YouTube has introduced Super Stickers, a new way it says its creators can make money from fans who want to support them. The company fields esports teams in Call of Duty, League of Legends and Fortnite.
CouRage is the latest big-name streamer to move on from Twitch to stream on a different platform.
CouRage is a former esports commentator and gaming content creator known for his witty and comedic approach to content.
According to YouTube, the stickers are being introduced following the success of a prior feature called super chats which allows users to purchase a message that stands out in a stream's chat. "YouTube uniquely offers CouRage the ability to focus on both live streaming and VOD in a way that no other platform can and we think his YouTube community will be excited he's now combining both of these content formats in one place", said Ryan Wyatt, Head of Gaming, YouTube. He suggested he's keen to expand beyond gaming, hinting (somewhat jokingly) at making trickshot, cooking and ASMR videos in his announcement video. His YouTube channel to date has mostly played host to replays of CouRage's streams and has amassed 1.85 million subscribers. His first stream will be tomorrow, 5th November although no time was provided.
In a press release, the Fortnitegamer said: "I'm very excited to continue expanding my relationship with my YouTube audience, as well as leverage the platform for new collabs and experiences".
This time, a famous Twitch streamer is heading to YouTube Live.
He's a solid get for YouTube as top streaming services battle over talent. Fortnite megastar Tyler "Ninja" Blevins left the platform for an exclusive deal with Mixer in August and was later followed by Michael "Shroud" Grzesiek. A few months afterwards, Twitch was hit with boycotts about its mum or dad company, Amazon, throughout its Key Day promotion. Those streamers who have departed seem to be concerned with more than the financial aspects of their decisions.