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YouTube launches new Membership Tiers offering viewers channel-exclusive perks at five different price points

Published: 27/Jan/2019 22:39 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 14:51

by Albert Petrosyan

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A brand new tiered Membership feature has been launched by YouTube that will offer yet another way for fans and viewers to support content creators.

This new feature allows YouTubers to offer five different Membership tiers to viewers at five different price points, each of which will offer fans exclusive content and access.

The five price points are currently set at monthly rates of $1.99, $4.99, $9.99, $14.99, and $24.99, and it appears that the name of each tier can be chosen by the YouTuber.

As for the perks, there is a variety of content that viewers can receive for becoming a member, such as loyalty badges in comments and live chat, custom emojis, ranks in the YouTuber’s Discord, and more.

An image of what this all looks like was provided by Ryan ‘Fwiz’ Wyatt, Head of Gaming at YouTube, who posted a snapshot of the new feature on KreekCraft’s channel.

Currently in beta, this feature is an extension of the already existing Memberships service on YouTube, which gave fans the chance to support and sponsor a channel for the base price of $4.99.

However, this is clearly a huge step of expansion, creating a system that can now legitimately be considered a rival to Twitch’s current subscription service, which follows a similar model but only offers three tiers.

As with the original Memberships program, creators will need to have 100,000 subscribers or more, be 18 years old order, and be members of the YouTube Partner Program to be eligible for this feature.

YouTube first launched their Memberships service in 2018, but this new extension is a huge step forward.

Shortly following its launch, YouTubers have already offered up ideas for how this new feature can be further improved. One popular suggestion has been enabling a channel’s custom emotes to be used in the comments and chat sections of other channels, much like how emotes work on Twitch.

Another idea that seems to already be in the works is having Community posts targeted for each Membership tier, which could be used for tier-exclusive promotions.

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Pokimane reveals plans for Twitch VODs after DMCA takedowns

Published: 23/Oct/2020 11:33

by Jacob Hale

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Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys has revealed her plans for her Twitch VODs, after many creators on the platform, including some of the very biggest, were hit with DMCA takedown notifications over content in their back-catalog.

On October 21, some of the most popular names on the platform revealed that they have been getting these DMCA notifications, with people such as Seth ‘Scump’ Abner, Tim ‘TimTheTatman’ Betar, and more finding that clips and VODs from past broadcasts have been deleted.

Obviously, in recent months there have been issues with streamers using copyrighted music on their stream, with many opting to stop so as to avoid any legal issues, but now their past content is being sifted through and checked, and the results are wiping out some of these creators’ favorite moments on stream.

While many streamers are doing all they can to keep their content on their Twitch channel available, Pokimane has revealed her plans for past VODs.

Twitch streamer Pokimane
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Pokimane has been streaming full-time since 2017, but may have to remove a lot of her content to avoid DMCA takedown requests.

After a viewer told Poki that fellow streamer Saqib ‘Lirik’ Zahid was to delete all of his VODs he’s built up over the years, she suggested that the same might be the case for her own channel.

“Lirik’s going to delete all his VODs? Well, guess what, it’s not just Lirik,” she told her viewers during her October 22 stream.

She continued: “Today, tomorrow, at some point, you guys are going to come across my channel and there’s going to be zero content. Sucks to say, but it is what it is.”

Of course, there will be many top streamers considering that reality right now: that the content they’ve put out over however many years could simply be erased due to the music being played in the background.

Some content creators have already started taking down old VODs and deleting clips, and Pokimane may be just one of many that do so to avoid being banned from the platform altogether. We might see some creators start transferring their content to YouTube, but this would likely require a Herculean effort, too.

At the time of writing, Pokimane’s VODs haven’t been wiped from her channel.