Gamers vs. Streamers

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Warning read this with open mind!

I need to be honest with you, and I want you to be honest with yourself also. We have spent several weeks discussing how to make your stream better and how to promote yourself. Here is the honest brutal truth, sometimes the best thing for your stream is for you to stop streaming or for you to realize that you are a gamer and not a streamer. Now before you get all defensive keep reading and remember you agreed to read with an open mind.

I hear a lot of younger/newer streamers complaining about how hard it is to stream on twitch, how they never get more than 1-2 viewers on a good day, or how they have been streaming for over 6 months and they are still under 150 followers. If you have followed my blog so far and you’ve notice you're still having issues after making a few of the drastic changes we discussed in the past several weeks, then maybe the problem is you.

I know this comes across as harsh but we need to be real with ourselves. When was the last time you watched your own VOD? When did you last ask for an honest opinion of your stream from a mod? (Remember from my mod post, you and your mods should be already talking about this.) These are things you should be doing often! If you don't want to watch your own VOD why would anyone want to watch you stream? Take notes on things that you notice that you can change and do it! Maybe you notice that you breathe into the mic, or you don't talk enough, or you say a certain phrase way too much, etc.

Many of the younger/newer streamers think that streaming and gaming are the same; that they can do what they do every night but just turn on webcam. These people are the ones that will most likely not make it on twitch and there is nothing you can do to help yourself further unless you take an honest deep look at yourself and commit to change.

Streaming and gaming are completely different. Gaming is when you play your game, you're focused and zoned in, usually no expression on your face and maybe your mouth is slightly open. While this may be a typical position for gaming, most people don't want to see you with your mouth partially open and you ignoring them. Streaming is all about entertainment. You need to be engaging and entertaining, like a TV show. You are the main character, what is this episode's purpose? What is the trial that you will face? How will you work through it?

The 2 main types of viewers that make up the twitch community, there are ones that want to learn and the ones that want to be entertained. The ones that want to learn are going to be learning about the game whether it's about if they decide they want the game or not or learning how to beat a level or improve their speed run time. The ones that want to be entertained are there no matter what game is being played, they are there because they love your personality and the way you keep them engaged. This is also why a top streamer can play Barbie Dream House with 12k viewers.

I asked my mods to help me and go watch some young small streamers and go interact with them and see how they respond. Some of the streamers we saw were amazing, others were not… The number of viewers is the total amount (usually includes the streamer and whatever bots they are using, so keep that in mind). I also removed the names of the bad streamers and those who didn't want me to use their names. The others that you see here, I highly recommend you go check them out.

Channel 1: Overwatch
Streamer: N/A
# of Viewers: 5
Action: chatted
Streamer said hi to me after 30 secs but no answer to my second question.

Channel 2: Ark
Streamer: N/A
# of Viewers: 3 (himself, bot, and another viewer)
Action: chatted
I said hi in chat, got no response for 4 min posted "ok, nvm bye" Then streamers friend who was playing with him noticed me and told him, the streamer then proceeded to make fun of me saying “people jump in saying Hi and Bye so fast now, that’s what wrong with viewers today” I responded with “I was sitting in here for 4 min with no response, why would I stay to be ignored?”

Channel 3: SuperMarioMaker
Streamer: Jesseexe
# of Viewers: 2
Action: Chat and Follow
Streamer said hi to me after 30 sec of me greeting him. He was very friendly and outgoing so I gave him a follow. He was very interactive with me in his chat and playing the game at the same time.

Channel 4: Fallout 4
Streamer: N/A
# of Viewers: 15
Action: Chat
No acknowledgement after saying hello multiple times to streamer and chat. Left after 5 min.

Channel 5: The Binding of Isaac
Streamer: ZeroTheViking
# of Viewers: 5
Action: Chat, Follow, and Host
This streamer took less than 10 secs to respond to any and all questions I asked about the game and puts forth a ton of info. He was very interactive with the chat. I will go back to see him again!

Channel 6: Super Mario Maker
Streamer: MyCraftIsBest
# of Viewers: 5
Action: Chat
I greeted the streamer and he said hello but didn't show any other attention to me or chat for the next several minutes.

Channel 7: Fallout 4
Streamer: Niterhayven
# of Viewers: 5
Action: Chat
I was greeted by a mod and then streamer right away. Very friendly and outgoing with his chat.

Channel 8: World of Tanks
Streamer: N/A
# of Viewers: 5
Action: Chat
Said hello multiple times, no response from any of the viewers or the streamer. Waited 4 minutes then left.

Channel 9: Listed as Overwatch, really League Of Legends
Streamer: N/A
# of Viewers: 2 (himself and a bot)
Action: chatted
We (my mods and I) saw he was streaming toppless (the streamer then told us it’s NOT against twitch TOS and he read the whole thing because he loves to read), I also told him he had a wrong game title listed and called me a douchebag because he plays Overwatch in between his LOL matches. Lastly we told him his music was too loud and couldn’t hear him, again he called us douchebags and told us to STFU

Channel 10: MineCraft
Streamer: BlueDrgn_TV
# of Viewers: 5
Action: Chat and Follow
Very friendly streamer, responded to my greeting right away. Very interactive with chat and dances w/ a dragon for each follow. Very fun and made me laugh a lot.

So as you can see we have found streamers from both extremes of the spectrum you can tell right away which of these streamers are going to make it, which need a little help to improve, and which ones will fail miserably. There are 2 streamers from this group that I really enjoy watching and I make sure to stop by every day. The first is ZeroTheViking and the 2nd is BlueDrgnTV. You’ll usually see me lurking in their streams after I’m done with mine. edit: BlueDrgnTV has moved over to Beam; you can find him over at Beam at BlueDrgn_TV

Until next time…

XOXO,
Kitty

KittyMB

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