Triller is going after illegal streamers with a massive lawsuit filed in California.
On Monday, Triller confirmed the news in an email to MMA Fighting that the social media company has filed a lawsuit that alleges 11 illegal streamers broadcasted the recent card featuring Jake Paul against Ben Askren in the main event with losses totaling $100 million.
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court in central California. News of the lawsuit was first reported by Yahoo! Sports.
In total, the lawsuit takes aim at 11 sites and 100 unnamed people with 2 million illegal streams, which Triller claims cost them $100 million in revenue.
“It’s shocking to think a theft so grand can be done so blatantly and brazenly and steal with no remorse,” a Triller spokesperson said in a statement sent to MMA Fighting. “There is zero difference between what they did and walking into a market stealing tons of a product and selling it at a discount in the parking lot. It’s neither civilly nor criminally any different and we are prosecuting to the fullest extent of the law. There were far over 2 million illegal streams, akin to hundreds of millions of dollars. Sites, mostly using Google’s YouTube such as FILMDAILY.COM, ACCESSTVPRO.CO, enONLINE2LIVESTREAM.US, CRACKSTREAMSLIVE.COM, ; SPORTS-TODAY.CLUB, MY-SPORTS.CLUB, BILASPORT.COM, TRENDY CLIPS, MIKE, YOUR EXTRA, ECLIPT GAMING, ITSLILBRANDON, and others are causing significant damage not just to Fight Club but content creators overall.
“People put a lot of hard work time and money into creating a product for the consumer and having it stolen and resold is terribly damaging. The good news is they are not protected by VPN masking or other firewalls as their activities are criminal and grand theft so we will ultimately find them and prevail not just for us but for content creators in general. We intend on working closely with the authorities as well to stop this highly illegal behavior”
The fight card that saw Paul knockout Askren in the first round was a huge event for Triller with pay-per-view sales topping 1 million in total, which was a huge number for the social media company in only their second ever event.
Triller has become a major player in the pay-per-view business recently after promoting Mike Tyson’s return to action against Roy Jones Jr. last year and then following up with the Paul vs. Askren card. The nxt major pay-per-view for Triller will happen in May with Teofimo Lopez defending his titles against George Kambosos Jr. in the main event while Evander Holyfield will come out of retirement for an exhibition bout against Kevin McBride.
Of course, illegally streaming events like this one has become a plague to promoters with the potential for huge losses to the overall business.
UFC president Dana White made it a personal project over the past year to target a number of illegal streamers broadcasting the company’s pay-per-views.
Now it appears Triller is joining the fight while looking to go after the streamers who broadcast the Paul vs. Askren card.