Why You Should Stop Streaming
Updated: Nov 5, 2019
Streaming games is a fun way to entertain yourself and others. That is until you hit that affiliate goal on Twitch. Then it becomes an obsession of getting more subscribers and viewers. If I had a penny every time I see a tweet saying "I'm going live. Come watch me" I'd be richer than Richard Branson right now. These streamers just expect us to watch them play a game they're not even good at when they don’t even have the decency to interact with their followers. Why are they doing this? Well, it’s not to entertain for sure. Even though they tell themselves that, it’s actually for the hopes of making a living playing games. There are nearly 3 million streamers going live every month on Twitch alone. But not even 1% of those streamers are able to earn a living from streaming.
What are the chances of you making it? Sure you can support each other and support your streamer friends, gift a sub, hangout in their streams. But for how long? And then eventually, you’ll want to stream yourself. This happened to a good friend of mine on Twitter. We used to interact with each other all the time. He supported other streamers and one day wanted to try streaming for himself. I watched some of his streams and it was fun for a while. Soon he began to go after Twitch affiliate status. Every day he would grind to get more subs and watch time in order to become an affiliate. All his tweets became nothing but requests to watch his streams. He eventually made affiliate and he’s still streaming. But I don’t think he even made more than $100 on Twitch. Let me ask you, is it worth it? Is it worth spending your only free time streaming the same game every day while you should be playing games for fun?
For me, gaming is a medium of entertainment. It’s how I wind down and de-stress after a long day at work. I don’t want to entertain anyone except myself. I think that’s what gaming is supposed to be. Before YouTube and Twitch that’s how we used to enjoy games and let's face it, you're probably not gonna earn a living streaming, at least not enough to support a family. The chances of becoming the next Fortnite champion are literally zero.
Unless you have a burning desire to make it as a streamer or become the next Ninja, and that keeps you up at night and you think about it in the shower, at work, and while making love to your partner, you probably won't be able to make a living on Twitch. Especially not if you’re streaming for the sole purpose of making money. So why waste your free time playing something you don't even enjoy while you should be playing the games you love.
If I'd just burst your bubble, then I don't apologize. I've just saved you from wasting hours grinding on Fortnite or Apex or whatever. Now go play a real game that you'd actually enjoy.