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Summit1g continues recent success by hitting major milestone on Twitch

Published: 14/Jan/2019 23:50 Updated: 15/Jan/2019 10:13

by Wyatt Donigan

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Popular streamer Jaryd ‘summit1g’ Lazar has seen a massive popularity spike on Twitch over the last few weeks and it looks to have carried him to brand-new heights on the platform.

While many have looked at Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins’ success on Twitch as one of the biggest stories over the last year, they may have completely missed a dark horse in the form of summit1g come out of nowhere. 

Even though Ninja once boasted over 200,000 subscribers on Twitch, the astronomical numbers were never expected to last and his numbers have predictably slid in the last few months. 

As Ninja was losing ground, however, summit1g was silently gaining on him to the point that he’s now hit a major milestone that few Twitch broadcasters have been able to reach. 

The former Counter-Strike pro turned full-time streamer has now crossed the elusive 40,000 subscriber mark, making it clear that Fortnite is not all it takes to reach success on Twitch. 

While subscriber counts are not made public by Twitch, some stat tracking sites, such as Twitch Stats, are reporting that summit has overtaken Ninja in subscribers altogether. These are in no way confirmed, however. 

As evidenced by Monster’s Tweet, though, summit has certainly broken the 40k mark in subscribers. This alone would be a feat in and of itself, but it becomes even more impressive when you consider the manner in which summit has reached this point. 

While Ninja’s game of choice is, of course, Fortnite, summit1g has most recently been heavily diving into Sea of Thieves.

The pirate-themed adventure game came out in March 2018 and has allowed summit to show off his impressive skills in new and inventive ways.

Whether it’s trolling his enemies or surfing on Megalodons or choking heists, summit is quite simply doing it all as the king of the Sea of Thieves directory on Twitch and it has paid off immensely.

Ninja still holds a massive lead over everyone on Twitch in terms of followers at over 13 million (almost eight million more than the second place Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek), but summit’s feat is no less impressive to see given the game he’s dedicated his channel to of late.

2019 has just barely gotten underway and it already looks like we could be seeing a Twitch battle that rivals that of the infamous battle between ‘PewDiePie” and T-Series over on YouTube.

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Shroud claims Twitch streamers should “unite” to overturn DMCA rules

Published: 25/Oct/2020 3:59 Updated: 25/Oct/2020 4:44

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek has claimed streamers should have taken a “united front” on the new DMCA rules to try and force Twitch to overturn them, and “could have won” if they did, after thousands of streamers deleted their old VODs to avoid being taken down, some dating back nearly a decade.

Twitch has ramped up its efforts in cracking down on streamers using licensed music. Streamers around the world have been rattled and rocked after receiving DMCA takedown notifications, with a massive wave sweeping across the platform on October 20.

It happened because most streamers play music in their streams, which means it’s also included in their library of video clips and VODs.

It’s a controversial issue that has happened in the past, but the latest ‘DMCA Bloodbath’ has been the biggest one yet. Hundreds of partnered streamers have been forced to take down and delete years worth of content, and it’s sparked a lot of outrage from streamers and viewers alike.

Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek mulled over the issue in his latest stream, and he came to the conclusion that streamers didn’t play their cards right. He believes they should have taken a “united front” on the issue and “hurt themselves” by not doing it sooner.

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Shroud believes Twitch streamers needed to be on a “united front” to tackle the DMCA crackdown.

The first point shroud made was that, even if streamers obtained a license to skirt around the DMCA issues and play music on their stream, it wouldn’t solve the issue. 

“If I was to get a license to play music on my stream, Twitch would not know,” he said. “Therefore, their Twitch music… algorithm that mutes VODs would still mute my VOD even though… I legally can do it.”

“So even getting a license right now doesn’t matter,” he added. “Because… you’re still going to get cucked.”

Shroud went on to describe the whole situation as “strange” because playing in silence for a moment.  Then, he had another flurry of thoughts, which brought him to his final point that streamers should have been more united.

“If we as streamers took a united front and we didn’t just make rational f**king decisions and just start deleting sh*t, we actually could have won,” he said. “But now we hurt ourselves, so that sucks, but it is what it is. We folded. We’re a bunch of bi*ches.”

Shroud is referring to the fact that practically every streamer has been outraged by the decision. However, they ultimately succumbed to Twitch’s demands and deleted their VODS to avoid potential issues.

Many people will believe his frustration is warranted. However, at the same time, nobody can really blame other streamers for adhering to Twitch’s demands. After all, their livelihood depends on it.

The key takeaway, however, is that streamers could take shroud’s opinion on board in the future. If anything, partnered streamers are all pillars in the community. It couldn’t hurt for them to unite on matters when they really have to.

At the end of the day, workers in the ‘real world’ have associations, bodies, and unions to support them. So why should it be any different for streamers?