OP Group Pleased to Welcome TigerWriter and DJTechLive

We are pleased to announce that the Online Performers Group is now representing two more talented content creators, TigerWriter and DJTechLive.

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TigerWriter is one of the most diverse, creative and entertaining streamers on Twitch. With a genuine outlook and a history of writing songs as a touring musician, TigerWriter brings a whole new level of entertainment to his Twitch audiences. Featuring a variety of gaming mixed with live musical performances, entertaining is just a mild description of TigerWriter’s personality.

With the passion and desire for his career in entertainment, TigerWriter is known for welcoming viewers into the community he has built, bringing smiles and merrymaking positivity to all.

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DJTechLive is a full-time variety streamer with a focus on creating a positive, friendly environment for his community. Whether playing through the latest exciting video game or spending a relaxing day in Twitch’s Creative directory, you can always count on DJTechLive to bring the kind of entertainment that the whole family can enjoy.

A well-rounded broadcaster, DJTechLive has had experience in event hosting, commentary, interviewing, and correspondence across multiple platforms during his career.

We will be providing business development, negotiation, and day-to-day management services so that TigerWriter and DJTechLive can continue to focus on providing high-quality, live streaming entertainment to their fans.

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Online Performers Group Launches Debt Collection Service for All Broadcasters

In my last update, I predicted that 2018 was going to be the best year on record for online performers. As we hit the middle of the busy season, I’m happy to report that prediction to be accurate. We’re seeing more opportunities, bigger deals, longer-term sponsorships and endorsements than ever before.

In other words, it’s a great time to be an online performer. And 2019 is likely to be even better.

While there is much to be happy about, the influx of interest and money has also driven a surge of exploitative companies, unregistered agents, false managers as well as other bad actors eager to capitalize on the revenue opportunities and lack of transparency in this new industry. Their ideal environment is one where you are bound by confidentiality agreements and incapable of discussing pricing or treatment with your audiences, your peers or the companies that want to employ your services. In this kind of isolated environment, performing in a vacuum, it’s impossible to know if you are being treated fairly. And that makes it easy for them to divert your earnings without you – or the companies they’re working for – ever realizing.

As you can imagine… we are not fans of this. We’ve been shielding our clients from these situations for years, but we haven’t been doing enough to protect broadcasters as a whole. I want to change that.

Today, we’re rolling out the first OPG service designed for the entire industry: debt collection. One of the most common methods of exploitation is simple:

They don’t pay.

Why Companies Don’t Pay

These companies know you have a difficult, time-consuming career. They know you have a million things going on – and your next show is less than 24 hours away. They know you might not have access to a lawyer – and that legal fees may be higher than the total amount of money you get back. If they make the process onerous, ask for additional paperwork or just move slowly enough, there’s a good chance you will lose track of the conversation or become discouraged and move on.

It’s unfortunately easy and effective.

Sometimes, debts go unpaid for perfectly innocent reasons. Maybe you didn’t send in all the paperwork. After the second or third attempt to contact you, the company just gave up. Maybe they mailed you a physical check and you moved or lost it or just never cashed it. Maybe, right when you sent in the paperwork, someone left the company and things got lost. Maybe an email went to spam or someone transposed two digits in your banking information. There are so many ways these things can fail naturally as well.

Whatever the reason… it’s your money. You earned it. You deserve it. You should get it.

Why OPG Can Help?

OPG does business with hundreds of game publishers, studios, hardware companies, brands, marketing agencies and event companies throughout the world. If you’ve done a deal with a company that works with broadcasters, the odds are good that we have too. If that deal went awry for some reason… we may be able to help you set things right and get paid.

We’ve been helping our clients with debt collection for years. Now we want to expand that service to the broader community, so don’t hesitate to reach out if you haven’t been paid!

How does this work?

If you’ve done a deal and not been paid for it, or are due a payment that is excessively late and you need help collecting, click here. We’ll ask you a few questions to determine if your situation qualifies for our service. We’ll ask you to:

  1.  Provide a link to the sponsored content you are owed money for.
  2. Certify that you have a copy of the fully executed contract for the deal.
  3. Ensure the bill is overdue and you are not within agreed upon payment terms (look for the term NET30, NET 60, etc. – that means they have that many days to pay). Note that in the game industry bills are often a LITTLE late (3-10 days), so it may be worth it to try on your own for a little while first.
  4. Certify the deliverables in your contract were completed in good form. Note: one reason for non-payment is a dispute over the delivery/quality of work. If you completed the work and feel it’s of good quality, it’s possible we can help you recover the money you’re owed.
  5. Ensure you have records/emails/DMs/etc. documenting the discussions surrounding the deal.

Once you provide this info, our team will evaluate the information to determine if we think we can help you recover your debt. If we believe we can, a representative will reach out to you to begin the process. At that point, we’ll need to sign an NDA to discuss confidential or sensitive topics. Once that’s done, we’ll ask you to provide as much documentation of the issue as possible. Depending on the complexity, we may need to schedule a phone call to discuss, but many straightforward transactions can be handled primarily via email.

After we’ve evaluated the documentation, we’ll need to sign some documents that authorize us to collect the debt on your behalf and then we’ll get to work!

What does this cost?

Typical debt collection services charge 30% of the TOTAL you are owed, regardless of the amount that they recover. As an example, if you were owed $1,000, the debt collection service is empowered to negotiate a lower payment rate and takes the first $300 of any money collected. This means that it’s unlikely you’d get back very much of your money.

In our system – which may need to change as we develop it – we want to do better. Obviously, we can’t guarantee that we’ll be able to recover your money, so it feels wrong to charge upfront for the service. IF we succeed, we’ve succeeded together, so we’ll both get paid. Our initial revenue share plan is 15% (minimum $150) of the amount YOU receive, not the total you are owed.

That’s it. At OPG we’re passionate about doing good in the industry and protecting online performers from exploitative and predatory businesses. It’s our hope that this service will help to increase transparency in the industry and ensure that more money ends up where it should: in the hands of broadcasters.

I have an outstanding debt. What do I do?

Click here to send us the information we need to evaluate your situation.

As always, let us know what you think! Follow us at @op_group on Twitter and give us feedback!

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OP Group Pleased to Welcome TheNo1Alex as New Client

We are pleased to announce that the Online Performers Group is now representing TheNo1Alex.

TheNo1Alex is an experienced variety streamer known for his incredible enthusiasm and friendly community. His passion as a gamer and entertainer shows through his streams where he dedicates playing a wide variety of games with a soft spot for Japanese titles.

Alex speaks fluent Japanese and has been a lifelong fan of Japanese culture. He makes a couple of trips a year to Japan to stream his experiences and share Japanese culture with his audience.

Whether he’s playing the latest new game, beating a hard challenge, or even taking his viewers for a walk around the streets of Tokyo, Alex has fostered a dedicated community of fans and gamers that eagerly await his next adventure.

We will be providing business development, negotiation, and day-to-day management services so that TheNo1Alex can continue to focus on providing high-quality, live streaming entertainment to his fans.

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OP Group Pleased to Welcome Dodger and Strippin as New Clients

We are pleased to announce that the Online Performers Group is now representing both Dodger and Strippin.

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Dodger began creating gaming-centric YouTube content back in 2010, where she quickly cemented herself as one of the platform’s top creators.  Whether she’s discussing the latest news in gaming or simply having a cup of coffee with her audience, Dodger always does so with an infectious charm few others can match.

Today, Dodger continues to create content on YouTube but has also expanded her reach onto the Twitch platform, bringing her charismatic personality to a livestream audience. Playing a variety of games ranging from RPGs to sandbox titles, Dodger continues to be one of the most influential broadcasters in the industry.

Strippin

Strippin is an experienced gamer and content creator who originally got his start with Yogscast on Youtube. Eventually, Strippin took his experience in creating entertaining gaming content and transitioned over to Twitch as his primary content vehicle and he’s never looked back.

Wry and funny with a thorough British charm, Strippin is an entertainer of the highest caliber. He’s one of the more experienced content creators in the business and spans an eclectic range of games for everyone to enjoy from survival and strategy to roleplaying – whatever it takes to draw out the best characteristics of a title and make the viewers smile.

We will be providing business development, negotiation, and day-to-day management services so that Dodger and Strippin can continue to focus on providing high-quality, live streaming entertainment to her fans.

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OPG Announces Expansion to Facebook Gaming & Mixer

When we started OPG in 2014, Twitch felt like the Wild West. At the time, the entire space was an exciting new frontier, seriously lacking in terms of rules, regulations, and standards. Four years later, we’re proud to say that we’ve done our part to help make the industry a better-understood and safer place to do business and today, we take a next exciting step into another new frontier. Actually, two.

In 2014, the world of video game streaming truly only had a single major player in it. In 2018, this is simply no longer true, with other platforms now presenting viable alternatives to the status quo. As of today, OPG begins representing influencers who work on Facebook Gaming and Mixer, starting with our inaugural client on each platform: Darkness429 and Siefe.

As the industry evolves and grows, we expect to see online performers succeed on many platforms – even platforms that don’t yet exist. As OPG moves into multi-platform management, we will build tools, develop analytics, solve problems and innovate in ways that will benefit broadcasters no matter which platform – or platforms – they call home.

We are truly excited to begin this journey together – and are honored that the top broadcasters on Facebook Gaming and Mixer have chosen to hire us for management services. I hope you’ll enjoy their streams as much as we do!

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Darkness429, also known as “Timmeh”, began his streaming career in 2014 when he started streaming the Titanfall beta. His channel began to grow at a rapid pace as he branched out to other shooters such as Doom, Rainbow 6 Siege, Division and Destiny. He became well known as one of the top streamers for competitive first-person shooters.

In early 2018, Darkness429 made a leap, switching from Twitch to the brand-new Facebook Gaming initiative, where he stood out as a highly interactive streamer with outstanding production quality. Today, Darkness429 leads Facebook Gaming’s streaming platform as one of their largest and most loved creators.

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A veteran of the gaming industry, Siefe has decisively cemented himself as one of the premier broadcasters on Microsoft’s streaming platform, Mixer. While he may be instantly recognizable today for his high-level gameplay on-stream, Siefe’s history as a member of the gaming community dates back to his time working as a consultant on various esports titles.

Since obtaining his partnership in early 2017, Siefe has racked up numerous firsts on the growing platform including first user to one million views and first user to a quarter-million followers. With no signs of slowing down anytime soon, Siefe looks to lead by example as a pioneer on Mixer.

OPG will be providing business development, negotiation, and day-to-day management services so that both Darkness429 and Siefe can continue to focus on providing high-quality, live streaming entertainment to their fans.

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OP Group Pleased to Announce 4 Clients in New ‘Content Producer’ Category

We are pleased to announce that Online Performers Group is now working for a group of specialized content creators in a new “Content Producer” category that focuses on gaming personalities with specialized hosting, writing, production, game design, or tech skills.

This client category focuses on providing support services to creators who are balancing full-time content creation with a variety of sponsored content and consulting engagements, and who are compensated by promotional partners more for their skill in a specific content area than for their follower count or the size of their daily audience.

SirSlaw

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SirSlaw is a full-time broadcaster with a strong focus on interactivity between himself and his viewers. While livestreaming on the surface may simply look like people playing games on the internet, at its core people stay for the communities formed because of it.

With this concept in mind, SirSlaw created his own personal community engagement system which he calls, “The Houses System.” Taking inspiration from various fantasy universes, SirSlaw is able to build stronger connections with his community and has become a pioneer in using technology to foster livestream community-building.

Caliverse

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All super heroes start somewhere – Caliverse’s super hero origin story begins in California and usually ends with her standing tall after vanquishing her foes. This talented broadcaster may be known for her inviting personality and entertaining streams, but those who dare get in her way feel the full force of her in-game skill.

Caliverse’s gaming history dates all the way back to the days of the Sega Genesis Nomad, when games like Sonic the Hedgehog and Mortal Kombat were revolutionizing the game industry. With a passion for various aspects of nerd culture, Caliverse has formed a strong and dedicated community for herself.

Danotage

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While the title of “skilled gamer” would be accurate when describing Danotage, it would hardly be sufficient. This multi-talented broadcaster runs a distinctive channel that features a combination of proficient gameplay and intellectual discussion that few can rival.

With Danotage, you may come for the games, but you’ll likely stay for the cause. The channel began as a platform to help educate viewers regarding humanitarian, non-profit causes such as Extra Life, St. Jude’s, and others. For Danotage, gaming is about much more than fun and games.

Friskk

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If you’re ever feeling like you need someone to help put a smile on your face, look no further than Friskk’s stream. This talented gamer provides her audience with far more than exciting gameplay.

With her cheerful persona and wide range of voice talents, just listening to Friskk commentate on the game at hand can be entertaining enough. The one thing you don’t want to do, however is let her innocent charm fool you – she knows how to turn it on when it’s game time. With a background in competitive shooters dating back to the early 2000’s, Friskk can bring the pain just as well as she can bring the laughs.

We will be providing business development, negotiation, and day-to-day management services so that SirSlaw, Caliverse, Danotage, and Friskk can continue to focus on providing high-quality, live streaming entertainment to their fans.

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OP Group Pleased to Welcome HayliNic as New Client

We are pleased to announce that the Online Performers Group is now representing HayliNic.

Of all the things that HayliNic brings to her stream, the one thing you can always count on is that you’ll end up having a fantastic time. A lifelong gamer, HayliNic’s streaming journey began in 2014, broadcasting her love for FPS games like CSGO in between her journalism classes at ASU.

Outside of streaming HayliNic is a diehard Harry Potter fan, has two dogs and two cats, and is on the way to becoming a mom very soon.

We will be providing business development, negotiation, and day-to-day management services so that HayliNic can continue to focus on providing high-quality, live streaming entertainment to her fans.

OP Group Pleased to Welcome IAteYourPie as New Client

We are pleased to announce that the Online Performers Group is now representing IAteYourPie.

To say that iateyourpie is a skilled gamer would be an egregious understatement. At the behest of a friend and the always powerful incentive of a free pizza, he began his streaming journey in the summer of 2012 and never looked back.

A lifelong gamer, iateyourpie always sought to work in the gaming industry and first made a name for himself on Twitch as a figure in the speedrunning community. Known for his quick play and even quicker wit, iateyourpie holds notable times in games like Paper Mario, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, and Mega Man X2. These days, iateyourpie can be found playing a wide variety of games and participating in unique and entertaining challenges, much to the delight of his committed fan base.

We will be providing business development, negotiation, and day-to-day management services so that IAteYourPie can continue to focus on providing high-quality, live streaming entertainment to his fans.

Angry Joe Partners with Origin PC and Rebrands as Happy Joe

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 1, 2018

Austin, TX – In an unplanned move, legendary content creator, Joe “Angry Joe” Vargas announces official rebranding as “Happy Joe”.

Joe “Angry Joe” Vargas, a leading YouTube and Twitch content creator known for his hard-hitting game reviews and tell-it-like-it-is style of content creation, today announced the rebranding of his YouTube channel to The Happy Joe Show. The comprehensive and extremely sudden rebrand follows his partnership with Origin PC, whose hardware has completely changed his worldview.

“It is no longer the Angry Joe Show, because I can’t be angry anymore, not with these awesome new Origin PCs and Laptops. We’re taking it in a different direction. It’s now the Happy Joe Show – because these computers make me happy as [email protected]!” said Vargas, eating marshmallows out of the bag as he revealed his new unicorn and rainbow adorned logo while skipping down the street.

Origin PC executives were also taken by surprise at the development. “We’ve always believed in our product, but for our computers to transform someone as notoriously irate as Joe is a miracle we didn’t even realize we were capable of,” said Kevin Wasielewski, CEO of Origin PC. “Maybe we should send one to Gordon Ramsay and see what happens.”

With this rebrand, Happy Joe takes his place as YouTube’s happiest star, with more than 2.9 million incredibly pleasant subscribers. When discussing the change, he cites the fervent loyalty of the Angry Army as a key driver of this change. “The Happy Army’s feedback really made this happen,” said Vargas. “I try to adjust to what the audience wants to see.”

With the rebrand, the show’s content will shift to incorporate topics with more positivity, including makeup tutorials, ASMR recordings and baking lessons with Other Joe and Delrith. From now on, all games, movies and hardware will receive a minimum of 10 out of 10 in their reviews and Happy Joe will keep a swear jar visible at all times, in case anyone says words like heck, gosh, darn or shoot.

“Happy Joe has always been ahead of the curve,” said Online Performers Group CEO Omeed Dariani, on the two-year anniversary of working for Joe. “I’ve never met anyone who can pull you in the way Joe does. When he was angry, you were angry too. Now that he’s happy… well, I’ve started to develop magical powers and frankly I’m a little scared,” Dariani trailed off as his magical umbrella carried him away.

Approached for further comment, Joe, Delrith and Other Joe were too busy snuggling a litter of adorable puppies they found while rescuing a tiny kitten from a tree. For more details on this rebranding, make sure to watch Happy Joe’s latest video, which can be found here:

OP Group Pleased to Welcome Yuuie as New Client

We are pleased to announce that the Online Performers Group is now representing Yuuie.

Partnered Twitch streamer, lover of anime, and cosplay enthusiast are all ways one could describe the effervescent Yuuie. Her fans often wander in to check out her Overwatch and World of Warcraft gameplay, but stick around just to hang out with her.

Her ability to seamlessly integrate each member of the chat into her stream while playing games is unparalleled. Yuuie’s positive attitude and upbeat personality is unmatched, no matter what game she happens to be playing. When she isn’t streaming, Yuuie can be found showing off stylish new cosplays or hanging out with her cats.

We will be providing business development, negotiation, and day-to-day management services so that Yuuie can continue to focus on providing high-quality, live streaming entertainment to her fans.

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