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What is Trovo Live? Tencent’s streaming platform for PC & mobile games

Published: 30/Jun/2020 0:59

by Bill Cooney

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Trovo Live is one of the newest video game livestreaming sites out there, and it’s attempting to break into the market currently dominated by Twitch and YouTube, while avoiding the same fate as Mixer.

The new streaming site is owned by Tencent, the same company that owns PUBG and Riot Games, as well as having stakes in Epic Games, Ubisoft, and Activision Blizzard. Games from each company like Fortnite, Call of Duty, and Destiny are all featured on the front page.

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The Trovo homepage definitely bears a few similarities to Twitch.

Right off the bat, the similarities to Twitch are obvious, with a similar “featured streamers” function up top and a tailor-made list of “recommended channels” as well.

As mentioned, it features games like Fortnite, PUBG, and Call of Duty, but what could set Trovo apart is the focus on mobile gaming, with PUBG and CoD’s Mobile versions showcased prominently as well.

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CoD: Mobile is featured front and center on Trovo.

Trovo was initially named “Madcat” before it rebranded, and has been quietly testing in beta ever since, but now it looks ready to make some serious moves starting July 2020 with a $30 million creator partnership program in the wake of Mixer shutting down, which created an influx of siteless content creators.

“We understand how difficult it is to rebuild on an entirely new platform and this is a burden we don’t want you to carry alone,” the site said in a press release on their partnership program. “Trovo strongly believes that monetization opportunities should be available to all streamers dedicated to making live streaming their career and we’re committed to helping support creators that support Trovo along the way.”

Trovo’s partner program allows viewers to subscribe to any streamer on the site, for a $4.99 subscription fee. Like Twitch, it comes with upgradeable subscription badges, and a number of customizable features to help you stand out in chat. For creators, it takes out the extra step of becoming officially partnered (as on Twitch) in order to cash in on subscriptions.

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Trovo is attempting to fill its ranks with $30 million dollars in rewards for streamers and content creators who join the site.

Viewers will also offer viewers a way to interact with streamers during broadcasts. Instead of bits and cheers on Amazon’s service, Trovo viewers will use Mana and Elixirs to purchase spells, which are emotes or other effects that appear on stream for the creator and everyone else to see.

Only time will tell if the site’s emphasis on mobile gaming and a new partnership program will see Trovo last for the long haul. It is owned by Tencent, which is one of the largest and richest companies in the world, and one of the few capable of taking on the deep pockets of Amazon.

There are also plenty of streamers and content creators looking for a place to rebuild their communities after the fall of Mixer. For those trying to do something different besides YouTube or Twitch, Trovo – even though it’s still under the radar – just might be the answer.

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Twitch star Sykkuno officially reveals he’s moving to Las Vegas after dropping hints

Published: 15/Jan/2021 21:50

by Virginia Glaze

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Twitch superstar ‘Sykkuno’ has seen an explosive rise to internet stardom in the past few months, and after dropping a few hints that he’s making major life changes, has officially revealed he’s moving house.

Sykkuno’s is a unique and surprising case in online fame; while he’s been making content since 2011, the influencer saw a huge rise in YouTube subscribers during the last few months of 2020, skyrocketing him from 400k subscribers to over 2 million.

This impressive growth has been applauded by fans and fellow streamers alike — and it makes sense, as the creator managed to score a jaw-dropping 1.6 subscribers in just four months’ time.

It seems that his newfound success is also kicking off a major life change for the streamer, as hinted at during a broadcast in early January.

Data from videoamigo shows Sykkuno's rise to fame
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Data from VideoAmigo shows that Sykkuno’s subscriber count on YouTube started rapidly growing from August.

The star teased that he would be moving out of California, where he previously lived with major streaming group OfflineTV before exiting the collective to pursue his own personal projects in November 2020 — right when his subscriber count began to climb.

“I will say this, though, guys — I’m actually moving soon,” he said during a January 8 broadcast. “I don’t know if I should say where. But you guys will know, and it’ll happen within a month, probably. I will say this, guys… there’s a decent chance I won’t be in California anymore.”

It seems that Sykkuno’s hint was a bit more on-the-nose than fans expected, although he isn’t moving too far away; on January 15, the streamer revealed that he is moving to Las Vegas, home to several other major content creators.

However, it looks like Sykkuno’s streams will be on the back burner until he’s all settled in — but it doesn’t seem that his fanbase is too worried about that particular drawback.

“Moving to Las Vegas!” he tweeted. “I’ll be back on streams soon!”

Sykkuno’s post has been met with hilarious reactions from a slew of other top streamers, with the likes of Mizkif replying with a video of himself merely saying, “Bye.”

This move to Vegas marks another in a major series of life changes for one of the net’s biggest stars as he continues on his high rise to fame.