PewDiePie Ditches YouTube and Twitch for DLive’s Blockchain Streaming Platform

The most popular streamer in the world is leaving YouTube and Twitch for a model with better incentives.


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  • Tuesday, popular YouTuber Felix Kjellberg (“PewDiePie”) announced a partnership with DLive, a decentralized blockchain-based streaming platform.
  • Starting April 14th, Kjellberg will be livestreaming exclusively with DLive, ditching both YouTube and Twitch.
  • Kjellberg described DLive’s reward system as “revolutionary” and cited some of his reasons for switching included YouTube’s high fees and lackluster incentivization model.

As of April 2019, Kjellberg’s popular YouTube channel, PewDiePie, has a total of 93 million subscribers and 21 billion views. Estimates put his annual income at over $10 million, with YouTube receiving a comparable amount of revenue as a result of PewDiePie’s viewership.

In his video announcement, Kjellberg described his excitement. “Personally, I think it’s really cool to have a creator-based website actually putting creators first. I’m really excited about DLive and I’m excited to finally be live streaming again,” he said.

Unlike YouTube and Twitch who can take upwards of 50 percent of the revenue generated by a content creator, DLive does not take a cut of fees if a watcher donates to a streamer or subscribes to a stream. “Not on DLive, it all goes to the creator,” said PewDiePie.

Popular YouTuber and political activist Paul Joseph Watson announced today that he will be joining Kjellberg in the switch to DLive as well.

According to DLive founder and CEO Charles Wayn, the revolutionary streaming platform was founded to combat unsavory monetization requirements and “unfair” practices of centralized media platforms.


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