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Wrestlers hit back after WWE tries to stop them streaming on Twitch

Published: 5/Sep/2020 13:47

by Georgina Smith


Wrestling organization WWE is attempting to prevent wrestlers that are under contract with them from streaming on third-party platforms, including Twitch, under usernames associated with the company, after Chairman Vince McMahon sent a letter to talent calling for them to cease “detrimental” third-party activities.

Many wrestlers who are contracted under WWE have developed a social media following of their own, producing content on platforms such as Twitch or fan video service Cameo to connect with fans and earn extra income.

Pro-wrestler Adam Cole has a Twitch following of almost 40,000, streaming games such as Final Fantasy and Fall Guys. Xavier Woods, also known as Austin Creed, streams to an audience of almost 80,000.

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Paige has retired from professional wrestling, but found a new hobby in streaming.

However, this independent cross-platform content creation has clearly ruffled some feathers within the WWE, after it was reported that Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon had sent a letter on September 3 calling for those activities to be suspended.

According to Fightful Select, the letter explained that “some of you are engaged with outside 3rd parties using your name and likeness in ways that are detrimental to our company.”

“It is imperative that these activities be terminated within the next 30 days” McMahon went on, “continued violations will result in fines, suspension or termination at WWE’s discretion.”

WWE Wrestlers speak out against the ban

Talent under WWE began to speak out, Mick Foley saying “banning wrestlers from making extra money on third party deals – Twitch, YouTube, cameo – strikes me as a crummy thing to do.”

Renee Paquette recently retired from the organization, and tweeted “sooooooo guess now would be a good time to launch my Twitch and Cameo?”

However, it’s yet unclear to what extent WWE are expecting their wrestlers to reduce their presence on third-party platforms. While the letter gave the impression that they needed to suspend their activity on sites like Twitch and Cameo entirely, it appears as though they may only be expected to change their username to omit ‘WWE.’

When someone suggested Saraya Jade ‘Paige’ Pevis had deleted her Twitch account, she replied that she in fact hadn’t, and asked for people to stop “spreading false information.”

One commenter replied with a picture that appeared to show that her account by the name of ‘OfficialPaigeWWE’ could not be found, but she quickly put them straight but showing a screenshot of her active account, the username now ‘SarayaOfficial’ with mentions of the company omitted.

It would appear that the action is then less extreme than was originally assumed, but since the wrestlers constitute independent contractors there is no doubt that backlash against the company’s heavy-handed approach will continue.

Among Us

Who is Corpse Husband? The story of YouTube’s Among Us sensation

Published: 23/Oct/2020 18:25 Updated: 23/Oct/2020 18:26

by Lauren Bergin


Californian YouTube Among Us sensation Corpse Husband has apparently appeared out of nowhere, but who exactly is he?

It’s safe to say that every gamer, non-gamer and Youtube fanatic knows about Among Us, the newest party game that sees players attempt to decipher who the impostor is before they brutally murder all of their comrades and win the game.

Thousands of streamers have jumped on the Among Us bandwagon, with names like xQc, Valkyre and Trainwrecks dominating the Among Us Charts. The game has even attracted political figures, namely American Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez who used the game as a platform to reach out to the gaming youth of today.

On YouTube, however, the Among Us scene rests firmly within the grasp of Corpse Husband (or Corpse, who has become an overnight Among Us sensation. Despite his synonymity with the game though, Corpse has a long and varied streaming past despite only being the tender age of 23.

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The underground YouTube star has become an Among Us sensation.

From YouTube spook to Among Us fame

Corpse’s Youtube career began in the dark realms of horror story narration. Citing online CreepyPasta narration channels such as Mr.Nightmare, Be.Buster and Lazy Masquerade as inspiration, Corpse created his own iteration of a horror narration channel, with his distinctive deep voice adding to the spookiness of his videos. This mystery was only amplified by Corpse’s decision to hide his face in the online sphere.

While Corpse’s YouTube still provides every horror fan with a video playground, his most recent Among Us videos have racked up millions of views, blowing his creepier videos out of the YouTube waters in terms of views.

Focusing on how to win the game as the impostor – even if you have admitted you are the impostor – the three current Among Us videos on his channel have earned him a total of 26.5 million views. That’s hardly a number to smirk at.

Being the impostor in Among Us certainly requires the gift of a silver tongue, something that Corpse clearly possesses. It’ll be interesting to see whether his popularity fades as the game slips out of the mainstream media, but judging by his views that doesn’t seem too likely. After all, if you’re not watching him for Among Us right now is the perfect time of year to sit back, relax and be terrified.