I have come here with an idea that had been in my mind for a while now but I was so unable to make it happen.
To tell a little about my self, I am 28, I live in Serbia, I have a degree in Geodesy and I work in a local warehouse.
Few years back I've got diagnosed with Psoriasis which at start limited my options to work in field of Geodesy as I should strictly stay away from construction sights and quickly after that as it progressed to Psoriatic Rheumatism I am simply unable to do basic things Geodesy requires and that is stand outside all day as Psoriatic Rheumatism is known to cause a lot of problems with joints.
I cannot handle the therapy for it as my organism has abnormal reaction to it.
By no means I am not unable to move but having these kind of problems in 28 I can wonder what lies ahead, and yet after few years or so..
And job I do does not make me stand whole day which is nice but it does not provide much income....
So my idea, video games have been my hobby since I was a kid, the way of story telling, the immersion, interaction with other players in that world, it is just fun.
I would like to share that fun with people via live streaming on twitch.
I've watched at a lot of streams and I think I have what it takes, I've played video games since I can remember, I have worked for 4 years on local radio on a show that was made by few people, it was live twice per week and it included good music, good talk, endless quest for things that may be fun for audience, interviews about local events etc.
And I was not only on air, I was behind the mixer, also did audio editing. Also I have played in a band for years so I am familiar with preforming.
My goal with live streaming is to make it a full time job which means streaming at least 5 days per week, at least 40 hours per week, provide content, fun and entertainment to ever increasing audiences of twitch and youtube.
Why can't I do it alone?
It is hard here and it may take me from few years to never, as where I work my income barely covers my living and there is very little room for savings and considering how unreliable it is to keep the job here chances are that "unpredicted circumstances" will eat most of my savings anyway.
I make around 250$ per month, it just cannot cut it.
What is my long term goal with streaming?
In Serbia having 400-500$ per month is a solid income, and it is possible to get to those numbers with full time streaming in 6 months to 1 year.
My goal is to stay dedicated to that and to perfect a balance between quality content and interaction with the audience.
I also plan to review products so people can see spoiler-free pros and cons before they make a purchase. No paid "Yes man" as some people do.
Reaching Community Contributor status is also one of my long term goals so I can give back to audience with deeper insight and giveaways.
In time when community around me grows strong I also plan to organize fundraisers for different goals, all to help those who need it.
People who stream for 3+ years are able to raise 15 000 - 30 000 $ in one 12-hour session once per year. To say the least - it would be an honor to orchestrate that.
Important note is that I plan to stream in English to world wide audience.
Why do I need funding?
For those who do not know, streaming is very intensive on the PC which means you need high end parts to show latest titles and attract fresh audience.
Whether we make it to the goal or not, funding will be put to that goal and nothing else, if we do not reach it I will sacrifice some video quality, make weaker PC and still push forward. But if we end up over the goal I may be able to make dual PC setup which would ensure higher quality stream (at least in terms of pure video quality). That one would not need double the goal, reason I am saying this is that no matter how much we gather everything will go towards this goal whether if it's a bare bone start or cherry on top.
EDIT: I was able to get some parts as gifts so I am pretty close to my goal. Exact desired amount is 400$ for capture card and few minor things.
What this would do for me is it would let me have fun while making a living. There are no words to express how grateful I would be to be able to have that.
No matter how this goes, what I am certain to do is to list everyone who donates here on stream as "Founders". And no way I will ever remove that, one way or another it will be there. And once I get partnered up with twitch I should be able to secure Founder badges for everyone who joins this kickstarter and joins on stream to watch.
A support in this moment when it is uncertain if I will be able to provide in the future, helping hand in such is something that people describe as "restored faith in humanity".
At least for me as it should secure my future and make my life a pure joy as I would be able to preform, engage with the community and basically have fun and share it with others and make their chill time fun.
As for when do I need funding, if you went trough entire story you already know my heart on it and it would be - as soon as possible.
I would start tomorrow if possible.
But being realistic I would say it would take at least 6 months to reach the goal..... Maybe a year..
I can wait that much for a dream.
Thank you for reading, have a good day!