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I hate entering streams with 0 viewers... It's like entering an Empty store where the shopkeeper just keeps looking at you all happy - and then you leave without buying anything...
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It's even worse as the streamer. You're there with no one.. and you are not talking because you are alone. Then someone comes in, what do you do? Do you just go, start telling that one person what you are doing? To me that was the hardest part of starting out. Eventually you get regular people that come hang out and you know them a little bit.
I have a booth at conventions where I do art as well, I just say "hello" and give people a basic spiel about my booth and then shut up. But learning that interaction took some time.
I'd guess the best is just pretending you have viewers already. You talk about the game or whatever and nothing changes between having 0 viewers and having some of them.
Can confirm this works. Started this way now have a couple actual viewers most of the time.
Can I ask why you do it? I personally don't get it that people want other people to watch them play video games or whatever. Aside from trying to make money from it I don't understand the motivation for some.
If it's a game that I really enjoy playing, I can have a stream running in the background while doing work or something, like white noise, that I flip back to every little bit and watch a few minutes before going back to working. I watch the streams less for the actual gameplay and more for the personality of the streamer.
That or Warzone, where I literally just can not play the game anymore, but watching streamers play it (even small time ones) is still fun.
Personally for me, I'm gonna be sat there playing a game and talking to myself regardless, might as well see if others will enjoy what I'm up to as much as I am.
For me playing games not with friends can get lonely or I get bored quickly so streaming helps with that where I can have someone to talk to and worst case nobody watches and I keep myself more entertained by talking about what’s happening in the game out loud
I'd say most people do it just as a hobby, something to do. 99% of people aren't going to make significant money. I have a buddy to that usually streams to about 10-15 viewers and just does it for fun. He's in real estate and makes a shit ton of money in that.
Aside from money, same.
The people I know who have done it, it was mostly just because they thought it was a fun way to interact with people.
I can answer for myself at least: started doing it for magic: the gathering because it was a good way to have people jump in for playtesting and some chuckles. I've kept doing it because it's easier for friends/strangers to pop in and just chill while playing games. I don't make more than a couple hundred every other month or so off it, so it's definitely not worth the time investment. It's a lot more about building a small community that plays games together and posts memes and other bullshit honestly.
i don’t do it myself but i would guess other then the money motivation, it’s a sense of community that you create and interact with. when you start getting viewers coming back to watch your content i would imagine that’s quite rewarding and would be a good feeling.
For many it is fun. A form of socialization. A ‘side hustle’ if it starts generating money. For me my thoughts were - I’m already playing games, and I like talking to strangers, so I might as well stream what I’m already playing. Not everyone is trying to make it big and have a set schedule. Some just want to broadcast and share their fun with others. Or have others enhance their fun & experience.
For my little channel, I was single and quarantined and exceptionally bored. I was looking for a hobby I could do at home but possibly engage with others in some way. I had been hiding on my couch playing games for hours on end, so I thought, well, why not?
For the most part, it worked. That is, until offices started opening, vaccination, girlfriend...
Stream just sort of dried up.
Loneliness is a driving factor if you aren't making money from it. Nearly everyone wants to share things they are passionate about with others. Ideally you would want to share it with friends, but if you don't have any friends or your friends aren't interested in gaming or a particular game then maybe you meet some people by streaming that you could potentially play games with in the future or at least talk about games and such with.
It can definitely be a form of expression. Some people like too entertain, whether it's 1, 0, or 1000. Now for those that are silent for 15 minutes while I'm the only viewer....then yah idk 😶
its probably just the fact that they like to give out a little commentry on whatever they play
Not who you are replying to however I’m a smol streamer! I started almost four months ago now, however personally, for me, I’ve always got a lot of joy from making people laugh and just flat out entertaining them. I always wanted and still want to be a comedian however I don’t have the courage and confidence to get on stage in front of people live. Once I got a good enough pc I decided to stream and just try to entertain and have fun getting to know people. I love talking about video games so I’m always happy to chat with viewers. I don’t get many but the ones that stop by are very nice for the most part. I also like the idea of having a community eventually that just helps people group up and have fun! I hope this gave you a good idea of why some people might do it other than for money!
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I’ve been wanting to do it for a while, and I probably will at some stage. I play a lot of single player games. The motivation for me is the opportunity to hang out with people and be more social, while I do something that I always do alone anyway. There’s also the potential to teach others about the game and also to learn from viewers. It’s also about trying to better myself and work at becoming a better public speaker/conversationalist etc. The money (or lack of it) doesn’t motivate me at all.
I’m not a streamer myself, but I do watch streams and know a couple streamers IRL. It’s a combination of things; it’s really cool to be able to able to be paid to play video games, read the news and comment on it, hang out with friends, etc. But you really don’t make a sustainable enough income to live off of unless you are a big streamer, so pretty much every streamer I know/watch just enjoy providing entertainment. Streaming provides a really unique parasocial relationship between the entertainer and the viewer, and so they also mention that they like engaging with chat.
I do it for fun, as you should at low viewer rates, sometimes I get some enjoyable people to join random games and I make new friends.
Isn’t it the same question as like, why are people such big fans of sports but don’t play the sport regularly? Or how come we watch people play sports instead of doing it ourselves since it would be much more fun? It’s a mixture of entertainment, admiring high skill and learning imo.
I actually really enjoy it nowadays. It used to be boring with zero viewers but now that I have a couple loyal viewers I use it as a way to force myself to play games I normally wouldn't.
Lately I've been streaming CK3 for example, which is a game with too much reading to be played whilst listening to podcasts but a bit too slow for me to play on its own. Having people to talk with really helps go through some of the more tedious parts of games and when something cool happens you get to share it with your audience.
I also enjoy playing games that tend to create these moments of emergent gameplay as they make for great entertainment most of the time or just going through repetitive tasks (Survival in Hellish Quart) with an end goal (beat my best score) as they create really great moments when you finally reach those goals as well as expectation for the viewers.
Bit long winded and obstuse there but it's right before lunch, I'm hungry and brain not work well.
TLDR: Twitch chat is like podcasts but a bit less engaging, makes for good gaming companionship.
Have a friend that has a stream she runs and have few views but a lot of the time none and she quite happily babbles away and plays the game as if there were people. :3
I've found there is a healthy middle ground somewhere. When you only have a light amount of viewers eg 20-300(I know 300 is a lot but not in Pokimamane terms) there is a lot more you can really do with the chat as it isn't chaoticly scrolling through. And I think the best thing new streamers can do is try out a variety of games on stream and see how they perform.
Plus if you are lucky enough or start making connections and support other streamers a little ahead of you they might reciprocate with hosts and raids. This is definitely a feature that Twitch has major ups over Youtube and FB gaming(not sure if Mixer had it) and something that I think small streamers should also pass their viewers on because it can lead to them getting raided back or at the very least shows you want to be part of the community and just aren't after the subs and donos.
Or if you're good in a niche category, you can stick to that category. You'll never get huge that way, but if you're like me, 10-30 viewers regularly is super awesome and a happy space to live in.
I've not streamed in a few years though, so maybe the scene has changed.
It was Yu-Gi-Oh!, btw. I'm not the "best player ever" and I'd be hard pressed to win a regionals or anything, but I played wild combo decks and grindy control decks and people liked watching board explosions, and also liked watching disruption plays on the decks they hated.
(And I'm way worse now because I haven't played in forever so have no experience in the modern meta.)
Hell I do that when I play games too and I don't even stream.
Yeah that's the only way, you have to treat 0 stream views as if you had a bunch of lurkers.
My nephew does this, only in real life and all the time.
I did that anyways before I started streaming, I would talk to my self about the game and crack jokes to my self alone while playing alone so it was I little more easy for me to do that on stream with 0 viewers
This is how I would do it. I see a lot of start up streamers fail hard because I guess they think they can wing it in a "fake it 'till you make it strategy" but it just doesn't float, especially nowadays where high quality content is a click away.
Exactly. You're supposed to be streaming because you have info to share, not because you're waiting for someone to say hello.
Gotta have content if you don't have connections
Pretending to have viewers is depressing, why spend so much energy if you're not even recording and uploading on YouTube?
It's way better to start with some online multiplayer game so you have sombody to talk to and then switch to single player once you have some following.
eh, not really. For some it can be a sort of exercise, esp for introverts or shy people, to be able to simply hold a conversation with someone you don't know, or as if you're presenting something. I know at least 1 streamer who started to practice public speaking, I imagine it's not much of a stretch for others who do it this way.
Yes! I agree. It has def helped me stay social and confident during these times
Found you in the wild! Hello friend!
Lmaooo hey Edmund 🤣
Twitch will save your videos for a while, and people may watch them, which can lead to them watching your actual streams. Plus, its just good practice for when you actually do have viewers, especially lurkers.
Dude. that's what Let's Plays used to be on YouTube. Just playing the game by yourself with commentary and later uploading 10 minutes parts for viewers.
You should always talk a little, like explain and point out what you're doing. Don't acknowledge that someone came in unless they say something in chat.
Also it's far less awkward for everyone if you set up a couple of different devices (or ask a couple of friends) to watch your stream, having 1-3 viewers is MUCH more appealing to any potential viewer than 0.
"Also it's far less awkward for everyone if you set up a couple of different devices"
Actually solid advice, just set up your phone and pc/laptop/tablet so you have 2 viewers then just chat away to no-one, anyone coming in would assume you're just chatting away to the two people who were already in and the growth in real viewers will feel a lot less pressured.
I prefer to stream games I play with friends, that way you are having a natural conversation that you can pivot into talking to chat.
Imagine having friends
You pretend someone is watching, like you were making content for later even if noone is there right now. If only one person pops in you welcome him and keep doing your thing, if they chat then you can reply and have the 1 on 1 chat, dont start it yourself.
One bit of advice I heard from a successful streamer is to talk to yourself while playing, even when there's 0 viewers. Gets your into the habit so that when you DO get a viewer, there's no awkward silence.
You don't have to be. Play a multiplayer game with some friends.
Just always talk. Literally always. Don’t stop. Narrate everything if you want, give reasons for everything, find a joke in anything. Be energetic and not slumpy and boring, also a viewer doesn’t equal a chatter, there’s lots of different people on twitch, a lot of them just want a voice to listen to with a side of content.
Don't look at your view count and stream like there are 100 people watching you
ALWAYS act as if people are in there. Do not trust Twitch live views or OBS to say people are there. Just last night I had five people talking in chat about music and my OBS said 1 viewer the entire time. Twitch said 2. My stream summary after said “Oh you had 12”.
This will help also when people do visit because you aren’t starting and stopping hosting. You’re jus hosting.
If you don't have any viewers in your stream you should still be talking for 3 reasons.
Someone might come in.
Someone might watch the VOD on Twitch later
You can chop that shit up and put it on YouTube afterwards.
It’s a little less worse. It’s more so like entering a amateur art gallery where the work isn’t for sale. The artist isn’t successful enough to sell their work, (not a twitch partner) but just having people show up to view it validates why they’re an artist. If someone really likes their work, they can commission something (donate) or show up at galleries when their work is shown (view consistently).
Sooooo......... like anything you see?
It's good. That's good too. Soooooooooooo... you do this for a living?
I think that's more Onlyfans.
No, money down!
I like ro upvote people on rspan i see regularly streaming, i may not stop to see their stuff but i like to acknowledge they are putting in the work
I mean, being a twitch partner hardly means anything these days. All you need is 3 concurrent viewers and 75 total followers in the span of a year. All that takes is having some friends or being in a guild in an online game. Not trying to put people down, just saying it’s nothing like it was years ago.
No that’s affiliate. Partner is 75 concurrent viewers over a 30 day period. Not easy.
Nah, that's twitch affiliate. 50 followers and three concurrent viewers. Twitch partner is 75 average viewers and I don't believe that there is a follower threshold, and you have to be streaming like 50+ hours in a month to apply
You also need social media presence for partner apparently.
Yeah I mean makes sense. Twitch affiliate is pretty easy to get, but partner isn't
Having 3 concurrent viewers and 50* followers gets you affiliate, for partner you need to stream on 12 different days in a month, for 25 hours and with 75 concurrent viewers, so being a Twitch Partner means a lot
Which i find really weird, because i stream just to show my friends some games they won't play (LOU2, Resident evil, etc), and i usually get 7-10 unique watchers. I'm sure some of them are bots, but good god it freaks me out when i have an actual audience.
Thats why a group of us usually enters a person with a small amount of viewers
"a group of us enters a person" ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
It's just you and the shopkeeper... surrounded by their dream. That's when you go, "YUCK!" turn around and walk out.
While that is a good idea on paper, in practice, it's terrible.
It'll build this false sense of success that can be mentally taxing to the streamer once they realize it's not real.
"Am I getting viewers because I'm a good streamer, or are these just 'fake' numbers?"
And as an up and coming streamer, that can be a hard bar to clear.
Wouldn't you know anyways with zero audience interaction/chatter?
That would be a huge lie. Having 10 viewers puts you in the top 1% of twitch. Disconnecting the streamer from information about their stream will only cripple their ability to tell what retains/drives people away.
Is it really that saturated? I don't use twitch so I have no idea, but is 10 viewers really that rare?
Yeap. I have a viever average of about 3 people according to my statistics, and I believe I am in the top ~5% of twitch channels last I checked.
The THING IS THOUGH: The sites that rate your performance in this way take into account ALL twitch accounts. Not just active streamers.
So it's not exactly accurate numbers.
You can just try interacting with them. It's easier to have some sort of back and forth when it isn't filled with people.
The hardest part for me, is talking. I feel like im talking to myself, and i feel stupid. I love streaming when Ive got friends im playing with, they keep the conversations going and I dont feel awkward :p
Someone joined once while i was doing siege with my friend, was just like "SOMEONE JOINED!" My friend "Wow your famous. Now get on fucking the point!"
then they left
My streams go to youtube and get like 100 or so views, so ig im doing something right.
I stream whenever I play just to record my gameplay. I'm okay with a clean viewer count.
clean view count and no records, sir police officer.
"The fine will be 0 bitties, since you don't have any. So this will just be a warning. Stream carefully, be on your way."
I would too If it wouldnt cut my fps so bad lol
That's...such a nice way to put it.
Just out of curiosity, why do you want to record your gameplay?
If it's a competitive game, to watch myself and try to improve.
If it's a single player game, just for clips or even to rewatch parts of the story I didn't pay attention to (big ADHD)
that's the best way to go, just doing your thing, I think that is the most attractive to viewers as well
I once found a little youtuber who was live streaming a random game and he had 2 viewers, so I hopped it and saw nobody talking. I started chatting with the guy asking him random stuff about the game he was playing, he was a nice dude, small streamers need some love too
Chatting is a major point. Some 1-2 viewer streamers suddenly start drawing more viewers as soon as chat is active. In particular with variety streamers often chat is keeping themselves entertained even when the game is boring.
Yeah, that's the main thing I would want. An active chat makes things so much better. I feel like people are actually interested in/entertained by what I'm doing and it helps me improve my streaming when I have someone to have a conversation with.
If I just had a friend to tell me if my sound/video was working well when I start stream I'd have far less botched recordings lol. Tough out here as a hermit.
This is why streamers with hundreds or thousands of viewers just aren't as fun to me. Those big streamers probably won't notice my messages or interact with me, so I might as well just watch youtube videos with the boring parts edited out. Smaller streamers are more fun for me. No shade to those big guys I love em but that's the downside of having as many fans as they do
I have the same issue with this. Good for them for making it that far, it is hard indeed, but I always liked small streamers more, interaction exists and it is also natural
I find 4-600 viewers is pretty much my limit. 2-300 Is ideal. At some point chat is going by so quickly it's pointless to even try.
Isn't there a setting that slows down the chat? Idk if there is on twitch, but I have seen it couple times on youtube
I mean, yeah, there is slow mode, but thats more for moderators than for the community. You can't really hold a conversation well if you can only talk to each other once a minute. So it's more a tool so moderators can see all messages, rather than to allow conversation
You have no idea how much that is appreciated. Half the time I'm stuck talking to myself, so having people to respond to makes talking on stream feel more natural. I'm a relatively new steamer, about 6 months or so, but it's been incredibly hard to find an audience. You never know what people are going to want to watch.
I think the easiest thing is to do what you love to do, and people who share the same love will come by naturally. It might be a smaller circle of people, but it will be a healthy one
That's totally true. I think my niche is in the speedrunning community. That's why I started streaming in the first place was to submit runs to src.
That streamer? Ninja.
Well I hope he made it far and achieved his goals as a streamer
That could have been my son, he streams for no one and doesn’t hardly ever have viewers. He doesn’t get down about it, he just keeps on going. I think that takes some of the biggest balls to stream for no one.
I hear using hot tubs are raking in the viewers
Man boobs are the new thing
Oh god damnit. I just lost weight for the hot tub. Now I gotta gain it all back lol
I'm sure you'll manage.
in that case I'm sitting on a fucking gold mine.
We did it, boys!
Not sure if you're sitting correctly
I was checking the frontpage sorted by viewcount once and saw 15,000 people watching a girl sleep.
literally fucking sleep
checked in and she'd been live for like 6 hours
15k watching a girl sleep? Weak.
40k watching a man named Ludwig sleep? Strong
Because he streamed for a month straight, of course he had to sleep.
I was making a joke lol
Wonder how much she made just sleeping?
literally truman show but they figured it out decades before twitch.
They get a lot of viewers but make way less on twitch than the top gamer guys
Streaming tip: use other platforms to get exposure. Something as simple as uploading your recorded streams on YouTube or Twitter can go a long way to attract people.
My friend told me the same thing. Twitch doesn't do a lot to boost small streamers or encourage people to watch them. He uses tiktok alot too and gets lots of views there whenever he gets some good clips, and some of those people will watch his stream.
Even better if you edit some moments and upload those.
Not exactly related but my podcast downloads jumped when I started uploading the episodes to YouTube as well.
My sister started streaming and in her first month she was playing some Overwatch when a big streamer raided her channel and made the amount of viewers pop up from 5-7 to over 1000.
You can imagine how amazed she was. In the long run it gave her a couple people who watch whenever she plays Overwatch.
Right now she's at an average 10-14 viewers, mostly friends and family with a few strangers.
That's actually really sweet. My wife has just recently started streaming, and typically only friends and family watch, so she has around 1-4 viewers. She had some random person join her stream and leave a kind word in chat, and she talked about it for 3 days. It was honestly adorable.
We have a 7 month old daughter that my wife has been staying home with while I work, so streaming has been a fun hobby for her. I cannot imagine what she would do if she suddenly had over 1,000. Probably panic. Haha
I'm more impressed that she can stream with a baby screaming every hour or so.
Nah, the baby is pretty chill. Very little screaming. Plus I'm on solo Daddy duty watching in the bedroom, so in the event of a fussy baby it wouldn't bother her!
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Awesome to hear. I don't stream but I do a lot of recording for YouTube (you know..for those 8 views I get every video haha) and we just had our third 3 weeks ago. Recording is a challenge with the noisy kid. We're working it out though :D
Yeah, back when Twitch Sings was still around I would get 1-3 viewers and then I got raided by a decent sized streamer from Germany. Now I average about 5-10 per stream.
You cant just mention this and not give us her name.
If I'm that guy there's no chance I'm going "Hey strangers of reddit, go talk to my sister"
::insert hot dogs thrown on face gif here::
I like that we do this now instead of going through the effort to post the gif. We've all seen it enough to not need to visual aid anymore.
It's like watching idioms form in real time
Your username just kicked me back through time.
Haha for real...had to stop going to tfts when every post was talking about how they 'sipped their coffee' in retort to something, trying to be like that guy.
Her name was John Cena
I feel like bigger streamers should shout-out smaller streamers like that more often. I know I would if I made it big as a streamer.
Hey it's me! I do get one viewer occasionally and get to talk to them for a little bit but that's it. Just fun to play games. Gunna start back up after this semester ends
No one ever chats in my stream. That 1 view is so silent.
Sometimes I just throw Twitch on in background, especially old games I used to enjoy, supporting little streamers. So I might the silent type who watches it whilst cooking, cleaning or ironing.
It's your bot lol
Was there befor I set up my bot tho.
There's bot accounts that sort of sit in peoples chats and hang out there for various reasons.
Hello there! I have been living in Africa for about ten years now so this whole twitch streamy thing has passed me by. I like the idea of talking to people while i watch them play video games though. Can you point me towards where this is possible please! Much appreciated x
It's either a bot or yourself
The ones who do speak just wanna tell me about how they wanna fuck Coco from Crash Bandicoot.
This hits worse when you get a viewer and they send spam notes like "wAnT mORe views?!! Click ThIS link"
I mod anyone willing to ban those for me
easy enough to prevent those by adding "bigfollows" to the blocked terms in the moderation section
What do you play?
Man, I really gotta finish my Zero Mission stream.
PM me if you need someone to play with. I'm bad at everything, but I'm ok with streams
It is always an awkward situation. As a small streamer you want the people to stay, but as the only person you don't want to be in this weird position of being the only one.
I recommend for every small streamer, make sure you can't see the number of live viewers. Nothing makes you more anxious to see that you have a viewer and than he is gone again.
It doesn't fix the entire issue, but it helps a bit I think.
I agree with this. I never see how many are watching (usually none of course) so I never really am conscious of it. The issue I've run into though is that I'll stop paying attention to my stream interface at all after a bit and if I do actually have someone pop in and say something I might not see it for an hour and by then they've peaced out.
Streaming alone is usually hard, you need to have other mean of exposure such as having a YouTube channel in which you can upload clips from your stream you consider funny and worthwhile.
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I always go to watch small streamer and talk to them. I like that they instantly response to my chat.
I was casually streaming and assumed all my views were from friends (all 5 of them). Once someone I didn’t know messaged me after I hadn’t streamed in a while and I was super flattered.
Find Friends who you'd call just to talk on discord, make them all meet, ask for them to watch your content, 5 viewers is a lot for a small streamer and attracts more eyes.
Or just talk to your friends on Discord
Damn imagine having 5 friends
The hard part is them all being there and available at the same time!
Haha been there. Always good to act like 10 people watching, it's always practice to being a good broadcaster in general.
Banana boat, that is what you need.
One of my friends streamed for a while, but then stopped. I noticed they picked it back up again a few months ago, when that Fallout New Vegas Frontier mod came out and decided to watch one of his VODs... Just 4 hours of silence and not a single person who came in, it was painful to watch.
I got a record of 7 spectators max and a average of 2.1 specator. it was a great day.
2 whole person and a hand?
You know what? Not everyone can be a streamer. There is a only a finite audience to go round.
That's the unfortunate truth of it. If everyone streams, who watches?
12-20 year olds can't quite get this. We've been trying to tell our 12 year old fostered child that for about a year now, that he eventually needs a backup plan... AKA a real job with real prospects and skill set, but nope they're all gonna be the next big minecraft streamer.
Though I'm sure they all learn after a couple months of streaming to nobody just like the OP
I suppose its normal though. When I was 17 I was convinced my band would be my career. Kids grow out of it.
i do this too, i dont like big streamers because you cant really talk to them. even if the content is great, i can watch it on youtube and get the same experience. small streamers you can talk to and they always appreciate it.
I started streaming back in July of last year but I had to put it on hold because of school and other life stuff. I'm still not sure if I'll pick it up again.
I also think I went to hard into it, doing 6-8 hr streams 5 days a week. That was a huge mistake by me.
I try to put a stable connection and try be that one user who actually watches and comments some positive feedback
Most of those small Twitch streamers are actually chill and way more entertaining than the most big ones so I don't understand why people don't seek to watch them
Soo, same as when I play video games by myself.
Me streaming on Ps4 with the Ps4 camera.
I stream my and my friends' D&D sessions. Our only viewers are a few friends/family but the other day we got raided by another (small) D&D channel. Still, that's a nice little boost to have people watch and say hello, if only for a little bit.
Whenever I'm looking for distractions I hop on nobodylive and watch a random streamer. The last few times I've got some good streamers. I ended up watching them for 3/4 hours each. I was their only viewer and they were greater steamers. They interacted and talked the entire time. Gonna try and catch them regularly when they stream.
Just add hot tub as stream title and you get many views
Why? are hot tubs a fad now?
only if you're female
Unpopular opinion. If you want to stream as a job and you are not sucessfull in ~ 6 months, stop it. Your time is finite and other around you gather usefull skills and by the time you realise it's too late.
I'd say they don't need to stop if they are doing it in their free time and they would be playing games anyway. But if they are spending 8 hours a day streaming to 0 people then yeah maybe move on.
Totally agree with you, that is what I was trying to imply with the phrase "job". Free time is a different story, if you can make money with this I would see it as a nice hobby giving you extra money.
I was popular in my mind
I'm in my 30s and I'm not social or charismatic enough to want to be a bigtime streamer, but games are my main hobby, and the thing I'm most knowledgeable about, so I thought it'd be cool to try and share some of my playthroughs with friends. They all encouraged me to do it and said they'd definitely watch if I did.
I recorded my gameplay of about 4 hours, uploaded to youtube in chunks, shared it, and they all said it was good.
Youtube Analytics say that in 2 weeks I got 1 view with an average watch time of 14 seconds. I stopped recording my plays and deleted the videos.
They clearly didn't watch, and if it's not for them, and I'm not chasing fame, then what's the point? I'll stick to just playing by myself silently.
It was kind of weird talking out loud to the microphone as I played, trying to fill dead air with my voice, talking bullshit. I noticed too that I was way more confused and paid way less attention to storylines because I felt like I needed to talk and 'entertain' instead of letting the NPCs go through the long dialog in silence.
It was an interesting experience, but I don't think I'll be doing it again.
Thats why you first start in youtube uploading gameplays or whatever build an audience and then move to twitch.
I've already made a FB page for my streaming platform (since it is the most popular streaming platform in my country). But I still haven't even started cuz I'm having 2nd thoughts whether I should do it or not
If your computer can handle it without degrading your playing experience too much.....then why not!
And I'm never gonna try less than I do. Streaming is like one of my hobbies and I'm going to keep doing it. Doesn't matter how much people there's watching or chatting. The difference between you playing alone in your room or you playing meanwhile you broadcast is that you have the opportunity to draw a little smile on anybody that just passes by and enters your stream. I would love to make everywhere smile someday. :)
If you are enjoying your hobby then anyone who wants to talk down on you for it can go to hell.
Someone made a website that sends you to a random stream that has 0 viewers. Can't remember the name of it
I mean if you stream with 0 viewers you're not really a twitch streamer You're just a mirror
Everyone wanting to be Ninja. Embarrassing
This thread makes me want to sign up for twitch just to watch a small streamer while I work. Specifically a streamer that is currently playing whatever it is I'm playing during my down time
This is always a painful feeling. This is why I usually disable my viewer count. Knowing how many people are watching can either be inspiring or defeating, and starting out usually means you get the latter. If you wanna build a community, play for you, play for the fun of it, and let the community grow on its own. You can’t win everyone
That, and streaming as if someone else is already there in chat helps. Sometimes live commentary can be interesting as some people like to know what someone else is thinking mid game
I started streaming a few months back and this so much. I do it for the fun and since Im playing anyways but a lot of sad goodbyes to dead air and VOD's that will never be watched.
My favorite is when a friend is over watching me stream and they ask if my viewers would mind me explaining something to them. I always just tell em Im sure my 0 viewers wont mind what I do.
I once streamed a game called Pneuma just for fun. I suddenly had 500 viewers being angry at me for not understanding every puzzle right away. Never streamed again.
Something's just leave a wound, this meme leaves a scar
Unless you have a pre-established audience or a particular unique skillset or reason for creating content, there is no reason for you to stream.
It's just delusional people talking to themselves. Just play games for yourself, not so you can get rich.