Amidst controversy, PewDiePie is going to start streaming on Twitch

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PewDiePie is a household name when it comes to gaming on YouTube. The 54 million subscriber strong YouTuber has long been the poster child of video gaming success on Google’s video platform. Recently, due to his ongoing battle with the Wall Street Journal, PewDiePie has kept his fans informed and recently, in a deleted video, announced NetGlow: a new Twitch channel which launched last night. The video may have been deleted, but PewDiePie Tweeted the news as well.

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Okay, it was more a goof in his studio, but the fact remains that NetGlow exists. The big question now, of course, is if this move to Twitch is related to PewDiePie’s recent issues with YouTube including the cancellation of his YouTube Red show. NetGlow will be a weekly live show, much like his YouTube Red one, but this has nothing to do with the ongoing drama between YouTube and the WSJ.

In case you live under a rock, last month PewDiePie was called out by the Wall Street Journal for a “racist” video he made with the website Fiver, where you can get people to do pretty much anything for $5 or more. The big issue was that major brands like Toyota, Microsoft and others were advertising on videos like this, and some others, which featured racist material – but some felt it was taken a bit out of context with regard to PewDiePie’s content. The famed YouTuber had a bout of misfortune and subsequently lost his show and partnership with Maker Studios, but still remained one of the largest channels on YouTube.

I’ve often wondered why PewDiePie hasn’t moved to Twitch with his massive following, or opted for live gameplay streaming through YouTube. It’s still a bit unclear what NetGlow will be about, but reports are saying that it’s going to be more charity-driven as YouTube “becomes more like television,” and that’s apparently “gonna be bad for everyone.”

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Kyle Wolmarans

Critical Hit's eSports guy. I talk about eSports and drink whiskey. I also write and cast for Orena - but my work here is independent of that.

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