Monthly Archives: February 2020

Different streaming platforms

The following is based on my own views for each platform. Now I don’t have a lot of stats and things however I have read a bit about each and you can easily find the viewer/streamer/stats to these platforms by simply googling them. I’m also going to do my best to not be bias since I am a huge support of twitch due to the fact its my first/only platform where I started to create content.

Mixer
This seems to be the most talked about platform when it comes to streaming compared to Twitch. Not entirely sure why but it seems to be the closest rival (thus far) in regards to Twitch. Some benefits of the platform is that there is a smaller number of people streaming there, Though saturation is high the chance of being discovered could also be higher in that aspect. Mixer is a platform owned by Microsoft as well too. The problem that I see with mixer is that people just aren’t watching streams there. Not to mention as well, sure you may find growth in the beginning but there will eventually be a ceiling so to speak because the viewers just aren’t there like they may be on Twitch. Though I will also mention that mixer seems to have things happening as far as their Terms of Service. Each maturity level has a pretty laid out expectation. Which is something that Twitch does not necessarily have. And they have also been adapting their own versions of Twitch’s systems to attract more people to the platform. Not to mention them grabbing the largest streamer Ninja as well as Shroud in the recent months as well. Major marketing moves on their part for pulling them away from Twitch.

Twitch
As far as streaming goes and again, In my opinion twitch seems to be the leading platform as far as gaming/entertainment streams go. That being said they have to really focus on being more transparent and strict with their ToS. There have been many many controversies as far as bigger (Money bringing) Partners doing not to kind things on streams and having no repercussions to their actions while the little folks have been. If they were to adapt more of Mixers ToS it might be a bit better for them. That being said Twitch also knows they are leading on this space and I feel like they can basically do what they want currently. Not to mention in recent years the line between Partner and Affiliate is getting a bit more blurred as to which is better and if you want to just get the check mark beside your name or not. Twitch being one if not the top platform also means there are hundreds of thousands of people you are competing with to make it big on the scene. Its not enough anymore to hit the going live button and be successful. You have to be innovative and bring viewers in from different platforms in order to make yourself stand out.

DLive
To be completely honest. I don’t know a single person who streams on this platform besides Pewdiepie. I don’t know the perks or anything about the platform but I think for someone like myself to be pretty diverse in what platforms are a benefit and which aren’t that this is not a good indicator that its a great site to go to.

YouTube
If you have been living under a rock for the past like 8 months you wouldn’t know by now that YouTube has gained some major competition from Twitch. Courage JD and Valkyrae have also moved platforms. For me personally I wont be going to YouTube to watch a stream. I have said it before in previous blogs that I go to YouTube for videos and edited content. That being said, I think YouTube snagging up streamers like this is a major play on their side as far as bringing them into contention with Twitch/Mixer. Not to mention they both have large enough communities that they are probably doing okay with the move, Maybe seen a bit of a drop but overall doing well!

Facebook
Facebook has also pulled in a few people in the process. Pulling streamers like Darkness420 from Twitch and Disguised Toast I do believe. The one major drawback that I would for me personally makes me not want to get involved in Facebook gaming as a streamer or as a viewer is the fact that when you comment in the comment section you have your real name there. There is no username. Overall I think they would have to change this to have an avatar/username or your choice to even be anonymous for the rest of the viewers and then maybe the appeal will come back. It really just depends though they have been around long enough that I think the viewers COULD be there but Im sure many people like myself are just using Facebook to keep up with their families and friends and not looking for streams though.

Misc. Caffeine etc.
Honestly. These are mini sites that I’m not even entirely sure are still around. I know people who went to caffeine when I was first starting to stream 3 years ago and that’s about it. I would suggest if you want to jump on a new platform or smaller one do a lot of research though so that way you know what you are getting yourself into. There is no point in starting on a platform if it is going no where and after you go to another platform and you have to start over again.

Regardless of which platform there is a lot to think about when choosing one. Not to mention a lot of people decide after starting in a platform that they want to switch. Remember switching platforms doesn’t mean success and there is a big change that a lot of viewers wont follow either. You still have to put the same amount of effort in. And don’t forget as well, Seeing all of these larger streamers move, They are moving because they are getting paid a salary. Instead of having subs and donos being relied on they will have a guaranteed paycheck. When choosing or switching platforms, Don’t take that decision lightly!

-StaySeeJ08

Finding streams you like

Finding streams that you like or can relate to are no joke. And can be extremely time consuming and tricky to navigate if you aren’t sure what you are looking for. Here is somethings that I have done before while finding streams.

On twitch they have a some algorithm what will recommend channels. Normally this is based on the games that you play or similar streamers that you already watch. I guess this can be see as a good way to find people though I cant say I really use this a lot. You can also use the category of games you like, Ie: I like to play dead by daylight. If Im looking for new streamers to watch I go to the game category and decide what range of streamer I’m looking for. Do I want to watch someone who is a high level streamer with a few thousand people if they are entertaining or would I like to find a mid level content creator where I can kind of make an impression and become more involved in a community instead of just being a number. Or lastly do I want to find a streamer about the same size as me and make an effort to see if we click as friends and how I can learn from their content or vice versa.

Another way is using and looking for hashtags. Though on twitter using hashtags is more or less you seeking out tags and finding streams that you like. Im not entirely sure how effective they are with people finding YOUR streams but still valuable. If I see someone using a tag that I do for again, I’ll use the example of Dead by Daylight, I ask who they play as the most or what not. See if you vibe with them there and if you do then you can start to open the lines of communication via twitter, discords and things. Again, This should go without mentioning.. This does not mean that you go into their chat and you self promote all the time. If they are interested in who you are or what not follow their socials if you like their content and they may even ask you what you stream as well too!

Sticking around for hosts and raids can be a great way to find streams as well too. Normally streamers host like minded streamers. Typically similar size, Or a medium size streamer will be hosted by a smaller streamer. I myself, am a smaller level streamer however I will host sometimes a medium streamer or two of mine due to to the fact that with my community I let them know I am done for the day however I will be hanging out here. That being said, don’t host or raid people (As the streamer) in hopes to get some type of traction and connection immediately. Look at raiding and hosting people as a way to just share your community with their community not a way to profit from them. Normally I try to host/raid people who I follow, and people who are on the team I stream for. Especially if after my streams I will be hanging around that particular stream after my own. Then I have a few medium streamers that I try to raid/host every so often as well too.

Checking out discord servers promotional channels is a great way to find streamers that have similar interests as well too. And before I begin I will say this, Don’t be THAT GUY/GAL who joins a server of a streamer you enjoy ONLY to try and spam your channel in their promotional channel. People notice this and it looks tacky as hell. I know Ive seen in servers partners, YES PARTNERS, go to different servers and spam their link in there. Also, Don’t go in there to spam your own discord server link. Spamming a server link in a server looks sneaky and is not a good look for anyone. Though again I cant really say how much or often people check these links but I would assume that some people do. Regardless of whether the server is for a partner or an affiliate the best way to grab peoples attention in the server is to actually have conversations with people. For example: I have a server that I try to grow, as a tool for other streamers to use to meet others and what not. I know that for a while it became a link dump server. I added a bot and a particular activity level in order to prevent this. People need to put in effort to help keep the server active if they wanted to use the sever to promote. Normally this helped weed out the people who didn’t want anything to do with the folks in there but wanted free things for themselves.

There is always other platforms ie: YouTube. Sometimes I could be looking for funny montages on YouTube of games that I play when I notice they have a scene where it says all live on twitch, Or they have a twitch or stream link underneath and I try to do that as well too! As another avenue to finding someone new to watch. Though not everyone on YouTube does streaming and vice versa its still a great way to see some new people who you may be interested in.

As you can see, there really is a lot of ways to find streams that you are interested in. And if one way doesn’t find you what you are looking for, Just try it again in a few weeks. Streamers come and go and if you are looking for something in particular you are bound to have the right stream pop up! Some people I have looked for used to play games that I really enjoy and not they don’t even play the game anymore! Whether you are looking for a great stream for entertainment value, Or someone who has unbelievable skills at a game. There really is all sorts of ways to find that hidden gem in the streaming world if you only look a little bit harder!

January Overview/February Goals

I may have been too ambitious about my January goals. Part of setting goals would be to re-evaluate them after a period of time and making them work for you! This is my January at a glance to do just that!

1st, Holy shit we actually did legit a blog post every Monday and Thursday with the exception of I think doing one or two later in the day than I would have liked or the next day we really kept track on schedule. Also shout out to the people who have been reading these and helping with blog topics as well as sharing them across discords, streams and twitter when the blogs have been posted! Your support in these is HUGE!

2nd, I MAY have been extremely critical in my social medias and how I want to put out content. I was super strict on what I wanted to do, Like on twitter for example I had a post a day regarding my Discord link, A random photo, Going live tweet, Etc. This was WAY to specific and obviously a lot harder for me to keep track on as well. For this month I’m going to set a goal of only how many tweets. ie: Every day I would like to put out about 100 tweets per day. Including anything and everything from my personal links and just talking about different subjects with people. Trying to be active and 100 tweets is really not impossible especially once the baby is born as well too. Its a simplistic goal and not super complicated where I have to keep track of just what my number of tweets are at the beginning of the day and then at the end of the day and the difference as well too. Instagram I also had set my standards too high with a schedule. Trying to put clips on certain days, Random videos other days. For February we are being it back to simplistic with just a post a day. Doesn’t matter the type just as long as I’m active as well as trying to comment and interact with other profiles as well too. Which is something that I don’t normally do on Instagram.

This month was also super challenging to plan due to the fact that in a week or two the baby could legit come at any time. Ive kept the schedule to be pretty basic. Planning the giveaways (Which will be explained later in the blog also!) and then a regular schedule with the exception of having modified schedules due to appointments or things happening. March will probably be just a schedule of giveaways as my goals for the next few months are to help grow the discord server larger to help everyone out as well as my social media presence as well too.

February Giveaways Will Be:

– In Channel giveaway will be held on February 26th (Wednesday). This will be used with In Channel Currency called “Secrets”. You can earn this by lurking the stream and chatting. Lurking obviously does not give you as many points as chatting however there is a lot of secrets given out during a stream so it really isn’t hard to gather enough for some tickets! One raffle ticket is 10,000 Secrets and there is no maximum for how many tickets a person can get. This months prize: 2 Point Hospital Steam Key: Value $40.00 CAD Approx.

– Our monthly Gleam Giveaway will be starting on Monday February 3rd and running til Valentines day (Friday February 14th). This will be run through my twitter and will require different actions to be completed for entries. Prizes are 3 steam keys split between 3 people. Total value of all steam keys is approx $110.00 CAD

– Monthly New Members in Discord Giveaway will run from Saturday, February 1st til Saturday, February 29th. This will be for New Members and will be tracked though a list in the text channel for Giveaways. If a new member wins and is no longer in the server for the month they will forfeit their prize and a new winner will be chosen by random number. You MUST be in the server for the time of the draw. New Discord Members Giveaway will be a random Steam key: Value Approx $10-$25.00 CAD

– Current Discord Members giveaway will happen through gleam. The link will ONLY be available in Discord so that folks are there can participate there. It will require a few actions but the prize will be a steam key for Graveyard Keeper. Value $22.69 CAD

As I mentioned above, The goal is to keep giveaways regular and hopefully my interactions. The hope is when baby “V” is born and streams are more irregular that hopefully the viewer base can be retained for some amount of time by keeping myself a bit relevant though. I wouldn’t trade having our first child but to say that streaming taking a plunge isn’t a worry would be a lie. That’s why I’m trying to think of different options in order to keep my name out there and not just drift back. I would suck to have to go back to how streaming was when I first started. But if that happens we will deal with it and move forward from it! And, At the very least I will try to keep up on the giveaways as well too. I think its only right for me to repay the favor for the continued support people have give as well too.

Don’t forget also, If there is a particular topic that you would like to see talked about even about personal issues and things and it doesn’t have to be necessarily about streaming feel free to comment and mention it! I’m sure there will be a few personal blogs sprinkled in from here and there depending on the topics. However currently we have nearly 10+ blog posts that I will be doing my best to write and schedule to be published in case the baby is born early! My goal is to hopefully not miss a day a scheduled blog is supposed to come out! But we all know how things happen 🙂

-StaySeeJ08