#TwitchBlackout Supporting Your Fellow Creators
Today is the day it seems that will be one for the books. We’ve put a dent in #TwitchBlackout by literally removing tens of thousands of hours of ad revenue on a platform that still may not listen to us. We’re aware that other smaller, and larger platforms may not be a lot better but let’s look into how you can support your fellow PoC / LGBTQIA+ and Marginalized creators during the #TwitchBlackout.
#TwitchBlackout – Find their socials
You know your favorite twitch streamer? Maybe they’re ok Tiktok, maybe they’re on fanhouse – but whatever they’re on, you should find them and support them and engage with them. Twitch streamers aren’t here to be, well not all of us are here to be large celebrities, we’re friends of each other – we consider each other family. You’re in my community, and you’re in my space – you get to hear me burp, fart and say stupid stuff on stream – why not find me elsewhere and support the same? Not all streamers are like that, and I jest – i’m not all about the poop jokes, i’m an artist, I make music and I do other hilarious stupid things like eat bean boozled on stream.
You have a favorite streamer? Good, they’re waiting for you to find a way to support them off Twitch so if twitch ever doesn’t pan out – you won’t lose them.
#TwitchBlackout isn’t just about “Damaging Twitch” lol – it’s about teaching a multi national global company that we’re happy enough to keep pulling this to promote streamer safety.
#TwitchBlackout – Data on WHAT we’ve done!
Zach Bussey is tracking the #AdayOfTwitch and #TwitchBlackout – and so far we’re at 500,000 viewers NOT on the platform engaging in giving them ad revenue. Don’t forget that Subbing ON Twitch still gives Amazon and Twitch money. Yes, I want my emote slots, but you know me – I have BetterTTV and FrankerzFace – I WILL and can just use the free option if you’re willing to support me OFF twitch! This is what this movement means, and this is just as valid for those who are STILL streaming today and have opted to stay on stream today. Find your fellow streamer, check in on them – support them off twitch if they’re willing – find their donation buttons!
Very preliminary data on #ADayOffTwitch
But according to charts from @TwitchTracker_, there are *currently* about 5000 fewer streamers live right now than last week and ~500,000 fewer viewers. (That's a significant drop.)#TwitchNews pic.twitter.com/NvZfkkMea6
— Zach Bussey (@zachbussey) September 1, 2021
Thanks to IGN they’ve covered RekItRaven and crew’s movement here on their site: https://www.ign.com/articles/twitch-streamers-organise-boycott-protest-hate-raids-adayofftwitch?utm_source=twitter
That will give you a more in depth explanation on WHAT this movement is doing.
Where else should we expect support?
In talks with TuneBubble to start listing Twitch Streamers in their website, and since that could take a while – I’m tempted to start one myself. Do NOT go to Blackett Music, they’re really only in it for the random RT’s and the popularity. I’m not working against TuneBubble, but more so on the side as i’m one of their music people they promote. If you want someone that’s gonna support your music, support the BLM movement – and the Twitch Blackout? Hit up TuneBubble.
Find blogs, find newspapers – find places that you can share your story with so Twitch doesn’t steal it from you. Make your own content your way, and while you can’t just go “FUCK THE POLICE” and use copyrighted music – within the basic laws and rights you have, make your own content! If you are a streamer looking for a better platform let me list some alternatives!
- Alto.tv (Hold Fire on this one i swear it exists but it’s site doesnt anymore?)
- D Live
The thing is, this is the issue we’re facing – Youtube is DIFFICULT to start up on, and many people who are “SUCCESS” on that platform consistently have a brand on there to start with. We’re talking monetizing your content is HARD – and they expect you to do it on your own far longer than what twitch does. The upside is, once you get there – you’re FAIRLY in like flint depsite the flagging of copyrights etc that are a little out of YT’s hands because of RIAA and MPAA and all that nonsense. Fair Use is a difficult thing to navigate, but if companies do more of the “we’re just gonna monetize your content” instead of “we’re going to mute/ and or remove your content and copyright strike you” – well we’ll be happier!
Frustrations with the Large Crew!
Watching larger streamers who swear they’re in it with us ignore this whole blackout and just keep making content – (as in the ones who COULD take a day off, should have and haven’t – not the ones that need to, and haven’t got much of a choice) – it’s giving me a headache. I’m all for those who have decided they needed to still stream today – but there’s some pretty damn large channels that have 5000+ subscribers/followers that have either gone silent, or have attacked us directly.
I’m not going to go into what channels because i’m already probably on several sub reddits for being “That dipshit on twitch” – but you know what? All you need to do is just give us the time of day, listen to us and stop treating us like we’re just a number!
Can you link to some more sources both on your site and otherwise for us to use?
Sure thing! This is a progressive movement and we need to support each other!
On my blog I have:
Other Sites you can use and read up on for support for future ventures & current news:
I struggled to do a google search on good pages that LIST and support twitch and small content creators – so if you want one i’ll help make one on my site as well as work with TuneBubble and other people to make this happen! Don’t pick up on popular content that doesn’t support the little people. Pick up on content popular or otherwise that WILL boost you up. Remember: We’re not always in this game to become popular, we’re in it to create a space to share our content.
THANK YOUR CREATORS * SUPPORT YOUR CREATORS
There’s not a TON MORE I can do to update this post at the moment, I just wanted to write a LONG ass post about how this day was important and what things I could think of to boost it. I’m white, but i’m also trans, pansexual and I have a mental health list the size of a CVS receipt – I struggle to hold down jobs and I am doing what I can to make a living outside of government assistance. I am not using my platform to promote just me, my platform is for me to promote things I care about – #TwitchBlackout and #TwitchDoBetter and #DayOfTwitch are important. You want to come hang with me while I stick the middle finger to twitch? Sept 1st 11:30pm I am still off Twitch, and I am streaming via my discord https://discord.gg/Pc733HbSdh – That’s tonight if you’re reading this.