This is going to get messy. One of the bigger WWE stories over the last few months has been the company’s efforts to clamp down on its wrestlers using third party platforms such as Cameo and Twitch. The wrestlers have been using the platforms to earn extra income, which has not set well for WWE. They are doing something about it, but some people are not too happy with the idea.
Earlier this week, WWE made its big move by telling its wrestlers that the company will be taking over their Twitch and Cameo accounts by the end of the month. The wrestlers will receive a portion of the revenue generated, but WWE will receive at least a cut. This is opening up a large number of questions, but also a number of complaints, with one well known name included.
Former Democratic Presidential candidate Andrew Yang has weighed in on the situation, saying that wrestlers have been telling him that they are being forced to sign new deals. These contracts include an obligation to stream on Twitch, with penalties ranging from forgoing earnings to being suspended. There is no word on when the obligations would begin for the wrestlers.
Hearing from talent that WWE is forcing performers to sign new contracts that include twitch. Streaming on twitch will become a work obligation and if talent doesn’t stream they will forego earnings, be suspended or face penalties. Doesn’t sound like independent contractors.
— Andrew Yang??? (@AndrewYang) October 2, 2020
WWE has some prominent streamers. Check out some of those names in the ring:
Opinion: This is one of the more interesting things that I’ve seen from WWE in a long time. It’s true that they have a big hand in building up these wrestlers to have this kind of an audience, but it would be insane to suggest that it is all WWE’s doings. On top of that, this is not likely to be well received by WWE fans, as WWE is looking rather money hungry here. Throw in the independent contractor issues and this could get complicated for the company in a hurry.
What do you think of the move? Where will this lead for WWE? Let us know in the comments below.
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