WWE continues its crackdown on third-party platform accounts.
According to Raj Giri of Wrestling Inc, WWE will take hold of talent Twitch account in four weeks. The report states WWE will own the accounts, though talent will receive a percentage of the revenue, which counts against their downside guarantees.
It was reported in early September that WWE and Vince McMahon issued a letter to talent, asking them to cease engagement on third-party platforms. It was later clarified that talent could still run their own YouTube and Twitch channels, but they must use the platforms under their real names and report their usage to WWE.
WWE issued a statement on the matter on September 5, saying they want to protect the intellectual property that they have created.
Xavier Woods stated that he wasn't sure what was going to happen in regards to Twitch streaming, but that he would keep streaming until he was told not to. AJ Styles said WWE wants talent to stream and engage with fans.
After the news emerged, former Presidential hopeful Andrew Yang sounded off, saying on Twitter "This would be infuriating to me if I had spent time building up my social media channels only to have WWE take them over from their ‘independent contractors.’ People are angry and rightfully so."
Fans can keep up with wrestlers who utilize Twitch at Fightful's resources section.