World Cup ads predictably dominated last month’s most shared video ads. With the biggest sporting event on the planet in full swing, it’s no surprise to see almost half of the top 20 ads of the month are football-related. Just like last month, Colombian pop princess Shakira’s collaboration with yoghurt brand Activia “La La La” leads the way.
YouTube has announced lots of new features, and the site’s new functionalities include the ability to upload video at 48 and 60 frames per second, something that the video-game streaming community has long been calling for. There’s a raft of new tools for creators too, including more opportunities to monetize.
Gaming walk-throughs are one of the most popular verticals on YouTube, but did you know that views of videos from independent creators vastly outnumbered those released by game publishers, even accounting for all paid promotions of those videos on YouTube? This ratio was remarkably consistent across the board, with earned media averaging 95% of all video game views. In other words, YouTube users watched fan-made videos over brand-made videos at a rate of 19 to 1!
According to a breaking story at Variety, the world’s biggest and most popular video site, YouTube, is acquiring videogame-streaming company Twitch, for an estimated $1 billion. Although both YouTube and Twitch have declined to confirm or deny the story, sources near to the deal confirm it’s on.
There is a rabid fan base out there consuming billions and billions of live video streaming minutes each month. You might have an idea of the site, which draws on average, 45 million unique viewers a month, and you might not. They have grown from a category, into a spin off, into a major Internet video force and they show that when you build it right, as in really, really right, they will come, and continue to come for months and years.
Digital was once prophesied to be the death of TV with all ad dollars pouring out of TV and into online video. It was video killed the radio star all over again, except, it hasn’t. In fact, there’s now a major synergy between TV content and digital video content which we have an inside glimpse into now thanks to Think with Google.
KontrolFreeks, heard of them? If you’re a gamer and on YouTube, you probably have. If you’re not, it’s hit or miss. However, they did such a great job marketing their product on YouTube by hooking up with other Creators that they claim 30% of revenue can be traced back to the platform and sales jumped 50% in a year. How’d they do it? Read on!
Twitch, the video gaming live streaming video platform, is ahead of Facebook, Hulu, Amazon, and Tumbler when it comes to the market share of peak U.S. internet traffic. It ranks fourth, behind Netflix, Amazon, and Apple. Not bad for such a young company.
Another gaming company has pulled the copyright card against a YouTuber for making ad revenue from a review that heavily criticises the Day One: Garry’s Incident game. The YouTuber claims it’s a censorship issue rather than a copyright one and it’s turning into a PR disaster for the studio.
Summer time is blockbuster time and the Gaming, TV and Movie industries all teased their audiences with some great trailers that attracted millions of views. YouTube has just announced the top trailers for this summer and we take a look at the winners.