Watching a small Twitch streamer who is bad at video games is more entertaining than watching a big shot Twitch streamer who is great at video games.
So for this I have various points and don’t feel like writing an essay so going to just make a list. Know going into this that the appeal of Twitch for me is the sense of community.
- The occasional failure of someone who isn’t great at video games humanizes them in a way. Seeing the failure that they sometimes have makes them seem real. Streamers who can destroy a game lobby seem like gods. An entity separate from humanity. Their caliber and constant success undermines the most interesting part of humanity. Failure. That’s why I don’t find them entertaining when they play video games.
- There are too many people watching those huge streamers and too many people in the chat. I know that this is kinda in the job description of being a huge streamer, but Twitch is supposed to be a platform to interact with the streamer. Instead, it feels like a constant gamble wether or not the streamer will even acknowledge your existence. There is constant spam which makes the chat even more overwhelming. You don’t get that with small streamers. Having ten people at any given time watching the stream makes you feel special. Nine out of ten times, the streamer will read your chat message. Sometimes it might turn into a full conversation. Hell, if you’re lucky, you might even get bumped up to VIP status. You feel significant. Appreciated.
- Kind of going off of the previous point, everything nice that you do matters to a small streamer. Wether it’s donating bits or subscribing or gifting a subscription, the small streamer will actually appreciate that. Not to say that all huge streamers are scumbags because a good amount aren’t, but there are a lot of big streamers where any monetary donation doesn’t really matter to them. I used to watch a streamer who had 65,000 subscribers. I’m sure they have more now, but in order to not call them out, I’m just going to to use 65,000 while doing math. A tier-1 subscription costs 5 dollars. Twitch partners get about half of the money from a subscription, the other half goes to Twitch itself. 65,000x2.5=162,500. That’s how much they earn in a month from tier-1 subscriptions alone. That doesn’t even take tier 2 or 3 subscriptions or bits into account. Now, to find how much they earn in a year let’s do 162,500x12=1,950,000. Do you really think ten bits matters to them? What about a small streamer with only 5 subscribers? 5x2.5x12=150. Ten bits matters a lot more to them.
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