Nilesy used to do the same, and even though he doesn’t say it Sips wants donations as well, but he’s not going to say outright “I need Twitch donations so I can put my son and my unborn child through university” because that’s creepy. I don’t worry so much about them getting donations. If the community sustains them, it’s some indication that their presence is wanted.
It seems clear that Ridgedog isn’t receiving any money directly from the Yogscast, as he doesn’t do any more administrative or creative work for them. So in that respect he’s been phased out.
I believe Nilesy used to say that he was able to pay for rent and avoid going back to work at the call center after a little streaming. I haven’t caught any of Ridgedog’s streams, does it seem like he’s actually getting anything out of it? Because if he’s asking and asking and nobody’s paying, then he should just… get a job. It doesn’t even make sense for him to maintain this theoretical “blackmail” situation because he’s not making a living wage off it, he’s just finding a conveyor belt of women to house him.