Brime has been proven to be a very small startup, but now people are focusing on Sting; they might have some big investors… like Dr. Disrespect.
We’re all getting tired of speculations and conspiracies surrounding the sudden ban of celebrity streamer Dr. Disrespect, especially after discovering that Brime was a nothing-burger. But that might not be the case for Sting.
Sting (WatchSting on Twitter) initially surfaced in early 2017 and remained dormant until Dr. Disrespect’s Twitch ban. Of course they might be just trying to cash in on the conspiracies like Brime, but these guys seem to have some big anonymous investors.
Sting reportedly have a well-known development team that was formed in early 2012. Jack Vessey, the project’s CEO and Head of Development, has been pretty transparent with Sting’s future policies, features, costs, and more. Brime, on the other hand, had very little to show as was confirmed in their Twitter FAQ session.
Aside from appearing to be more professional than Brime, Sting also had a successful crowdfunding campaign in 2018 when they earned $60,000USD under a different alias.
On top of the $60,000USD Sting have reportedly snagged funding from both small and large streamers. Could Dr. Disrespect be one of them?
An anonymous individual who claims to work for Twitch is confident that Dr. Disrespect is one of the investors behind Sting (WatchSting).
“The Doc [Dr. Disrespect] was indeed approached by another company 5 months ago, January 22nd to be exact,” the anonymous Twitch employee claimed.
They added: “The company, known as WatchSting, is funded by numerous partners on our platform through a loophole that Twitch cannot correct yet. This is why the department is taking immediate action in banning individual partners.”
“Over the next coming weeks, Twitch will be taking the necessary actions that we need to in order to keep our partners. Our CEO (Emmett Shear) released a statement which I will be making public shortly. You will be shocked,” the anonymous post concluded.
An interested party decided to contact Jack Vessey for comment:
“As of right now, there’s a lot of speculation going around our platform. We were crowdfunded $60,000 in early 2018 when we initially proposed this project to our connections. I can name some of the investors from back then. Our lawyer, Mariah, was reached out to on June 20, 2020 by another lawyer who claimed he had a group of individuals who want to invest in the project. At first, I didn’t believe it, it was the same old stuff. Upon further investigation, we did verify who these people were and accepted their investment offers. We were all required to sign a non-disclosed agreement, therefore, I cannot name the group of people who recently invested a good amount into our project until further notice.Thank you for your email, if you have any other questions, feel free to reach out to us.
Curious case of Mixer and Sting.
For those of you who love a good conspiracy theory, the following might grab your attention.
Mixer was originally a small started up called Beam. In May 2016, Beam won the Startup Battlefield competition at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference, receiving $50,000 in equity-free funding. It was later acquired by Microsoft.
Are Dr. Disrespect, Shroud, and Ninja funding Sting (WatchSting) streaming platform?
Microsoft then later announced that they are shutting down their streaming service as of July 22nd. However, this decision would have been made a lot sooner and, of course, Mixer’s biggest contract partners would have been notified of the upcoming changes.
If the anonymous source who claims to work for Twitch is telling the truth then Dr. Disrespect was approached exactly six month prior Microsoft’s Mixer announcement.
Then three days after Microsoft announced that both Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek and Richard Tyler “Ninja” Belvins had been released from their contracts, Shroud allegedly Tweets this before quickly deleting it. It is also interesting to note that this is also only days after the Sting CEO, Jack Vessey, claimed to receive a large investment from “a group of individuals.”
The Shroud tweet about Sting (WatchSting) remains unverified.
Could it be that Herschel “Dr. Disrepect” Beahm IV, Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek, and Richard Tyler “Ninja” Belvins are the group of individuals who are funding Sting? It is a possibility, but here’s that massive grain of salt.
Just add salt… a lot of it.
There’s still a lot of fishy business when it comes to Sting (WatchSting), the first being that Twitter account was created in 2010 and then, obviously, repurposed in 2020.
Secondly, Shroud’s tweet has not been confirmed to be legitimate and none of these streamers are following WatchSting on Twitter.
Last but not least, we couldn’t find any information about the previous startup or the companies CEO Jack Vessey on the internet. We have, though, reached out to him to see if he’s willing to verify his identity.
Dr. Disrespect, Shroud, and Ninja are all reportedly very close friends.
There’s a good chance that, like Brime, this is just somebody trying to cash in on the Dr. Disrespect and Twitch controversy. It is a given that hundreds of thousands, if not millions, will follow Dr. Disrespect, Ninja, and Shroud to their new home. Then again, there is a good chance that this is 100% legitimate, too.
Sting already have an official website and plan to reveal more about their platform on July 5th.
What do you guys think? Is Sting legitimate or just another dud like Brime? Let us know in the comments below.