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Today we look at the advertising spend from the streaming wars, VCs' picks for gaming startups to watch, and TikTok's $200 million pledge for creators.
Amazon Prime Video and Hulu have outpaced their rivals in buying TV ads in 2020, as they compete with new streaming services for subscribers
- A new report from TV analytics firm iSpot.TV found that
Amazon PrimeVideo and Huluare on a marketingspree to promote their services, Ashley Rodriguez reports.
- According to the report, streaming video services spent $1 billion on national TV ads during the first half of 2020, up 205% compared to the same time period last year.
- Amazon and Hulu spent more than streaming newcomers NBCUniversal and Quibi. Amazon spent $169.8 million while Hulu spent $144.6 million on national TV ads in the first six months of the year, per iSpot.TV's figures.
- Ashley also looked at the gaming companies that top VCs think will take off this year.
- Investors including Transcend Fund and MaC Venture Capital are betting big on gaming and esports startups like Roblox and PlayVS.
- As more people spend time at home due to the coronavirus, investors are betting on these companies' growing audiences. "The most exciting things that are happening in games these days have to do with the expansion of the audience," said Shanti Bergel, managing director at Transcend Fund.
- TikTok wants to help creators grow on its platform and has created a program to give $200 million to US creators.
- Eligable creators must be at least 18 years old and have a certain number of followers, which has not been specified yet. It is also not clear how TikTok is funding the program.
- In theory, the program could allow creators to make money directly from TikTok, similar to how creators make money from YouTube. To date, popular creators like Charli and Dixie D'Amelio have made money from sponsored posts and brand partnerships.
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