My brother, Cameron, has been an avid video gamer for as long as I can remember. Growing up, Cameron spent nearly all of his free time playing video games (mainly Halo) and quickly established himself as one of the top players in the world. Our Mom always joked about him one day making money off of his talent, not knowing that the business of video game streaming would one day become a reality. Nearly a decade later, my brother is still an avid gamer, and he's putting everything on the line to make video gaming his profession. In addition to working a full time job in real estate, Cameron spends roughly seventy (seriously!) hours a week building his online streaming presence with Twitch. His hard work is finally starting to pay off as in just two short months his page has gained 1000+ followers, and tens of thousands of views.
By far the most difficult aspect about streaming is building a following. The reality is that there are tens of thousands of streamers out there, and each is fighting for their own viewer base. Because of this, streamers rely on each other to share their respective viewers. This is very similar to two businesses forming a partnership and upselling each other's customers to their partner's respective services. Due to the enormous amount of video game streamers on the internet, it's very tough to sift through the online noise and build relationships with other streamers. This is where TwitchCon becomes very important; it's the largest convention of video game streamers in the world, and is therefore the best way for streamers to network with one another. In other words, TwitchCon is where the most important partnerships in live content streaming happen.
How can you help?
Anyone who's witnessed Cameron's rocket ship-like like growth over the past two months can attest to the incredible amount of work that he's put in, and continues to put in every day. Unfortunately, being a small streamer is very similar to a startup in the sense that the early months (and often times, years) are not lucrative and rely on outside help for funding. Sending Cameron to TwitchCon could very much change his life and I know that he'd be forever grateful for any donations. Small or large, your donation will go directly towards paying for his TwitchCon tickets, 2 nights in a hotel, and plane tickets from Boston to San Diego.
Thanks for reading!