World Wrestling Entertainment plans to take over the Twitch accounts of employees in four weeks, according to an email obtained by WrestlingInc.com. The email sent by WWE Chairman Vince McMahon reminded WWE talent that they have until Friday to sever any unauthorized business relationships with third parties and those that do not comply could face fines, suspensions, or even termination.
Given WWE’s previous statements about this situation, it is assumed that the company is only referring to Twitch, YouTube, TikTok, and other streaming platforms where they use their WWE-owned in-ring names, and not accounts used under their real names.
According to the report, WWE will take over these accounts in four weeks and give talent a percentage of the income generated from them.
WWE laid out its intentions in early September when it told talent that it wanted them to stop using third-party platforms. The company later clarified that it wanted talent to stop using their in-ring names on platforms such as Twitch, YouTube, and TikTok.
A number of WWE superstars have channels on Twitch, TikTok, and YouTube including Adam Cole (Austin Jenkins), Austin Creed (also known as Xavier Woods, real name Austin Watson), Cesaro (Claudio Castagnoli), AJ Styles (Allen Neal Jones), Lana (Catherine Joy “CJ” Perry), Tyler Breeze (Mattias Clement) and Paige (Saraya-Jade Bevis). Some talent have already changed their channel names to their real names and switched out their graphics to avoid action from the WWE.
The Esports Observer has reached out to the WWE for further details and will update this story as more information becomes available.
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