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Twitch CEO Believes Employment Laws Need to Improve to Better Support Creators


Twitch Chief Executive Officer Emmett Shear believed that the U.S Employment Laws could be improved in ways that can better support content creators, especially those who generate millions of dollars for the Twitch platform.

“It’s not quite a W-2 job, and it’s not quite a contracting job,” Shear said, according to Bloomberg’s Cecilia D’Antastasio. “I think we could really use legislation that created a third option that was appropriate for the gig economy and the creator economy.”

There has been an ongoing debate, for the last few years, on how to classify people who make their living through an app, or even a digital service, such as Uber or DoorDash.

“One of the fundamental dynamics of the creator economy is that tech companies aren’t used to the level at which creators rely on them for their business,” Shear said. “A rapid change to how a product works isn’t just a matter of ‘This person didn’t get as many views on their video,’ but rather, ‘This person can’t make rent this month.’”

Read the entire interview over on Bloomberg.

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