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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

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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.

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Karl Jacobs teases Jackbox lobby with Corpse, Sykkuno, Dream & James Charles

Published: 21/Jan/2021 23:05

by Alan Bernal

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A party’s about to go off on Karl Jacops’ Twitch channel as the content creator is rounding up some of the biggest names on the streaming site for a little Jackbox Games lobby including Corpse, Sykkuno, and more.

The Twitch meta is currently embedded in Rust with a healthy side of Among Us streams, but Jacops (who is a member of Mr Beast’s regular crew on YouTube) is continuing his Jackbox parade with even bigger names taking part in the wholesome fun.

But there’s going to be a ton of crossover with fandoms for the next stream, since it could include people from all corners of online entertainment like make up moguls, a fan-favorite mystery YouTube star, and more.

“We got to get Sykkuno in one of these [Jackbox Games],” Jacops said, pumped on his highly successful Twitch streams so far with a chyron at the bottom of the screen indicating he had about 22,400 subs.

The prospect of getting one of the fastest growing Twitch streamers on board is an enticing prospect for many, and something the Sykkuno himself wouldn’t mind being a part of.

“I texted Sykkuno last minute, like 30 minutes before I started my stream, ‘Do you want to play Jackbox? It’s me Corpse, Dream– I gave him the rundown. He was like, ‘Of course’ and I said, ‘OK, sweet. I’m gonna start in 30 minutes.’”

Although that’s where the hang up happened for Sykkuno who probably wasn’t ready for a Jackbox party on such short notice. But that’s where Jacobs is going to get better at organizing.

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A Jackbox lobby filled with the eccentric content creators would be good for a few laughs.

The streamer was excited at the prospect of a Jackbox stream with the ‘gang’ that included Corpse Husband, Sykkuno, James Charles, Dream, and himself along with a couple more people.

That mash up would definitely be a band of characters that can easily draw thousands of viewers, and the personalities would be hilarious to see mesh live.

Jacobs has been streaming a lot more regularly since mid-2020, so it might not be long before the star-studded Jackbox Twitch stream goes down for viewers to tune in.