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The “Struggles” of a Twitch Streamer

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Twitch.tv is a platform, like Youtube, that streams videos. However, Twitch is mainly directed towards gaming and most streams are live. The streamers on the site make money by donations and contributions from their fans. Many people, specifically those without an understanding of the platform, feel that it is easy to be a Twitch streamer. I conducted an interview with a small Twitch streamer named FelixWind, and asked him a few questions about his twitch career. What I knew beforehand that he had over 1,000 subs and the average views on his streams are about 50-300 people. I started asking him if twitch was his main source of income:  

 

Felix: “It is not! I work part-time at EB Games here in Canada.”

Me: “How long have you been doing twitch?”

Felix: “I’ve been streaming for the better half of two years, this February actually will be my second consistent year.”

Me: “Was there a time where your view count blew up, or did you gradually gain views and subs?”

Felix: “I’ve definitely seen spikes here and there but nothing too crazy. Most of my growth has been pretty steady!”

Me: “Was there anytime that you felt like giving up?”

Felix: “Maybe ONCE. Yeah. I had been at a point where people would often visit my streams and say what’s up and so on but when i started streaming really obscure games like… Hollow Knight or like Ori and the Blind Forest (cause they were older games and this was before their re-releases). And I kinda wondered if people were watching me for me and not for what I was playing etc. Kinda brought me into a weird zone over time but i persevered somehow.

Me: “Any advice for wanna-be streamers?”

Felix: “I 100% encourage people who stream (or want to) to play things they want to play and not get caught up in numbers/viewership/money. Those are things that come with time and the most IMPORTANT thing is that you’re enjoying yourself and can be entertaining with yourself. People feed off of that and that’s what matters most. And they can tell when you’re being fake!

That was it for most of the interview. With what Felix said, one can easily conclude that it isn’t easy to blow up on Twitch and get the kind of viewership like Ninja. On top of that, if you aren’t enjoying streaming then you shouldn’t do it. The same goes with any work. If you don’t enjoy what you do, then switch it up to try and enjoy yourself. Now, streaming can cause you some issues but you will likely overcome them or you will likely move on.  

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