Welcome to Web Series World News, where we as a community discuss current events in the digital and TV worlds! Today’s topic:
Is Twitch a better ecosystem for digital creators than YouTube?
There’s a Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood binge-watch happening exclusively on Twitch today, marking a significant milestone in the platform’s pivot from simply being millions of video game streams. However, those video game streams cannot go ignored, because according to Engadget, “Twitch streamers are raking in far more money than folks on YouTube Gaming, at least when it comes to live content.” This is important because as Twitch’s monetization strategy strengthens, so does its draw to content creators (especially smaller ones) who are struggling in the bureaucracy and apathy of YouTube.
Perhaps Twitch, a live-streaming app, isn’t the right place for indie film content right now, but with its recent influx of TV marathons (ie- content that was made prior to being streamed), might it be soon? And in the meantime…