After a successful debut YouTube live stream, the 100 Thieves superstar has spoken out about why he chose to leave Twitch. Don’t worry, he still plans on playing plenty of Fortnite!
Earlier in the week, all eyes were on Jack “Courage” Dunlop as he posted a series of teaser videos to Twitter, all leading up to a big announcement on Monday. Many people, myself included, wrongly predicted a move to Mixer, following the likes of Tyler “Ninja” Blevins and Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek.
As it turned out, Courage revealed that he will now be streaming exclusively on YouTube, a move that will really add some fire to the streaming platform war. The following day, he had his first ever stream on YouTube. It was a great success, peaking at 30,000 viewers, with over 1,400 new members (the YouTube equivalent of a Twitch sub”) and 16,000 new subscribers.
What a brilliant first stream. TY!!— Jack “CouRage” Dunlop (@CouRageJD) November 6, 2019
Over 1,400 new members on YouTube, 16,000 new subscribers, and peaked at 30,000 viewers!
New video is live too! I talk about why I left Twitch to join YouTube and why the CouRageous should be excited!
Give it a watch!https://t.co/910edRiL9g pic.twitter.com/730hZGsb9Q
Well, now that the dust has settled, Courage has posted a YouTube video in which he sits down and talks about the thought process behind this life changing decision. He starts off by saying that the move has been “months and months in the works” and that he has been humbled by the whole experience.
The key message that Courage puts across is that fans are going to be seeing more of him than ever before. He comments that without “the fear of being tied down just for a sub count button” he will be able to produce a much wider range of content. Mentioning that some of his favorite pieces of work so far have been off-stream projects, such as the Ariana Grande music video or recent Tokyo vacation vlog, he says “I now have the freedom to do more of that”.
Another crucial point that Courage explains is that now everything is in one place. He will be streaming on a consistent schedule from now on, meaning that the Courageous no longer have to wonder whether or not he is going to go live. This will also include his videos, so you will know exactly when they will be posted.
On a more sentimental note, Courage expresses his gratitude to everyone who has helped him get to this stage in his life. Thanking not only his viewers and supporters, but also everyone behind the scenes like his mod team and editor. He tells us “I love this more than anything, if there’s one thing you know about me, it’s that I like to make people laugh, I like to make people feel good, help them get through the tough times they’re getting through, and I look forward to doing that for years to come”.
Over half a million views on the announcement video!— Jack “CouRage” Dunlop (@CouRageJD) November 7, 2019
It was such a fun shoot with so many brilliant creative people.
Now...what’s the next video we will make to trend in the top 3? ???? pic.twitter.com/IN6uRgYU5g
For members of the Courageous, this is certainly an exciting time. It is obvious to see that Courage is hyped about the future and has a strong vision. The freedom that he now has will inevitably lead to a wealth of awesome content for fans to sink their teeth (or eyes?) into. Fortnite lovers will be pleased to know that despite all these new ideas, he is still planning on spending just as much time gaming, if not more.
It will certainly be interesting to see how Courage’s move impacts the live streaming industry going forward. With more and more big names leaving Twitch for alternative platforms, for the first time ever the competition is real. With the power of Google behind them, YouTube gaming are certainly a force to be reckoned with. If this first signing is anything to go by, they are not messing around. Someone like Courage will not only draw viewers, but he will also advocate for the platform, help it to grow and make it look more appealing to other creators.