When I have the time I love to go watch smaller streams and find some of Beam’s hidden gems, and I remember when I first saw Hunkstaban back around Thanksgiving. It’s been amazing to watch him grow and fine tune his stream into what it is today! He has an extremely high energy stream and shall I talk about all the dancing?? Let’s just say, if you have the opportunity to raid him you REALLY should.
Hi! Introduce yourself – What makes your stream special?
Hi there! Name’s Peter, but probably better known by my streamer alias Hunkstaban!
I am a highly energetic, positive and easy going dude from the cold north called Denmark!
I am more hype than most, and my stream focuses a lot on putting on a show more than being good at games. For me, interactivity with chat is what makes a stream fun for me. You will find hype music, smoke, lights and fun scenes at my channel!
So if you are not smiling and/or dancing at least once when visiting my stream, I have not done my job.
Where did the username come from?
This came up totally at random. When I started out streaming on Twitch in January 2016, I felt like I needed an original name. I had always called myself Kato on multiple gamertags since I was 12, but there was multiple people that had the same or similar name.
Then I started brainstorming and randomly started thinking about the name Estaban. Why, I don’t know, but it ultimately led to me coming up with Hunkstaban - because, well, look at me ;-)
What do you call your followers? Why did you chose that name?
I call my followers Hunks. Everyone who joins the #Hunktastical crew automatically becomes 120% more sexy! And I didn’t choose it myself, my community dubbed themselves “The Hunks” a long time ago, and I decided to roll with it.
What got you into gaming?
I think a better question is what got me into streaming. I started streaming because I walked into 2016 wanting to challenge myself. I have always been creative at mind, but I didn’t know how I could express myself - I wasn’t particularly good at drawing or at playing instruments. Then I stumbled upon twitch and the world of streaming opened up to me. It got me thinking “Hey, I can do that!” So I bought a webcam, downloaded OBS and tried it out - and I loved it.
What is the first game you remember playing?
My earliest memory of games was Pokemon Blue on the Gameboy Color. I could play it for hours trying to catch them all!
When you started streaming, did you have any particular goals in mind?
When I started out I didn’t have any goals in mind. I more or less just wanted a new hobby. It quickly grew into a passion though, and something I could see myself doing professionally - which then also became my goal.
What was your motivation that kept you going when you first started streaming?
In the start I just loved talking to people. I am an extrovert at heart, meaning that I really love talking to new people, hear about their experiences and learn about their lives. Someone trusting me enough to open up and tell them about themselves is incredibly valuable to me.
My core following was really important too, though. Without anyone to talk to I’d get drained from energy very quickly.
When was your first stream (on each site, twitch, beam, etc) and What game did you play on your first stream?
My first stream on Twitch was January 13th 2016. I think I streamed “Murdered: Soul Suspect”. I didn’t particularly like the game, but I had no idea what I was doing or what I wanted to play at the time.
I started on Beam on November 6th 2016, and considering it was a new platform and I didn’t really know what to play there either, I started out with something safe: “Fallout 4”. Always an easy game to drive conversation from.
You've announced that you are going to be applying for partnership soon if not already; what did you do to prepare yourself for this? What steps did you take?
First of all I made sure that I was at least somewhere near the number requirements. I didn’t want to apply and get rejected right away. So I talked to some partners I respect and showed them my numbers, and applied with their support in the backpack.
Then I also made sure that I was comfortable in my stream and was certain it would be something that was eligible for the public face of beam. Quality is very important to me, and I wanted to make sure I could also portray quality if I were to get partnered.
Other than that I don’t believe there’s too much you can do to prepare yourself - sometimes it’s mostly about taking the step, believing in your community, believing in yourself and try!
What are the 2 biggest tips or secrets you can give to smaller streamers who want to apply for partnership in the near future?
First, and the one thing I can recommend to everyone interested in growing their channel, is “networking”. And I quote this as you will find hanging out in other caster’s streams a joy more than a way of growing your channel. I’ve found some of my best friends due to hanging out in streams and just striking up conversation. Having a good network of friends, small as big streamers, will help you immensely in building your own community - and will make the process much more fun as well.
Second is (and I can not stress this enough) be yourself and have fun. You’re only doing yourself a disfavor by putting on an act. Play the games YOU want to play, act like YOU want to act and respect your boundaries. If you are a chill streamer or a hype streamer, it doesn’t matter - emphasize on it, make it your own, and I promise you it will be way more worth it in the end.
What's your favorite part of being a streamer?
The interaction. It has always been and always will be the interaction between streamer and viewer that is my favourite part of it all. Which is also why you’ll see me continuously pausing the gameplay to interact with chat instead - it’s what is most fun to me and therefore usually what is most fun for my viewers.
How do you keep your viewers engaged?
In my case I try to make my streams a party. I want it to be a place people can come to after a bad day and get cheered up instantly. I keep my viewers engaged with energized music, smiles and dancing. And of course, as mentioned before, I love conversations - so I try to talk to my viewers as much as possible.
Who was a streamer that you looked up too?
Back on twitch I looked up to (and still do) a streamer named WarwitchTV. He had a theme of stream that I’d never seen before, and I loved every second of it, and a lot of the inspiration for my own stream comes from his.
For Beam ThePolkaWarlord was one of the first streamers I found. He was incredibly kind to me from day 1, and the way he interacted with his community and acted around other streamers was incredibly inspiring to me. I am very honored to be able to call him a friend now.
What stream teams are you a part of?
Why did you want to join those specific teams over all the other ones available?
As I grew on Beam so grew the interest from people wanting me to join their stream teams. I took a long time trying to figure out which I wanted to join, but one team struck out the most when I wanted to fill the first spot - and that was AAE. I was referred to it through ANIM4L8U and had a chance to check out all the incredible streamers that are a part of the team. I was blown away by the amount of talent the team possessed and knew very quickly that I wanted to join.
Members of AAE, Prims and Archonaut, then created the team named Atlas together, and asked me if I’d like to join as well. This was very intriguing to me, as being a part of a new team from its creation was something I’d wanted to do for some time - and I already knew that the team would be starting out with talented streamers.
I recently became a member of WUN. I was invited to the team by the amazing streamer KW-Erion, and looking at the team’s professionalism and the members I was sure that would be a good fit for me.
Can you pinpoint some of the factors that you believe have made your Beam channel so popular?
I think one of the biggest factors is that I have been able to emphasize on a niche not many streamers are doing on beam at this time, and that is focusing entirely on the energy and the hype of a stream. Innovating on interactivity is also a factor I believe can be pointed out, as I have very different ways to welcome raids, go on breaks etc. - one interactive button I have on my stream called “Shia” has also immensely contributed to my name going around beam, as it’s different from what has been done before.
What would you say is the main thing that sets you apart from other people that stream on Beam?
You’ll very rarely find negativity on my stream, which I believe has been refreshing for many viewers. You can be safe knowing that you’ll always be able to find a smiling face on my stream :-)
What is the one thing you learned from streaming on Beam that you didn’t learn streaming on Twitch? That giving the proper opportunity people are more than willing to interact and share their lives and opening up to you. The sub second delay gives you that opportunity, which was not available on Twitch.
Do you have any advice for people who are potentially looking to get into streaming/partnership?
Believe in yourself. No one is ever good at streaming when they first start out. Just look at this video I put together; it shows a clip from a stream back on January 26th 2016, and one from a stream earlier this week.
Also, don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Even after a year of streaming I still make mistakes. If you noticed on the second part of the video I got the countdown to the drop of the song wrong :-) Just have fun with it and your viewers will too, and the more you stream you’ll gain more confidence.
Was there anything you refused to compromise on?
Quality. If I don’t think the stream is hitting my standards of quality, then I will not do the stream.
What is the one thing you cannot stream without? (not your computer or parts of PC)
The interaction - being a very interactive streamer, if I have no one to talk to, I burn out - I know this can be selfish to say, but I’ve come to expect at least one in chat to have a conversation with.
What's one thing that you think is important to have for your stream that improves the experience for the viewer?
Gimmicks. That is the only way I can put it, haha. Using small video-breaks, props, lights etc. keeps the stream interesting for me as well as the viewer.
What do you see in your future on Beam?
I am hoping to become a powerful force of positivity in the community. With smiles and a happy atmosphere as my weapons, I hope to have the same effect on others - and keep helping other streamers communities flourish as well.
Until next time…