Twitch Quietly Stops Accepting Cryptocurrency Payments

Twitch.tv, a popular live streaming platform that as of May 2018 has over 15 million daily active users, has recently quietly stopped accepting bitcoin and bitcoin cash payments, as the options to pay with these cryptocurrencies seemingly vanished.

The company’s move was first spotted by users on Reddit, who pointed out they were no longer able to pay for subscriptions using cryptocurrencies. While some noted they didn’t even know the company accepted cryptos, others started cancelling subscriptions to boycott the company for the move.

While it isn’t currently clear why Twitch removed the payment option, a low transaction volume could be behind it, as most users seemingly didn’t even know it was there in the first place. Some have already contacted support to figure out what’s going on. Looking at the platform’s payments options shows there’s, at press time, no way to pay using crypto.

The company notably added cryptocurrency payments in mid-2018, allowing users to pay for subscriptions to their favorite streaming channels using various top cryptocurrencies, including BTC, BCH, ETH, and LTC.

The move came through another company called StreamLabs, which provides streamers on various platforms with a full suite of software to help them manage content, livefeeds, and donations. It also helped them accept donations in cryptocurrency.

Per another Reddit thread, StreamLabs has also dropped its support for cryptocurrencies. While the transaction volume associated with these could be behind the move, it’s worth pointing out a video game streamer was gifted over $70,000 worth of bitcoin earlier this year while on Twitch.

Twitch is notably a subsidiary of Amazon, as it was acquired by the e-commerce giant for $970 million back in 2014. It’s said to have over one million concurrent users on average, and has over 2.2 million broadcasters.

In the past, companies accepting cryptocurrency payments temporarily dropped them over technical difficulties. As covered, Chess.com recently revealed on social media it was unable to accept over 100 BTC payments over difficulties with its payment processor.

Twitch hasn’t responded to CryptoGlobe’s request for comment by press time.

Theta Network's THETA and TFUEL Tokens Are Up 437% and 630% in 2020

Siamak Masnavi

THETA and TFUEL, the governance and operational tokens of Theta Network protocol (developed by Theta Labs), which is designed to address the problems with existing solutions for live video streaming. Both of these cryptoassets have experienced tremendous price appreciation in 2020. 

Theta's solution is decentralized peer-to-peer (P2P) video delivery powered by its own native blockchain (which uses Multi-BFT Consensus), which in turn is powered by the users. As you watch your favorite live video streamers, or when you are not using your computer, Theta uses your spare upload bandwidth to relay streams to other users in your local area, and rewards you with TFUEL tokens.

The Theta mainnet was launched on 15 March 2019, but it was back on 14 February 2019 when Theta Labs explained via a blog post the difference between Theta Token (THETA) and Theta Fuel (TFUEL) token:

Theta Labs said that THETA is the governance token of Theta protocol, and that it is used "to stake as a Validator or Guardian node, contributing to block production and the protocol governance of the Theta Network." Users earn "earn a proportional amount of the new TFUEL generated" by "staking and running a node." THETA has a fixed maximum supply of one billion.

As for TFUEL, it is the operational token of Theta protocol. TFUEL "powers on-chain operations like payments to relayers for sharing a video stream, or for deploying or interacting with smart contracts," and it is earned by relayers "for every video stream they relay to other users on the network." 

Both THETA and TFUEL are native tokens of the  Theta blockchain.

These two cryptoassets have been two of the best-performing cryptoassets in 2020 as the two TradingView price charts (for the year-to-date period) below illustrate:

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The THETA price has gone up over 437% against USD (to reach $0.468)  in the YTD period. As for the TFUEL price, it has increased over 630% to $0.0146.

THETA and TFUEL are currently ranked #27 and #93 by reported market cap.

There are three reasons for such amazing price appreciation in 2020:

  • Rapid growth in the number of users of decentralized video streaming platform Theta.TV due to multiple new partnership deals (such as with Samsung and NASA) and the growing demand for entertainment from all the people forced to stay at home due to lockdown measures introduced as the result of the current COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, Theta.TV has been hosting several important virtual blockchain conferences in the past few weeks, most notably Coindesk's Consensus: Distributed conference.
  • The upcoming launch of version 2 of the Theta Mainnet (this is expected to go live around 22:00 UTC on May 27).

Interestingly, the day for Theta's network upgrade (which is supported by Binance) coincides with the day on which NASA and Elon Musk's SpaceX are launching the Falcon 9 rocket:

 

Featured Image Courtesy of Theta Labs