In September of this year, Twitch tightened gambling rules on the live streaming site, banning crypto casinos like Stake, Rollbit, Duelbits and Roobet. Twitch’s biggest gambling streamer, Trainwrecks, then announced that it would set up its own streaming site that would allow gambling. His “Kick” platform, which is still under construction, attracts streamers with attractive subscription shares.
With Kick, streamers should get 95 percent of the subscription income, instead of 70 percent like on YouTube or soon only 50 percent like on Twitch (for top earners). In addition, the site should not keep anything for itself when donating and 100 percent of the donation money goes to the streamer. Streamers should be able to pay out their money on the same day and not wait for their monthly payout, as is the case with Twitch, for example.
Trainwreck’s Kick streaming platform appears to be a Stake project
Exactly who is behind Kick.com is still a mystery. However, research by dexerto suggests that Stake co-founder Ed Craven is behind it. Craven has been streaming on Kick.com for a while, broadcasting on the platform as early as November before officially promoting it by Trainwrecks on December 5, 2022. Eddie also did a test stream in early November.
User ‘Eddiee’ is an admin on Kick.com’s official Discord, and the Stake co-founder also left his mark on the Trainwrecks platform on Reddit. A post removed by moderators claims that users “CalebStake” and “CalebKick” were originally moderators of the sub-reddit but were deleted and replaced with brand new Reddit accounts created on December 6th. Dexerto has confirmed that both of these accounts previously moderated the sub-Reddit before being deleted.
The site’s job postings were published by Australian start-up Easygo. The job posting states: “Kick.com is a new company formed by the founders of Easygo and Stake.com with new studios in Australia and Europe. Kick Gaming’s vision is to be the leading content provider in the gambling industry thanks to its new approach to developing top-notch slots and table games available to online casinos worldwide via a single API to its Remote Game Server.”
Stake.com has been a sponsor of Trainwrecks since the crypto sites on Twitch were still legal. It is no coincidence that the slots streamer is now promoting Kick.com of all things.
Gambling blood money enables top conditions
The structure of the new streaming platform, which puts gambling in the foreground, has been criticized by many. Twitch’s former Director of Creator Development djWHEAT has called the platform a scam, but other streamers like DrDisrespect see the gambling streaming platform as a real competitor.
In particular, the offer of a 95/5 split should tempt some streamers to switch compared to Twitch’s upcoming 50/50 split. Of course, these tasty conditions are made possible by the blood money of the crypto casino site behind it, on which players gamble away house and yard while you can watch streamers with a fat sponsorship contract apparently waste money themselves.
Ex-Twitch streamer and YouTuber Ludwig sums up the situation well in his latest video. As Ludwig concludes in his video, Trainwrecks’ plan is not simply a good deed to create a streaming platform for small and medium-sized streamers with a fair subscription split.
Attempting to address the “little man” of Twitch and YouTube
“He’s trying to do this in part to do sponsored gambling content again, so he took the plunge into letting people know about Kick without being the owner. He’s probably getting paid by Stake to gamble on the site huh “Probably a better job than being a 30% shareholder in a website that you have to build from scratch. He gets his paycheck just for playing the site,” concludes Ludwig.
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The YouTuber rounded off his initial observations by saying that switching to Kick for some easy cash is definitely appealing to the “little man” on Twitch or YouTube. The ratios are by far the best on the market, and that’s enough to make everyone sit up and take notice and keep Twitch’s negatives going down in November as more gaming streamers and smaller streamers are lured into the offering.
Quelle | dexerto