Twitch’s latest announcements have many streamers considering switching to the competition of YouTube Gaming. YouTube streamers Guy “DrDisrespect” Beahm and Rachell “Valkyrae” Hofstetter are in glee.
What change is it all about? On September 21, Twitch announced changes to streamer revenue sharing. The previous special treatment of larger streamers should no longer exist in the future.
The announcement caused a stir. Some content creators are wondering whether it might be worth switching to YouTube. This is a big topic anyway, because YouTube is poaching more and more streamers from Twitch.
Twitch removes special financial treatment for the biggest streamers – “I am extremely sad and disappointed”
Former Twitch streamers smirk
Who has commented now? DrDisrespect and Valkyrae are both successful content creators on YouTube with 4.08 million and 3.72 million subscribers respectively. However, there is one crucial difference:
While Valkyrae was one of the first big names to get an exclusive deal from YouTube and leave Twitch in 2020, things are a little different with DrDisrespect. He was permanently banned from Twitch that same year, just months after signing a multi-year deal.
The reasons for the ban were never clarified.
For DrDisrespect, the change was not entirely of his own free will – and he is apparently still annoyed that other Twitch streamers make a lot of money with YouTube deals. Maybe that’s why he doesn’t miss an opportunity to badmouth his former streaming home.
What did the doc say now? In a Sept. 21 tweet, DrDisrespect slammed Twitch. It’s become a pretty crappy platform, right? The Doc provided his post with the words “Everything takes revenge at some point.”
It’s not entirely clear whether DrDisrespect is referring to the restriction of gambling on the platform, the sexual harassment scandal, or the revenue share changes — maybe all of them together.
Valkyrae is clearer: She tweets from a YouTube event where she speaks directly to executives. Twitch, on the other hand, is just greedy.
What bothers Valkyrae about Twitch? She criticizes that Twitch would damage both its viewership and the actual backbone of the platform, the streamers. YouTube wishes success for both platforms, but Twitch just throws everything away.
Valkyrae is particularly critical of advertising on Twitch. Because Twitch had indirectly asked its streamers to compensate for their losses through a lower revenue share simply by placing more advertising – namely, the participation in advertising revenue was increased.
Criticism also comes from within their own ranks
Who else commented? Arguably the biggest MMORPG streamer, Zack, aka Asmongold, also took the opportunity to criticize advertising on Twitch. That would kill the platform, according to the streamer.
With 3.3 million followers, Asmongold runs a fairly successful channel on Twitch, but is currently streaming through his second account, zackrawrr, which has almost a million followers.
It is not yet known whether, in view of the criticism, the next move to YouTube is pending. What is clear, however, is that the drama on Twitch just doesn’t want to stop right now. The frustration seems to be high for streamers and viewers alike.
What is your opinion? Is YouTube the big winner here? Or does a rude awakening follow for many when they realize that there is also advertising? Please leave us a comment with your opinion.
Canadian Félix “xQc” Lengyel has his own take on YouTube switches:
The Biggest Streamer on Twitch Says: People sell themselves way too cheaply to YouTube – Asking insane amounts to switch