In The News
Twitch streamers in America made “$87,157,723 in 2017. In total, the earnings by American streamers grew by 30 percent,” Dot Esports’ Luke Goodling writes. “Based on the study, eight percent of American Twitch creators earned up to $500, 70 percent earned between $501 and $10,000, and 22 percent earned over $10,000 on the platform.”
Newzoo says Apex Legends’ launch is one of the best they’ve ever seen. “Apex Legends is one of the best-orchestrated game releases we have ever seen. In terms of gameplay mechanics, it takes inspiration from some of the market’s biggest successes of the past five years, blending the gameplay of battle royale titles like PUBG and Fortnite, and character shooters such as Overwatch and Paladins.”
Apex Legends came in 1st for content hours watched on Twitch in the last week at 31.52 million, TEO reports.
Tencent posted the rules for streaming using its products in China, Dot Esports’ Cale Michael reports. “This list comes after Chinese authorities put requirements for internet governance into effect two weeks ago. In compliance with those rules, Tencent will be closely monitoring its products that are being streamed to ensure streamers don’t break the rules.”
YouTube banned prominent YouTubers “after posting videos of themselves playing Pokemon GO” and is now backtracking, according to BBC’s Tom Gerken. “They were told their videos contravened YouTube’s community guidelines because ‘YouTube prohibits uploading… any type of activity that sexualises minors.’”
Com2uS acquired a 51.9% stake in Day 7, PocketGamer.biz’s Matthew Forde reports. “The company announced the news confirming the ownership along with management rights for Day7.”
President Emmanuel Macron of France is hosting a debate on Twitch today, Politico’s Rym Momtaz reports.
Congratulations to Kotaku’s Cecilia D’Anastasio on winning “the Writer’s Guild of America award in digital news” for her Riot Games sexism article.
Extra Esports News:
Tainted Minds has been acquired and is rebranding to ICON Esports, Esports Insider’s Adam Fitch writes.
100 Thieves and Totino’s are partnering. 100T announced the partnership in a video with their Call of Duty roster.
Bombers and New Era are partnering, Fitch writes.
100 Thieves posted the first in their Call of Duty docuseries, “A NEW BEGINNING FOR 100T CALL OF DUTY .”
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