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Unique to the digital age is the video content creation industry, one where employees are "users" and employers are "platforms." In it, workers aren't owed squat. When there are tech issues, they can visit the support page. When there are platform updates, a lot of the time, the press knows first. Full-time YouTubers and Twitch streamers, workers whose livelihoods depend on these platforms, are weed-whacking their way through the nascent industry's first labour issues. And while it's a new industry, there's one old, time-tried solution to users' grievances: organisation.


When news hit that Disney subsidiary Maker Studios was dropping support for over 59,000 YouTubers, the mood for many was less "I'm fired" and more "I'm free!" YouTubers interviewed described their struggles against Maker's detached management, late payments, high fee and undelivered features, painting the picture of an inflated network whose bubble may have popped.