After acquiring CourageJD, YouTube Gaming announces new set of signings to their in-house livestreaming platform
The livestreaming competition is brewing; the largest tech companies are at war. Today, YouTube fired a new round of shots at Twitch as multiple top creators announce their allegiance to YouTube Gaming, YouTube’s native livestreaming platform
Rachel “Valkyrae” Hofsetter tweeted the following video
Almost simultaneously, Lannan “Lazarbeam” Eacott and Eliott “Muselk” Watkins - who both boast millions of followers on the platform, just announced that they will ramp up their streams on YouTube
Annoucement.— LAZARBEAM (@Lazarbeam) January 13, 2020
I will now be streaming exclusively on YouTube every week.
Definitely didn’t sleep through the biggest announcement of my career nope not this guy pic.twitter.com/AYhIVim5I4
So excited to announce Im now going to be streaming EVERY week on Youtube! Cant wait to put even more content out on the platform which has been home for my entire career! Going be starting TODAY in 5 hours with a huge #FightTheFires Charity Stream! Donating $1000 for every VR! pic.twitter.com/ZGeYuvNPGe— Muselk (@muselk) January 13, 2020
The series of announcements comes just one day after Valkyrae teased a “huge announcement” on her page
To understand the heated “streamer wars” that have transpired over the past year, we need to go back to August of 2019 when Ninja announced that he would be leaving Twitch for Mixer. An unprecedented move at the time would have a toppling domino effect; now nobody is safe
Shortly thereafter, Shroud would announce the move to Mixer as well. Then CourageJD decided to slip in a curveball by moving to YouTube. As the acquisitions ramped up, Twitch took action - securing their top talent: DrLupo, Nickmercs, and TimTheTatMan
It’s quickly becoming a race to the bottom with these numerous streaming platforms… Just a matter of time until we see a clear victor
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