SAN FRANCISCO—GameWithMe on Monday announced it is launching in its open beta period on June 18, allowing paid uncensored shows in addition to standard gaming broadcasts.
The creators say their site comes at a time when eSports is seeing enormous growth and video game broadcasting has become the fastest growing segment in entertainment. Because of that, they say the need has arisen for a company that will allow gamers to create shows and content their way.
In an era of demonetizing and de-platforming performers for saying or doing something controversial, the focus of GameWithMe is to give gamers a platform where they are not constantly worrying about getting removed from the platform like on other services. GameWithMe’s focus on being “the most performer-centric site on the market.” They will offer payouts of up to 70% for any and all performers.
“Our competitors are marginalizing all broadcasters on their platforms, and only paying the top 5% like the stars they are,” said founder and CEO, Steve Hamilton, who started with site with co-founder Michael Kwan. “We want GameWithMe to be the home of excellent gaming content, with the ability to have paid shows that are free of censorship.”
Hamilton has a background in online broadcasting and video gaming, and had an account on a competitor site removed due to his broadcasting partner wearing a shirt that was deemed inappropriate for showing an excessive amount of cleavage.
The working beta of GameWithMe will be open to all members, performers, studios and eSports teams starting at 12 midnight (PST) on June 18. All performers will need to be approved, sending in identification to participate in the site.