Video game streaming site Hitbox has seen a 300 percent increase in concurrent broadcasts following a series of unpopular changes at its largest competitor, Twitch.

Amid rumblings of a $1 billion acquisition by YouTube, Twitch made a string of unusual policy changes last week. This included a copyright policing system that automatically scans saved videos for copyrighted music, similar to YouTube's controversial Content ID system. The scanning policy, made possible through audio detection service Audible Magic, mutes videos for a full 30 minutes if copyright music is detected.

The same day, Twitch also announced it would limit the length of saved videos to two hours.

Reaction to the policies has been overwhelmingly negative, with prominent streamers promising to cancel their premium subscriptions to the service and take their business elsewhere. This is despite repeated reassurance by Twitch CEO Emmett Shear that more reasonable changes would be made.

Cosmo Wright, video game speedrunner and one of Twitch's most popular broadcasters, was vocal in his displeasure.

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