Friday Lunch Bites #2

This week, influencers unionise, Nando’s launches a cheeky merch range and Roblox users stand to earn a share of $100m

Written by Rhys Thomas

Posted 16.08.2019 | Entertainment

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Peri-peri cool

Nando’s, the chicken restaurant renowned as a destination for ‘cheeky’ meals with mates, launched a range of branded t-shirts, accessories and assorted merch at an event this week. The Nando’s Yard festival in Shoreditch – the trendy part of London – welcomed fans of spicy chicken to try a time-limited menu and purchase limited-edition, branded merchandise.

Looking a million Robux

Roblox users who create and share content with the community are on track to earn a combined $100m in 2019. The online gaming platform allows anybody with a little creativity and know-how to create in-game items, cosmetics and experiences and upload them for users to enjoy. The top creations attract more than 100,000 players, who can buy additional content using the Robux premium currency. Roblox doesn’t directly pay these developers for their uploads, but they do earn a share of any in-game purchase players make within their games.

Influencers unionise

Influencers and YouTube content creators are unionising in Germany. IG Metall, Europe’s largest trade union with more than 2.3 million members, has joined forces with German YouTuber Joerg Sprave to tackle the growing issue of video demonetisation. The process sees YouTube remove ads from users' videos - thereby depriving the creator of revenue - which has become a growing cause of consternation among the YouTube community.

Sprave previously set-up a popular Facebook group called The YouTubers Union. The group’s 21,000 members have banded together to tackle demonetization, and now it will add the weight of IG Metall’s influence to insisit YouTube is more open about its policies and the reasons for demonetization through a campaign called FairTube. It has called on Google, YouTube’s parent firm, to begin a dialogue by 23 August. Should the multi-national remains silent, Ig Metall plans to use its significant funds and network of lawyers to pursue action through the courts.

King of the UK box office

Disney’s The Lion King remake has reigned at the top of the UK and Ireland box office for more than 24 consecutive days to become the longest chart-topper of the year. It’s even beaten Disney’s Marvel blockbuster Avengers: Endgame. A Remake of the 1994 animation, The Lion King also entered into 19th position on the top 20 films of all time in the UK with a gross of £59.9m. In the same week, Toy Story 4 also snuck in at number 20 with £58.7m in ticket stubs.


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