Another Popular Streamer Leaves Twitch, This Time For YouTube

Another Popular Streamer Leaves Twitch, This Time For YouTube
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Popular content creator Jack “CouRage” Dunlop is leaving Twitch, he announced today. Unlike other recent Twitch departees, he’s not going to Mixer. Instead, he’s struck a deal with YouTube and will stream exclusively there.

In a video announcing the change, CouRage—who has already been on YouTube since 2013 and has 1.86 million subscribers—described wanting to leave Twitch in order to “make more content and develop new skills.” His YouTube channel is currently comprised of reposts of his Twitch streams.

CouRage hasn’t said what his new YouTube will look like, but in his announcement video, he showed off joke examples of scripted skits sending up medical and police television shows, so it seems like he’s looking to do more than just stream Fortnite. He also noted that he’ll still be involved with 100 Thieves, an esports organisation for which he’s currently a “content creator.”

“I don’t want to get stagnant and feel like I’m stuck in some 9-to-5 job,” CouRage said in the video. He’ll have his debut YouTube gaming stream on November 6.

In departing Twitch, CouRage joins the ranks of big streamers like Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek, and Cory “King Gothalion” Michael, though all three of those other recent examples went to Mixer, Microsoft’s streaming platform.

CouRage’s move seems more motivated by a desire to create different kinds of videos than simply looking for a new home to stream. In a statement to Variety, CouRage said, “This deal with YouTube allows me to create more content and engage with my fans in real time. I am very fortunate to do what I do on a daily basis and welcome my fans to join me on the next phase of my journey.”


    • Only discovered him couple months ago and found he was a pretty cool and funny guy, since making the move to 100 Thieves has actually made me a bigger fan of his as the videos he and Nadeshot have been putting out have been pretty funny so definitely worth checking him out.

  • “I don’t want to get stagnant and feel like I’m stuck in some 9-to-5 job,”… Fun fact. As a Twitch streamer you are not beholden to Twitch as an employee and required to work certain hours or produce a specific type of content. The only work you have to do is that which you make for yourself so if it’s feeling like a 9 to 5 then maybe you should re-evaluate what you’re doing and why.

    Which, to be fair, is what he did but this isn’t comparable to people leaving for Mixer, where streamers are leaving one streaming platform for another to do the same sorts of things. This is just someone deciding to focus on a different creative pursuit.

  • Streaming platforms clearly taking the Epic Games approach to growth. If any of those people switching didn’t get big fat cheques for doing so, I’ll eat my hat.

    • That’s right insightful of you given that the article above explicitly notes that he’s “struck a deal with YouTube“, similar to dozens of other articles discussing his and other streamer relocations.

      It’s hardly borrowing from Epic Games either, more the other way around. Poaching streamers from other platforms has been a core part of the business model of pretty much every single streaming site since the day they launched.

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