If you have a friend or know of a streamer that's just starting out, there are a lot of ways you can help them grow.
This post was inspired by a Twitter discussion between SteelSeries and the gaming community - you can join the conversation here!
Want to spread some love? Here are a few super easy ways to support the up and coming streamers in your life:
#1 - Be there, even if it's just in the background
If you're in any way online when they're streaming, open their stream and keep the tab open for however long you're online - seeing extra viewers can make a huge difference, even if they're not interacting!
It means a lot when my friends randomly drop by my stream sometimes I stream for hrs with 0 viewers and seeing that 0 turn into a 1 means a lot! Literally just by taking 30 seconds out of your day to stop by a small streamers chat and leave a comment can make their day!— ᴿʸᵃⁿ (@RoyalRyanTV) 7. August, 2019
This hits at a whole other level. I’m a small streamer with 85 followers and average about 4 viewers. It’s a grind. Whenever I done streaming for the night I always go to a smaller stream and hangout for a bit because I’d love for someone to do the same for me!— Terry Moore (@BILLIEMAZ3HERE) 7. November, 2019
I have days of streamed content to an audience of 0. Having even one silent viewer changes the whole energy of a steam!— 1101base2 (@1101base2) 8. August, 2019
#2 - Hit up the chat
Since you're online anyway, go ahead and send a few messages in chat every once in a while - you could be the difference between that streamer/your friend talking to themselves all night or having an engaging conversation with someone on stream.
When a streamer actually gets to talk with their viewers, their stream and the experience gets taken to a whole other level (it not, only makes the stream better but you can start to build a further/stronger relationship with that streamer themselves).
As a small streamer, even a private message makes me happy. Even if they are watching my archives a year later. So I definitely agree. Little messages are especially noticeable for a small streamer and comments will (eventually) be noticed too! (I check my archives every few mo.)— SinのAria (@SinNoAria) 7. August, 2019
When someone comes in, just to say hi, or how sre you, my night is made. It gives me the motivation to keep going and makes me feel like im doing something good— Popoman (@Popoman95) 7. November, 2019
As someone who has a small channel, even a single comment to reply to can be very engaging.— Dan (@CrypticDan) 7. August, 2019
#3 - Share the love, share the link!
If you enjoy a small streamer/content creator's content, one of the MOST IMPACTFUL actions you can take to help them out is to tell others about it...
- share their videos every now and then
- tweet their stream link when they're live
...both small things with a BIG impact!
Here are a few of the streams our Twitter community shared - check them out!
https://t.co/eBkYFiQF1f trying to make something, nothing crazy just a humble gamer trying to make a dream become a reality!— Surhard Streams TTV (@SurfhardStreams) 7. August, 2019
Hey steelseries can we be friends and you leave a tab open for me? 😚😚https://t.co/kvYGLj4KVt— Oaktree (@Oaktree27Acorns) 7. August, 2019
Feel free to come by. You totally understand how it is to be a small streamer. This is why I only use your stuff on my setup :-) https://t.co/ebgot6jFWL— Kalle Karlito (@iKarlito83) 7. August, 2019
Im an up and coming content creator getting noticed by you guys is one of the goals https://t.co/XFrIs2ifeS— Nova (@Nova_Replays) 7. August, 2019
Are YOU a new streamer?
We know it can be tough, especially if you're talking to yourself the whole time, but don't give up!
Here are a few tips for you:
- Team up with other streamers to co-stream or give each other shout outs
- Join a streamers support network such as Groups on Facebook or a guild on Streamlabs
- Set up a Patreon page so followers know how they can support you
- Follow our support tips and spread the love - you just might get it in return and build valuable friendships!
Have more tips? Join the conversation on Twitter!
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