Live-streaming, esports, and gaming news highlights for the week of August 12, 2019
Twitch hosting $1M Twitch Rivals tournament at TwitchCon San Diego
TL;DR - The massive event set for TwitchCon 2019 will include Fortnite, League of Legends, Teamfight Tactics, and Apex Legends, with a total prize pool of $1 million. The tournament will span three days, and is open to all Twitch Partners and Affiliates attending. The Apex Legends event alone comes with a $500k prize pool. Viewers can catch participating streamers broadcasting from the event, or from the main Twitch Rivals channel.
Twitch’s ToS set to face trial during Phantoml0rd lawsuit
TL;DR - James Phantoml0rd Varga’s lawsuit against Twitch over his platform ban is finally seeing its day(s) in court. The former, very popular Twitch streamer, was banned indefinitely from the platform when it was revealed he was deeply involved in a CS:GO skins betting website, on which he was rigging the outcomes of his wagers to entice viewers to try their own luck. After his ban, he filed suit against Twitch for monetary damages. During the trial, Twitch employees will take the stand and testify about the company’s terms of service and disciplinary practices, something many in the community regularly struggle to understand. This is the first time Twitch will go on the record about such matters and the community will understandably pay close attention.
Loots platform is evolving into an all-in-one monetization and streaming solution
TL;DR - Loots, primarily known for its Sponsored Messages product, announced this week the launch of its own streaming platform. Based on what they’ve learned from the 200k + streamer network of users on their original product, Loots is hoping to give creators more control and flexibility over how they monetize their content. Loots CEO Marc Fuehnen provided some examples such as “paid-for live videos”, and a personal message request system linked to donations. With this new platform, Loots is taking aim at a younger generation of streamers - a demographic the company believes “like[s] to engage more frequently with [its] users”. Fuehnen went on to say he doesn’t consider this move to be a competitive one in regards to larger streaming platforms like Twitch and Mixer, mainly because Loots will support re-streaming across all platforms.
YouTube adds Super Chats support for 19 more countries
TL;DR - The addition of 19 countries to YouTube’s Super Chats feature brings the current total to 60. Super Chats are a way for engaged viewers to tip streamers, similar to how Bits work on Twitch. YouTube limits the spending volume per user on Super Chats and Super Stickers to $500 daily or $2,000 weekly. Premium YouTube subscribers receive a $2 Super Chat credit with their subscriptions. The full story includes the list of all 19 countries included in this latest update, spanning much of Central and South America, and Eastern Europe.
Twitch to begin testing its own platform-wide currency
TL;DR - It was revealed through a tweet this week that Twitch has been inviting select partners to test a new platform-wide currency it’s calling Channel Points. Clearly a response to Mixer’s Sparks, Channel Points are meant to reward viewers and community members with various perks in the channel. No further details have been offered, and Twitch hasn’t even made an official announcement outside of these private invitations.
New YouTube policy aims to curb copyright claim abuse
TL;DR - YouTube announced this week it has made a major policy update in regards to copyright claims against “short song clips” or “unintended audio”. Any song clip which is 10 or fewer seconds will qualify as a short clip under the policy change. Copyright owners may still file a claim against the video, however under the new policy they cannot then monetize the entire video as they have in the past. YouTube may revoke monetization for the video until the creator has edited the audio out, but at that point he or she may then requalify for monetization. The policy isn’t expected to be fully enforced for another month, but YouTube’s been pushing the info via social channels to spread the word.
The International 2019 prize pool clears $33M by launch and keeps climbing
TL;DR - Dota 2’s championship event may already be under way but that hasn’t stopped the prize pool from climbing ever higher. By the start of the event it had already reached $33M, the most for any single esports event in history. If it were to stop now, the winning team would take home over $15M alone. But Valve will continue selling its Battle Pass throughout the series which will continue to push that sum until a champion emerges on August 25th. By next week we’ll have a firm stake in the ground for this new record.
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