DLive is a brand-new blockchain based live streaming platform. Recently, it gained prominence as the world's #1 YouTuber, Pewdiepie announced that he would exclusively live stream on DLive. First, that exclusive partnership with him has be worth $$$. Second, we already have Twitch, YouTube Live, FB.GG, and Caffeine - does the world really need another live streaming platform?
I think there are 3 big questions that will decide how the live streaming industry pans out -
1) Are people loyal to platforms or streamers (or both)
Streaming is very personality-centric. YT tried poaching a bunch of big Twitch streamers away to YT Live and they took their communities with them. But does that mean that a) They had similar viewer/community sizes as they did on Twitch and b) did the community move entirely onto YT Live and stop going on Twitch (because their favorite streamer(s) are now on YT?
2) How many channels are viewers regularly watching?
If the average viewer is only watching one or two channels, it is much more likely that they will completely switch platforms if their favorite streamer switches platforms.However, if they are watching 20 or so streamers and one of them switches to YT, the viewer is more likely to watch both Twitch and YT. On one hand its good for the platform because it isn't losing its audience. But on the other, it means platform lock in and loyalty is low.
3) A big component of DLive's messaging is around monetary transfer
This doesn't affect the viewers/donators as much - more focus on the content creators from a revenue-split standpoint. Here the big Q - how many channels are people subbed to / how much money are viewers spending per month? If that number is the same for the viewers on Twitch and DLive, there isn't a cost advantage for the viewers.
Let's see if any other big streamers hop on the DLive train and if the scam claims from some community members turn out to be true.