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Epic Games respond to Soulja Boy claiming Fortnite runs on his console

Published: 20/Jan/2019 16:43 Updated: 20/Jan/2019 18:05

by Calum Patterson

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Soulja Boy has made headlines at the start of 2019 over his blatant knock off consoles, but his claim that his next console release will run Fortnite has prompted a response from Epic Games themselves.

Soulja Boy, a Chicago rapper who has made somewhat of a resurgence in late 2018 – early 2019 thanks to controversial product releases and media appearances, continues to expand his ambition in the console gaming market.

His ‘SouljaGame’ console was removed from sale after rumors spread that Nintendo were gearing up for a lawsuit, as the console was said to use illegal emulation software – essentially copies of the Nintendo Wii U and GameBoy consoles.

ThelizardrockThe SouljaGame consoles were removed from sale.

However, even the threat of a lawsuit from a company the size of Nintendo hasn’t deterred Soulja Boy’s ambitions, as he has claimed in an interview on Complex’s Everyday Struggle that his next console will be the best yet.

Controversially, he also claimed that it would run Fortnite, the world’s most popular game, but in order for a game to be available on any platform it must be licensed by the publisher.

Unsurprisingly, Fortnite publisher Epic Games, in a statement to DualShockers, suggested it was unlikely to ever feature on Soulja Boy’s console as anti-cheat measures prevent it being played on a ‘jailbroken device’.

You can’t play Fortnite on a rooted or jailbroken device due to anti-cheat measures.

However, Epic Games PR Nick Chester did say that they know nothing about the exact device in question – so perhaps there is still hope for Soulja Boy’s Fortnite dreams?

Despite (or thanks to) the controversy surrounding his console, Soulja Boy has been creating a strong buzz around his name once more.

He has even lashed out at both Ariana Grande and Drake for ‘stealing his flow’ on songs, and the writer of Grande’s latest single even confirmed that they were inspired by Soulja Boy’s song.

Top YouTuber PewDiePie also discussed the ongoing Soulja Boy madness in his January 18 video, calling him out for clearly knock-off consoles.

You can watch Soulja Boy’s appearance on Everyday Struggle below.

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How does Addison Rae make money? TikTok star’s revenue streams explained

Published: 24/Feb/2021 16:04 Updated: 24/Feb/2021 16:27

by Adam Fitch

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When you think of the select few who are at the forefront of the current wave of influencers-turned-entertainment-giants, Addison Rae Easterling comes to mind. The TikTok star has blown up, especially over the past year, and she’s poised to make millions of dollars because of it.

The 20-year-old is traditionally a dancer, competing in the sport across the United States since the age of six. After blowing up on TikTok from, unsurprisingly, dancing, in late 2019, she’s amassed millions of followers across all major social media platforms.

The typical method of monetization for influencers comes in the form of sponsored posts and brand deals, and that certainly was the case for Addison early on. Though, after signing with talent agency WME in January 2020, she has her sights set on devising major revenue streams across multiple mediums.

From pretty standard ways of making money like advertisements on YouTube to launching her own beauty line, Addison is proof that social networks such as TikTok can serve as launchpads for a career that’s much bigger than any single platform. As she continues to expand her footprint and command higher paydays, it’s worthwhile looking at how she’s building an empire that may well set her up for life.

How Addison Rae makes money

Content

Addison Rae Mama Knows Best Podcast
Spotify
Spotify are hoping to bring more teenages to their platform with Addison Rae’s podcast.

Addison Rae is a major force in the world of content creation, it’s even been reported that she was the highest-earning TikToker in 2019. The majority of her income, which was said to be $5m that year, was from posting sponsored posts for the likes of Rebook and Fashion Nova.

When going live on TikTok, viewers can donate in the form of gifting. Addison Rae, once living in the Hype House — a collective of content creators in Los Angeles — has gone live with her friends to give further insight into her lifestyle, an enviable one for her many young fans. So, from TikTok alone, she’s made plenty from gifting and branded content deals.

Then, as you’d perhaps expect, there’s YouTube. The Google-owned video platform isn’t Addison’s main platform but she’s proven that she is a hit on there whenever she chooses to post. With 4.64m subscribers at the time of writing after posting only 16 videos, she makes money from adverts on her content and sponsorships from brands.

It’s clear that sponsored content is a big driver of revenue for the dancer, and that translates over to Instagram too. Companies such as American Eagle, Disney, and Daniel Wellington have all paid healthy sums to have a presence on her ever-popular feed.

Moving away from video content, Addison Rae signed a podcast deal with Spotify in July 2020. Published weekly, Mama Knows Best is an original audio product from the TikTok star and her mother, Sheri Nicole. The show is produced by Spotify-owned Parcast. There’s no word on how much she’s being paid for this endeavour but if it’s even a fraction of the deal Joe Rogan closed then she’s receiving handsome cheques for her weekly show.

Other ventures

Addison Rae Merchandise
Fanjoy
The internet celebrity’s merchandise range features lines based on popular phrases she coined through TikTok.

A fairly typical avenue for content creators to go down when they amass popularity is merchandise, and that’s no different with Addison Rae. She launched her own self-named merchandise store, in collaboration with Fanjoy, on May 1, 2020. Products available for purchase include clothes, phone cases, notebooks, and mugs.

An extension of her popular Instagram is a blossoming modelling career, one that was kickstarted by posing for Kim Kardashian’s SKIMS brand. She found herself blown up on a billboard in New York City in some of Kardashian’s line and has since publicly spoken about how much she enjoyed the experience. As she continues to grow in popularity, she’ll be tapped to be a face of major brands.

Getting further into the world of business, Addison Rae launched a joint venture with Madeby Collective in August 2020. ITEM Beauty is a makeup line that is said to be cruelty-free and vegan-friendly. It launched with just a handful of products but that’s to be expected; you wouldn’t want to invest too much into a new business initiative just to find out it wasn’t in-demand. More products have been launched since, perhaps indicating that it was received well by her audience.

Addison Rae ITEM Beauty
ITEM
Addison Rae’s beauty line ITEM launched with a limited range but has since expanded.

Film & music

In September 2020, Addison took a major step into the world of traditional entertainment when it was announced that she had been cast in a movie. ‘He’s All That’ is a remake of the 1999 comedy ‘She’s All That’ and she’s occupying the main role. At the time of writing, she’s busy at work filming her Hollywood debut.

While not confirmed, it appears as if she has other ventures in the works too. As expected based on her desires to pursue many facets of the entertainment industry, there are rumors that she’ll soon be launching a music career, including a Nicki Minaj collab, and that she has a reality television show in the works. One thing is for certain though, and that is she has no interest in being pigeonholed — there’s no doubt she’ll make a killing financially along the way, too.