Own3d.tv Shuts Down

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It's a little crazy that they waited until the day before to announce that they would be ceasing operations, but for a company that fell into the standard not-being-able-to-pay-accounts situation, it seems that they would be giving everyone as much of a slip as they could with a press release like that.It's sad, though, because now the only real alternative streaming platform that openly permits video games to be streamed is now… YouTube.
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why not twitch?
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Twitch /is/ the main streaming platform, now. YouTube is the alternative right now because it's still new to the streaming game, in a way.
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It seems that the cash prize offered to the winners of the New Eden Open had not yet been paid, and now will never be.https://forums.eveonline.com/d...
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I still don't get live streaming. I mean, why watch someone play Eve when you can just go out and actually PLAY Eve?
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Depending on the game being previewed it's a step up from reviews, being able to see a game in action before you commit is a good thing. Personally reviews are too much opinion and too little objective watching someone play can give you more information the any piece of part paid, best bits review.As for why people would watch, it wouldn't surprise me to learn that the majority of content is being consumed on mobile devices where you simply can't play. But I do agree if your sat at home in front of the computer better times can be had doing, rather then watching.
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No formal announcement has been made in regards to the status of the prize money. Jumping to conclusions is generally a bad thing. Would not be surprised if CCP took the hit and issued the money themselves. Just have to wait and see.
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It's all about esports, competitive matches, and to a lesser extent people who bring personality or something unique to their streams. ESports is bigger in Korea than it is here. It's not about watching your buddy's rifter getting blown up, and not really about providing an alternative to reviews. It's about streaming matches worth watching because of the level of play, or watching someone play because he adds entertainment value - admittedly those can act as an alternative to reviews to some extent, but they don't replace professional game reviewers writing about games.That line about pro gamers being as recognized as pro athletes... oooooook. I've been a gamer for 20 years, and admittedly don't play Starcraft, but I know it's the biggest game ever out there, and I've never heard of "Destiny". Hell, I can't even name one pro gamer aside from a few NS2 players whom I've been watching lately on twitch because that game is awesome. Oh, wait, I can name fatal1ty because his name was all over Creative products for a while and it was hard to miss.
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Are you going to be watching football tomorrow, or playing it?
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Neither, I'm getting together with some friends and we're going to play HoL (Human occupied Landfill.)
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Who. Is. Nogata?

Up until yesterday, there were two names that everyone recognized when it came to live streams: Twitch and Own3d. Today, however, that number is reduced to one. Two days ago, CEO Oleg Kogut announced via the Own3d.tv blog that the popular live-streaming service was closing its doors, effective January 31st.

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The news came as no shock to those in tune with the live streaming community at large. Own3d.tv has apparently been having financial issues for some time. Former professional Starcraft 2 player Destiny wrote on his blog that Own3d had trouble paying him his signing bonus (agreed to when Destiny switched from Twitch.tv to Own3d at the beginning of 2012) and that he had not received any of the agreed upon Premium subscription cut that he was due since July.

The Own3d.tv brand is no stranger to the EVE Online community, despite Own3d being mainly used by MOBA streamers. Own3d was, of course, the host of CCP’s New Eden Open tournament just a short time ago. Despite being the first into the market of live streaming, it appears that a variety of small business decisions (such as focusing primarily on the European market, making poor long term contracts, and failing to invest in much advertising aside from sniping prominent Twitch streamers) all ultimately led to the company’s failure.

There was some hope earlier in the month that Own3d.tv would live on under the aegis of Machinima.com. Buyout negotiations, rumored to be in the five million dollar range, fell through in mid-January, leading ultimately to yesterday’s announcement.

Hosted videos on Own3d.tv appear to have vanished into thin air, unless backed up privately by viewers or by the streamers themselves. Many Own3d.tv partners have already begun the process of switching to Twitch.tv, even if only temporarily. Counter Logic Gaming, one of Own3d.tv’s most prominent partners, has stated via Twitter that they intend to move to AzubuTV when that service is launched. For the time being, however, Twitch.tv reigns supreme in the realm of live streams.

 

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