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Twitch unveils Founders Badge designed to help starting streamers

Published: 10/Oct/2019 21:31 Updated: 10/Oct/2019 22:18

by Scott Robertson

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To aid the growth of new streamers on their platform, and to reward long-standing members of a Twitch community, Twitch has introduced a brand new viewer badge for viewers of Affiliated or Partnered streams.

First. A simple word that’s become a long-running joke on any website with a comment or chat section. For those who don’t use it mockingly, it’s a way to declare to the world that you, before anyone else, witnessed that piece of content with your eyeballs first.

But Twitch is adding a new feature for those who want to label themselves as first in a different way, in an attempt to help smaller and just-starting streamers have additional ways to build and maintain their viewer base. It’s called the Founders Badge.

The Founders Badge is an all-new viewer badge that’s now added to the growing repertoire of viewer badges, which include cheering chat badges, subscriber badges, sub gifting badges, the Twitch prime icon, and many more. 

According to Twitch, the Founders Badge “is a subscriber badge that will be exclusively available to the first 10 prime or paid subscribers of Affiliate channels and first 25 prime or paid subscribers of Partner channels.”

For streamers, anyone who is an Affiliated or Partnered streamer will have the Founders Badge enabled already, and if they advance from Affiliate to Partner, then the additional 15 Founders Badges will be added to the corresponding viewers automatically.

For viewers, they can choose to display the Founders Badge or their Sub Loyalty Badge if they so choose. If they no longer subscribe to a channel, viewers do not lose their Founders Badge for that channel but will be unable to display it until they resub. Viewers will only lose the Founders Badge if they delete their account or receive a site-wide ban. Viewers who were gifted subscriptions will not qualify for the Founders Badge, only paid or Prime subs will be eligible.

Many Twitch fans have expressed a lot of excitement for the new badge. Twitch partner and full-time streamer summit1g even asked for a version for “first chatters” as well, one that designates which viewers were the first the join the stream for that day.

Twitch streamer Pokket brought up one potential issue though. Streamers that took extended breaks from streaming may have lost most of their founding subs and may see little to none of their founders in the chat today. Those former subscribers will receive emails that they’ve received the Founders Badge, but there’s no guarantee that they will re-sub.

Regardless, congratulations to the new Founders. You’re first forever.

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Conor McGregor explains why YouTube boxing is “good business” for the sport

Published: 16/Jan/2021 1:20

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Jake Paul and Logan Paul helped popularize ‘YouTube Boxing’ in recent years, although it’s often described as a mockery of the sport. However, Conor McGregor explained why he isn’t against it and thinks it’s good business.

Conor McGregor has been focused on his upcoming UFC 257 bout against Dustin Poirier for a while now. However, that hasn’t stopped Jake Paul from doing his best to rope the former double champion into an exhibition boxing match.

Jake first called him out back in November 2020 after he knocked out Nate Robinson. Then, he taunted him to accept a $50 million fight offer several weeks later and has been flailing about ever since. 

He still hasn’t managed to get his attention. However, his antics did draw out comments from UFC President Dana White and Conor’s coach, John Kavanagh. Now, Conor has finally shared his thoughts on YouTube boxing as a whole, and here’s what he had to say.

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Jake Paul has tried and failed to bait a response from Conor McGregor.

“A lot of people are criticizing [YouTube boxing] as maybe making a bit of a mockery of fighting,” asked an interviewer. It’s the predominant view among fans of combat sports. “I want you to weigh in on that for me.” 

“If they are fighting, well, then it can’t make a mockery of fighting, right?” said Conor. “They’re getting in, and they’re competing. I am not so much against it. The YouTube kid and the NBA star competing [was] good business.

“Am I into those competitions myself? It’s not the most high level if any level… [but] as they say if it makes dollars, it makes sense,” he added. “I know Dana and the UFC are not really into it, but… I’m not so against it. I think if people are willing to get in and take the risk of making that walk, I am certainly a viewer.”

 

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Conor’s opinion might come as a surprise to fans who expected him to make scathing comments. However, as a businessman himself, it seems like he’s all for it. Plus, as he said, YouTube boxers are still fighting and giving it their all.

On another note, Conor didn’t seem too incensed about Jake. He barely mentioned him at all. 

Still, it’s only a matter of time before Jake responds, and there’s no doubt he won’t be too thrilled about being referred to as “the YouTube kid.”