Recently, I talked about censorship in a previous blog and how I feel China and Tencent are crawling ever so closer to have full dominance of the video game space. Well, you can imagine my shock (not really) when I heard that YouTube as allegedly being removing certain Chinese phrases that speak ill against the Chinese regime! The platform that was supposed to allow fair criticism is now allegedly removing comments that criticize China!
Over the past few weeks, my timeline has been filled with two ongoing “drama”! One is between Keemstar and H3H3, and the other one revolves around Pokimane vs ItsAGundam. Now I won’t be going too deep into either drama, I’ll likely just give bullet points so you can get a gist as to what’s going on. The main focus today is to touch on how the once “holy grail” of monetization, sponsorships, which has helped sustain many YouTubers when YouTube itself ain’t enough, is now just a frail and easy to destroy! It’s now become a tool to hurt or silence!
Get that bag! That’s a phrase you’ll hear a lot on YouTube from people trying to make big money on the platform. It’s often encouraged by their fellow content creators and for the most part, mostly never led to anything malicious. However, after the raid of sponsorships YouTube from one infamous mobile game, Raid: Shadow Legends, one has got to wonder, is it ethical to take sponsorships for a product you won’t use or care for in the slightest? Have we moved past that sentiment, to which no one really cares about the authenticity of the product been promoted to people?
There are many fanbases out there that are passionate about their respective IP’s, but as far as I am concern, none are as passionate as the Sonic Community when it comes to creating fan-based projects of their favorite blue hedgehog. This time, we have SONIC X REANIMATE, a 17 months production that brings together animators and illustrators to reanimate the 5th episode of the Sonic X series, “Cracking Knuckles”.
Once in a while, I like to showcase works that I come across the internet. Whether recent or not, it matters not as there’s always someone out there who hasn’t see it yet. Today, I want to highlight Malika – Warrior Queen, an animated series by YouNeek Studios.
First off, yes! Yes, it is a slow news/discussion day for sure! However secondly, I wanted to discuss how people have reacted towards MatPat’s latest video, it which he discusses the Coronavirus in a well, let’s say not the most tasteful approach given the current circumstances. I also wanted to highlight the slight hypocrisy of everyone else.
Over my time on the internet, I have come across statements made by many who partake on the YouTube hustle that having a channel has actually cost them opportunities in whatever industry they’ve tried to enter into. At first glance you’d assume that maybe one of the causes for this is the content that they’ve uploaded on their channel, however, often times that’s not the case. Even people with prominent channels, that are successful and family-friendly have met similar fates, so I wanted to explore this phenomenon and see why having a YouTube channel might actually cost you opportunities!
With YouTube releasing what many have so far dubbed the “laziest Rewind ever”, creators have taken it upon themselves to create their own YouTube Rewind. Now while some were admirable, they too fell flat in my books (I’m a harsh critic), that is until I came across one that really, and I mean REALLY captured the feel of a rewind. It quite honestly should be classified as YouTube Rewind of the Decade, because that’s what it did!
With YouTube seemingly about to face its end in 2020, many of us have begun looking for ways to survive this upcoming COPPA storm. Some creators are already in the works of rebranding their entire channels to be in compliance of COPPA, some are looking for alternative platforms to continue on their work, while others are ready to call it quits altogether. Extremely confused and rightfully so, I myself am among those that are confused and fearful of what COPPA could mean for content creators so I wanted to share my plans, and hopefully this will help some of you that are a bit lost on what to do.