The 11th Hour Dispatch – Thursday, April 26, 2018
AwesomenessTV’s chief talent officer Paula Kaplan has left the company to rejoin Viacom. Kaplan previously served as chief VP of talent and development for Viacom’s Nickelodeon and will be returning to the conglomerate to oversee talent and production partnerships for Viacom Digital Studios. This arm, which is led by Kaplan’s former AwesomenessTV colleague Kelly Day, is intended to produce original digital entertainment and brand-sponsored content for different platforms and help create new digital footprints for Viacom brands.
Y Combinator is hosting its first event in China as part of its efforts to find startups outside North America. Startup School Beijing will take place on May 19 at Beijing’s Tsinghua University to attract attendees to participate in the U.S.-based incubator. The event’s lineup includes execs from Y Combinator graduates Airbnb and Stripe as well as YC’s president Sam Altman. Though they have companies from India, Southeast Asia, and Africa, the fourth largest country in the world has not yet been adequately represented. Of YC’s 1,400 program graduates, only 10 have come from Chinese startups.
Twitch is still crushing it. It’s viewership was up 21% this quarter growing from around 788K concurrent viewers in Q4 2017 to 953K in Q1. YouTube Gaming Live wasn’t so lucky. Its concurrent viewership numbers dropped from 308K in Q4 2017 to 272K this quarter. Microsoft’s Mixer, Facebook Live, and Periscope also increased, but just slightly. Twitch credits this growth to more professional videos, massive audiences such as Drake’s Fortnite stream that broke the internet, and an increase in non-gaming streams. If you’re still itching for some more numbers and figures about live gaming, you can check out Streamlabs’ Q1 2018 report.
NOTHIN’ BUT ‘NET
A company has made around $200K in revenue from ugly Christmas sweaters emblazoned with different cryptocurrencies.