PewDiePie, the YouTuber with the highest subscription numbers, will begin streaming on the blockchain video platform DLive on April 14.
This Tuesday DLive announced that they have signed a streaming deal with 29 year old Swedish content creator Felix Kjellberg, also known as PewDiePie. The blockchain-powered broadcasting app will become “the exclusive livestreaming platform” for the famous YouTuber, who at present has close to 94 million subscribers.
DLive, which is based on the decentralised blockchain protocol Lino, claims to reward its content makers and viewers for participating in content creation and consumption with “Lino tokens”. The company has claimed that their platform, which reportedly has more than 3 million monthly users and 35,000 active streamers, has no fees or charges for their content creators, and does not take a percentage of their earnings. Wilson Wei, Co-Founder of Lino Network, commented:
“DLive is a place where instead of competing against each other, it benefits creators to support one another. With no platform cuts, we incentivise everyone to create the highest quality content for viewers. PewDiePie has always been a fierce advocate for the value that creators bring with their hard work, time, and effort, and he believes in DLive’s vision. Our livestreaming platform has the potential to forever change how creators are represented in this industry, and we’re proud to have PewDiePie help us lead this charge.”
PewDiePie not only confirmed the news on his YouTube channel on April 9, but also said in his DLive channel that he will support content creators on the platform by donating up to $50,000 to a maximum of 100 creators. He also said in the Tuesday’s announcement:
“I’m excited to start live streaming again regularly! DLive is great for me because I’m treated like a real partner, just like all of the other streamers on DLive’s unique platform.”
The announcement was made couple of weeks after a petition to ban PewDiePie from YouTube was started. It has gathered 83,000 signatures at present, and accuses PewDiePie’s channel of being “one of the largest platforms for white supremacist content”. The petition was reportedly created after PewDiePie’s channel was mentioned by the Christchurch gunman before his attack on two New Zealand mosques.