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Twitch streamer can’t believe he’s received Bitcoin donation worth $73,000

Published: 11/Jan/2019 17:32 Updated: 11/Jan/2019 17:55

by Matt Porter

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Massive Twitch donations are becoming more and more common, but it’s rare you see a streamer receive a huge donation in the form of cryptocurrency.

Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin or Ethereum are a digital currency that use encryption techniques to regulate the creation of new units of the currency.

People can buy BitCoins and other cryptocurrencies using real money, and in recent years they have been used to make purchases from online vendors, while some streamers accept them as donations.

Runescape streamer Sick_Nerd was streaming on Friday, January 11 when he received a huge donation of Bitcoin from a viewer worth $12,000.

The Brit was clearly shocked, staring in disbelief at his screen, asking “What?” as he read what the fan had donated. “Is that real? Nah, that can’t be real!”

The viewer went on to donate even more, with Sick_Nerd eventually totalling up the various donations to find the final amount. “I’ve been donated 20 Bitcoin today,” the streamer told his chat. “20 multiplied by 3180 equals 63,600 Euros. When converted to dollars, that’s $73,000. Is this an elaborate meme?”

This isn’t the first time this week that a streamer has received a massive donation from a fan. On Thursday, January 10, Exotic Chaotic received a Twitch record $75,000 donation from fellow Fortnite pro KingMascot.

Sick_Nerd has since posted on Twitter thanking the “mysterious benefactor” who made the decision, saying: “Thank you, whoever you are. Genuinely a life changing amount of money that I or nobody deserves.”

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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?