Following the controversial remarks of the leaders of Tipeee, several creators have decided to distance themselves from the platform. We have listed them.

Next to the names of the creators on the list, we indicate the “collected income per month” displayed on their Tipeee page. This amount calculated by the platform gives an interesting order of magnitude, but it does not correspond to the exact sum that the creators receive. First, the estimate incorporates one-off contributions and may vary from month to month. Then, Tipeee takes a commission of 8% on the amount collected. Some pages do not display the amount collected, but only the number of “tippers”, ie donors.

Since Thursday, September 2, many designers have found themselves in a delicate position. Torn between their ethical convictions and their economic needs, they question their presence on the Tipeee financing platform.

In question, the comments made by the co-founder of the site Michael Goldman in a report by Complément d’Enquête, broadcast on France TV. In the past, the site had already been criticized for its financial practices and for its participation in the massive financing of the conspiratorial documentary Hold Up. Recent statements have only dispelled doubts about Tipeee’s moderation policy. It was “too much” for many designers.

As a result, several dozen of them have publicly expressed their disagreement with the platform’s policy, and opened accounts on competing platforms. For many, the income from Tipeee finances more than 50% of their project, and closing their account now for ethical reasons would put them in a difficult economic situation.

Here are the lists of creators who will distance themselves from Tipeee, each in their own way.

Few in number, some creators closed (or announced the closure) of their Tipeee accounts shortly after the France TV investigation.

Creator of videos around video games followed by 117,000 subscribers on YouTube, ExServ closed its Tipeee account on Saturday September 4th. At Numerama, he specifies that the regular donations collected via the platform represented “40% of his income”. In the process, the videographer opened an account on Patreon, the main American crowdfunding platform.

Hycarius from the Applied History YouTube channel (103,000 subscribers), is one of the few creators to have set a deadline for leaving Tipeee: January 1, 2022, her channel’s anniversary date, “whatever the date. ‘money that [him] brings back Tipeee’.

He explains that the financing platform now brings him more than half of his income, but that he will gradually leave it, in favor of a uTip account. In the meantime, he pledges to stop advertising. “At a time when Twitch revenues are also falling, the blow is hard and I will clearly leave some feathers”, he worries, before adding: “I will communicate with the tipeurs to propose to them to transfer their donations to uTip, which has positioned itself on values ​​that suit me better. “

Scinéma, a popular science YouTube channel based on examples of films and series, announced on its Tipeee that its next episode would be the last one funded on the platform. Its creator Jean-Baptiste Siraudin explains “it was a step already planned, but accelerated”, and he will switch to uTip.

Rather than leaving the platform abruptly, some creators encourage their supporters to make their donations on a competing platform, directly from their Tipeee page. The justifications vary from case to case, but two arguments apply. The creators explain that they cannot do without the income received through Tipeee, and that a transfer from their donors to another funding platform is laborious to set up.

Among the first to react to the comments made in the France 2 report, the YouTube channel (230,000 subscribers) on economic issues quickly changed its Tipeee home page to display the message “rather give on uTip”. “We strongly invite you to consider uTip, or any other funding platform with an ethical charter, whether it is to support Stupid Economics or another creator”, it is written in bold.

Popularizer of philosophical concepts followed by nearly 250,000 subscribers on YouTube, Mr. Phi details at length on his Tipeee page why he thinks his supporters should make their donations on another platform. At Numerama, he explains that while creators have a responsibility, “it’s also up to the donors to choose” which fundraising company they choose.

Also popularizer on YouTube (114,000 subscribers), Chat Septique copy-pasted Mr. Phi’s argument on his page, but he refrained from commenting on social networks.

YouTube channel (306,000 subscribers) dedicated to dissecting false information, Defakator has decided to highlight its uTip account on Tipeee. The creator specifies that he “does not call for a boycott”, but wants to propose another platform of financing for the donors “embarrassed by Tipeee”.

Videographer specializing in technical popularization, Mr. Bidouille is followed by more than 200,000 subscribers on YouTube. On his Tipeee page, he presents uTip as an alternative, without putting it in direct comparison with Tipeee. “I cannot close this page without risking my activity, so I am telling you that there is an alternative,” he told his audience.

Creator of video games which she follows on YouTube (40,000 subscribers), Developer of the Sunday invites her Tipeee contributors to “support her exclusively [on uTip], because [her] ultimate goal is to close this Tipeee page. On Twitter, she explained that she wanted “to do things slowly, to avoid cutting everything overnight. “

Extension geologist on YouTube (50,000 subscribers), Counter Science posts a brief message inviting its supporters to give their “tips” on uTip rather than on Tipeee.

Without making any changes to their Tipeee account, some creators have nonetheless expressed their rejection of the words of the co-founders, and invite them to favor other funding platforms.

Featured on Tipeee’s promotional content, the YouTube channel DirtyBiology (1.2 million subscribers), is one of the most supported projects on the platform. But its creator Léo Grasset, on Twitter encouraged his supporters to make their donations from uTip rather than Tipeee. The videographer refers to the press release written by Mr. Phi [mentioned above, editor’s note], and explains that he will speak in more detail in a future video.

Producer of YouTube video game documentaries followed by 51,000 subscribers, creator Sofia has announced that she will “probably delete her Tipeee,” and has already opened an alternate Patreon account.

The two co-founders of Hacking Social, also producers of shows on YouTube, posted a series of tweets about the situation. “We will now put more emphasis on the alternatives to Tipeee for those who support our work or would like to do so in the future,” they write. However, they will not do without Tipeee in the short term: “Closing our page right away would simply mean putting an end to our online activities. “

A YouTube program on video games, the Game Next Door channel (73,000 subscribers) is run by a duo, Hugo and Maxime. They announced that they were encouraging their audience to support them on a platform other than Tipeee. Faced with a tension between their ethics and their economic model, they want to switch from funding platform gradually. “We can’t afford to suddenly cut ourselves off and leave Tipeee, but neither can we pretend their posture is okay for us. “

A language specialist with 350,000 YouTube subscribers, Linguistae says he had already called Tipeee on some funding in the past. He had already opened a uTip account, the link of which he placed just above his Tipeee account on his promotion spaces. “Besides, uTip takes a lower commission, and remains more advantageous than the donation systems set up on YouTube and Twitch,” he adds.

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ExServ / Tipeee

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