Amazon's New Karaoke Platform 'Twitch Sings' Could Cut into ByteDance's TikTok Market Dominance

While ByteDance executives battle it out with the major labels, Amazon’s Twitch is trying to steal away TikTok’s core audience.

According to a report published earlier this week, Chinese conglomerate ByteDance – parent company of TikTok – in stalled licensing negotiation talks with the major labels.

As the conglomerate’s valuation now stands at $76 billion, the Big 3 – Warner, Sony, and Universal Music – have demanded more money for songs played on TikTok and its Chinese counterpart, Douyin.  They’ve asked the company for hundreds of millions of dollars in ‘guaranteed money.’

Now, as talks continue to make little progress, and with ByteDance set to launch its own streaming music service a major competitor has encroached on the conglomerate’s primary market.

Twitch to the rescue?

In negotiations with the Big 3, ByteDance, for the most part, has agreed to pay more.  Yet, downplaying the impact of its service, the company refuses to shell out the ‘guaranteed money.’

With a few weeks left to go, should the talks fail, the major labels will promptly remove their catalogs from the service.  This would force ByteDance to make a drastic decision.  Either the company will take down existing and new videos on both services, or prevent users from uploading videos with songs.

This would ultimately lead to diminished popularity, and serious problems for both TikTok and Douyin.

Amazon-owned game-streaming service Twitch has now publicly launched its first music game.  Dubbed ‘Twitch Sings,’ the game invites users into an interactive karaoke-style experience designed primarily for live streaming.  Players can sing thousands of songs alone or participate in duets with other gamers.

Users also have the option of singing in front of a camera or through an animated avatar.  Like TikTok, Twitch Sings viewers can request songs and cheer with emotes to activate light shows and virtual ovations.  They can also offer silly challenges, including singing like a cat.

Speaking about the game, Joel Wade, Executive Producer of Twitch Sings, explained,

Twitch Sings unites the fun and energy of being at a live show with the boundless creativity of streamers to make an amazing shared interactive performance.

Many games are made better on Twitch, but we believe there’s a huge opportunity for those that are designed with streaming and audience participation at their core.

The game remains part of Amazon’s strategy to branch its live streaming platform out of gaming and into more lucrative markets.  The e-commerce giant first purchased Twitch for $1.1 billion in 2014.  Currently, the live streaming platform has over 2.2 million creators and 15 million daily unique visitors.

Twitch makes money from selling ads, offering premium ad-free membership plans, partner fees from broadcasters, and paid ‘cheers’ – live donations – from viewers.

Whether or not Twitch Sings can successfully cut into TikTok and Douyin’s market remains to be seen.

 


Featured image by Amazon/Twitch.

Ninja Reminisces About His $10 Million Year

It’s grow to be a trope to report, with shock, that individuals are raking in tens of millions by streaming themselves play video video games dwell. But there are some, like Tyler Blevins, higher often known as Ninja, who’re in one other league. The 28-year-old will get paid, in line with CNN, $10 million a 12 months to play Fortnite, stream it and signal endorsements.

The quantity might comes as no shock, however what Ninja has to say about it’s attention-grabbing. When describing his schedule, he says that he must be on-line, just about twelve hours a day, every single day and likens it to a café that must be open: “they’re gonna discover one other cfee store should you’re not there … you need to be there on a regular basis.” The platform the place he’s seen for these twelve hours is Twitch and, though he makes lots cash from it, he nonetheless thinks that they may do a greater job convincing individuals to receives a commission memberships. As it stands, Ninja compares the paid choices to the “violin case” a busker.

Ninja’s success has immediately paralleled that  Fortnite, which grew to become greater than only a large online game when Ninja invited Drake to hitch his stream and play a pair matches. Since then, the sport’s reputation has skyrocketed and now has 200 million customers, which is 60% greater than within the month June.

Ninja Tweets & Deletes Angry Response To Gamers Mad At His NYE Twitch Ads

Ninja Blevins is essentially the most well-known streamer on this planet. On New Year’s Eve, Ninja might be streaming from Twitch to hundreds of thousands  viewers. The streaming countdown will broadcast Ninja doing his factor in Fortnite, however not everybody is happy in regards to the occasion. Twitch has been promoting their occasion on the channels different players. The occasion is run by Twitch, and people players are additionally utilizing the platform, so on the finish the day, they’re subjected to no matter Twitch desires to promote on their very own website. If Twitch says Ninja’s NYE stream is essential sufficient to roll out adverts throughout their platform, there’s little anybody can do about it. 

Still, players took to Twitter to fireplace photographs at Twitch. “Dear @Twitch, get these ugly trying New Years Eve advert rolls f my web page. Don’t ever do it once more both. Ever,” tweeted one consumer. “I work laborious for each viewers I get and that does not even high 10 generally, how am I going to develop if folks go watch @ninja as an alternative my stream as a result of the advert? Riddle me this @Twitch,” tweeted one other angered consumer. 

Ninja tweeted after which deleted a response the place he claims a dislike for him is triggering their anger, and never the adverts themselves. “This occasion goes to be broadcasted to hundreds of thousands folks and proceed to grant publicity to Twitch, which in flip permits different streamers to achieve extra viewers,” he said. “What’s to not like? Or is it simply because it’s me?”

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DJ Akademiks Ex-Girlfriend Accuses Him Of Abuse, Says "This Man Ain't S***"

DJ Akademiks, a well-known web persona who’s finest identified for his extraordinarily well-liked YouTube channel “DJ Akademiks” and his gig co-hosting Everyday Struggle alongside Wayno, is going through some fairly heavy allegations from his ex-girlfriend Angelica.

Angelica took to Instagram reside the place she put the hip-hop commentator on full blast, saying he was abusive each mentally and bodily. 

In the video, she says “Yeah, guys. ‘Fuck AK, you deserve higher.’ Yep, I do. That’s why I broke up with him. I do know that I deserve higher as a result of — I’m not making an attempt to be narcissistic as a result of I do know what I deliver to the desk — I’m so good to him, loyal. I’m candy. I clear. I do his laundry. I cook dinner. I’m every thing a person would need in a lady — like how my mother raised me. To be a lady. I broke up with him as a result of I used to be drained all of the lies and all of the methods.”

Akademiks and Angelica just lately appeared on a reside stream on Ak’s Twitch channel the place he obtained mad at her for persevering with to reside within the condo he purchased for her and for hanging out with rapper Lil Tracy. Angelica replied to that on her reside stream saying “for him to take a seat there and expose me and say I’m broke and I’m dwelling f him, that actually damage my coronary heart. I’ve by no means been a gold digger.”

She additionally continued with a severe accusation saying “Any lady who’s been round AK will say this too. He won’t make a transfer on you till he will get you drunk. Point clean. Period. He’s going to provoke any sort sexual exercise till after you’re drunk. That is simply so perv-y to me.”

These allegations come after DJ Akademiks launched his Clout Chasers EP below the moniker “Lil Ak.” 

Fortnite Streamer Caught Assaulting His Partner Live On Twitch

Streaming on Twitch has grow to be enterprise, particularly on the subject of the sport Fortnite. It’s so huge that the individuals who broadcast themselves sitting at residence taking part in video video games have brokers and “expertise managers.” As the New Yorkerreviews, it has “viewership numbers that rival these MSNBC or CNN, Twitch is much less like a standard Web website than like a kaleidoscopic tv community: hundreds channels directly, broadcasting dwell at each hour the day.”

If you have got that many channels, the place (principally) younger males sit at residence and stream themselves taking part in video video games with little oversight or regulation, there are certain to be some uncooked moments captured on-screen, which is an element the enchantment the location. But this week an Australian streamer took it to a different degree. According to The Telegraph, Luke James Munday was captured assaulting his companion, dwell on Twitch. In the video, he shouts to his 21-year-old companion “be out quickly,” as in accomplished streaming. He finally completed and strikes f-screen, whereupon crying infants and yelling will be heard. A girl’s voice addresses Munday and the viewers his stream:”you hit me within the face, do not you dare contact my face, you hear that, all you individuals there?”

One these viewers known as the police and Munday has been charged with frequent assault. He will seem in courtroom in New South Wales on Thursday. 

 

Soulja Boy Is Dropping A Video Game Console, What?

Surprise, shock. Soula Boy is investing his hard-earned Daddy Warbucks on a model new gaming console, plans he made haphazardly throughout a dwell Twitch session. “I am making a gift of my new console,” he introduced. “That’s proper I am popping out with personal online game console.” After which, Soulja Boy resumed his customary kid’s play, as he finicked with Fortnite’s on-line recreation settings.

Soulja Boy is mainly saying: f#@$% compatibility and licensing, I can go at this alone. But I feel it could sensible to droop our pleasure till we have given bodily proof console exists, or at the least a tough stencil. Proprietary consoles or working techniques can take years to construct from scratch, give it some thought.

Soulja has confirmed previously an inclination to flake out. Remember the ill-fated boxing with Chris Brown, a grudge match that just about spilled over into sectarian violence? Kidding apart, there are sufficient video games on Steam to tide you over, there is no purpose to carry your breath.

But in his protection, Soulja Boy like Lupe Fiasco, has developed an affinity for online game tradition many would deem: purely genuine. The higher query stays, does Soulja Boy even personal the capital to make such a daring prediction/announcement? We’ll have to attend and see.

Ninja, Shroud & Other Twitch Streamers Gearing Up For "The Doritos Bowl"

Call Duty Black Ops 4 Blackout is the name the game for the very first Doritos Bowl  its kind to feature A-list Twitch streamers in multiplayer combat. eSports stars including  Ninja, Shroud, Courage, and Dr Lupo will be forced out hiding to compete in-person at the TwitchCon fan gathering in San Jose on October 27, sponsored course by Doritos Tortilla Chips.  

“I am very excited to be involved in Doritos Bowl; the event should be really fun and I am quite interested to see how my team will stack up against the squads that Ninja, DrLupo, and CouRage have put together,” Shroud said in his assessment the competition. “Most importantly, I am pumped to get hooked up with ridiculous amounts Doritos.” You heard right, Shroud is shrewd enough to sense a product endorsement opportunity when he sees one. Shake a few hands, smile for the camera, and before you know it, Shroud could be raking in a monthly stipend for flashing a brand chips on his Twitch account, or so he thought.

Make no mistake about it, The Doritos Bowl is a cross-promotional event for Activision and Frito Lay, but actual prize money will be handed out. So in that sense, it counts like any other tournament inscription within the sport. Tune in come October.

"Madden" Shooting Survivor Is Suing EA Sports For "Not Providing A Safe Space"

Jacob Mitich, who survived last weekend’s Madden 19 tournament shooting after getting hit twice by rapid gunfire, is suing EA Sports for negligence. The game developer which unveils a new Madden title each year, was also responsible for recruiting the talent pool gathered in Jacksonville, Florida. The tragic shooting incident was but one many incidents this nature to literally unfold on social media and Twitch, some which still exists as a living relic.
Mitich who is represented by the law firm Morgan & Morgan, presented his class action suit to the Circuit Court the Fourth Judicial Circuit in Duval County, Florida. “Like many his friends, Jacob Mitich traveled to Jacksonville last weekend to do what he loved. He trusted the event host and organizers, and believed that he was walking into a safe space,” attorney James Young attested in a written statement. “That trust was shattered when shots rang out in an overcrowded, since-shut-down, non-permitted space.”
Mitch is also suing the bar which housed part the event, the related Chicago Pizza & Sports Grille, as well as the management companies the Jacksonville Landing area downtown Jacksonville. As a registered eSports pressional, Mitich is seeking compensation for the time he will miss recovering from his injuries. The lawsuit can read in its entirety here.

Danny Brown Sikes Out On Album Release: "I Tried"

Many fans have been caught up in the excitement Danny Brown’s album rollout. The artist has been sharing his progress candidly with his fans. He set out to create the very first “twitch album,” which would include a listening party on the online platform. Only hours after announcing that his album is almost done, the artist seems to recant. 

The Persona 5 album, which was announced in July, will not be released within this year. Danny Brown says that despite his best effort, he simply can’t make it happen within the timeframe 2018. Instead, he hopes to release the album next year. 

“I would say, I’m trying to get my album…it will probably be coming out early 2019. I think it’ll come out early. I don’t have enough time for it to come out this year, I’mma be honest. I tried, I tried, I tried.”

The bad news came with another preview new music. Peep the fresh sample in the following clip.

Danny Brown has already previewed samples his unreleased music Twitch citing clearance issues as the reason for its streaming exclusively on this specific platform. The followup to his 2016 Atrocity Exhibition was described by the rapper as “pristine”, so it may be worth the wait.

Mass Shooting Erupts At Madden eSports Tournament, 4 Reported Dead

Local law enforcement have yet to confirm the casualty rate a shooting incident in Jacksonville, Florida. Footage shows two individuals playing a competitive game Madden, when gunshots suddenly start to ring f in the background and the game disconnects. The individual matchup was part a highly competitive eSports tournament organized by the game developers called the “Madden Championship Series.” An audio file depicting people writhing in pain after the gunfire comes to a head was made available because the event was being livestreamed on Twitch.

News the attack was broken by Twitch streamer Kyrie Curry who wrote, “Oh my god someone just shot up the Jacksonville madden tournament. This is unreal I hope everyone is okay.” A subsequent state emergency was then posted by Jacksonville’s Police Department on Twitter: Oh my god someone just shot up the Jacksonville madden tournament. This is unreal I hope everyone is okay.” They also ushered a commitment to help members the public too fraught to leave their hiding places following the gunfire.

At least one suspect has been pronounced dead at the scene, while authorities have declared a second might be on the run. “SWAT is doing a methodical search” to seek out any remaining suspects and help secure misplaced individuals.

Danny Brown Debuts New Songs Live On Twitch: Listen

Danny Brown has become a popular Twitch streamer as late. In his latest session, Brown decided to play bits and parts Persona 5, the trial-run coinciding with his upcoming release announced in July. Danny Brown initially withheld the nature the songs, then uncloaked them as “Twitch exclusives,” which in turn led to jokes a Twitch-sponsored hip hop album as a stated reality. To be clear, none the samples on the record have been cleared, so Danny Brown has no intention releasing the music for purchase.

Stream below:

The issue sample clearances is a sensitive one for Danny Brown. In July, Brown organized a Twitter Q&A with fans, one particular Tweeter asking him to confide a hard won lesson from the music biz, to which he responded, “Never Spend 70k On Samples.”

Danny Brown’s Twitch session runs for two whole hours, but the songs have been tagged and earmarked for easy access. The Detroit rapper’s last album dropped in 2016 to less fanfare than in previous years, charting at #77 on the Billboard 200. Atrocity Exhibition never-the-less received unanimous praise from critics for its unyielding vision, and its consistently grim soundscape. Persona 5 is here to stay and the next project is just around the corner, will you be checking?

Twitch To Stream "Pokemon" Marathon With 19 Seasons & 16 Movies

Most 90’s babies, at one point in time or another, hopped on the Pokemon train. Some never got f. The anime centered around little monsters that can be captured and trained became a worldwide phenomenon that brought fans video games, cards, t-shirts, movies, and everything else you can think . 

What if I told you that 19 seasons and 16 movies from the Pokemon franchise would be coming back as a continuous marathon? That’s exactly what Twitch is doing for the millions Pokemon fans around the nation. According to The Verge, Twitch is bringing 932 episodes  Pokémon to their platform beginning on August 27th at 1PM ET/10 AM PT for viewers in the US, Canada, Europe, Latin America, and Australia. 16 films are also included in the marathon. 

Viewers won’t be able to watch all the content at once though. The catch is, Twitch will be airing  “several different marathons” from August until 2019. That means all the Pokemon episodes will be split up into their original seasons, or maybe with a longer run, for limited times. Essentially, what Twitch is doing, is creating several smaller Pokemon events to bring in viewers for the next four months. The new Sun and Moon seasons are not included in the marathon though, which means you’ll have to get your new-age Pokemon fix elsewhere. 

Twitch Prime Stops Ad Free Service For Members

Companies make millions dollars advertisers. That’s why when people refuse to pay for premium service, they are hit with ads on several streaming services. If the consumer isn’t going to pay with their wallet, then they must pay with their time, and advertisers are more than ready to dump mountains money on ads. Twitch Prime has been fering their customers ad-free viewing, but all that is about to change. 

In a blog post published on Twitch’s website, the company revealed that they would be rolling back their ad-free service. “As we have continued to add value to Twitch Prime, we have also re-evaluated some the existing Twitch Prime benefits,” the company wrote.  “As a result, universal ad-free viewing will no longer be part Twitch Prime for new members, starting on September 14.”

Twitch continued on to explain their reasoning, which would have been much more straightforward if they just said: “we want more money.” “Advertising is an important source support for the creators who make Twitch possible,” the blog post continued. “This change will strengthen and expand that advertising opportunity for creators so they can get more support from their viewers for doing what they love. We want Twitch to remain a place where anyone can enjoy one–a-kind interactive entertainment, and ads allow us to continue making Twitch the best place for creators to build communities around the things they love and make money doing it.”

Porn Stars Use "Fortnite" & Other Video Game Streaming For Extra Income

The massive popularity games like Fortnite has attracted porn stars. Many them have been live streaming their gaming sessions for extra income on platforms such as Amazon’s Twitch or Youtube. Some these individuals have dollar signs in their eyes while others participate in the craze for pure pleasure. Viewers are ten given the option to encourage the entertainers to continue streaming by donating money during the broadcast.

Overwatch and World Warcraft are some the other games the porn stars have flocked to. Prominent names in the adult industry are benefiting from these games as well as lesser-known entertainers. Mia Khalifa, Rahyndee James, and Riley Reid have been partaking in the live streaming practice.

British XXX-actress and game streamer Harriet Sugarcookie has commented on the new trend.

In her opinion, the entertainers, who are usually clothed during their gaming sessions, need to fer real entertainment in order to be successful in their efforts.

Latest Industry: House of Blues, YouTube vs. Twitch/Patreon, UBS Group AG, Bucks Music Group, More…

Latest Industry: House of Blues, YouTube vs. Twitch/Patreon, UBS Group AG, Bucks Music Group, More...

Live Nation continues The War on Straws.

50 House of Blues Entertainment venues have now implemented a straw-by-request policy.  The Live Nation-owned venues have made plastic straws and other “accessible alternatives” available only upon demand.  Live Nation had previously done away with straws at its 52 amphitheaters in the US.  The company wants to eliminate over 6 million straws at the end of 2018.


‘How to Beat the Competition,’ by YouTube.

It’s simple: just copy their features and pay your creators large sums of money so they don’t leave.

Amidst fierce competition from Twitch, IGTV, and Patreon, YouTube has offered select content creators hundreds of thousands of dollars to promote and use its recently unveiled donation and paid membership features.  The company hopes to keep popular influencers from leaving the site for Twitch and Patreon.

The features haven’t proven popular, however, as the Google-owned video platform keeps 30% of every donation.  Most content creators still rely on sponsored content and advertising cuts, as well as sponsorships on their Patreon pages.


The New York Times finds how easy it is to buy YouTube views.

In a recent piece, New York Times writer Michael H. Keller discovered how YouTube struggles to eliminate fake views sellers on its video platform.

One seller, Martin Vassilev, has sold about 15 million views so far this year and earned over $200,000.  His website – 500views.com – connects content creators with services that offer YouTube views, like, and dislikes through computer algorithms.

Keller created his own video featuring clips from presidential speeches, buying views from 9 vendors, and noted, “tens of millions of fake views could be making it through daily.”

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Investment investment recommendations – powered by ‘Spotify and Netflix’-like algorithms.

UBS Group AG, a Swiss multinational investment bank, has confirmed it’s in the early stages of unveiling recommendations algorithms to suggest investments to its asset management and hedge fund clients.  The bank confirmed the algorithm – similar to those in use by Netflix and Spotify – is ‘increasingly in demand.’