Why It’s Okay to Quit Streaming (And What You Can Do to Break Through) #BloggersWhoStream

[This post is part of a blogging collaboration by Later Levels and Hundstrasse called #BloggersWhoStream. Make sure to give them both credit and follow the hashtag on Twitter for more posts from the community!]

When it comes to streaming, I value the human connection that can be created during a show above all else. It’s incredible when viewers from around the world come by to talk about mutual interests, partake in healthy debates, share life stories, and provide support for one another. It doesn’t take much for this magic to happen, as some of my most memorable streams involved just one viewer in the chat.

Creating that human connection is difficult when streaming to an empty room. For most, the room is empty more often than not. This is a top-heavy medium where the majority of the audience watches just a handful of creators. It’s so uneven that about 89% of active streamers average less than three viewers a stream.

Furthermore, the top 5,000 streamers garner 74% of all watch time. With over 3,000,000 active streamers per month, that leaves 99.84% of active streamers with only 26% of the watch time pie. This creates an environment where tens of thousands of streamers are broadcasting to zero viewers at any given time. Just with Fortnite alone, sort by streams with the lowest viewer counts first and you’ll unearth thousands of streamers without a viewer.

I’m not immune to this phenomenon. There are times when my viewer counter stays at zero for the duration of a stream. It’s actually an improvement over 2017, where I pretty much went the entire year without anyone noticing me. Even so, the feeling of opening yourself up to the world and no one caring is…one of the most demoralizing experiences I’ve gone through as a creator.

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The Writer’s Advantage: Using Your Writing Experience to Stand Out in a Streaming World #BloggersWhoStream

[This post is part of a blogging collaboration by Later Levels and Hundstrasse called #BloggersWhoStream. Make sure to give them both credit and follow the hashtag on Twitter for more posts from the community!]

As a writer with ambitions of streaming, it’s easy to feel like you’re at a disadvantage. In a number of ways, you probably are. While you’re comfortable communicating your words through a keyboard, streaming requires you to learn a number of new technologies that you likely have little-to-no experience with. Even scarier is the thought of communicating through a camera and microphone with your voice, facial expressions, and body language. Oh yeah, and everyone will be judging how you look. Are you ready for your closeup?

Millions of other streamers have already figured out their tech and have no qualms with pointing a camera at their face. Is it too late for you as a writer to follow suit? Absolutely not. Even if the tech gives you plenty of headaches and you may forever be camera shy, your writing experience gives you a distinct advantage over many others in the space. Let me explain.

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First Time Playing Witcher 3 Live Stream

Better late than never? I give the Witcher 3 a shot in this live stream! Apologies to everyone who watched this live, as the bit rate was awful. Hoping to fix that in the near future! But for now, here it is in full quality!

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Year of the Rat and Year of the Room Cam! Overwatch Live Stream!

Happy Lunar New Year! We return to the world of Overwatch during the festivities, which includes a few big wins and a few big-time performances! Also making its debut on today’s stream is a new room cam! Do you like the new addition?

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Ready for CTWC Classic Tetris World Championships?

Though I’ve been playing Tetris since the days of the NES and Game Boy, I got good playing the modern versions of Tetris, such as Tetris DS, Puyo Puyo Tetris, Tetris Effect, and Tetris 99. Over the years, Tetris has made a lot of mechanical changes to its core formula that you might have missed, making NES Tetris a very different beast. Do my modern skills translate to classic Tetris? Am I ready for the CTWC Classic Tetris World Championships? Let’s find out together!

I think I took a big step forward with this video in terms of concept and execution. It’s not perfect, but I’m really glad with how it turned out. Hope you enjoy!


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Game of the Decade? – Boss Rush Episode 19

What’s your game of the decade? We all share our picks towards the end of the show! Leading up to that, we cover a ton of games we’re playing, including Ring Fit Adventure, Pokemon Sword/Shield, Layton’s Mystery Journey, Has-Been Heroes, Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order, Outer Worlds, Man of Medan, and Xenoblade Chronicles 2!

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Hard Fought Wins and Streamer Pet Peeves! Tetris 99 Live Stream!

You know what really grinds my gears? Besides losing in Tetris, we share some of our pet peeves when it comes to watching live streams! We also talk a bunch about the major Pokemon Direct announcements, including the revelation that 200 previously-cut Pokemon will make their return as part of the DLC. As for Tetris, we bookend the show with a pair of wins! The last one in particular was a real fight!

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BOOM! TETRIS FOR JEFF…er, Jett! – An Attempt at Classic Tetris!

We play a lot of Tetris 99 here at In Third Person, but we still have love for classic Tetris on the NES! While I recorded this for part of a bigger project, I wanted to share this as a taste of what’s to come! Do you think I’m ready for the CTWC Classic Tetris World Championships?

(not a serious question of course!)

Can’t wait to share the full video with you all this upcoming Wednesday!


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Live Streaming and A Teachable Moment

One of the most amazing aspects of live streaming is the way in which it brings people together from all over the world. Been fortunate enough to have viewers make a positive impact on the show from the US, Mexico, South Africa, England, France, Australia, Germany, and more. I make it a point to celebrate our cultural differences while bonding over a common love of gaming. Wherever you are, I want you to feel like there’s a place for you here.

Up until this point, we’ve been able to maintain a positive environment with little moderation. However, I was put into a dilemma when an enthusiastic viewer caught me by surprise with a racially-insensitive comment.

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Tetris 99 Needs This

Tetris 99 is awesome and only getting better. Even so, there’s room for improvement. Here’s what I want to see in future updates to Tetris 99! What would you like to see in future updates to the game?


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