I know what happened to DrDisrespect
Of course I don’t. And from the looks of it, neither does he. DrDisrespect was one of the biggest streamers on Twitch until he got permanently banned mid-stream. It’s a mess and Twitch has been silent on the whole thing.
More broadly, just like YouTube’s magical iridescent demonetization algorithm, tech platforms that employ millions of people in basements everywhere to supply content are doing a crappy job. Content creators continue to be at their whim. I get it. You want to protect your advertiser clients, especially as Facebook is getting publicly chastised for slacking.
What follows is the drama among content creators to stay top-of-mind which invariably leads to inappropriate conduct and the scrutinizing of teeming extroverts with an obvious end result. (BTW, I told you this was going to happen.) But Twitch had recently spent a bunch of money to make DrDisrespect an exclusive, only to kick him off out of the blue. What gives?
With Microsoft’s recent offload of Mixer onto FB, which effectively terminated Ninja’s contract stipulations and allowed him to switch to YT instead, it seems that we’re still in the early stages of how this market segment will shake out. This type of uncertainty and lack of transparency does not make it easier for content creators to invest. And audiences don’t enjoy being the last to know anything.
Here’s an idea: can we get back to playing games?
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