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Streamer in tears as Twitch partnership means she can quit her day job

Published: 12/Jan/2020 16:07 Updated: 12/Jan/2020 16:12

by Joe Craven

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Streamer ‘PerlaBabe’ broke down in tears while live on January 11 after she was partnered by Twitch – meaning she is a step closer to being able to quit her day job. 

PerlaBabe is a 19 year old Twitch streamer with just over 22,000 followers, primarly found in the Just Chatting section, and some dabbling in games like Fortnite. Despite having her follower count, she was not a Twitch partner – until very recently.

The Twitch partnership program is for “creators who stream a variety of content, from games, music, talk shows, art, to just about anything else you can imagine.” It enables streamers to earn subscriptions and bits from their viewers, as well as earning a share of advertisements shown on their channels.

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Essentially, it is aimed at Twitch creators who are deemed to have earned the streaming platform’s support, edging them closer to being able to stream full-time. 

This is the dream for many streamers – including Perla, who became emotional on January 11 when she explained just how much the Twitch partnership means to her. 

Working as an exotic dancer in clubs – a job Perla has said she doesn’t enjoy – the Twitch partnership means she is a tangible step closer to being able to quit her day job and stream full time. 

“I do it because I need the money,” she explained while clearly emotional. “If I could just do this [streaming] full time it would make me so happy. So I thank you guys so much.” 

In a second clip, taken a few days earlier, she thanked her audience for their support, describing them as “so sweet”.

“Every time I feel sad I just stream,” the 19-year old said. “You guys make me feel better. There’s days where people make me feel like sh*t. But you guys have been making me feel so good and I appreciate that so much.”

In a tweet from January 11, she echoed these sentiments.

“So I thank you guys for that – for bringing happiness to me,” she finished, as the tears started.

Perla’s wholesome response shows just how much the partnership means, as she gets one step closer to living her dream as a full-time Twitch creator. 

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FBE founders Benny & Rafi Fine called out by staff for “toxic workplace”

Published: 16/Jan/2021 19:54

by Charlotte Colombo

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Benny and Rafi Fine, the two creators behind the FBE (Fine Brothers entertainment) brand have come back into the spotlight today a year after they stepped back from FBE after former employees publicly accused them of racism and a “toxic” working environment.

In an investigative article by Insider, 26 former employees spoke out about their experiences working for FBE. The company’s former head of casting, Steve Caustey, revealed that the Fine brothers used a three-tier system to rank their “reactors”, and demanded that at least 33% of the people in their “react” videos involved people in the top tier before an episode could be made.

Causey told Insider that there were “more white people at the top” of the tier, which meant that episodes ended up being predominately white.

He said in an interview with them: “It was noticeable, but I don’t think it was intentional. I feel like it might’ve started as unconscious bias, but after a time enough people brought it up that it should have been addressed.”

A former researcher told Insider that FBE staff “profit from the idea that they’re diverse without valuing it authentically. They try to capitalize and commercialize on it as much as they can.”

FBE’s lawyers said to Insider that race wasn’t a factor in decisions such as tiers and video thumbnails, with a spokesperson adding that the Fine brothers “have always endeavored to feature a majority of underrepresented voices in FBE’s content.”

What happened with FBE last year?

In June 2020, a video resurfaced of a comedy sketch Benny Fine did with fellow YouTuber Shane Dawson, wherein Benny was wearing blackface. The footage went viral and led to the two founders receiving extreme backlash.

High profile members of their ‘React’ series, such as Kennedy Zimet, made the decision to leave the channel after the footage went viral, with Zimet saying in a statement shared to Twitter that they felt “blindsided and flat out used, especially since they have not owned up to their actions by apologizing publicly or to their black cast members.”

This led to Mark Plier, who claimed to be a former producer for FBE, to claim on Twitter that the Fine brothers “wanted to benefit from the “diversity” but not benefit diversity”, alleging that YouTube video thumbnails with more than one BAME person were frequently turned down by the pair.

He also claimed that they “would frequently ask for the person of color to be on the right of the thumbnail and not the left, our only conclusion as to why that would be is the left person is the first one you’d see and thus the first impression.”

In further Tweets, Plier alleged that “the culture was so entrenched and they were so unwilling to hear our demands for changes that employee turnover became larger than the company’s actual size in just the 3 years I was there.”

The brothers released a statement apologizing for their “terrible errors of judgment” and ultimately decided to take a step back from the FBE company following the backlash.