It might not have been lawful, nevertheless it positive was intelligent.
Twitch streamer A.J. Lester hatched an excellent plan on Saturday: He (illegally) streamed the pay-per-view broadcast of UFC 218, and he obtained away with it by pretending to play it, controller in hand, as a online game.
It labored. Though the complete stream has since been deleted from Lester’s Twitch channel, clips of his efficiency went viral (h/t Bloody Elbow), due to course they did.
The “pretending to play a online game” factor is cute, and it is virtually actually the rationale that is making the rounds on social media. However for those who have a look at the “clips” part of Lester’s Twitch channel — which nonetheless incorporates parts of the longer UFC stream — he did not absolutely decide to “enjoying” a stay UFC occasion for your entire time.
Lester is not holding a controller in any respect in most of the clips. He is simply watching and reacting to UFC 218. For those who watched his physique language in sure clips which have additionally since been eliminated, you’ll be able to see as he remembers he is placing on a present for his viewers and will get again to the charade.
Timing probably performed a task in Lester efficiently pulling off this stream. EA Sports activities ran a beta over the weekend for its upcoming recreation UFC three, which is out in early 2018. Even a fast search of Twitch turns up loads of UFC three beta outcomes.
It does not appear to be Lester tagged his authentic video as UFC three gameplay, nevertheless it’s straightforward to think about this one stream from a — by Lester’s personal admission, in a follow-up video — comparatively unknown streamer slipping by the cracks.
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