There used to be a time when playing video games for a living was just wishful thinking. Those were the days when gaming competitions were underground and those who participated in them were told they’re wasting their life away to poverty.
These days anyone can aspire to play video games for a living thanks to platforms like Facebook Gaming, YouTube, and the biggest platform Twitch.
But, I’ve seen many streamers talk about how they’re experiencing anxiety, depression, and confusion about their streaming career. That’s because the majority of them are making just enough money to sustain themselves.
I watched a few streamers talk about how they’re trying to figure out how to make their channel grow and trying to figure out what they’re missing compared to streamers who are living comfortably.
Most streamers on Twitch do nothing more than just Go Live and play video games and have the nerve to call themselves a content creator. Technically, you are a content creator. If you create content then that makes you a content creator, but that doesn’t mean you make content that allows you to buy a new Tesla like Harris Heller.
This one streamer talked about how hard it is to grow on Twitch but all he does is play Apex Legends. Like it’s cool to watch people play games because everyone has their own personality and approach to gaming, but it’s only so much entertainment you can get out of watching someone play the same game and they don’t enter tournaments and they don’t play with popular content creators.
The FPS (First Person Shooter) content creators with six figure followers and thousands of subs are not just playing the game. They play in tournaments. They play with other popular content creators. They also make YouTube videos.
Content creating is deeper than just playing a video game. Its hard to believe people actually expect themselves to grow by merely doing so.
The problem is people quitting their day job too early. Streamers get to a point where they make just enough to pay their bills and quit their job. Dumb decision, especially for those who have spouses and kids to care for; and you have to consider how hard would it be to get your job back if need be.
This one streamer talked about “this entrepreneur life.” Streaming is not an entrepreneur life. Well, in the sense that you work for yourself, but that is only part of the definition.
The main part of being an entrepreneur is being a business owner. As a streamer you are not a business owner. You’re more so a work-at-home manager.
Microsoft shutting down Mixer was a prime example of how people don’t own their channel or have a share in Mixer. So many streamers were distressed about their future because they quit their day jobs and then lost the platform that paid their bills.
It’s hard to feel sorry for them because those were factors that should have been considered. You don’t own the website and if you don’t have a contract with them, then they have no obligation to tell you when they shut down. Nor do they have any responsibility regarding your financial needs.
My last point is that a lot of these streamers have a selfish mindset. They want people to subscribe to them while the streamer provides the least resistant amount of content.
The reason Harris Heller, for example, is successful is because he creates content that helps other streamers succeed. Many streamers only think about their own success and how other people can help them succeed.
Harris Heller created some of the most transparent content from streamer gear reviews to even disclosing how much money he makes from his content creation. A lot of streamers made better content due to Heller’s videos.
So if you want to be a well popular content creator then make content that helps people. Do a tech review once in a while. I really don’t feel sorry for you streamers who only play video games with your unknown friends and then talk about how hard it is to be a streamer and what is it that you’re doing wrong on why you’re not growing.
You’re doing nothing wrong if you’re doing what you want to do. But how long do you expect people to stay entertained when you consistently put out the same basic content that anyone can do?
All your viewers don’t have the skill or time to enter tournaments. When there is money and prizes on the line then the content is more entertaining. Viewers have a reason to cheer for you other than just seeing you rank up. Collaborate with other streamers who are more popular than you. The worst thing they can do is ignore you or say no. And yeah rejection hurts and can be discouraging, but if you want to make streaming your career then you can’t be afraid of rejection.
Video gaming is still a dream come true. It’s just human nature to take the path of least resistance. I’ve been subscribed to this one streamer for at least two years now. All he plays if FPS games, but he doesn’t do tournaments or play with popular steamers. I’ll feel bad for unsubscribing because he’s one of those streamers that can use every subscriber.
But I’ve gotten as much value out of his stream as I could and if he wants to grow in subscribers then he needs to make different content.