Blockchain? Lino? Cryptocurrency? What do those have anything to do with streaming? What even are they?
In this short blog post, I’m hoping to cover what I’ve learned about DLive and what I think of it.
The other day I saw an old friend from Vidme post on Twitter about streaming on a service called “DLive”. (If you remember the ye olde Vidme days, bless you.) I decided to blindly check it out LIVE. Just jumped right in and learned about it while I was streaming there.
Immediately, I noticed a big difference from Twitch but couldn’t really put my finger on it. Less competitive? More inviting? One of the global mods even hopped into the stream, was incredibly helpful and kind, and even gifted some of the site’s currency! (Which we’ll cover in a sec)
I mean, how many streaming sites would you see a global mod jump into a streamer’s first ever stream and be that awesome? None. DLive was the first. Also, Cheech (the mod) is awesome. Just putting that out there.
What really sets DLive apart from other streaming services is their unique monetization platform. You earn “Lino Points” just from watching a stream. You earn them faster by interacting with the streamers, and even faster by being a streamer! Like, “Holy crap I can get paid to watch streamers?!?” kind of revelation. The viewer doesn’t even have to spend any money at all to support their favorite streamers. They just have to be active in the stream and boom there’s awesomeness.
Your Lino Points translate to a cryptocurrency that isn’t quite public yet which, at the time of writing this, is worth appx ¢1.22 per point (USD) compared to ¢1.0 per bit on Twitch. You can cash out your points for PayPal monies, cryptocurrency, put them back into the community by donating to streamers, or “lock” them which is basically like investing your hard-earned points into the site’s “stock”.
The best part is, DLive isn’t owned by some massive corporation or greedy rich person CEO. The people who run the site are streamers and devs. And that’s why you get the most possible out of your Lino Points and some corporation doesn’t take a huge cut to line their pockets. Win-Win, right?
Not quite. There are still a lot of features I’d like to see refined like downloading past streams (had some serious issues with it), live transcoding (for those who have less-than-average internet speeds), and a few other optimizations that I’ll be sure to pass on to the Dev team.
So, the biggest question would be “Would skpacman leave Twitch for DLive?”
The short answer is no. I may have started on YouTube and slowly moved to Twitch, but moving again would hurt the pacdot community right now. I’ll still be giving twitch my priority attention, and I’ll still be posting highlights from twitch to YouTube, I’m just dipping my toe into DLive just to see what the site is like. If things progress there at a reasonable pace, I’ll take another look at moving at a later date.
Hacking games is something I’d been doing for a long time. Simple location hacks, inventory hacks, resources, and many other things to do when hacking. But when a developer takes notice and actually does something about it, then it becomes something special. Here is the story of how one simple curiosity turned into an Easter egg!
You’ll notice the new circle buttons under my GIANT face over there –►
Yep. Those are actual buttons you can press… well… most of them. Still working out linking them or what to do with inactive stuff.
Next is the totally awesome footer I added. It’s filled with stuff… and things…
Finally, I embedded my Twitch stream in the site! There will be a popup in the top right of the website when I go live so you can click on that and it takes you directly to my stream OR you can click on the handy dandy Twitch link up there somewhere and it’ll take you to a page on this site that has the stream embedded with chat!
Still got lots of cool stuff to add to the site so if you have suggestions, please leave them in the comments below. I’m interested to see what all you guys want to see on the site!