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Dr Disrespect explains why he accepted “life-changing” new Twitch deal

Published: 13/Mar/2020 2:29

by Isaac McIntyre

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Streaming megastar Dr Disrespect has officially committed to Twitch for the next two years and Guy Beahm ⁠— the man behind the mustache ⁠— has revealed why he made the call to stick with the Amazon-owned platform.

The Two-Time isn’t the only streamer to have penned an exclusive deal with Twitch recently, with stream-queen Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys, Tim ‘TimTheTatman’ Betar, and Ben ‘DrLupo’ Lupo are all saying put too ⁠— but he may be the biggest.

After some of the platform’s biggest entertainers, Ninja and Shroud chief among them, defected to other sites like Mixer and YouTube, securing the Doc and his Champions Club is a huge coup for Twitch.

According to Beahm, who has been building the personality of Dr Disrespect for the last ten years, there was “little chance” he ever left Twitch. 

He wanted to make sure he was getting the best deal for both himself and his mega-fanbase, though, admitting as much in an interview with The Verge. If Twitch is the best place to “continue Doc’s momentum,” that’s where he wants to be.

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Dr Disrespect just dove literally, in his video  into a new two-year Twitch partnership.

There were a few factors that played on Beahm’s mind as he tried to decide what would be best for him, and what the “dangerous” character himself would want to do as well. A big part of it, he said, was Twitch’s already established fame.

“It’s the platform of my choice simply because it’s embedded,” the Twitch megastar said of his new two-year deal. “No surprise, it’s the Doctor’s platform of choice. It feels good to be on the platform we built the Champion’s Club on. It’s home baby.”

The fact Dr Disrespect’s growth has mainly come from Twitch was also a major factor for Beahm. After first emerging on YouTube ten years ago, the Doc finally clicked with online audiences as he began streaming.

“It feels good to be on Twitch, and stay on Twitch. This is where we started, and we have a hell of a journey ahead of us,” he said, before joking he made the call because “Jeff [Beezos, Amazon president] and [him] go way back.”

For the Doc, who is all about sharing the journey with his millions of fan and including them in every stream, it was also about trust. When he was first introducing his ‘over the top’ character to life, Twitch backed him to the hilt.

“Let’s just say, when I first started streaming, was something like this fathomable? If it was, you’re dreaming really, really big. To me, it’s shocking, and it’s very obviously life-changing, rewarding… Twitch saw the potential in this guy,” he said.

“He’s such a different type of streamer. He’s unique, he’s over the top and can feel like he might be a little threatening or dangerous, in terms of an investment. Honestly… [this deal] It was only really a matter of time.”

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The Doc said he wanted to repay Twitch’s early trust in him by sticking with the platform.

Now, Dr Disrespect looks to the future. He’s been working on getting an exclusivity deal of this type bedded since February 2016. Now that it’s locked, he’s ready to go even further. As he said in his announcement, he’s got “plans to stick around.”

“We’ve got that weight-16 bowling ball, and it’s going down the fast lane,” the Doc said of his plans during his March 12 stream, his first after the news. “The pistons are moving. The momentum is… you can feel it, right, but we’re not there yet.”

There’s been no real clues on what to expect next from the 1993-1994 Blockbuster champion, but if his recent stunts are anything to go by ⁠— he’s penned a TV deal and came face-to-face with WWE’s Undertaker ⁠— it’s going to be big.

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Charli D’Amelio invests in $50 million banking service for teens

Published: 2/Dec/2020 19:00

by Virginia Glaze

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TikTok’s most-followed content creator, Charli D’Amelio, has invested in her very first startup, and it’s a $50 million mobile banking service specifically aimed at teenagers.

In true D’Amelio fashion, Charli has decided to invest in her first company, Step, along with a slew of other celebrity investors.

What is Step?

Step is a mobile banking service directed toward teenagers aged 13-19, which announced this morning that it has raised over $50 million during its Series B funding stage.

Step has grown to over 500,000 users in two months after its official launch, and features a variety of elements seen in apps like Venmo and PayPal, allowing users to send money to friends via peer-to-peer technology.

 

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The service also offers its teen customer-base FDIC-insured bank accounts without any fees, easing their foray into the financial world. Step even gives users a Visa card that allows them to establish credit prior to turning 18.

Charli D’Amelio on her Step investment

As for Charli D’Amelio, she seems to be quite jazzed about the bank’s entire concept, having risen to prominence in the mobile world before turning 16 this year.

“As a Step partner and customer, I’ve been able to see firsthand how easy Step makes it to manage your money while providing the educational resources that today’s teens need but have largely been unable to find—myself included,” D’Amelio stated.

 

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“I’m excited to be able to use my platform to help close this gap and have made a direct investment in Step to help them develop even more useful products.”

Charli isn’t the only big name putting some stock into Step; A-list celebs like Will Smith, the Chainsmokers, and Justin Timberlake are also investing in the bank, making for a truly star-studded affair for the emerging company.

Step is planning to partner with even more celebrities and influencers in the future, and hopes to help its teenaged customer-base with everything from student loans to building credit in the long-term.

Charli D'Amelio invests in Step mobile banking
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Step aims to help teenagers ease into the confusing financial world.

“Student loans are a big thing. Being able to extend credit to these folks. Being able to offer new products and services so they’re not paying these outrageous, predatory banking fees and high interest credit cards,” Step CEO MacDonald said of the service.

It looks like Charli is making big waves with this major investment, and all eyes are peeled to see if her 101 million TikTok followers will hop onto the Step trend, too.