The biggest and most controversial name on YouTube, PewDiePie, aka Felix Kjellberg, will quit the popular video sharing website YouTube and move to the blockchain live streaming platform DLive. He tweeted: “I will start live streaming exclusively on DLive on April 14th. In my first stream, I will support creators by donating up to $50,000 to a max of 100 creators. Follow any creator on DLive to increase the donation amount”. He will be sharing the $50,000 with those who interact with creators and collaborate on the platform.
PewDiePie aims to use the Dlive blockchain platform instead of YouTube to “empower creators through [Dlive’s] revolutionary rewards system”. The live streaming will happen on Sunday, April 14.
DLive puts platform ownership in the hands of the users through blockchain technology. DLive is a decentralised application (dApp) which is the first of its kind to be built on the Lino Network. The California-based Lino Network raised $20 million in funding last year. The company has its own cryptocurrency, Lino Tokens, which can be earned through running a node or the creation and sharing of content on the platform.
DLive takes no cut out of any revenue generated by live-streaming creators through subscriptions or digital gifts, compared to traditional platforms like YouTube or Twitch, who take roughly 50 percent. Instead, the users are “rewarded for their contributions as the platform grows”. Their economic system has been designed to “revolutionize revenue distribution by rewarding the community for their contributions rather than a corporation”.
“Personally I think it’s pretty cool to have a creator-based website actually putting creators first,’ PewDiePie told his YouTube viewers. He added: “I’m excited to be live streaming again”.
PewDiePie Quitting YouTube Is A Massive Win For DLive, Despite Controversy
A petition to remove PewDiePie from YouTube for being a “white supremacist”, has received (at the time of writing) more than 80,000 signatures. The petition claims that because the New Zealand Mosque shooter “mentioned PewDiePie by name and asked people to subscribe”, his voice should be silenced. However, that’s a mere drop in the ocean for the vlogger who has just under 94 million subscribers to his channel.
He has apologised in the past for some offensive comments, but dismisses the petition’s claims as nonsense. “As laughable as some of these points are, a lot of people are obviously taking it seriously,” he said. “If you don’t know anything about me, then obviously it paints a really bad picture that just isn’t true”.
Wilson Wei, co-founder of Lino Network said: “DLive is a place where instead of competing against each other, it benefits creators to support one another,” PewDiePie has always been a fierce advocate for the value that creators bring with their hard work, time and effort, and he believes in DLive’s vision”.
He added: “Our live streaming platform has the potential to forever change how creators are represented in this industry, and we’re proud to have PewDiePie help us lead this charge”.
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