The Freedom Found with Twitch

Twitch has become my home away from home ever since YouTube decided to do away with their concern with their content creator by unleashing their copyright auto-bot that wreaked havoc on myself and hundreds of others whose sole content were gaming videos. Despite the support and outcry from the community, from the very designers and publishers of these games, many of us were unable to reclaim the videos that we had spent hours creating, editing and designing for our viewers. I am eternally grateful for Twitch for allowing us to buy twitch viewers to help us get back a little of what we lost in revenue.

I didn’t want to have to utilize this method in making up for my revenue but the transition from YT to Twitch, while mechanically easy, was psychologically and financially challenging. I was bringing in a five figure income every month thanks to the viewership I had cultivated on YT and the sudden loss of my challenge meant a loss of all that money out of nowhere. It’s not as if YT guarantees you money; if you’re lucky enough to be a partner you have some measure of ‘protection’ but for those of us were not, we were out of luck.

Part of me wants to completely blame YT but I know that they were merely under pressure from external forces demanding the videos be taken down. A lot of the copyright claims are dubious at best; news channels claiming they own the rights to a video due to their use of a single clip from a game (what?) or lawyers who work with the individuals who composed the music for several games flooding it with demands that the videos be taken down if the music can be heard, nevermind the out cry from the game designers themselves at such absurdity!

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