Meet DLive: The Blockchain Platform PewDieDie Fled to From Youtube & Twitch

DLive, the “world’s first and largest streaming platform on blockchain” launched in 2017 as a way to help people that make content for platforms like …

Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg, YouTube’s most popular content creator has penned a deal with a “decentralized live streaming platform” called DLive. Kjellberg announced that he would be doing a new weekly live stream on DLive in a YouTube video posted Tuesday that has been viewed 4.6 million times. His reasons, he explained, were largely economic.

DLive, the “world’s first and largest streaming platform on blockchain” launched in 2017 as a way to help people that make content for platforms like YouTube keep more of the earnings from advertisers. The platform is built upon the the Lino Network blockchain, uses its own currency system, and doesn’t take a sizable cut of the revenue generated by streamers. DLive even has a mechanism for rewarding viewers, who can earn something called “LINO Points” for engaging with their favorite streamers (88 Lino Points translates roughly to $1.22, according to the company).

To kickstart the migration, Kjellberg promised to donate between $10,000 and $50,000 worth of LINO Points to up to 100 content creators on the site during his first live stream, which is set for April 14 at 1 p.m. Eastern. Since Tuesday’s announcement, his DLive account has amassed roughly 85,000 followers, and his fans have donated more than $23,000 to support the channel.

Kjellberg announces his partnership with DLive on his YouTube channel.

“I’m really excited about DLive and to be live streaming again,” said Kjellberg. “I’m going to be live streaming there soon, very frequently. Also my first stream is going to be pretty epic. I’m going to donate to people live streaming on DLive.”

He’s still got a bit of catch-up to play when it comes to his YouTube, which has more than 93 million subscribers, many whom subscribe so they can tune in whenever Kjellberg streams live. While he says he won’t stop uploading his widely popular “Meme Review” videos on YouTube, Kjellberg has stated that DLive will be the exclusive place to catch his livestreams for the foreseeable future.

DLive: Making an Account

Creating an account only takes a few seconds. You hit the yellow “Sign Up” button at the top right of the screen and enter an email address, create a password, and wait for an email to come in with a verification code to get started.

If you plan to try and monetize your time spent on DLive, then make sure you sign up with an email that is linked to a PayPal account (DLive claims its tokens are converted into dollars and added to your balance in a process that takes about three days after cashing out). Users outside the U.S. can alternatively transfer DLive funds to a bitcoin wallet by supplying their bitcoin address.

dlive homepage
dlive homepage
Hit the “Sign Up” button at the top right of the screen to get started.

DLive: Browsing the Site

Twitch and YouTube Gaming users will find DLive to be very familiar. The front page is now populated by a banner promoting Kjellberg’s channel, but scrolling down reveals a roster of other available content creators that have already been recruited to the site.

A majority of the content on DLive is about video games. A list of the most streamed game titles can be found directly under the PewDiePie banner, and underneath those you can see which individual videos currently have the most viewers.

Hitting the “Browse” tab at the top center of the screen will bring up a roster of all of the games being streamed at the moment so users can look for exact games they want to watch.

DLive offers an iOS and Android app that take the site mobile.

dlive streaming site video games
dlive streaming site video games
Just like Twitch and YouTube Gaming, DLive offers a roster of video games that streamers are currently playing live.

DLive: The Basics

From the viewer’s perspective, DLive is basically exactly like Twitch. Viewers can subscribe to streams by paying a monthly fee, which will get their messages noticed by the streamer more often.

LINO Points are DLive’s currency of choice. The cryptocurrency is how users give donations and get rewards across the platform. 88 Lino points translates to $1.22 and can be purchased on the site using PayPal or a credit card.

Viewers can donate a little as one LINO Point, referred to as a “Lemon,” or up to 10,000 LINO Points, known as a Ninjet directly to a streamer.

DLive explains that 90.1 percent of subscription earnings and one-time donations go straight to the content creator. The remaining 9.9 percent is deposited into a pool of “Locked LINO,” which is awarded to the most engaged users.

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dlive streaming money

DLive: Viewers Can Get Rewards, Too

Viewers who subscribe to steamers and avidly converse with DLive’s community will gain a little reward in the form of Lock LINO Points every day. Based on their engagement rate, a small sum of the online currency will be redeemable by simply logging in and clicking the yellow “Redeem Now” button in the notification window at the top right of the site.

DLive explains that these points can be immediately gifted to a streamer or transferred to PayPal or into Bitcoin if they want to cash out. Locked points holders also get access to a few unique perks.

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dlive streaming
Viewers can get rewards by avidly engaging with the community.

DLive: Locked Points Perks

Anyone with locked LINO Points in their account will be able to shape the direction DLive moves in the future. The live streaming site offers daily questionnaires available only to Locked LINO Point owners.

These questionnaires will allow engaged users to vote on decisions relating to the network, and put in requests or vote on future feature upgrades. This way the most active participants in the community have a voice as to the direction of where the site is going (and where the decentralized part comes in.)

The more locked points you have the more daily rewards you get and the more DLive clout you will eventually have. Users can “lock” their standard LINO Points to boost this number, but they’ll need a minimum of 1,000 to make that transaction.

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How to cash out your LINO points.

DLive: How to Cash Out

If users are in this for the money, you can easily transfer your points to a PayPal or Bitcoin by navigating to the “Get Paid” tab found in the top right drop-down menu.

To liquidate your LINO points you’ll need a minimum of 2,000 and you’ll need to request a payment at least three days before Thursday and Sunday. Users can either plug in their Bitcoin wallet address or use their email to transfer the funds to their PayPal. If you signed up a for the site with a different email address than your PayPal account, you’ll either have to make another DLive account with your PayPal email address or make a new PayPal.

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Unilever’s Axe partners with esports company Eleague

The campaign, “Bits for Blades,” was giving fans the chance to win virtual currency to support streamers when they purchase Gillette products …

Dive Brief:

  • Unilever men’s grooming brand Axe has partnered with with esports content and tournament provider Eleague, which is a partnership of Turner Sports and talent agency IMG, according to a press release.
  • Axe will be the official personal care partner of Eleague. One of the first activations will take place April 5-8, when Axe will sponsor the first-ever Eleague x Rocket League Game Zone, which will take place at the Minneapolis Convention Center as part of the Final Four Fan Fest presented by Capital One.
  • Eleague and Axe will work on marketing programs across TV, digital and social media, as well as on-site during gaming competitions. Custom content is also part of the deal, including “You’re Hotter When You’re Chill presented by Axe,” a series of conversations with players that will be integrated in live and on-demand coverage.

Dive Insight:

Unilever’s Axe is the latest men’s-focused brand to jump on the esports trend in an effort to connect with younger male audiences, who have been harder to reach via traditional ad formats. Amazon’s Twitch platform, an early esports offering, has been the focus of much of the marketing partnerships in this space to date. Eleague, with backing from a talent agency and major traditional sports broadcaster, has been ramping up its tournaments and clearly sees an opportunity to attract brands.

Axe is likely attracted to the growing esports audience, with 30.3 million people expected to watch an esports event at least once a month in 2019, an 18% increase over last year, according to eMarketer. Esports ad revenue is expected to surpass $200 million by 2020.

Brands targeting young men clearly see esports as an opportunity to reach their core audience. Among Gen Z males, aged 13-21, more than half spend more time following nontraditional sports than traditional media, according to sports media brand Whistle. Most of these consumers welcome marketing messages in nontraditional sports, with 57% saying it’s important for companies to sponsor, advertise and support the sports they watch.

Rival men’s grooming brand Gillette, from Procter & Gamble, recently announced a partnership with live streaming video platform Twitch on the Gillette Gaming Alliance, a team of global streamers who will create content for the brand. The campaign, “Bits for Blades,” was giving fans the chance to win virtual currency to support streamers when they purchase Gillette products displayed and discussed by team members. Viewers could purchase the products on Amazon by clicking on a Gillette banner.

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BTC & BCH Payments Removed From Twitch

The streaming platform has recently removed the Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash options for payment methods for subscriptions. The news of Twitch getting …

One thing you might not know is that the popular live video streaming platform, Twitch is actually owned by Amazon. The streaming platform has recently removed the Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash options for payment methods for subscriptions. The news of Twitch getting rid of these two cryptocurrencies on the platform got many people thinking of whether digital assets, as a form of payment, is going through a rough patch or if this was just a one-off move from Twitch.

Ditching Twitch

So, Twitch has decided to remove Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash payments from their platform although they did it very quietly, not officially revealing the news or making an announcement on the matter.

The news in regards to Twitch has spread through the community in quick succession. Users quickly found that the platform had removed the option to pay through BitPay over the last few weeks and that it applies to all countries that use the platform.

So even though the streaming platform didn’t announce or explain its decision to remove Bitcoin payments, many Twitch users believe that the platform removed the option to pay through BitPay in the last couple of weeks and that is has had an impact on all countries.

Why did crypto get removed?

So with Twitch being one of the biggest streaming platforms in the world, any significant change that is made will resonate on an international level with its user base. The firm’s decision to integrate Bitcoin payments with its platform was seen as a big move for adoption last year as it meant that millions of users would be able to use crypto as a form of payment.

There were several reasons for cryptocurrency getting removed including the fact that very few users were actually aware that they were able to pay and accept donations in Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash. The firm’s lack of information on this topic might have contributed to the feature being barely used.

On top of this, the volatility of cryptocurrency is probably part of the reason that it wasn’t widely used. Even though the bear market seems to be coming to an end, Bitcoin isn’t stable, in fact, it’s far from it.

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Amazon’s Twitch Ditches Bitcoin Payments, Lack of Demand?, a live video streaming platform owned by Amazon, has quietly removed Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash as payment methods for subscriptions., a live video streaming platform owned by Amazon, has quietly removed Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash as payment methods for subscriptions. The news has many members of the crypto-community wondering whether cryptocurrencies, as a payment method, are experiencing negative adoption or if it was an isolated move from Twitch.

Twitch Silently Removes Crypto Payments for Subscriptions

One of the most popular live video streaming platforms in the world,, has decided to ditch Bitcoin payment methods and remove support for cryptocurrencies.

The news about the streaming giant ditching its support for crypto payments spread like wildfire. The user found that the platform removed the option to pay through BitPay in the “last couple of weeks” and that it has affected all countries.

And while the Amazon-owned platform didn’t announce or explain its decision, many Twitch users believe that the move was the company’s response to the lack of demand. However, the feedback from the Twitch community has been anything but positive.

Many users on Reddit criticized the company for introducing such a major change without informing its customers in advance. Some have even claimed to have canceled all of their Twitch subscriptions and sent official complaints to the company.

Put those 🎁 💳 gift cards from grandma to good use by subscribing to your favorite streamer! We take these and more. Just click “Show More Methods” on the Payment Information screen.

— Twitch (@Twitch) January 12, 2018

There is currently no data available on how many subscriptions were paid via BitPay on Twitch. The company announced the integration with cryptocurrency payments back in January 2018, adding Bitcoin to the long list of available payment options, which included Apple Pay, PayPal, Amazon Pay, and even Coinbase.

What Does This Mean for Twitch?

Being the biggest streaming platform in the world, any change implemented by Twitch resonates far and wide among its user base. The company’s decision to implement cryptocurrency payments was regarded as a major move last year, as it meant that millions of users would be exposed to digital coins.

However, as many Redditors pointed out, very few Twitch users and streamers were actually aware that they were able to pay and accept donations in Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash. The company’s lack of information on this topic might have contributed to the feature being sparsely used.

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Another thing that might have contributed to Twitch opting out of crypto payments is the asset’s volatility. While the bearish market looks like it might be coming to an end, the world’s largest cryptocurrency is far from stable. Bitcoin’s high transaction costs and slow network speed make it one of the least desirable day-to-day payment method, unlike other smaller digital coins such as Dash or Ripple’sXRP.

Last January, Microsoft also suspended Bitcoin payments on its online store, citing “instability” as the reason behind the move. Steam, an online gaming platform, was among the first to adopt crypto payments but dropped its Bitcoin feature during the crypto boom of 2017.

And while Twitch is hardly the first company to add and then remove crypto payments, the move could have a much wider impact on its user base than its competitors did. The financial consequences of dropping cryptocurrencies are yet to be seen, but it’s unlikely that a platform the size of Twitch will suffer noticeable major damage.

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Twitch quietly removes Bitcoin as subscription payment method

Streaming service has removed blockchain payment processor BitPay from its site, effectively cutting off deposits using cryptocurrency …

Live-streaming powerhouse Twitch has removed Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash payment methods for its subscription service.

The Amazon-owned company’s decision came to light on Saturday when a Reddit user noticed that BitPay, a blockchain payment processor, had been removed as a payment option for all countries.

Twitch did not update customers on the removal, but its terms and conditions state that it will make “other” payment methods available “from time-to-time”, suggesting that crypto payments were only a temporary measure.

The removal highlights an ongoing issue between merchants and cryptocurrency, with heightened volatility often seen as a risk to retailers receiving payments in the form of digital assets.

In late 2017, gaming platform Steam also removed Bitcoin and cryptocurrency payment methods, once again citing volatility and high transaction fees.

Another Reddit user took action against Twitch’s decision to halt crypto payments by cancelling 29 subscriptions to streamers, with each subscription worth £4.99.

Twitch silently removed Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash as a payment method for subscriptions from btc

The user wrote: “Well, I’m taking action now, cancelled all my subs and sent them a ticket,” before adding, “Sometimes I’ve subbed using BCH (Bitcoin Cash).”

Another streaming service, StreamLabs, which allows users to stream simultaneously across YouTube, Twitch, and other platforms, also removed BitPay as a payment method.

While some major merchants like Twitch are moving away from cryptocurrency payments, there is still a wealth of online and high-street stores that accept Bitcoin.

According to this list, the likes of KFC Canada, Playboy, Subway, Microsoft, and Virgin Galactic are among the hundreds of stores that accept Bitcoin.

Coin Rivet has reached out to Twitch for a comment and will update this article accordingly once a reply is received.

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