…Please Sir, can I have some more?
So as many as you will know, I like to partake in streaming once or twice a week (www.twitch.tv/mrjohnsherry , Shameless plug!)- it’s a great escape and I love getting to chat with the few people who come to every stream. But, having started streaming The Crew : Wild Run, I have been inundated with people begging for me (or others in chat) to buy the expansion for them.
Now, I am no new-comer to twitch, in fact I have been using the website for about 2 or more years now. It wasn’t until recently where I noticed the amount of e-begging that goes on in chats of big streamers. People like Lirik, ManVSGame and Ellohime have been bombarded with similar requests for other games.
The problem is, sure a chancer can strike lucky sometimes, but how do we as streamers tackle this problem? I like to think I am quite a polite person, and also quite giving – but not to the point where I am going to send randomers on the internet a £25 game expansion!
So, do we go down the “Sorry, I can’t afford that” route? Tried it. Got lambasted with profanity – although it was quite hilarious, bad troll is bad. Do we go down the more extreme and straight out tell them to go f- themselves and get a job or save up their pocket money?
Is there a middle ground?
Personally, I don’t think ignoring them is even a factor, and I as a broadcaster don’t like to be trigger happy on temporary bans or time outs – and I know for a fact my mods are in a similar mindset!
Sadly, I think this is a issue I don’t think this issue will ever go away, unless we fight e-begging with a bit of e-shaming? Seems harsh though!
Would you feel embarrassed e-begging?
Would you shame people who do?
Or just ignore them?
Let us know in the comments!