At the end of July, Twitch announced a 66% decrease in the value of subs calls to Brazilian channels that carry out lives on the platform. With the readjustment, the standard price on subscriptions dropped from R$22.99 to R$7.90. The measure had a bad impact on the streamers community, generating a kind of “union” and even a promise of strike.
The content producers’ complaint is that the decrease in values will end up affecting the income and consequently the survival of those who work performing lives, gameplay or not.
Last Wednesday (18), anonymous people created a Twitter page called Blackout of Twitch, which is mobilizing streamers to carry out a “strike” on August 23rd. On that date, those involved promise not to hold lives.
“We have a small community and were thinking of a way to mobilize and talk about recent Twitch decisions. In our debate, the idea of making a ‘blackout’ came up to show our dissatisfaction. Everything was quite spontaneous”, explained to TecMundo a member of the group responsible for the initiative.
The group calls itself “anti-capitalist” and makes a point of stressing that it has no leaders. Currently, around 40 people are part of the community. Another participant who spoke with the report explained that practically all Twitch’s Blackout members who do lives are small streamers.
“As the platform decision is very recent, we haven’t felt such a big impact yet. The fact is, a lot of people are anxious and afraid, as the probability of the money in the account being smaller is very high. In addition, Twitch only allows withdrawal when a streamer reaches $100 (about R$538 at the current price). We know people who have been doing lives for 2 years and still haven’t managed to reach this goal”, argues the young woman.
Participants in the anti-capitalist movement, who declined to be identified because they said they are getting hate on social media, commented that they are already being supported by major content producers who have pledged to join the strike next week.
They commented that they don’t have many demands, as everything is quite recent. However, the main complaint is in relation to the unfair distribution of the amount paid for each entry, which according to them is just over R$2. “We have our audience, who like to follow our lives and want to help us financially. However, with the payment, our viewers end up helping Twitch more than we, the content producers”, comments the representative.