Twitch streamers agitate for more revenue and better controls against harassment of marginalized casters

#TwitchDoBetter

    
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A hashtag has been making the social media rounds as Twitch streamers are trying to call awareness to several problems they have with the streaming platform. The #TwitchDoBetter hashtag — a reference to a 2018 tweet from Twitch that asked users to “watch [the company] closely and hold [it] accountable” as it planned to implement new enforcement policies — is being used to demand that Twitch adjust its revenue sharing scheme and (more crucially) provide better moderation to prevent marginalized and minority broadcasters from being targets of abuse and hate.

Despite Twitch’s 2018 community guidelines update, which was intended to block sexual content as well as harassment and hateful conduct, streamers are pointing to continued abuse suffered by streamers of color and streamers in the LGBT+ community, who are still the targets of orchestrated “hate raids,” follow botting, and harassment campaigns. Further, the current moderation tools on the platform don’t prevent such practices, since offenders can easily sign up for a new Twitch account.

The hashtag is also calling attention to the current 50/50 revenue split that streamers and Twitch have, with many calling for a 70/30 split (70% to casters and 30% to Twitch) or even an 80/20 split. Twitch, readers will recall, was purchased by Amazon in 2014 for just under $1B, and Amazon is already making money hand over fist, having earned over $100B in the second quarter — the third quarter in a row the company has had such earnings.

Of course, Twitch (and by extension Amazon) taking half of streamers’ earnings holds hands with the platform not using any of that revenue to implement new tools to fight against hate. “Many marginalized creators find it better to turn off the currently available Twitch tools and just have their own community moderate their spaces,” said streamer Jess Go. “If we are doing all this additional work, why is Twitch taking such a large portion of the profit we generate?”

source: Kotaku
Update
Twitch has now responded.

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NeoWolf

This should read “Some less successful, whiney streamers who lament their inability to succeed at it somehow still feel entitled to financial rewards in order to allow them to do nothing but stream and give up their day jobs anyway by lumping themselves in with harrassed and marginalized streamers anyway in an attempt to get more money”.

lol

Yeah… but no.

As for Marginalised streamers and harrassment, that’s going to take a whole lot more work on Society as a whole, it isn’t really as simple as a money issue. But there is certainly a bunch more Twitch could do to help with and support against that.

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Turing fail

Monopolies don’t have to do better.

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Jon Wax

As soon as music gets .25 cents a stream I’ll support all the monetary requests folks are making in other areas.

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Arktouros

Despite Twitch’s 2018 community guidelines update, which was intended to block sexual content

Block sexual content. Create a new Hot Tub category.

Pick one.

PS: Please pick Hot Tubs cause MarineMammalRescue Otters are adorbs.

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somber_bliss

Hate to say it but Twitch has all the power here and streamers are welcome to try alternatives. I get Twitch pretty much has a monopoly but if enough streamers switched to their own platform, they could get whatever cut they want.

I’m sure my local bookstore would love not to share with Amazon when they sell on there but they are using it to get a broader audience and that will always have a cut.

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Vanquesse V

It’s a catch-22. Most streamers wouldn’t be able to survive on streaming income elsewhere, but until streamers leave twitch in significant numbers, nothing will change.

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Jim Bergevin Jr

The problem is, with Mixer gone, there are no real viable alternatives. YouTube is just as bad, if not worse, and Facebook is a non-starter.

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Zulika Mi-Nam

…such half-ass attempts by companies with enough resources to make a far superior platform or at least an equal one.

Poor decision makers is the only reason I come up with as to why this is a thing.

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Greed and lack of empathy.