Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Twitch Streaming: My new hobby for 2017

Two Cyber Mondays ago I bought a big TV. This Cyber Monday I went and bought a gaming rig. This is the first "good computer" I've had my entire life. I've always wanted one from my days working back at a lan center but I've never had the disposable income. Before this turns into a tangent about being 30 and unmarried I want to talk about the hobby I've chose to pursue this year: Streaming!

If you know nothing about streaming or twitch.tv let me give you the fire-hose explanation. It's a website where people livestream the game they play and viewers watch and interact with the streamers. Think of it like Reality TV but you, the viewer, have a say in what's going on. People usually maintain a viewership by being very good at the game, having an interesting personality, showing some cleavage, or having a variety of gimmicks. Not sure where I'll land on that spectrum but being a realist I think my personality is average (I don't have a cool voice or boobs but I take a pragmatic/math approach to most games) and my gameplay is above average (I think among all players in LoL I'm in the top 20% rating wise). With my unique business background and penchant for explaining stuff in a simple/relatable way I'm hoping to get and maintain viewers.

Why would I hope for and want that? Simply put: Streaming for viewers is awesome. I first tested my setup around Christmas and streamed to a whopping 1 viewer (myself). Then I happened upon a viewer. Or should I say he/she happened upon me. For the next 3 hours we chatted about what I was doing in game and then we just started chatting about life in general. That one person made all the difference. It just clicked for me. If you've never done it, it is SUPER fun to stream to viewers.

Maybe it scratches the narcissism itch. Maybe it's a lazy way to be social. Maybe I haven't dissected all the psychological stuff about why it's fun. All I know right now is that I love it!

Is this hobby expensive? Kind of. I think it might actually be on the cheaper side considering my coworker is selling his track bike and a good friend of mine is selling a photography lens that could build my rig twice over. Either way I think it's worth it. It's one of the most enjoyable hobbies I've stumbled upon.

Come check me out if you have a chance! https://www.twitch.tv/thi3n