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DisguisedToast explains why he’s back on Twitch despite Facebook deal

Published: 23/Apr/2020 4:03

by Isaac McIntyre

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Streaming superstar Jeremy ‘DisguisedToast’ Wang has cleared the air on why he returned to Twitch for a Just Chatting broadcast on April 22, despite having inked an exclusive deal with Facebook Gaming just six months ago.

April 22 seemed like a regular day for Toast. He went live on Twitch, and streamed for just over two hours. More than 20k fans tuned in. Nothing out of the ordinary ⁠— except he’s not been seen on Twitch since November last year.

Six months ago, Toast penned an exclusive deal with Facebook as the social media giant muscled into the streaming wars. Since then, his Twitch channel has sat dormant. That is, until he shocked fans with a return this week.

DisguisedToast stunned fans with an unannounced return to Twitch on April 22.
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DisguisedToast stunned fans with an unannounced return to Twitch on April 22.

So how did DisguisedToast return to Twitch?

So how did Toast get away with a shock return on Twitch, considering he’s tied his name to Facebook for the foreseeable future? Well, according to the man himself, it was surprisingly simple ⁠— he just asked if he could.

“Nothing like this has ever happened before… but I’m allowed to. I said to Facebook ‘Hey, think I might be able to do a stream on Twitch?’ and they replied: ‘Toast, you got get ‘em! You go get ‘em! That’s been nice,” he said.

There have been a few concessions he had to make in his return though. Twitch has stripped his verified tick mark, and many of his partnership benefits. Viewers also cannot subscribe to him, though it’s likely he prefers that anyway.

DisguisedToast isn’t back on Twitch full-time

DisguisedToast also made it very clear this was a “small return,” rather than anything a little more permanent. He’s “so happy on Facebook,” he admitted, and added if he had a chance to re-do the deal, he would “100% do it again.”

“Getting to play whatever I want, when I want, with whoever I want… it has been good for my mental. I’ve changed now. I was so angry at chat [on Twitch]. When chat said anything I’d be like ‘Imma beat yo’ ass’. I’ve been more relaxed,” he said.

There is a chance he’ll be back again though. The streaming star revealed a big part of his return was Facebook’s lack of support for non-gaming broadcasts. While he’s not gaming, it’s likely those streams will once again be on Twitch.

“We’ll see how this one goes. Maybe a monthly, maybe a weekly? We’ll see how it goes… I did just want to come back and say hi to everyone [that didn’t follow me to Facebook]. Maybe we can make this a more regular thing,” he said.

In the end, Toast’s short return to Twitch peaked at 24,532 viewers, according to stat tracking website TwitchTracker. He landed in the top 10 streams during his two-hour broadcast, even amid the ongoing Valorant key-drop hype.

His triumphant return begs the question ⁠— could we see other big streamers like Mixer’s star duo shroud and Ninja, or YouTube’s Valkyrae make a brief return too? Only time will tell, but it certainly seems like it’s left the door ajar now.

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Paige breaks down on Twitch as WWE’s streaming crackdown kicks in

Published: 30/Oct/2020 13:10

by David Purcell

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WWE superstar Paige, real name Saraya-Jade Bevis, broke down in front of her fans on Twitch after the news came through that her employers had started cracking down on talent engaging on third-party platforms. 

Under their new restrictions, the sports entertainment company will take proceeds from their stars streaming under the wrestling names. For example, Paige’s donations on Twitch would previously be paid to her directly, but in the future that will not be the case.

In response to the measures, stars like her and AJ Styles have decided to stop streaming for a period of time – until more suitable terms can be agreed between both parties.

For a wrestler like Paige, though, who is injured – this was a difficult pill to swallow.

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Paige, like many other WWE stars, has a huge following on social media.

Paige gets devastating news on Twitch

On October 29, the British star – who hails from Norwich, England – decided to cancel her stream after receiving the news on her phone while live.  In the spur of the moment, she walked off-stream for a short while before returning to the screen. Tears flowing down her face, she started to explain what was happening.

The Twitch broadcast VOD itself has been muted in certain areas, potentially due to the music being played in the background. So, clips are quite hard to come by on there, but some have posted the comments to YouTube.

Bevis said: “There may be a time where I have to stop streaming. I’ll have to walk away. If I have to leave, we have to make today and Saturday f***ing crazy. I’ve honestly gotten to the point where I cannot deal with this company anymore. Now I have to make a very important decision.

“Over f***ing worked. I broke my f***ing neck twice for this company. They don’t realize that this community isn’t about subs. We build a community and family where this is an escape for a lot of people, including myself. I can’t wrestle anymore. I was worked so hard in WWE that I can’t wrestle anymore because my neck is f***ed. My whole dreams got taken away. I had to have something that fulfilled that huge f***ing void that I lost with wrestling.”

Twitch has been an escape for injured Paige

The star injured her neck back in 2017 and has since even returned to the ring. At the time of her stream, though, she is out with another injury and unable to compete. Turning to Twitch, she has built up quite the following – with almost 150,000 people following her channel.

After that, she confirmed that she plans to continue streaming one way or another, and will see where that takes her. During the livestream, Paige revealed going live on the streaming website wasn’t for the donations and subscriber payments, but instead, an escape.

She added: “I understand if they’re like, ‘you’re wrestling every day and doing shows every day,’ but I’m an injured wrestler. I get used for media stuff, sometimes, but at the end of the day, I’m in my house going f***ing crazy and I need something to keep me sane.

“Twitch was my escape. Right now, I’m just sitting on my f***ing ass. People think I should be thankful that I still have a job, and I am, but it doesn’t mean I should be treated like f***ing shit. I had my neck taken away from me twice. You can’t take away my Twitch too.”

It appears to be heating up in the battle between employees and their employer. There’s a good chance WWE superstars take further action in the dispute too, as Paige mentioned potential unionization and hiring a lawyer, so it could be about to get a whole lot messier.