Twitch blocks payments in Russia: dry streamer

Twitch blocks payments in Russia: dry streamer

Twitch blocks payments in Russia

The sanctions on Russia have also hit Twitch, or rather, the Russian streamers who currently earn from the platform. The Amazon company, in fact, at least for now has not yet announced any stop to activities in the territory, but is forced to prevent regular payments to its users, precisely because of the sanctions.

Twitch Let's go in order: one of the toughest sanctions inflicted on Russia certainly concerns the one on the economic circuits. There are several transactions that are currently completely blocked, and it becomes impossible for foreigners to transfer money to and around Moscow, for example due to the blocking of some SWIFTs, or the payment system that regulates wire transfers all over the world, or the PayPal escape from the country. Although Twitch has not imposed any bans, Twitch is currently unable to pay streamers their fees due to these restrictions.

In line with the sanctions imposed on Russia, Twitch is restricting payments being issued to streamers in Russia

“we will do everything possible to pay the income you have earned as soon as we are allowed to do so”

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Although very sorry about what happened, JesusAVGN is keen to point out that for years he has sided against the Vladimir Putin's regime and after fleeing abroad, he obviously finds it unfair that sanctions also hit him in another country. “I am against the Russian regime, which is why I had to leave the country. And now I have yet to answer for all of Putin's terrible deeds while living in another state, "said the streamer in an interview with the Washington Post.

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Sanctions block Russian Twitch streamers from getting paid

International sanctions from the United States and European Union have blocked payments to Russian Twitch streamers.

Early on in the Ukraine invasion, Western countries blocked Russian banks from SWIFT, the payment tracking system used by worldwide institutions. This has affected Russia's purchasing power as payment processors no longer accept payments to and from the region; Nintendo's eShop, for example, no longer accepts Russian rubles for online purchases.

Now Russian Twitch streamers are being affected. The California-based streaming company can no longer send payments to Russian influencers due to the sanctions. In the blink of an eye, streamers in Russia have been cut off from their monthly paychecks.

'Payouts to the financial institution associated with your Twitch account have been blocked as a result of sanctions,' reads an email acquired by The Washington Post.

'Twitch complies with economic sanctions imposed by the United States and other governments, and is complying with those imposed in response to the situation in Ukraine. These sanctions may limit or impact your access to payouts, ability to monetize your stream, and/or financially support other creators.'

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