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Weekly Subscription News: Gaming, Paying and Trading

Featuring Vox Media, Lee Enterprises, Snapchat, PlayStation and Xbox

It is hard to believe this is the last day of 2021. Like 2020, it has had its own unique challenges, but also some interesting shifts in the subscription marketplace. The latest headlines include a look at why publishers like Vox Media are merging with their rivals, Snapchat Spotlight has paid out $250M to 12,000 creators this year, and The Guardian has grown to more than 1M recurring digital subscribers. Also, Stripe says the $95B fintech company won’t file for an IPO after all, PlayStation and Xbox are among the top gaming subscriptions, and Reddit will shut down short form video platform Dubsmash in 2022.

From all of us here at Subscription Insider, Happy New Year! We hope 2022 is a great year for all of us.

Why Publishers Like Vox Media Are Merging with Their Biggest Rivals
The Washington Post

Lee’s Stock Now Trading at Way More Than Alden’s Takeover Offer
Poynter

Snapchat Spotlight Has Paid out $250M to 12,000 Creators in One Year
Tubefilter

The Guardian Has More Than 1 Million Recurring Digital Supporters
Axios

Stripe Co-Founder Says the $95B Fintech Giant Is ‘Very Happy’ Staying Private
CNBC

New Buyer Promises to Improve Minnesota Newspapers That Previous Owner ‘Stripped’
Star Tribune

PlayStation and Xbox Among Most Popular Subscriptions for U.S. Gamers
eMarketer

Reddit Will Shut Down Short Form Video Platform Dubsmash in 2022
Digital Music News

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