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Kick staff address delays in promised features

Kick staff address delays in promised features
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Kick launched in late 2022, and since then, the platform has promised users a number of new features. But viewers are frustrated after noticing that these promised updates have been coming slowly.

Slow rollout of new features

Trainwreck mentioned the channel points as one such feature in his June 9, 2024, stream. A significant update known as “Kick 2.0” has also been hinted about, though little details have been released.

Kick’s leadership recently spoke about the slow rollout of new features. Kick CEO Eddie Craven addressed the issue, saying, “This is what everyone’s asking, right? They’re asking about where the updates are. What’s going on, why are we not releasing as many updates as we like to. We were spit firing updates very quickly in the beginning, and we changed that.”

He explained that the company initially released updates quickly but decided to change this approach.

Focus on stability

Kick’s CTO, Dave Lemphers, provided more insight into their strategy. He said, “I’m a huge believer in ‘slow is smooth, and smooth is fast.’ We have good engineering teams who ship with confidence. They make sure that they’re building products and features that are robust and ready for delivery. It doesn’t mean that we won’t be prioritizing important features, but we have to focus on stability.”

Recent updates

Kick launched new categories like IRL and Chat Roulette in June. With these updates, viewers can now more easily identify certain types of streamers and the platform is better able to monitor content.

Although many users have been frustrated with Kick’s delayed implementation of new features, the company feels that this strategy guarantees stability and quality. They strive for a better overall experience through thoughtful development and extensive testing. Future updates are expected by users, however patience is advised as the company gives priority to stable and strong features.

Neon acquires Chris Stuckmann’s horror film “Shelby Oaks”

Neon acquires Chris Stuckmann's horror film
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Neon, known for distributing critically acclaimed films like “Parasite” (2019) and “Anatomy of a Fall” (2023), has recently acquired the worldwide rights to horror film “Shelby Oaks.” The film was created by YouTube critic Chris Stuckmann, marking his debut as a feature film director.

About the film

“Shelby Oaks” is a blend of documentary and found footage genres, starring Camille Sullivan, Brendan Sexton III and Sarah Durn. Sullivan plays Mia, a woman desperately searching for her sister Riley, who vanished while making her investigative series “Paranormal Paranoids.” The film will premiere at the Fantasia Festival on July 20. Neon will handle its theatrical release in the U.S. and manage international sales.

Production and funding

Paper Street Pictures’ Cameron Burns, Ashleigh Snead and Aaron B. Koontz collaborated in the production of Stuckmann’s picture. Melinda Nishioka, Trevor Macy and Mike Flanagan are among the executive producers.

The movie received $1.4 million in funding from a Kickstarter campaign in 2022, making it the most financed horror movie ever on the platform. Stuckmann expressed his gratitude on YouTube, saying, “It’s hard to communicate just how monumental this is for an independent film.”

The YouTuber-to-Director trend

Stuckmann’s shift from a critic on YouTube to director of movies is a part of a larger pattern as several more creators, including RackaRacka and Wesley Wang, have agreements in place with major movie distributors. Neon’s rival, A24, has been investing more money in social media talent as well, suggesting that the potential of internet producers is becoming more widely acknowledged.

Stuckmann’s transition from YouTube critic to director shows how the film industry is changing and how internet creators are getting more chances to realize their ideas on the big screen.

As Stuckmann himself noted, “It’s a very strange time for filmmakers trying to break into the industry.” Fans and critics alike eagerly await the release of “Shelby Oaks” to see what this new talent brings to the world of horror cinema.

Image courtesy: Chris Stuckmann

Ibai sets new Twitch record with La Velada del Año IV

La Velada del Año IV
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The weekend of July 13 was unforgettable for Ibai Llanos, who broke another Twitch record. The Spanish streamer set a new record for concurrent Twitch viewers during the fourth La Velada del Año, his influencer boxing event.

Record-breaking event

Popular creators boxing against one other has made Ibai’s event, dubbed “The Night of the Year,” popular. Around 3.85 million people watched the event simultaneously on Twitch this year, shattering the previous record. The tournament drew 3.3 million views in 2022 and 3.4 million viewers in 2023. The event this year exceeded all of those figures.

During La Velada del Año IV, Twitch also reached a site-wide peak of 6.74 million concurrent viewers. This includes 4.34 million users viewing other channels, according to Streams Charts.

Massive in-person audience

In addition to shattering internet records, the event attracted a sizable in-person attendance. Santiago Bernabéu Stadium was sold out during La Velada del Año IV. This is not the first time Ibai has drawn a crowd this size. With a capacity of almost 99,000, Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium was packed for his Kings League soccer event last year.

There were thrilling performances and bouts at the tournament. A ten-person “King of the Ring” fight, a two-on-two boxing contest and musical performances by Will Smith unfolded at the event.

Ibai is a favorite to take home the Event of the Year title at the Los Premios ESLAND awards in 2025 because of the extraordinary amount of planning that went into the event.

Future of La Velada del Año

Ibai keeps stretching the limits of what’s feasible on Twitch with every new event. In terms of entertainment value, production quality,and viewership, La Velada del Año IV has raised the bar for future events. It will be fascinating to see what Ibai accomplishes next and whether anyone else can duplicate his unprecedented accomplishment.

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MrBeast’s Team Seas removes 34 M pounds of trash from oceans

Team Seas
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In October 2021, YouTube star MrBeast, whose real name is Jimmy Donaldson, and Mark Rober launched the Team Seas project with a big goal to raise $30 million to remove 30 million pounds of trash from the world’s oceans. MrBeast teamed up with fellow YouTuber Mark Rober and other creators to spread the word. They even got support from famous people like EDM artists Tiesto and Zedd and billionaire Austin Russell.

How Team Seas started

By January 2022, Team Seas had raised the $30 million they aimed for, allowing them to start removing trash from the ocean. They used the money to get trash-cleaning robots, hire volunteer organizations and more. Over two years later, on July 16, 2024, MrBeast announced that they had removed 34,080,191 pounds of trash from oceans around the world. This was more than their original goal by over four million pounds.

Team Seas partnered with organizations like The Ocean Cleanup and Ocean Conservancy. These groups played a big part in the project’s success. MrBeast also got help from many volunteers and other activists. They all worked together to make the oceans cleaner. MrBeast said, “It’s amazing what we can do when we all work together.”

Past success with Team Trees

This isn’t MrBeast’s first big project. Before Team Seas, he started Team Trees, with the goal of planting 20 million trees before 2020. That project was also a success. With his track record, fans are excited to see what he will do next. As MrBeast continues to surprise and inspire, it’s clear that his efforts have a positive impact on the world.

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Illinois passes a law to protect child influencers’ income from their parents

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Illinois has passed a new law requiring parents to set aside 15% of the proceeds from videos showing their children, which is a significant step in the state’s efforts to protect young social media stars. Children who show up in at least 30% of the family’s social media posts are eligible to get this money. Until the child turns eighteen, the funds will be held in a trust.

The trust funds will become available to these children once they reach adulthood. If the rules are broken, they have the option to file a lawsuit and request that their videos be taken down. Governor J.B. Pritzker of Illinois signed this bill, and it became operative on July 1.

Background of the law

The law was inspired by cases in the past of maltreatment of children. Toy Freaks and DaddyOFive, two YouTube channels, were taken down in 2017 due to accusations of abuse. The goal of this law is to give social media kids the same protection as young actors in films and television shows.

Jessica Maddox, a professor at the University of Alabama, emphasized the need for such protections. “As we see influencers and content creators becoming more and more of a viable career path for young people, we have to remember that this is a place where the law has not caught up to practice,” she said to the Associated Press.

The impact of social media on children is increasing. Channels that are successful, like Ryan Kaji’s, can earn millions of dollars. Kaji’s toy review videos brought in an estimated $26 million in revenue in 2019. The new law guarantees young influencers receive an equitable portion of the earnings from their labor.

Growing awareness and support

Shreya Nallamothu, a social justice activist, pushed for this law. She noted the lack of protections for children involved in “kidfluencing.” Naomi Cahn, a professor at the University of Virginia, supports the law. “It’s an amazing example of civics in action,” she said.

YouTube’s new eraser tool helps remove copyrighted music

YouTube's new eraser tool helps remove copyrighted music
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YouTube has released an updated eraser tool to help content creators remove copyrighted music from their videos while maintaining other audio elements. The tool’s purpose is to help users manage copyright claims more efficiently while preserving the originality of their work.

Enhanced AI-powered algorithm

TechCrunch recently reported the updated Erase Song feature that uses an AI-powered system to accurately detect and erase copyrighted music songs without interfering with other audio in the video, including conversation or sound effects.

YouTube CEO Neal Mohan shared the news on social media, highlighting the improvements made to the tool. “We’ve listened to our creators and made significant enhancements to the Erase Song feature,” he posted. “This will help ensure your content remains intact while addressing copyright concerns.”

How the tool works

The Erase Song tool can quickly and effectively remove copyrighted music with the least amount of interference to other audio elements. YouTube does, however, include a warning that the tool might not always produce ideal outcomes.

In the event that the copyrighted track cannot be removed by the AI algorithm, the creators have other options, by either removing the claimed sections or muting all sound in the flagged sections.

Support and limitations

YouTube’s support page acknowledges the tool’s limitations, stating, “This edit might not work if the song is hard to remove. If this tool doesn’t successfully remove the claim on a video, you can try other editing options.”

Users are also advised that processing times can vary, and changes may not save if the video has over 100,000 views unless the channel is part of the YouTube Partner Program.

In the upcoming weeks, users will be able to access the newly updated eraser tool on YouTube Studio’s desktop and mobile platforms. According to data from Social Blade, the launch intends to benefit the platform’s 63.8 million creators globally.

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MrBeast makes history as first YouTuber to reach 300 million subscribers

MrBeast makes history as first YouTuber to reach 300 million subscribers
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MrBeast, also known as Jimmy Donaldson, is the first YouTuber to amass 300 million subscribers. It has only been a little over a month since he overtook T-Series as the most subscribed YouTube channel, and now he has achieved this incredible milestone, becoming the platform’s most popular content producer as he crossed the 300 million mark on July 10, 2024.

Celebrating the moment

MrBeast posted a screenshot of his subscriber count on social media to express his excitement. “I remember freaking out when I hit 300 subscribers 11 years ago… lol,” he posted on X. Fans showered him with appreciation for the post, many of them praising him on his amazing accomplishment.

MrBeast’s high-end videos and partnerships with some of the top influencers on the internet have contributed to his 300 million subscriber journey. With 630 million views, his most popular video, “456,000 Squid Game in Real Life,” demonstrates the intricate and engaging content that has captured the attention of viewers all around the world.

MrBeast overtook T-Series, an Indian music company with 269 million subscribers, on June 1, 2024. With this accomplishment, the two channels’ long-running rivalry for the #1 place on YouTube came to an end. As of right now, MrBeast has pulled ahead of the group by a considerable margin over other creators.

Notable moments and future plans

Along with reaching his subscriber milestone, MrBeast recently appeared on a live stream with Twitch celebrity Kai Cenat, where they played a hilarious joke on the audience by setting off fireworks. In order to pull off the hoax, MrBeast meticulously recreated Kai’s room, and he subsequently posted a video of the whole thing.

Additionally, MrBeast hinted at a future film in which 50 of the largest influencers on the internet would be vying for a $1,000,000 grand prize on behalf of their fans. The July 9th teaser promises another exciting, well-produced video, just like his fans have come to anticipate and enjoy.

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YouTube removes tool that helps creators connect

The creator community has raised concerns over YouTube’s recent removal of an essential feature that lets creators publish their contact email addresses. This change has made it difficult for creators to connect with followers and brands.

Contact emails removed

For many years, YouTube let producers display their email addresses on their channel pages, making it particularly helpful for brands looking to engage in sponsored content partnerships, from small video game promotions to major collaborations with brands valued at thousands of dollars. On July 10, 2024, users discovered that this feature had been removed.

Impact on creators and brands

It’s possible that creators will lose out on important opportunities as a result of the removal of this feature. EvolvePR’s account manager, Shawn, promptly informed creators about the change via social media.

“It is more important than EVER to have your email in your bio — and in your ‘About’ section on YouTube — because YouTube has completely removed our ability to get your email address from the platform. No email, no opportunities. Pass it on,” he advised.

Easy access to contact details is crucial, according to Nick Slegel of Dulcedo artists Agency, who helps creators land brand collaborations.

“It’s so important to have an easy-to-find email in your bio on all platforms, because if I discover someone I’d love to work with on YouTube (for example) and I can’t contact them, now I have to waste time playing detective to try,” he explained.

He continued by saying that brands might not go above and beyond to search for contact details on other platforms, which could result in missed opportunities and lost revenue for creators.

What creators can do now

Creators can still add their email addresses to the “About” section of their channels even though the built-in email button has been removed. This data was formerly secured by a captcha, which helped in preventing spam emails. From now on, creators will have to take more responsibility to make sure that their contact details are accessible and simple to locate.

Logan Paul sues Coffeezilla for “false narrative” he scammed his fans

Logan Paul sues Coffeezilla
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Popular influencer Logan Paul has filed a lawsuit against YouTuber Stephen Findeisen, also known as Coffeezilla, claiming that Findeisen’s criticism of the CryptoZoo NFT project defamed him.

The CryptoZoo controversy

Logan Paul launched CryptoZoo in 2021, a project that allowed customers to buy “eggs” with Ethereum cryptocurrency. It was intended for these eggs to hatch into creatures with different values, but the project’s gaming component was never implemented. In the end, Paul gave back $2.3 million to dissatisfied customers.

YouTube commentator Stephen Findeisen called Paul a scammer in a number of his videos about CryptoZoo and accused him of misleading his fans. Even after Paul expressed regret to Coffeezilla, the criticism persisted, making Paul file a slander claim against Findeisen in June.

The lawsuit details

The case, which was submitted in San Antonio, Texas, claims that Findeisen distributed false information in an effort to raise his personal reputation and draw in more viewers.

The complaint claims that “Findeisen has perpetuated the false narrative that Paul scammed and defrauded his own fans.” Paul’s legal team asserts that in order to bolster his case, Findeisen disregarded important evidence, including internal communications.

The lawsuit seeks compensatory damages of over $75,000, along with interest and attorney fees, due to the harm caused to Paul’s reputation.

Paul’s defense

Paul claims that Eduardo Ibanez and Jake Greenbaum, two of his advisors, are responsible for the failure of his CryptoZoo project. Paul also claims that he had excellent intentions for it and doesn’t have any plans of scamming his fans. He claims that despite making significant investments to repurchase NFTs, he did not make money from CryptoZoo. Paul has also sued the cofounders and accused them of being scammers.

TikTokers face strange zero followers bug

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TikTok users have been experiencing an odd glitch that resets their follower count to 0. While there have been recent reports of this bug, it turns out TikTok has been dealing with this issue for years now.

The glitch resets follower counts

A few TikTok users have reported that their following has suddenly dropped to zero. Unfortunately, this problem has repeatedly happened in the past several years. In the hopes of receiving an immediate resolution, many users still reported the problem to TikTok.

Some users even believed they were banned from the platform, especially since TikTok asked them to re-enter their date of birth each time they opened the app. Still, the issue had nothing to do with being banned.

TikTok’s response to the issue

TikTok is aware of the issue and is trying to fix it. They addressed a similar issue in May 2021 and reported that it had been fixed, however the bug seems to be coming back every now and again.

The good news is that your account will not be permanently affected by this bug. Since TikTok has already resolved this problem, it seems likely that they will do so again shortly. There is little that affected users may do to resolve the issue on their own and TikTok is responsible for resolving the issue.

What to do if you experience the bug

You don’t have to worry if you’re having trouble with the zero-follower issue, as the issue is on TikTok’s side, and they are working on a fix.

Users will need to wait patiently for TikTok to fix the problem for the time being. With any luck, the TikTok team might be able to solve the issue permanently and prevent it from recurring in the future.

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