Live-streaming, esports, and gaming news highlights for the week of June 22, 2020
Mixer to shut down permanently in July
TL;DR - Mixer announced this week it would be permanently shutting down on July 22. The company cited less than stellar growth in terms of new viewership, and an inability for the platform to keep pace with the growing Xbox gaming community. As part of the announcement, Mixer shared that it struck a deal with Facebook Gaming to create a transition plan for Mixer streamers to integrate into Facebook’s community. Partnered streamers would retain their partnership status, and there were a number of benefits announced for those with Mixer’s in-platform currency - Embers and Sparks. Streamers who were able to monetize on Mixer will have the same benefits with Facebook Gaming as well. RIP Mixer.
Twitch forced to take action after streamers stage a blackout to draw attention to harassment on the platform
TL;DR - After a wave of harassment allegations were made against many popular streamers on the platform, streamers joined together for a streaming blackout this past Wednesday. Streamers were encouraged to stay dark for the entire day to draw attention to what they feel is a lack of action on behalf of Twitch leadership, notably Twitch CEO Emmett Shear. Twitch has since permanently banned several of the named abusers, those who’ve been accused of some of the most egregious offenses and those who’ve admitted their guilt. What’s to come is unclear, as more allegations are made almost daily and as many of the accused defend themselves in the court of public opinion.
Massive talent hole opens at Twitch after DrDisrespect is permanently banned
TL;DR - It was reported this week and later confirmed that one of Twitch’s most successful and popular streamers, DrDisrespect, had been permanently banned from the platform. Specifics around the ban haven’t been disclosed, but there’s consensus the offense had to be a major one for Twitch to justify a permanent ban of one of its most iconic figures. Back in March The Doc had signed a two-year exclusive streaming agreement with Twitch for a “life-changing” amount of money. DrDisrespect is no stranger to controversy, and this certainly isn’t his first ban, although it’s unclear if his past offenses had anything to do with this final ban.
Twitch facing $25M lawsuit over claim of sexually suggestive content
TL;DR - Twitch user Erik Estavillo has filed a lawsuit against Twitch in California court for allegedly exposing him to “overly suggestive and sexual content from various female streamers” on the platform. Specifically, Estavillo claims that he suffers from medical conditions such as OCD and sex addiction, which are made worse by the content he regularly watches on Twitch. At the time the lawsuit was filed, the plaintiff was following 786 female streamers and 0 male streamers, a result he claims of the fact that Twitch doesn’t allow filtering by gender. Estavillo also took issue with the fact that he’s able to donate money to these female streamers thanks to Twitch’s subscription and Bits features. In the lawsuit, Estavillo is seeking a permanent ban for the streamers named in the filing, as well as $25M to be split between himself, “other Twitch Turbo subscribers”, and various charities.
Ninja and Shroud opt out of Facebook transition, becoming free agents
TL;DR - With Microsoft shutting down Mixer this week, both Ninja and Shroud had to make the choice of whether or not they wanted to make the move to Facebook Gaming. It’s since been reported that neither was interested in the deal, and that instead they were paid out the full balance of their contracts and left to choose whatever platform suits them best. Ninja’s deal was reportedly for about $30M, and Shroud’s came in around $10M. For the moment, both are now considered free agents.
Twitch offloads CurseForge app to Overwolf
TL;DR - Overwolf, a platform that specializes in in-game apps and overlays, has acquired CurseForge from Twitch. The streaming platform originally purchased CurseForge, an add-on and mod management tool, from the Curse gaming website network back in 2016. Overwolf will remove CurseForge from Twitch’s standalone desktop client and make it its own free, standalone app. Additionally, Overwolf has promised to up the revenue share for mod creators on the platform by 50% by 2022
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