Live-streaming, esports, and gaming news highlights for the week of December 2, 2019
Facebook signs Twitch streamer ZeRo to exclusive streaming deal
TL;DR - Popular Twitch streamer, Gonzalo “ZeRo” Barrios, has left the platform to join Facebook Gaming’s growing roster of exclusive content creators. At the time of his departure, ZeRo was sporting over half a million followers on Twitch. As part of the deal, he’ll be allowed to continue uploading content to YouTube, where has has more than 800K subscribers, but all of his live content will happen on Facebook. ZeRo cited Facebook’s infrastructure as the reason for the switch, which he believes will help him to grow his Instagram following. ZeRo built his audience as a professional Super Smash Bros. player, where he won an astonishing 56 consecutive tournaments before falling once.
Giant Waffle actually took second place in most-hours streamed record race
TL;DR - We shared last week that Twitch streamer GiantWaffle had set a new record for the most hours streamed in a single month, at an unbelievable 572 hours. In a remarkable twist of fate, it’s been reported that another streamer by the name of Seansstream managed to clock 595 hours in the same window as GiantWaffle, putting him a full day ahead of the “new” record. The German streamer was live for 20+ hours daily for a 30-day period to secure the record.
Full story - https://gamerant.com/stream-record-hours-november/
New YouTube policy will allow simulated violence in uploaded gaming content
TL;DR - The new YouTube policy around gaming content went into effect on December 2nd, and allows content creators to upload videos that include simulated violence without running afoul of the platform’s age-restriction parameters. With this change, these videos could be approved without requiring an age-gate on the content. Videos in which the violence is gratuitous or more heavily featured may still be limited to 18 and up viewing. What the new policy will not do, however, is ensure these videos will be safe from demonetization - a chief concern for content creators. YouTube has stated it’s working to secure more advertisers that don’t mind this sort of content, but they’re not there yet.
Twitch rolls out updated Creator Dashboard
TL;DR - The update to Twitch’s Creator Dashboard includes four key features designed to make content creation on the platform easier for streamers. The Live Dashboard has been rebranded to “Stream Manager”, and now allows channel-owners to manipulate elements of their stream set-up, with better visibility into their channel’s stats. Quick Actions should reduce the time it takes to create Clips, run ads, and make adjustments to Chat, among other things. A section has also been added for sharing product updates and changes to the platform. And the Assistant is for new streamers who need some helpful tools for growing their channels and reaching Affiliate more quickly.
Mixer support has come to StreamElements
TL;DR - Mixer users can now log in to StreamElements via their Mixer accounts and deploy the platform’s tools for their streams. Helpful features such as pre-made layouts, donation processing, and chat integration are all available now to all streamers on the platform. StreamElements competes closely with Streamlabs, which has supported Mixer creators for several years, making this a key competitive advancement for StreamElements.
Imgur launches new app dedicated to gaming clips and highlights
TL;DR - Imgur’s new app, Melee, is purpose-built to feature gaming clips and highlights. Users can upload clips from streaming platforms, or video they’ve recorded themselves, and other users can vote on the content they enjoy, pushing it out to more eyes in the process. Imgur sees the app as a tool for content creators to get more attention to their work outside of the normal platforms like Twitch and YouTube. Melee has sections devoted to specific games and also for streamers, where users can like, comment, and share the clips they enjoy most.
Wingstop develops Twitch Extension to make in-stream food ordering a reality
TL;DR - Back in August of this year, Wingstop developed a Twitch Extension which would allow stream viewers to select which wing flavors they wanted the streamer to try. That Extension has since evolved to allow viewers to order wings directly from the stream they’re watching. This is part of Wingstop’s 2019 strategy to get in front of a difficult segment of potential eaters - those that are moving away from traditional media and focusing their attention on streaming services.
PUBG Mobile World League to feature prize pool of over $5 million
TL;DR - Tencent announced its 2020 plans for the PUBG Mobile World League, which includes a prize pool valued at over $5M. The PMWL and the PUBG Mobile Club Open (PMCO) will run in tandem next year, part of a pyramid approach to the battle royale’s overall competitive structure. The new format has been designed to give PUBG players of all levels an opportunity to compete, with the best naturally rising to the top and going on to the World Championships. The PMWL will run as two successive splits, beginning in May and October. Registration opens for the spring split in January.
Judge rejects Twitch’s appeal in Phatoml0rd lawsuit
TL;DR - Twitch had appealed the court’s ruling that its limited liability clause was unconscionable, effectively uncapping the damages that Phamtoml0rd could seek against the streaming platform. That ruling was upheld this week when Twitch’s appeal was rejected by the court. This removes the barrier for Phatoml0rd’s attorneys, allowing them to seek greater restitution for their client. The previous cap was set at $50,000, or roughly ten months of income according to Twitch. The decision sets an important precedent for future lawsuits in this space, however there’s still much left to unfold in this particular case.
US Army partners with popular streamers on Call of Duty Endowment Bowl
TL;DR - The US Army’s esports team is partnering with the likes of Shroud, Dr Disrespect, Summit1g, Dakotaz, and others to host the Call of Duty Endowment’s CODE Bowl on December 13th. Eight streamers in all will be captaining just as many teams, alongside US Army esports team members, to benefit Activision Blizzard’s non-profit entity dedicated to assisting vets find employment. Participating streamers will be raising money for the cause in their personal streams as the event nears. The CODE Bowl will be streamed live on the Call of Duty Twitch channel.
Chinese streaming platform may pay $113M for exclusive LoL streaming rights
TL;DR - Bilibili is reported to be in talks with Riot Games to pay $113M for three years of exclusive streaming rights in China for the LoL World Championship. If the deal goes through, it will be the first time the rights to the series will be restricted to a single channel in China.
Mixer’s Dec-EMBER promotion nets viewers more Embers for every purchase
TL;DR - Through January 6th, all purchases of Embers on Mixer will yield a bonus for the buyer. Embers are the currency used on Mixer to purchase Stickers and Effects, also known as Premium Skills. A portion of the revenue from those Embers goes to the streamers in whose channel they’re spent.
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