A Twitch streamer has gotten away with broadcasting an entire UFC pay-per-view event by pretending he was playing the broadcasted fights as a video game.
AJ Lester, who goes by the Twitch username ‘Lester_Gaming,’ streamed the entirety of this past Sunday’s UFC 218 on Twitch, as well as other livestreaming platforms.
Lester pretended he was playing the unreleased upcoming Electronic Arts developed UFC 3. The game is available in open beta until tomorrow morning at 2:59 am ET. Lester even went so far as to green-screen himself in the bottom right of the video feed, while wearing a headset, holding a disconnected DualShock 4 controller, and twiddling his thumbs like he was playing the game.
In a subsequent Fortnite stream, Lester mentioned that he hasn’t yet experienced any legal ramifications for his actions. However, he did state that he took down the saved recording of the livestream, though he also mentioned he has plans to stream UFC 219 on December 30th.
How has he pretended to play a ufc fight on stream to avoid getting copyrighted LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL pic.twitter.com/I4ykqwqrTA
— Aaron (@TheRealSMA) December 3, 2017
At one point the stream was being viewed by 4,000 people, with his viewer count dropping to 100 following the fight. Even UFC publications have taken notice of Lester’s steam.
According to Eurogamer, users often stream Premier League football matches, though they’re typically removed swiftly.
UFC 3 is set to be available February 2nd on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.