Neuro’s story

There is something magical about the draw of a video game. I can vaguely remember waking up extra early on a Saturday morning to get to our family desktop before my siblings had a chance. The first game I really obsessed over was SimCity 2000. With a cold creaky wood floor under my feet and a wobbly monitor on top of an old card table I was transported into another world. I’ve sense grown up with all sorts of games, as have many others. The industry has taken off on unprecedented levels. From multi million dollar game releases to E-sports leagues there is now room for competitive professional gamers. There are even others that are making a name for themselves on non-competitive levels. Platforms like YouTube and Twitch foster good environments for these gaming professionals. One that I would like to talk about today is “Neuro” he has come up from nothing and has only recently been able to support himself completely with his Twitch stream. He details his reasoning and methods in his reddit post here.

Streaming is somewhat uncharted territory in terms of business models and best practices. What works for one streamer may not work for another and that way may not work for another. I think the biggest things to keep in mind for any streamer are the customer base and acknowledging the initial workload. Every video game will have a different customer type and different behaviors along with that. Neuro seems to do a great job of checking in with his customer base. After every match he stops and answers questions. He gets a feel of the room and decides what type of match to play next. He will often ask for feedback if he had a problem that he can not solve during the match. It is rare to be acknowledged in a chat room of over 500 people and my first question was answered within minutes. Neuro was in game when he did it. This is the devotion he gives to his customer base. Neuro stresses the fact that he works 60 to 70 hours a week. Any task can turn into a chore with that type of devotion. It is definitely important then to “embrace the grind” if you decide to do this type of work. Or as Neuro puts it, “you need to absolutely embrace the ever-loving shit out of the daily grind.” He really focuses on the basics because basics are what get you the most viewers. “High quality content supplied in the highest quantity you can give” -Neuro.

It is important to note that there are other aspects that streamers pay close attention to in order to make their content professional. After all, if you spend 60-70 hours a week doing something you may as well do it properly right?

Streamers will often create a green screen type back drop behind them so just their outline will show up in the rearfaceing camera. This makes it so you may see them while they play without the distraction of their messy room. They will create or find animations that trigger when a viewer subscribes or donates to their stream. I think this is essential for a thriving twitch stream. A simple animation creates a  reward for a donation given. The animation signals to other streamers what you have done and allows the streamer to thank you. All of this compounds as positive feedback to the viewer.

For more insight I will ask Neuro.

 

What did you do to fix up your page and make things look professional?

Do you do anything to network? If so what do you do and how much time do you spend doing it?

Do you work out?

What is your diet like?

Will you ever switch games?

If you switched games, do you think it would take the same amount of time to get to the point that you are at now?

How would you go about switching?

What more can be done to take advantage of the platform you now have? (Youtube page or other website)

 

 

 

Neuro’s Reddit post

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One thing to boost your Viewership.

Anyone that has ever started a Facebook page, Youtube channel or Twitch stream knows the struggle to boost viewership. There is no magic formula to make your page go viral. Most people realize this early on. There is a massive gap between going viral and just sitting with your content week after week. I do know of one tried and true method to boost viewership and anyone can do it.

Network. Building a network online has it’s own challenges, yet with those challenges there are also things that are made easier by good habits and sharing.

Build habits around promoting your favorite content. The main challenge is getting noticed. Your page is in a sea of pages on a virtually infinite expanse. The only way to be noticed is to find pages, channels and streams that you enjoy and become an advocate for them. If you can get featured there, you will certainly draw viewers by plugging your content. Over time, these big fish will notice you.

Routinely share content about people you enjoy. This is something that is worthwhile for everyone involved. People notice when you support them. It is also a great way for people to notice that popular content and then see your page and potentially check it out. Be creative, try to find ways to add value to other peoples work and your own.

In the service industry, the best way to grow naturally is to create cheerleaders. Do this by giving them such a good service that they spread the word about you far and wide. Connecting the two things, have content available that your favorite content providers can enjoy, follow those people and share their content regularly, and make it extremely clear how to access your page. When those content providers or influencers see your stuff, they will hopefully be converted into a cheerleader for you.

Start small. There is a real gap between you and those influencers. To bridge this gap you need to begin small. Go to smaller, new, content makers. Share their information far and wide everyday. Never share something without quality checking it first. When you share for them, ask them to share for you. Do this until you build up enough of a platform to be noticed. Thankfully, with technology you have access to an endless supply of makers and influencers. Embed references to your favorite channels in your own content, learn from them and have fun finding ways to market your content and network.

TLDR: Network by frequently going to influencer type content makers and those with a smaller reputation. Share for them until they notice you and be ready with good stuff that they will want to share.

Purpose

I published this blog on March 17, 2019. I did it to create a space to explore ways to benefit from my love of video games in a way that will also benefit others. I find that many gamer types have very few places to turn for quality content. There is a wealth of amateur as well as academic theory, but no middle ground analyzing or welding the two together. This is the reason for this blog.

-Share this page with your friends and family that enjoy all types of games.

-Game content for makers. I want to bring content that will help anyone that makes video games or and game content or perhaps point developers in the right direction.

-Last, I want a space that is fun but not so light that it lacks substance. This is blog will be free of click-bait style material.