The question isn’t what drama Twitch has this week. The question is which of all.
Are we talking about how he ignored the gambling problem until it blew up in his face, or how he took advantage of this to launch a somewhat strange change in his payment policy? Perhaps you are referring to the accusations that it is the cradle of child bullying?
Three disasters: Twitch has its worst week of 2022
Ban gambling… too late
Let’s start with the first disaster: Twitch has banned gambling content on its platform. The reason he did it… well, it shows that the service is always willing to ignore a problem until it blows up in their face.
The quick summary (in this link you can find the detailed one) is a streamer focused on gambling content scammed his followers and stole more than 300,000 dollars. What upset many is that, even with these accusations, it took Twitch for the wedding to go public through major streamers to finally take action… to ban a portion of the betting on their platform (but not any action). that prevents similar circumstances from occurring).
oh! And the only reason he agreed to do so is because streamers like Pokimane created pressure and made the case public, at the same time that other figures threatened not to stream Black Friday in case this type of content was not banned.
70%/30% to 50%/50%
This Twitch mess is actually kind of funny, when you consider the full context.
While everyone was debating the real problem with betting on Twitch, the platform announced that its creators still had the benefit of receiving a 70%/30% split on the subscriptions fans bought… well, they would start to see a few changes: after they received their first $100,000 in earnings they would go on to receive 50%/50% (with the other half obviously going to Twitch).
But here’s the joke: the reason Twitch is justifying these changes is because of an adjustment to the service’s servers… which are run by Amazon… which is the company that owns Twitch.
In other words, Twitch is now charging more of the ‘bread’ it sells because the flour is very expensive, even though it is the same company that owns the bakery, which defines the price of the flour.
Twitch Does anyone want to think about the kids?
As if all this wasn’t enough, a report from Bloomberg brought to light a pretty serious problem: child predators are using the platform to follow children who use the platform to stream. The data presented is quite macabre: for example, the report ensures that an account of a child who streams is followed by at least 23 child predators.
On the other hand, one child predator account follows at least 98 child streaming accounts. This means that in July 2022 the predators in the Bloomberg study tracked an average of 673 children each day.