…And I love what you do, don’t you know that you’re toxic.
In his weekly post MrJohnSherry has chosen to examine the audiences that conjugate around streamers on twitch.tv
This past week, I have been watching a lot of different Twitch TV streams, ranging from 30k viewers to less than 10 viewers – and no matter what size of the audience, there always seems to be the same sort of dynamic in Twitch chat.
So, let’s have a wee look at the average makeup of a Twitch TV chat channel, and the pros and cons of it all.
Let’s face it, there is no better interactive platform for gaming on the internet, than on Twitch TV. It is an amazing website, you can watch your favourite gamers stream their games, interact with them on a real-time basis. More or less nothing can be lost in translation which you see on a YouTube video – the viewer can be a part of the streaming experience if the streamer wants them to be.
A lot of great communities have already been established on the website, and you need look no further than on channels like RiptidePow’s channel, or ExcessiveProfanity. Full of regular viewers, which allows friendships to be established with people who are on the other side of the globe. So, on something which can be so helpful and entertaining, what could possibly go wrong?
Trolls. Lots and lots of trolls! They range from “haha, my nan is better than you at this game!” to rather weird and bizarre death threats. Heck, at the end of last year there was a movement of American streamers getting SWATed! Incredibly dangerous behaviour by these “trolls”, one false move with a squad of armed men looking for dangerous weapons within your home is not something you want.
Then you have the entitled viewers, the viewers who believe that streamers owe them something. Yesterday, one of my favourite streamers – Lirik – decided to take a rare day away from the site. Seems pretty reasonable for a guy who normally streams 6 times a week for 7/8 hours on average – right?
Wrong! His chat blew up, on an offline channel! A small group of vocal viewers, had joined together to post abuse on his Twitch chat. “This is your job!”, yes, it is his job. But don’t we all get days off from our jobs? Why should streamers be any different?
Do you think playing video games for people is easy? Couldn’t be any further from the truth! And as Lirik said himself on twitter “I don’t owe you anything” – a statement I agree 100% with.
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> Streams 7 days a week 7 hours a week > Take one day off > Chat explodes with hate Stay classy twitch chat. I don’t owe you anything.
— LIRIK (@DatGuyLirik) January 29, 2015
Twitch as a medium, is only going to get bigger and bigger, and for every positive viewer who wants to interact and have fun, you can almost guarantee there will a “troll” not far behind. We just need to sound these guys out, and pretend they don’t exist.
Don’t feed the trolls.
Are you a viewer on twitch.tv?
if so what type of viewer are you?
Have you ever trolled? Or been the victim of a troll?
Tell us in the comments below!