Kurt0411 unbanned on Twitch after "pathetic" FIFA copyright strike by EA - Dexerto
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Kurt0411 unbanned on Twitch after “pathetic” FIFA copyright strike by EA

Published: 5/Mar/2020 13:50 Updated: 7/Mar/2020 3:58

by Isaac McIntyre

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Former FIFA pro Kurt ‘Kurt0411’ Fenech has been unbanned on Twitch after being suspended on the platform for infringing EA SPORTS copyright.

As is standard procedure, Twitch partners are contacted with a private statement on why the ban was sanctioned, but the streamer decided to make his public on March 3, accusing an EA employee of once again filing complaints against his content.

He had previously revealed copy-strike attempts had been made against his YouTube channel, too, after EA banned his original account from playing FIFA 20 and any of their other games. The publisher took action after claiming he had broken their Code of Conduct, crossing the line with “personal attacks” and “threatening behavior” – a previous statement noted. 

A week later, Kurt returned to FIFA. He loaded up a new account, telling his fans EA had only banned his one profile and started streaming the game again – attracting over 15,000 viewers. Soon after, his new account was suspended as well and then he was banned on Twitch following the streaming session.

That ban has since been lifted, however, confirmed by StreamerBans on March 5, a Twitter account that monitors the status of Twitch partners.

The last stream before he was banned, titled “BAN TO GLORY,” seemed to be going fine for Kurt, especially considering his choice to actually cover up his profile’s name. That was until fans received one final message in chat: “This channel has been suspended.” 

The fallen FIFA star shared an image on Twitter of his official alleged copyright infringement warning, which had been filed by Electronic Arts Inc, and an account titled ‘jpenforcement,’ both of which suggest the publisher asked Twitch to hook his stream, and account.

It was a specific email and name Kurt had seen before, the Maltese streamer added, which he said confirmed his suspicions EA had been trying to take his streaming channel down for some time now.

“[The ban had] nothing to do with Twitch, the same EA employee filed a complaint using EA’s name to once again copyright-strike my channel. The part I find most pathetic in all of this is once again no communication from the cowards,” he said.

That wasn’t the only image he had to share with his fans, though. Despite being knocked off Twitch’s broadcasting service, Kurt finished his “last game on FIFA” with a lopsided 5–2 victory.

The former FIFA pro has received the backing of some high profile members of the community in recent times, with RunTheFUTMarket and Harry ‘HashtagHarry’ Hesketh defending him publicly. 

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Kurt’s Twitch ban lasted little over a day, but there’s a chance further action will be taken should he continue to stream FIFA 20.

The question now for Kurt is where he goes from here. His 97,600-subscriber YouTube channel is still active and now his Twitch channel is ready to go live once again, following the short-lived ban. 

The 25-year-old could move to Pro Evolution Soccer 2020, considering he has played a bit of the Konami title in recent times, but the Maltese star has admitted previously that he “has no love” for the “mess of a game” PES has become.

Kurt could move away from FIFA 20 and EA once and for all now that his Twitch account has been unbanned, but will we see him switch to other popular titles like Fortnite or Call of Duty? We’ll have to wait and see. 

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How does Addison Rae make money? TikTok star’s revenue streams explained

Published: 24/Feb/2021 16:04 Updated: 24/Feb/2021 16:27

by Adam Fitch

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When you think of the select few who are at the forefront of the current wave of influencers-turned-entertainment-giants, Addison Rae Easterling comes to mind. The TikTok star has blown up, especially over the past year, and she’s poised to make millions of dollars because of it.

The 20-year-old is traditionally a dancer, competing in the sport across the United States since the age of six. After blowing up on TikTok from, unsurprisingly, dancing, in late 2019, she’s amassed millions of followers across all major social media platforms.

The typical method of monetization for influencers comes in the form of sponsored posts and brand deals, and that certainly was the case for Addison early on. Though, after signing with talent agency WME in January 2020, she has her sights set on devising major revenue streams across multiple mediums.

From pretty standard ways of making money like advertisements on YouTube to launching her own beauty line, Addison is proof that social networks such as TikTok can serve as launchpads for a career that’s much bigger than any single platform. As she continues to expand her footprint and command higher paydays, it’s worthwhile looking at how she’s building an empire that may well set her up for life.

How Addison Rae makes money

Content

Addison Rae Mama Knows Best Podcast
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Spotify are hoping to bring more teenages to their platform with Addison Rae’s podcast.

Addison Rae is a major force in the world of content creation, it’s even been reported that she was the highest-earning TikToker in 2019. The majority of her income, which was said to be $5m that year, was from posting sponsored posts for the likes of Rebook and Fashion Nova.

When going live on TikTok, viewers can donate in the form of gifting. Addison Rae, once living in the Hype House — a collective of content creators in Los Angeles — has gone live with her friends to give further insight into her lifestyle, an enviable one for her many young fans. So, from TikTok alone, she’s made plenty from gifting and branded content deals.

Then, as you’d perhaps expect, there’s YouTube. The Google-owned video platform isn’t Addison’s main platform but she’s proven that she is a hit on there whenever she chooses to post. With 4.64m subscribers at the time of writing after posting only 16 videos, she makes money from adverts on her content and sponsorships from brands.

It’s clear that sponsored content is a big driver of revenue for the dancer, and that translates over to Instagram too. Companies such as American Eagle, Disney, and Daniel Wellington have all paid healthy sums to have a presence on her ever-popular feed.

Moving away from video content, Addison Rae signed a podcast deal with Spotify in July 2020. Published weekly, Mama Knows Best is an original audio product from the TikTok star and her mother, Sheri Nicole. The show is produced by Spotify-owned Parcast. There’s no word on how much she’s being paid for this endeavour but if it’s even a fraction of the deal Joe Rogan closed then she’s receiving handsome cheques for her weekly show.

Other ventures

Addison Rae Merchandise
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The internet celebrity’s merchandise range features lines based on popular phrases she coined through TikTok.

A fairly typical avenue for content creators to go down when they amass popularity is merchandise, and that’s no different with Addison Rae. She launched her own self-named merchandise store, in collaboration with Fanjoy, on May 1, 2020. Products available for purchase include clothes, phone cases, notebooks, and mugs.

An extension of her popular Instagram is a blossoming modelling career, one that was kickstarted by posing for Kim Kardashian’s SKIMS brand. She found herself blown up on a billboard in New York City in some of Kardashian’s line and has since publicly spoken about how much she enjoyed the experience. As she continues to grow in popularity, she’ll be tapped to be a face of major brands.

Getting further into the world of business, Addison Rae launched a joint venture with Madeby Collective in August 2020. ITEM Beauty is a makeup line that is said to be cruelty-free and vegan-friendly. It launched with just a handful of products but that’s to be expected; you wouldn’t want to invest too much into a new business initiative just to find out it wasn’t in-demand. More products have been launched since, perhaps indicating that it was received well by her audience.

Addison Rae ITEM Beauty
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Addison Rae’s beauty line ITEM launched with a limited range but has since expanded.

Film & music

In September 2020, Addison took a major step into the world of traditional entertainment when it was announced that she had been cast in a movie. ‘He’s All That’ is a remake of the 1999 comedy ‘She’s All That’ and she’s occupying the main role. At the time of writing, she’s busy at work filming her Hollywood debut.

While not confirmed, it appears as if she has other ventures in the works too. As expected based on her desires to pursue many facets of the entertainment industry, there are rumors that she’ll soon be launching a music career, including a Nicki Minaj collab, and that she has a reality television show in the works. One thing is for certain though, and that is she has no interest in being pigeonholed — there’s no doubt she’ll make a killing financially along the way, too.