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Twitch Garnered Over 1 Million Viewers for KSI vs Logan Paul Fight – Avoiding YouTube Paywall

Published: 26/Aug/2018 14:51 Updated: 26/Aug/2018 15:16

by Virginia Glaze

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August 25 saw one of the largest live-streamed events in history, as YouTuber’s KSI and Logan Paul faced off in the Manchester Arena.

KSI and Logan Paul’s internet beef ended in a real-life fistfight, with the two going head to head in the boxing ring alongside a few other social media personalities.

The fight was advertised as exclusive to YouTube’s platform, costing viewers £7.50 (or $10.00 USD) to watch via the KSIvsLogan YouTube channel. As of August 26, the channel has over one million subscribers.

While the official livestream now has 5.4 million views, with over 800,000 tuning in during the stream itself, that wasn’t the only place the fight could be found.

Plenty of streamers were likewise broadcasting the match through Twitch in an attempt to avoid YouTube’s pay-per-view policy.

However, unlike YouTube, Twitch didn’t remove the bootleg streams nor ban their streamers for this widespread offense, at least not immediately.

Twitch quickly became the place to go for those looking to avoid the YouTube paywall. According to Rod Breslau, Twitch garnered over 1.2 million concurrent viewers during the time of the event – on par with The International, which peaked at around 687,000 views during the game’s Grand Finals for the english stream. 

Streamers weren’t even attempting to cover up their actions either, blatantly streaming the fight for all to see – unlike the streamer who pretended to play a game while an actual UFC match played in the background.

That isn’t the only issue the platform saw, either. Twitch’s staff was privy to the streams, with some of its top staff members tuning in to watch the action for themselves. Even the director of Twitch Studios, DJwheat, was seen in one of the broadcasts.

Richard Lewis caught major Twitch staff members tuning into the fight on their platform.

With the vast number of views the fight accrued on Twitch’s platform, as well as their staff being aware of the occurrence, it seems as though Twitch had no intention to rectify the issue. 

When legality of the problem was brought up on Twitter, many esports personalities claimed that a DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act)  would be in order – but that the platform was fully within their rights to keep the broadcasts up until the act has been issued.

The KSI vs Logan Paul fight brings up a timely issue of copyright infringement. While ultimately illegal, the bootleg broadcasts brought in over one million views – and views mean money. Those interested in the issue will have to hang on for a finite conclusion – if there is one.

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Mr Beast struggles through ridiculous 24-hour ice house challenge

Published: 30/Oct/2020 5:33 Updated: 30/Oct/2020 5:47

by Brad Norton

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Jimmy ‘Mr Beast’ Donaldson is no stranger to over the top challenges but his latest video was one of the most difficult he’s ever filmed, as he struggled to endure 24 hours in a house made completely of ice.

While Mr Beast loves to giveaway crazy prizes to competitors, friends, and even just strangers on the street, he also loves a good challenge. From 24 hours in a prison to surviving on a deserted island, the popular YouTuber has done just about everything.

Looking to push the boundaries even further, his latest task was to endure the freezing cold for a full day. It wasn’t just a cold room with the air conditioning cranked, it was an entire house made of ice. Brick by brick the structure fully was completely encased in ice to keep Mr Beast as cold as possible.

Everything from the chairs to the toilet was also frozen solid. Mere hours into the attempt it had quickly become “one of the harder challenges [he’s] ever done.”

Mr Beast Ice house challenge
YouTube: Mr Beast
A few hours into the challenge and Mr Beast had to start getting regular checks to ensure he wasn’t in proper danger.

So what was the motive to remain in the ice house? If Mr Beast survived all 24 hours, his closest friends would have to cover themselves “in syrup and feathers” in public. On the other hand, if he left early, the same punishment would be applied.

After a few hours of pacing back and forth to keep his body active, he bargained for a pair of gloves. A nearby crew member handed them over and agreed to a $10,000 deal to be Mr Beast’s “spy” throughout the challenge.

This was certainly one of the more unique challenges on the channel as the gimmick never let up. Mr Beast was even forced to eat a stack of pancakes with a fork made entirely of ice. At the 12 hour mark, he conceded that “it was brutal.”

“Literally the coldest I’ve ever been in my entire life,” he said after the fact. “I was miserable.” Despite the odds being stacked against him and his friends trying to make the challenge even harder, he pushed through to the very end.

Days after revealing his most expensive video ever, it turns out this rather simple challenge was quite costly as well. 

“This video cost me around $300,000 to make. For the price that it cost me to build an ice house, I could have bought a real house.”