, rather than submit complaints without proceedings. The organizers of BTS Pro Series Season 3 were the first to set conditions for independent streamers-content authors were required to set a five-minute delay for broadcasting in DotaTV.