Twitch is an American live streaming platform that exclusively focuses on streams for gaming, esports, and other creative content. It is undoubtedly one of the biggest streaming platforms in the world, and many people worldwide make their earnings through this platform. Recently, Twitch updated their agreement with their streamers, causing chaos all around the internet for mostly bad reasons. This updated agreement has left a lot of Twitch Streamers wondering if they will pay a $25 fee if they or Twitch end their agreement. It’s not surprising that many streamers have reacted to this, so let’s dive into it and address all your queries.
Twitch Updated Agreement
Twitch has updated its agreement with its streamers and received a lot of backlash from the community. Multiple changes have been added to this new Twitch Agreement, and this has caused a lot of worry for streamers who stream on multiple platforms. The new updated agreement can be found on their official website. One major clause that has contributed the most to this chaos is the termination clause. Let us look into what this clause says and if there is anything you can do about it.
The Big Question: Will You Pay $25 if You or Twitch end your Agreement?
- The updated agreement states, “If you or we terminate this Agreement, a maintenance fee will be deducted from your remaining balance. The maintenance fee will be less than the accrued Program Fees for your Twitch Channel or $25. Any remaining balance after the deduction of the maintenance fee will be paid to you.” So, long story short, yes, you will pay the $25 if you or Twitch end your agreement.
- Also, this is not just it. There are other updated termination clauses that you can read on this page for better clarity.
Streamers are on the losing end of this agreement, no matter how you look at it. Therefore, it was natural for streamers to come out on their social handles and express their feelings about this updated, unfair agreement by Twitch.
- A lot of streamers expressed their disappointment without saying anything. For streamer Paladin, actions speak louder than words:
— Paladin (@PaladinAmber) June 7, 2023
- A few people did take a sarcastic approach to this agreement and posted a tweet with humor:
— Opera GX (@operagxofficial) June 6, 2023
- Even MrBeast had something to say about the issue, calling out Twitch and asking for them to help their creators instead of “handicapping” them:
Hey @Twitch how about instead of handicapping what creators make, you help them make more? Seems more logical.
— MrBeast (@MrBeast) June 6, 2023
Will Twitch do anything about this?
- Well, as soon as they posted the agreement, Twitch received a huge backlash from their community of streamers and fans. Hence, they quickly posted a few statements about “misunderstandings” due to “poorly phrased” sentences.
Today’s branded content policy update was overly broad. This created confusion and frustration, and we apologize for that.
— Twitch (@Twitch) June 6, 2023
- Although they still haven’t made a visible change to the agreement, those failed explanation tweets clarified it. We believe if the community stays united and Twitch keeps receiving the backlash, they might tweak the agreement.
Kick to the Rescue
We will cover the $25 fee for anyone willing to break their contract and move to Kick ✅ https://t.co/6SM4o1UUb0
— Kick.com (@KickStreaming) June 6, 2023
- In trading, they often say that one man’s loss is another man’s profit. Well, we believe this phrase is not just limited to trading and applies to streaming platforms as well. Kick is another streaming platform that is a user-friendly platform with much-relaxed agreements for its streamer.
- They were quick to grab this opportunity to attract users to their platform. In addition, they tweeted that they will cover the $25 fee for all the streamers who will nullify their agreement to join “Kick.”
- Kick has been a rescue for Twitch streamers for a while now.
If you have any further questions regarding whether content creators need to pay the $25 fee if they end their agreement with Twitch, comment below. We would love to answer your questions.
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