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Drake signs streaming deal with Twitch and Mixer rival Caffeine

Published: 11/Feb/2020 19:34

by Bill Cooney


Drake is one of the most well-known names in music, and now, he’s taking his talents to streaming site Caffeine — not Twitch, nor with his buddy Ninja on Mixer.

Caffeine entered the broadcasting market in 2018 with what they claim is a different approach from other streaming sites: bringing in celebrities and more traditional television-type broadcasting.

Before Drake hopped aboard, the platform had already signed American rappers Offset and Doja Cat, as well as Pittsburgh Steelers Wide Receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.

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Caffeine is trying to break into the live streaming market with big-name celebrities.

What will Drake do on Caffeine?

According to Caffeine, Drake signed a “multi-year” contract, though they declined to specify the deal’s exact length. He’ll have his own personal channel on the platform, but Caffeine didn’t reveal how often he would be streaming, either.

Instead, Drake will focus on putting his fame to use promoting the “Ultimate Rap League” on the site, which bills itself as “the biggest rap-battle league in the country.”

The gist of the league is as follows: two MCs freestyle at each other back and forth, and whoever receives the highest score from the judges or the biggest crowd reactions wins, much like 8-Mile or Mad Verse City.

Joining Caffeine isn’t Drake’s first experience with streaming, either: he notably joined Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins for a stream on Twitch in March of 2018, which broke the record for most concurrent viewers at a time with over 635,000 eyes on the now-historical broadcast. 

“I’ve always loved URL and admired what Smack and his team have been able to create, it just wasn’t easily accessible,” Drake said in a statement. “It’s exciting to be in a position where I’m able to bring Caffeine to the table and help provide URL with the tools they need to elevate the viewing experience and make it more accessible to fans.”

Although it’s unlikely he’ll replicate his legendary numbers from his joint stream with Ninja on the new platform, pulling a big name like Drake could be just the thing Caffeine needs to gain some serious brand recognition.


PewDiePie hits out at company over KSI Meme Review copyright claim

Published: 25/Nov/2020 21:25

by Brent Koepp


Popular YouTuber Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg was stunned after a company copyright claimed his Meme Review with JJ ‘KSI’ Olatunji. The Swede lost all the revenue for the upload due to their awful performance of “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic. 

On November 22, PewDiePie teamed up with fellow YouTube star KSI for an epic Meme Review. The duo tackled everything from British culture to Olatunji’s boxing match with Logan Paul.

Kjellberg later revealed on Instagram that the popular video had been copyright claimed by a company. The personality called the move “bulls**t” after the corporation took all the revenue over their Titanic joke.

Screenshot of YouTubers PewDiePie and KSI playing instruments.
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The YouTubers’ awful performance of My Heart Will Go On got the video claimed for copyright.

PewDiePie & KSI’s Meme Review copyright claimed

PewDiePie’s Meme Review with KSI was a major hit on the platform, pulling in over 7.3 million views in just a few days. Fans of both YouTube creators were treated to a hilarious collaboration. However, the duo’s “attempt” to perform My Heart Will Go On on a flute and alpine horn caused the video to get claimed.

Kjellberg revealed the issue on his Instagram story on November 25. “So I got a claim on my KSI video. At the end, we played My Heart Will Go On,” he said, before playing a clip of their awful performance to demonstrate how absurd the claim was. “It’s too similar!” he joked.

It turns out the YouTuber had appealed the claim, but was denied. “So I appealed it, because its bulls**t why, and they rejected it! This is actually infringing on copyright according to this company!” he exclaimed, before breaking into laughter.

The 31-year-old explained that the company was now going to get 100% of the money made off the popular upload. “So all the revenue now goes to this company for the entire video. Like, what? Yeah, I just thought it was bulls**t, I don’t even know.”

The whole scenario is made all the more ridiculous when you consider that the Titanic joke was only a few seconds in a 26 minute upload. The fact that the company now gets to own the entire video is a good example how YouTube’s content ID system can sometimes be flawed.