How Kick is ushering in a new era for streaming

By William Davis

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Jul 20, 2023

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Kick, a new streaming platform, has been making waves in the digital world since its launch in October 2022. Backed by popular streamer Tyler “Trainwrecks” Niknam, Kick has positioned itself as a creator-friendly platform, offering a more favorable revenue split and policies that appeal to content creators of all sizes.

Kick was born out of a desire to create a platform that benefits content creators more than existing platforms. The platform’s launch was fueled by Trainwreck’s frustration with the way Twitch operates, particularly its 50-50 revenue split for subscriptions, which has been heavily criticized. Kick, on the other hand, promises a 95-5 revenue split, allowing creators to take home a larger share of their earnings.

Moreover, Kick offers a 100% split on donations, ensuring that all the money that pops up in the stream goes directly to the creator.

Kick vs Twitch: A comparative analysis

While Twitch has been around since 2011, Kick is still in its beta phase. However, Kick’s unique selling points have already started to attract popular streamers. One of the key differences between Kick and Twitch is the revenue split. Twitch follows a traditional 50-50 revenue split, while Kick offers a bold 95-5 revenue split, significantly benefiting the creators. This difference alone has been a major factor in attracting streamers to Kick.

Another difference lies in the affiliate status requirements. To become an affiliate on Twitch, streamers need to meet several requirements, including broadcasting at least 500 total minutes in the last 30 days, having at least 7 unique broadcast days in the last 30 days, an average of 3 concurrent viewers or more over the last 30 days, and at least 50 followers. Kick, however, has simpler requirements: reach 75 followers and stream for a total of 5 hours.

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Kick has positioned itself as a platform that prioritizes the needs of streamers. As Trainwreck, one of the owners of Kick, stated, “We, as streamers, make the platform, not the other way around.” This sentiment resonates with many content creators who feel that their contributions to the success of these platforms are often overlooked.

Kick and casino streaming

Kick has also taken a different stance on casino and gambling streams compared to Twitch. Twitch doesn’t allow users to share links or affiliate codes to sites where you can gamble, including games like slots, roulette, and dice games. Kick, however, has looser regulations when it comes to streaming gambling and promoting online casino bonuses.

While gambling with other users is prohibited, streamers can stream online poker and blackjack depending on the regulations of their country.

This leniency towards gambling streams has led to Kick being backed by Stake, an offshore casino that has been sponsoring Train for a while now. This backing has allowed Kick to offer its generous revenue splits and has positioned it as a potential new home for gambling streams.

Controversies surrounding Kick

Despite its promising start, Kick has not been without controversy. One of the most significant controversies involves the return of Abraham “ItsSliker”, a streamer who had previously scammed his fans and fellow streamers of $200,000 to feed his gambling addiction. His return to streaming on Kick has divided the online community, with some feeling that he doesn’t deserve a platform while others highlight that he’s reportedly paying back what he owes.

Kick has also faced backlash over several community accusations, ranging from viewbotting issues to problematic username policies. For instance, Kick has been criticized for not taking action against harmful and derogatory usernames. The platform has also been accused of forcing some streamers to change their usernames to benefit larger streamers, sparking further outrage.

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Moreover, Kick’s allowance of gambling streams has been a point of contention. While it has attracted a certain demographic of streamers and viewers, it has also raised concerns about the potential for promoting harmful gambling behaviors.

Despite these controversies, Kick continues to grow and evolve. As with any new platform, there are bound to be growing pains and challenges. The key will be how Kick responds to these issues and implements changes to improve the platform for its users. If it can effectively address these controversies and continue to prioritize the needs of its streamers, Kick has the potential to solidify its place in the streaming industry.

Despite its promising start, Kick still has a long way to go before it can compete with giants like Twitch and YouTube. However, its creator-friendly policies and support for gambling streams make it a unique player in the streaming industry. Whether or not it manages to divert enough of a streamer and viewer base away from Twitch remains to be seen.

All in all, Kick represents a new era in the world of streaming. Its creator-friendly policies, coupled with its openness to casino streaming, make it a platform to watch. However, it’s multiple controversies have distanced it from some of the more mainstream live communities. As it continues to grow and evolve, it will be interesting to see how it shapes the future of casino streaming and the streaming industry as a whole.

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