Top Twitch Streamers Are Fed Up with Revenue Sharing

May 15, 2024

Welcome to Stream Report, a newsletter from Gaming Careers covering important news and updates in streaming and content creation.

In this issue: We delve into Critical Role's strategic shift away from Twitch, exploring their move to an independent subscription model and its implications for the streaming landscape.

Critical Role Shifts Subscriptions Away from Twitch

Critical Role Shifts Subscriptions Away from Twitch
Critical Role Shifts Subscriptions Away from Twitch

Critical Role, the powerhouse behind popular Dungeons & Dragons livestreams, is making bold moves to expand its influence in the nerd culture sphere. Known for captivating a massive audience of 1.3 million on Twitch, they’re now launching Beacon, their own subscription service.

A Strategic Shift

This initiative marks a significant pivot from Twitch, where they have been one of the top earners. By introducing Beacon, Critical Role is venturing into new territory with a platform that mirrors the benefits of Twitch subscriptions but adds exclusive perks:

  • Instant access to VODs
  • Exclusive content only available to members
  • Access to a private Discord server
  • Discounts on merchandise
  • Early access to tickets for live events

The membership is $5.99 per month, positioning it as a direct competitor to Twitch’s current offerings.

Fans who prefer the traditional viewing experience can still enjoy the show for free on Twitch and YouTube, following the regular release schedule.

Why Make the Move?

Marisha Ray, the creative director of Critical Role, explained that this move allows fans to support the team more directly, avoiding the cut taken by third-party platforms. The decision also stems from wanting more control over their content and monetization, especially given the issues with demonetization and inappropriate ads on other platforms.

Reinvestment and Independence

Travis Willingham, CEO of Critical Role, emphasized the team’s strategy to reinvest in their own content and community. Matthew Mercer, the chief creative officer, echoed this sentiment, highlighting the independence granted by fan support, which has been crucial for their growth and autonomy.

A Bold Future

As Critical Role steps away from Twitch, the impact on their subscriber base remains to be seen. However, their history of successful ventures, including record-breaking Kickstarter campaigns and sold-out events, suggests that betting against them might not be wise.

Time will tell if we see more top streamers moving their memberships off-platform.

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🔥 Pete’s Content Corner

Delve into my weekly selection of content creation highlights—handpicked videos, podcasts, and tweets that promise to captivate, educate, and entertain.

  1. OpenAI is developing a tool called Media Manager that will allow creators to control the inclusion of their content in AI training. This aims to address intellectual property concerns and criticism over data scraping practices.
  2. Substack has launched Creator Studio, a program to help short-form video creators build subscription-based shows and communities on its platform.
  3. Ali Abdaal shares lessons from his failed keyboard launch, highlighting the challenges of diversifying into physical products.



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