Twitch stops payments to Russian streamers due to sanctions

Russian Twitch streamers have claimed they cannot receive revenue from their broadcasts as sanctions were imposed following the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

Russian businesses, billionaires, sportspeople and now even influencers are feeling the effects of the growing problems between Russia and Ukraine.

Earlier in March 2022, Twitch streamer Mira claimed the Amazon-owned platform was “looking for a reason to ban it” because of its Russian heritage. Days later, Russian streamers claim they can’t get paid because of the sanctions.

They reportedly started receiving emails confirming that payment to their accounts had been blocked, according to the Washington Post.

“Payments to the financial institution associated with your Twitch account have been blocked due to sanctions,” the email allegedly said. “Twitch is complying with economic sanctions imposed by the United States and other governments and complying with those imposed in response to the situation in Ukraine.

“These penalties may limit or affect your access to payments, your ability to monetize your stream, and/or financially support other creators.”

The email added that “we will do our best to pay you the earnings you have earned as soon as we are cleared to do so.”

“I have been blocked from payments from Twitch, many advertisers have left the Russian market and my Visa and Mastercard will soon be blocked abroad,” said Alexey ‘Jesus AVGN’ Gubanov, who left Russia for the United States.

It’s unclear exactly what will happen down the line, but the email from Twitch adds that “we appreciate how frustrating and difficult this is and want to reassure you that if you cannot provide an institution financial alternative, we will do our best to pay you the income you have earned as soon as we are authorized to do so.”

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