“Jeff Bezos paid $ 970 million for it, we’re giving it away free”Read a cheeky post on 4chan yesterday morning. A torrent link containing 125 GB of tea on the Amazon-owned streaming service was attached to the post. Tic. Among its source code, the history of comments from streamers and information on an unpublished To smoke rival of Amazon game studios (codenamed Vapor), were reports on the income of individual streamers.
While the screenshots, now viral on Twitter, confirm the painstakingly obvious fact that most of the successful content creators on the platform are male, what is truly shocking is the disparity, coupled with a racial pay gap. Of the top 100 streamers, only three of them are women, only one of which is a woman of color. An analysis of the highest incomes, between August 2019 and now, also reveals a common thread running through the list: The best streamers are all white males.
Based on screenshots posted by the Twitter user @Know something, the first place is drawn by critical role, a Dungeons and Dragons web series that made around $ 9.6 million in revenue. The collective is followed by men Monitoring banner xQcOW and video blogger top1g. While these numbers don’t take into account donations, sponsorships, or other sources of income, female streamers are lower down the list, starting with valiant banner Pokimane in 39th place, cosplayer Amouranth at the 48th, and music streamer Sintica at the 71st.
“With the exception of streams managed by multiple people (like CriticalRole), there are no women in the top third of top-paying Twitch content creators,” a survey noted by Kotaku. These rankings are particularly surprising, given that the platform’s male creators once blamed women hot tub meta streamers, disdainfully referred to as “titty streamers,” for excited bait users and flight their views. “All this energy we spend pissing and crying about how women were ‘setting a dangerous precedent’ amid incels shouting ‘titty streamers’ and they’re not even in the same group for payments,” tweeted Twitch streamer Vanessa Brasfield, aka Pleasantly twstd. “Find the black person here while you’re at it.”
In August 2021, Twitch witnessed an influx of “hate raids” – where anonymous users generate bots to harass creators by overwhelming their chat streams during a livestream – particularly targeting black and LGBTQ + streamers. In response to the #TwitchDoBetter and #ADayOffTwitch campaigns on the platform, Twitch announced a set of verification tools after trying to continue on his way into a permanent solution. While its usefulness and success remain to be seen, the raids had already contributed to growing mistrust among users of the platform. The recent data breach appears to have dealt the final blow.
“Coming after the hate raids and seeing the highest paid streamers being mostly white and male despite Twitch preaching diversity… it’s boring, it’s frustrating,” Twitch streamer Briggsycakes Recount The daily beast. The post highlighted how black, brown, gay and female creators – who spend hours streaming live and usually get paid from dust – constantly need the funds to make the investment worth it. Being the most hate-sensitive on the platform, the very fact that Twitch is handing out millions of dollars to a subset of users who don’t have to deal with that level of hate isn’t lost on us. streamers.
The Daily Beast further noted the presence of a former FaZe Clan member Tfue, who was banned in 2018 for calling a black player a “coon” during a live broadcast Fortnite. Ranked in the top 100, the streamer is said to have earned $ 5,295,582 over the past two years.
Considering the number of marginalized streamers struggling to be discovered on the platform, Twitch presented identity-based tags in May 2021. However, it has done little or nothing in the quest to address toxicity against marginalized streamers on the platform. Currently, the breach comes less than a week after Twitch announced a new feature called ‘Boost this flow‘. Initially tested with 100 channels, the feature would allow users to To pay for increased exposure on the platform. In short, with an already disproportionate influence, users who earn millions of dollars would have the chance to grow their follower base. even more– while others have less space to promote their work.
While Twitch’s data breach has broader implications for user privacy, the gender and race disparity highlighted by the leak is increasingly prompting creators to quit the platform. While Twitch has confirmed the leak, the company has yet to respond for what has been discovered. “We are currently investigating the issue and will have more to share as we have additional details,” a spokesperson told The Daily Beast.
With streamers like BBG Calc admitting that the list of earnings “has my figure 100 percent correct”, While other leading creators have confirmed the list to be“ correct ”and“ about correct ”, it appears that more disclosures are in the works as the internet unveils information of the leak to its last drop. But nonetheless, the community won’t be the same – until the platform sees these issues as mutually inclusive issues in the first place.