YouTube’s head of gaming, Ryan Wyatt, introduced at the moment that he is leaving YouTube and Google for blockchain firm Polygon Studios. February might be Wyatt’s final month at YouTube.
“I’ll miss YouTube dearly, however it’s time for me to pursue different endeavors in life and the place my passions are taking me,” Wyatt wrote in a farewell statement posted to Twitter. “I’m fascinated by blockchain app improvement and am past thrilled to enter the web3 area.”
Wyatt was at YouTube for over seven years, and oversaw its push into sport streaming and the high-profile poaching of Twitch streamers akin to Valkyrae, DrLupo, and TimTheTatman. In a Washington Post article printed final yr (which I noticed at the moment after its author pointed to it on Twitter), Wyatt, who was an esports commentator himself, emphasised the significance of work-life steadiness for contracted streamers.
“I believe stream grind is an actual factor,” Wyatt mentioned on the time. “I believe stream burnout is an actual factor. I’m not attempting to carry individuals over right here to stream 150 to 200 hours a month. I do not suppose that is wholesome. It isn’t what we’re attempting to create at YouTube.”
The corporate Wyatt is becoming a member of known as Polygon, however isn’t associated to the gaming web site of the identical identify—a complicated selection, particularly since its purple brand is considerably related. Polygon calls itself “Ethereum’s Web of Blockchains,” and makes an open supply protocol and framework meant to assist builders construct, safe, and scale Ethereum-compatible blockchain networks. The gist for lay observers, in accordance with Polygon, is that the Ethereum blockchain is a well-liked however problematic option to transact cryptocurrency and NFTs, and Polygon makes it simpler for blockchain builders to interface with it securely.
It’s bittersweet information to share that I’m leaving @YouTube. I’ve cherished each minute of my time right here, however it’s time for my subsequent endeavor. I’m elated to announce that I might be becoming a member of @0xPolygon ($MATIC) as their CEO of Polygon Studios. Thanks for the reminiscences! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/VhQxpqDbFOJanuary 25, 2022
Wyatt will lead part of the corporate known as Polygon Studios, which he says entails “gaming, leisure, trend, information, sports activities, and extra.” The Polygon Studios web site is a placeholder, however the Studios part of the company’s blog reveals what it is targeted on: ‘play-to-earn’ sport ideas and NFT initiatives, primarily. Polygon partnered with Atari for an NFT mission, for instance, and final October, it partnered with fantasy sports activities contest and betting app DraftKings “to speed up the adoption of NFTs and Web3.”
We not too long ago took a take a look at the year ahead in NFT gaming projects, and whereas there’s a whole lot of discuss decentralization, “the metaverse,” cryptocurrency, and NFTs, most main sport publishers have not introduced any concrete blockchain entanglements right now. What presently exists within the area appears kind of like a list of failed 2013 Kickstarter initiatives, however this is yet one more main determine plunging into the enterprise—what’s going to come of it’s anybody’s guess.
In associated information, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said today that the location is excited by “increasing the YouTube ecosystem to assist creators capitalize on rising applied sciences, together with issues like NFTs.”