Twitch Streamer MontanaBlack88 May Be Forced to Leave Germany Due to Streamer Law
Marcel “MontanaBlack88” Eris might be the biggest streamer in Germany, but he may have to relocate thanks to a streamer law. This is due to new broadcasting laws that target streamers with major audiences. Small-time streamers shouldn’t have to worry about this – unless you consider an average viewer count of 20,000+ as “small.” However, with a 3.7 million following, MontanaBlack88 is hit hard by this streamer law in Germany.
The State Media Treaty
MontanaBlack88 is one of the biggest streamers around. He’s the sixth most-followed non-English streamer on the platform, but this is causing his problem in the first. The State Media Treaty requires any broadcaster who has an average of 20,000+ viewers are now subject to a series of restrictions. Since streamers count as broadcasters, it affects them.
The State Media Treaty came to life in November 2020, and it replaced the State Treaty on Broadcasting. It requires that these media presenters with a large following acquire a broadcasting license to continue their broadcasts. It affects quite a few streamers who are/were in Germany. PietSmiet, in particular, has more than a million followers and left Germany, moving to Portugal to avoid this streamer law, and MontanaBlack88 may be following suit.
MontanaBlack88 recently discussed this on a Twitch stream, pointing out that the German government is taking everything away from him. He feels that he is being forced to leave his home country because of these new regulations. This is certainly a difficult decision to make, as he also recently remodeled his home, which was no doubt a serious financial sink.
There are no benefits to these regulations for those hit by them. For example, 16+ rated games can’t be played until after 10 p.m. and 18+ games not until 11 p.m. These big streamers also have to hire a “youth protection officer,” whatever that is. Only three German streamers would be the target for the broadcasting license: MontanaBlack88, Knossi, and Trymacs.
While it sounds like the smaller-streamers in Germany will be fine, a spokeswoman for the authorities in Germany had this to say. “Unlicensed broadcasting is not second-class broadcasting. It is subject to the same material requirements — even without having to go through the more complex approval process, for example, to mark advertising. ”
If you’re an up-and-coming streamer in Germany, these broadcasting laws could seriously hamper your ability to produce content. If the biggest broadcasters wind up leaving the country, it could see change happen, but perhaps not. Would a streamer want to purposely lower their average audience count, and reduce their income, to avoid the license and other restrictions? That’s a decision we could not imagine making.