Part 1 of Behind The Streamer will be a run down of why we do it and who we are behind the streamer, not at some company but a personality streamer or streamers. Mostly my own account for the last couple of years, but also what I’ve seen, heard and the people I’ve talked to. It will be an account of the ups and down, and how a community comes together and even sometimes break.
We’re fans. Well most of us are. I was and am. When I started to work behind the streamers I did it out of passion and out of frustration. The passion came from the fact that I loved the content and the frustration came from that when I watched the content it didn’t look as good as I wanted it to. I wanted to fix that. Now I’ll be the first to admit that my start was rocky, but it got the ball rolling.
I did the simplest thing one can do. I made something. I created a overlay for a show. Looking back it was a rush job and it wasn’t very good. But it didn’t matter it was better then what was already there. Luckily, or maybe badly, it needed some fixes so I was forced to interact with the streamer further, first over Twitter direct message and then Skype. As more content was created more graphics had to be created, and I was already in the streamers circle.
I think everyone have already heard similar stories from people behind the streamer or from the streamers themselves even. However there’s a new era coming, some (including me) might even say that it’s already here and I’ll dig deeper into this later (and boy do I have a lot to tell you about it).
So far this has been about me and only me. While I do know other people behind the scenes, for some reason there’s a locked community behind the streamers we work for. It’s not anyone’s fault, it’s nature. I guess some of us feel a certain responsibility to the person that gave us our break and that gave us a voice to show what we can do (I’ll go deeper into what this have on the economical and business side in a later part). It’s a strange friendship, and in the beginning there’s probably no money and you’re just there to be around the content you love and personality you’ve spent hours emerging yourself into. Good, yet dangerous (again I’ll go deeper into things later).
And why do I keep on doing it? Good questions me. Since I’m asking me I’ll give you my story and how I felt leading up until today.
When I started it was the frustration that drove me to contact a streamer. It wasn’t so I could get my name out (at that point I was very arrogant (and young) and had a few days before that got some of my art work onto the front page of a art site). Til this day I hate when someones name shows up on the overlay or in the liner notes. But I’ll also be the first to tell you that when the streamer did put my name (I didn’t ask for it) and gave me a shutout. There was a sensation of pride and happiness that I had only felt in small burst before. It was my start to career behind the streamers.
That pride haven’t gone away. It might have faded or changed some and today I take pride in my work rather than the “fame”. I no longer feel a responsibility towards the streamer, well I do but not in the same way as before, now it’s a business, a industry. Rather today I feel a responsibility to the viewers and each community that I get to meet. That is what drives me today.
Live-streaming, the streamer and the viewers is the reason I went back to school. I got a better education in graphic design, marketing, web, administration, illustration etc. It’s one of the reasons I started to freelance both in the live-streaming industry and the “regular” industry. So I don’t only feel a responsibility to the viewer but a gratitude, and it makes me want to keep supporting the growth. At heart I’m a problem solver and and that will hopefully never change and that is also the second reason why I’m still here. There’s constantly new problems to solve in a emerging industry, and each solved problem gives me pride in what I do, and the people I do it for.
As you might realize there’s a lot more to talk about, and you should really see this more of an introduction to the things I’ll talk about later. In part two I’ll go deeper into the industry side, what you can do, the possibilities and the people I’ve had the privilege to work with (no name dropping I promise).
I will share some good moments, some bad moments and even moments of doubt, nonetheless I’m still here and I see the industry growing daily. This series isn’t just about graphics, these articles will be about all the aspects behind the streamer, from developers, community to competition. I hope I see you in part 2!
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