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Twitch ties down Dr Disrespect with new multi-year contract extension

Published: 12/Mar/2020 16:58

by David Purcell

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Dr Disrespect has committed his future to Twitch by signing a new multi-year extension to his contract, keeping him and the Champion’s Club on the platform for the foreseeable future. 

The popular variety streamer is one of Twitch’s biggest attractions, with thousands pouring onto his channel whenever he goes live no matter if he’s playing Call of Duty, Fortnite Battle Royale, Apex Legends, or something completely different.

The Two-Time, back-to-back Blockbuster video game champion follows in the footsteps of Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys, who has also renewed her contract during the month of March, which will be two huge boosts for the Amazon-owned streaming service.

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Dr Disrespect has attracted 163 million total views since starting out on Twitch and is always fast to jump right onto gaming trends.

Tying down the Doc, his four million followers and thousands of subscribers is a huge coup for Twitch, after seeing some of their high profile stars leave the company for rivals Mixer in recent times – taking much of their audience with them.

Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins and Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek have both left to stream on Mixer in the last 12 months, but fans of Dr Disrespect now know for certain that he’s going nowhere any time soon.

In an official statement, Dr Disrespect declared his commitment to Twitch: “Twitch is where I built the Champions Club empire and keep entertaining the hundreds of millions of fans looking for me to dominate competition. Twitch is my home and I have made plans to stick around for a while.”

Dr Disrespect’s time on Twitch has been really successful so far, scooping the accolade of The Game Awards’ Streamer of the Year on two occasions (2017 and 2019).

Not to mention, he was launched right into the mainstream with a new TV development deal and crossover with WWE – which saw The Undertaker appear on his channel.

With a deal for the Doc to stick around now wrapped up, all eyes turn to see where Twitch will make their next big move in the streaming war, trying to fend off competition.

Whether or not we see other top streamers tied down with exclusive contract extensions remains to be seen, but we’ll be the first to let you know when or if things are announced.

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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?