T-Series get another leg up over PewDiePie with major new deal - Dexerto

T-Series get another leg up over PewDiePie with major new deal

Published: 18/Jan/2019 1:14 Updated: 18/Jan/2019 1:37

by Virginia Glaze


Bollywood label T-Series is at it again, this time scoring a major deal with music streaming service Spotify in the face of their ongoing battle with YouTube king Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg.

The label signed a deal with Spotify to secure distribution for a reported number of 160,000 songs, rendering its entire catalog of tracks available to stream on the platform – including film soundtracks and even music from their up-and-coming artists.

The deal was foreshadowed by Bhushan Kumar, T-Series’ managing director, who made a statement on a possible merger between the two companies in November of 2018.

“We are bullish about India’s most popular music company tying up with the world’s most popular music streaming service,” Kumar stated of the possibility.

IBL/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK/VARIETYPewDiePie experienced a massive surge in subscribers thanks to his battle with T-Series, gaining a whopping 700% increase since September 2018.

T-Series has become a household name outside of India as of late, thanks to the label’s continuing race against YouTuber ‘PewDiePie,’ who experienced a 700% increase in channel growth thanks to their battle for the most subscribers on the video platform.

PewDiePie is currently only a mere 200,000 subs away from defeat. The Pewds is sitting at over 81 million subscribers with T-Series close behind at over 80,955,000 subs.

PewDiePie’s fight against the label drew the attention of major internet personalities and celebrities alike, with popular YouTuber MrBeast even creating a massive ad campaign throughout his city.

T-Series’ latest deal could mark the death blow for PewDiePie, who faced a projected defeat of early January 2019. These initial calculations could prove true, should MrBeast fail to pull off another major stunt.


Twitch slammed for failing to moderate their own channel’s chat

Published: 24/Jan/2021 17:19

by Luke Edwards


Twitch has received backlash after the chat in its own official channel was full of hateful comments during the Participation Awards ceremony.

As part of Twitch’s celebration of its community, on January 23 it held a Participation Awards to commemorate the work of their streamers and the community.

The stream focused on using Twitch chat as a direct medium between the hosts and viewers. But, as the event was running, some, including partnered streamers, criticized Twitch for ineffectively moderating the messages in chat.

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Twitch was criticized as hateful comments went unmoderated.

Twitch partner and variety streamer negaoryx called out the platform for allowing the chat to be ‘full’ of hate speech and harassment towards the guests and hosts of the awards.

“I am unfathomably angry at the lack of protection and care Twitch shows its marginalized creators,” she said.

“Users in chat are spewing hate speech & harassing the guest streamers. 3 mod names in the chat list but since I’ve been watching, have seen ZERO messages get deleted.

“I can’t even watch & enjoy this stream because I’m spending my time reporting every hateful, harassing comment I see. How hard is it to have even ONE person moderate these official Twitch streams?”

MsAshRocks, who appeared as the final guest on the stream, also urged Twitch to clamp down on hate speech. She said: “I mentioned a slither of fundraising for [BLM] protesters and they went wild LMAO.”

Tanya “CypherofTyr” DePass, director of gaming diversity non-profit I Need Diverse Games, echoed the calls, as she said: “It’s why I never watch the actual main Twitch/Twitch Gaming channels but host on mine so we have a safe spot to watch.”

Another Twitch partner, Imperial, praised negaoryx for speaking out and labeled the situation a “systemic problem” within Twitch.

She said: “I’ve had to call local police after doxing threats, so many racist comments and usernames that I saw no action on. Months of steady harassment. Do better.”

Twitch has not yet responded publicly to the situation.

This wasn’t the only debacle from the stream. It turns out that one of the awards was inadvertently handed out to a bot account, rather than a real person.

It’s been a turbulent few days for the platform, as users condemned their decision to ban a 15-year-old streamer with 90,000 followers because he had made his account when he was under 13. Meanwhile, other top streamers on the platform who also made their account when under 13 have gone unpunished.