Twitch’s SVP of Global Creators leaves company amid creator pay split controversy
Twitch’s SVP of Global Creators Constance Knight left the company following a swirl of controversy surrounding creator pay split.
Both Twitch the platform and some of the biggest creators on it are in the middle of some intense controversy.
Now, Twitch’s Senior Vice President of Global Creators Constance Knight has left the company, while insider sources claim the current president is out-of-touch with creators.
Constance Knight leaves Twitch amid pay split controversy
The news comes from Bloomberg, which reported that Knight announced her departure internally the same day Twitch President Dan Clancy released the controversial blog post surrounding payment splitting.
Bloomberg obtained an internal letter to employees written by Knight, who said she will be “embarking on a new adventure that provides exciting growth opportunities for me both professionally and personally.”
Additionally, the internal letter said Knight’s new opportunity is still in the creator space, which makes sense as she was formally the Head of Content at both YouTube and Instagram, according to her LinkedIn profile.
According to Bloomberg’s reporting, “current and former employees” have claimed that “Twitch and Clancy are falling out of touch with the content creators…”
Twitch’s Former Director of Emerging Content Zachary Diaz said in regard to Clancy, “Dan is the ultimate embodiment of a tenured business technology professional coming from a non-creator-first company trying to right-side a ship that seemed to be veering off into unprofitability.”
“He is this embodiment of ‘Creator sentiment is secondary to everything.’ There’s no leader to push back against that, so it’s now the direction of Twitch.”
While the company has made decisions that were well-received by creators, like allowing partners to stream on rival platforms, it seems the sentiment inside and outside the company is shifting unfavorably.