A post on the Deadmau5 subreddit was shared today, titled, “Do you remember when you could watch Joel stream, interact with him and get teasers of his new music for free? I Remember.” Joel, aka Deadmau5, used to stream on Twitch either playing video games or making music.
In February earlier this year, Deadmau5 received a suspension from the platform for his use of the word “fag” on stream. In response, he deleted his whole Twitch account in protest of the platform’s apparent double standards. “I’m not going to stand for Twitch’s double standard when it comes to censoring and suspending me for harmless shit,” he shared with his community on Reddit.
Now, Deadmau5 has created a community of his own and is asking fans to subscribe for content. It’s not all that different from Twitch, where a subscription to a streamer also cost $5/mo. But with the Deadmau5 community, he has full creative control over what is shared, what is behind that pay wall, and what kind of exclusive content he offers.
- Access to deadmau5’s gameplay with commenting, AMAs, or other live videostreams
- First teasers of releases of new music, videos and other content directly from deadmau5
- Ability to Chat with deadmau5 in the Forums
- First access to exclusive merchandise.
- First access to ticketing and experience opportunities
- Discounts on merchandise
While the tone of the title was rather morose, the comments in the post were largely supportive of the move. And why not? As one user put it, “It’s more than what a twitch subscription got you for the same price, and they’re doing the heavy lifting of running the platform – rather than simply using one. that takes time and deserves compensation. IMO. […] I think it’s a fucking good deal.”
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