Bigo Live

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Bigo Live is a live streaming platform owned by a Singapore-based BIGO Technology, which was founded in 2014 by David Li and Jason Hu. BIGO Technology has developed proprietary artificial intelligence and machine learning that is integrated into the application. The AI features are used to enhance user engagement and experience during live streaming.

Quick Facts

Summary

  • Ranked #15,983th worldwide
  • Active users 400 M
  • Type Social Networks
  • Launched date Mar 2016
  • Employees 1,000
  • Headquarters Singapore, Central Region, Singapore
  • Parent company JOYY Inc. (2019 - present)

Founders

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David Xueling Li Guangdong
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Jason Hu

Networks

  • Brand value In 2020 N/A
  • Revenue in 2020 $826.6 M
  • Net loss In 2020 $0.9 M

Current Controversies

Current ControversiesIndia banned Bigo along with 58 other

apps of Chinese origin. (via livehosting.xyz)

In Jun 2020, the government of India banned Bigo along with 58 other apps of Chinese origin, citing data and privacy issues, and added that it was a threat to the sovereignty and national security of the country. The border tensions in 2020 between India and China might have also played a role in the ban.

In Jul 2020, Pakistan banned Bigo and warned TikTok and YouTube over immoral, obscene, and vulgar content. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority announced the lifting of the ban on 30 Jul 2020.

On 13 Jun 2021, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Bangladesh Police arrested five people including the Operation Manager of Bangladesh, a Chinese national, for involvement in Money Laundering and Blackmail. They were charged under Anti-Money Laundering Act, Digital Security Act, and Pornography Prevention Act.

Original Idea

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David Li was a journalist before entering the technology industry, and Jason Hu had worked for many technology companies before the creation of BIGO Technology. In 2014, Bigo was founded in Singapore.

In Mar 2016, Bigo Live launched. It is available for iOS and Android operating systems.

Brief History

2014

Bigo was founded in Singapore.

2016
Mar Bigo Live launched.
Apr Bigo Live was the most downloaded app in Thailand.
2018
Dec 26.7M monthly active users.
2019
Mar JOYY Inc. acquired BIGO Technology for $1.45B.
Nov Monthly active users of the company's apps reached over 350M globally.
2020
Mar Ranked 6th in the United States and 5th worldwide for streaming apps.
May Launched a partnership with Bark, an online safety solution.
Dec Bigo Live announced a partnership with The Trevor Project.
2021

400M users in more than 150 countries.

Network Features

Go Live and watch trendy live streams

Go Live and watch trendy live streamsBigo live stream. (via bigo.tv)

People can live broadcast their life moments, show their talents, and receive virtual gifts from supporters. Users can watch trendy live streams and they can filter out broadcasters from a certain country on the explore page. Users that meet certain criteria can create their own families.

Live Video Chat & Video Call

Live Video Chat & Video CallBigo live video chat. (via bigo.tv)

Users can invite friends to have a 1:1 online video chat or create group video chat or videos calls with up to 9 people via Multi-guest Room.

With the match-up function, users can initiate a random chat with people nearby or meet new friends.

Video filters and stickers are available for broadcasters.

Gaming Live

Gaming LiveBigo gaming live. (via bigo.tv)

Users can broadcast and watch live streams of popular games, such as PUBG, LOL, RoV, Free Fire, Fortnite, Call of Duty, Dota 2, Hearthstone, Rules of Survival and more, etc. German Gaming Streamer Bigo ID KALIBAAH.

It signed on as a sponsor for Box Fighting Championship in 2020.


Live PK

Broadcasters can take PK challenges with other people, who get more attraction points will win the game.

Bar

Users can share pictures and short videos, add hashtags to their posts on bar, where people often upload clips and screenshots of their live streams.

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