After spending two months on the Beam.pro website and streaming for one and a half of those months, I’ve gotten to know a lot of amazing streamers on here. One of them is the one and only Murderklok. He is a partnered streamer on Beam. I learned a lot about him and what makes him so successful from this interview.
Introduce yourself – What makes your stream special?
I’m Murderklok, I stream with the late night crew of Beam (early morning for the EU folks). My channel is a chill place where we talk about anything and everything. We hang out as friends there, we say lewd stuff, we make fun of each other and we have opinions.
Where did the username come from?
I created Murderklok just before the TBC release from Dethklok. A character is named Murderface, I just took them and combined them. Murderface + Dethklok = Murderklok. Been using it everywhere ever since.
What got you into gaming?
My grandmother bought me a NES in 1990, been playing nearly everyday since.
What is the first game you remember playing?
Super Mario Bros - NES
Why streaming rather than YouTube?
I got into streaming to make friends and be social. Streaming is exactly that. It's a social platform.
If you could only stream one game for the rest of your career, what would it be, and why?
A MMO for sure. Possibly ESO because I love the Elder Scrolls lore and I could play that from different character’s perspectives over and over again.
When you started streaming, did you have any particular goals in mind?
I wanted to make friends online. Most of ‘real life’ friends have grown up, stopped gaming, or the few that do play games, play a select few games I have no interest in.
What was your motivation that kept you going when you first started streaming?
Reading other’s stories regarding persistence and schedules. In time, I would find an audience.
When was your first stream (on each site, twitch, beam, etc) and What was your first stream?
My first stream was on Twitch, July 15, 2014. I think I streamed either RE4 or BF4.
What's your favorite part of being a streamer?
Everyday I get to hang out with friends and play games. Its awesome.
How do you keep your viewers engaged?
I honestly don’t know. The obvious thing is playing multiplayer games with people but aside from that, I’m not sure what I do.
Who was the streamer you looked up too?
I didn’t really. I started streaming with no viewer experience.
Can you pinpoint some of the factors that you believe have made your Beam channel so popular?
I cannot. Don’t know. I don’t feel popular.
What would you say is the main thing that sets you apart from other people that stream on Beam?
I don’t stream MineCraft :mappa But seriously, I do bring a variety of games that I don’t often see on Beam.
What are your goals for your Beam channel?
I’d like to grow to the point where I can support myself from streaming alone. At this point, working a full time day job and streaming full time is exhausting.
What is the one thing you learned from streaming on Beam that you didn’t learn streaming on Twitch?
I’ve learned a lot about the effects of knowing the devs directly can really make an exciting and rewarding experience.
Do you have any advice for people who are potentially looking to get into streaming?
Just do it. Don’t wait for the “right time” or I need to have the “right hardware” Just start with whatever you got, build from there. The “right time” would have been 2010 before all this exploded ;)
What about those people who want to stream professionally?
Streaming professionally from no experience or with experience, turning it into a profession?
Was there anything you refused to compromise on?
Games I absolutely won’t play and playing games ‘just to get viewers’ I always experiment, but I play what I want.
What's one thing that you think is important to have for your stream that improves the experience for the viewer?
A good sense of audio balance. Your voice needs to cut through, even if the sound is loud. Lots of ‘viewers’ listen and don’t even watch. A low or muffled voice doesn’t carry so if you walk away you can’t hear it anymore.
What do you see in your future on Beam?
I’d like to assist Beam with live events/booths. Meeting people in person is exciting and makes all the time streaming worth it.
Anything else you would like to say?
Thank you for inviting me for this interview. First one I’ve ever done. Popped my interview cherry!
Until next time…