World’s Most Popular YouTuber Joins Blockchain Live Streaming Platform

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The world’s most famous YouTuber by subscriber numbers, PewDiePie, has joined DLive, a blockchain-based live streaming platform.

Announcing the news on Tuesday, DLive said Felix Kjellberg, a 29-year-old Swedish content creator, has inked an “exclusive” live streaming deal with the platform. Kjellberg’s YouTube channel has 93.7 million subscribers at the moment. In less than 24 hours, his most recent uploaded video already gained four million views.

According to the announcement, PewDiePie will stream on DLive weekly beginning April 14. DLive is a decentralized community developed using the Lino blockchain. PewDiePie also stated in his official DLive channel that he will donate up to $50,000 to support a maximum of 100 content creators on the platform.

The YouTube personality is the platform’s ninth biggest earner, profiting $15.5 million in 2018, according to online sources. Ryan, a seven-year-old toy reviewer, is the number one on the list with $22 million in earnings.

Wilson Wei, co-founder of Lino Network, said:

“DLive is a place where instead of competing against each other, it benefits creators to support one another. With no platform cuts, we incentivize everyone to create the highest quality content for viewers.”

Lino secured $20 million in February last year to develop a “YouTube on the blockchain” in a private token sale by ZhenFund.

Wei asserted at the time that he anticipates content curators to gain three-to-five times the earnings they make on YouTube or Twitch, a live streaming video platform owned by Amazon.

PewDiePie said in the announcement: 

“I’m excited to start live streaming again regularly! DLive is great for me because I’m treated like a real partner, just like all of the other streamers on DLive’s unique platform.”