Thursday, March 16, 2017

Live viewcount polling intervals

Live viewer count polling interval changes on twitch.tv

Recently many people noticed a change that showed directory viewer number vs dashboard (or stream page) vastly different.


On the twitch subreddit a response was given by flgr "viewcount lead";



"Live viewcounts (on the channel page below the live video) are finally updating much faster than they used to. We deployed a change on Friday that will update them around every 30 seconds (from 1 to 2m+ previously). We're planning to get this down further in the future (though it will take us some time). Directory viewcounts don't update quite as often so can be a little behind." - Source

Which means viewer count numbers are going to be less lagged and a little more accurate. Expect to see concurrent numbers for certain streamers lower then what they previously had due to this change.


Friday, March 3, 2017

Automatic Twitter followers and following by streamers?

How some streamers are using Twitter to market their content and promotions!

So today while logging into my twitter account I find this twitch streamer following me.




Notice anything weird about this screenshot? I do, 50k following!

Then if you check on social blade you can see a snapshot of daily trends. Here is a screenshot of that:


One day a huge amount of following, then a couple days later unfollows in what appears to be in a systematic way. So basically trying to exploit the 'I follow you and you follow me back' sort of a deal.

How do people even do this stuff? Searching around I found out its either thru scripting with API access to twitter or via 3rd party websites like tweepi.

If you plan on using any type of automation on twitter, it should be extremely limited in my opinion.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

With Success comes hate

Everyone knows the saying with success comes hate right? Well here is how its happening against my small channel on twitch.



The main conduits typically seems to be on reddit, for me since I'm primarily a EVE Online streamer it would be r/eve.


Here are some examples of recent targeted hate towards myself and my channel.

r/Eve/comments/51n22u/gf_horde/d7dalic/

r/Eve/comments/5jrwjl/lets_watch_some_streamers_on_twitch_wait_what/dbileqw/

r/Eve/comments/5wii5g/every_time_this_streamer_streams_he_gets_over_500/

The common theme from all the attackers is viewership numbers. If I had a total of 10 viewers and 8 of those were from a external embed no one would care. But now since I'm more successful and averaging 300+ viewers all the time, more focus is coming my way. People are trying to figure out whats happening, why I have more viewers and are quick to assume things.

My approach to streaming is also very different from what you typically see on twitch which may add to the problem. I do not attempt to be a personality type of a streamer. My focus is being more of a support type of a stream for the games I play in a chill / relaxing setting. Additionally I aim to have good video quality, limited overlays, no gimmicks, limited voice commentary but huge chat interaction. If anyone asks questions it generally gets answered in the chat very quickly by me.

Since I've been going more full time with streaming I utilize embedding to advertise my stream across my portfolio of websites. My twitch stream runs 24/7 so its a great supplemental to my video game blogs and to this twitch guide site. Embeds get counted in the total live viewer number. Their is no separation between twitch site viewers and external embedded viewers.

Which leads to a huge lack of understanding when it comes to embeds. Many of the hater's kept calling it inflation or fake views, some kinda understand it but then say its cheating the system. I attempt to explain it but for some no matter how much you disclose and show examples they don't seem to care, they default and will continue to say its fake viewers. There is nothing fake about embedding, a person has to be there to generate a view.

Another thing a majority of people are very clueless about is the mere fact that anyone can take a embed code from any channel and post it up somewhere. I offer a very good example here (check viral bomb section), one of the biggest video game websites ran a story and featured my channel's embed on it. And guess what? That website has a extreme amount of affiliates who take their content and repost it. Over the many years of streaming this type of event replicates, gets compounded and every little bit of that gets added up into the view count.

The salt, the jealously from other streamers fan base was also rampant on the reddit threads. People think being in the top spot in a game directory is the golden key to growth or something? There was even other streamers complaining about my stream on some sections like I'm the reason they are not getting viewers! I've been streaming since 2009, been a content creator since 2000, thousands of hours have laid the foundation for what I have today. If you are a streamer and see other streamers success and numbers as some sort of a competition, your wasting brain power and time on something you cant control. Focus on what you can control, you, your brand, what makes you different. Try out different things, see what works, what doesn't. Need ideas? Welcome to my Twitch tips blog - many good guides and information available here.

Let me close out and say thanks for all the people who supported and defended my channel against the haters! Much appreciated!


Monday, February 27, 2017

The Berry Nice Log - Troll? Rant? Complaint?

A EVE Online player called, "Berry Nice" pays my ingame chat channel a visit.  Here is his long rant all about my twitch stream and how I'm killing "eve".


[ 2017.02.25 22:12:06 ] Berry Nice > why do you view bot?
[ 2017.02.25 22:12:14 ] Berry Nice > Daopa is a viewbotter
[ 2017.02.25 22:12:20 ] DaOpa > because i dont
[ 2017.02.25 22:12:29 ] Berry Nice > 800 views, no talking in chat
[ 2017.02.25 22:12:35 ] DaOpa > your wrong when you say that
[ 2017.02.25 22:12:43 ] Berry Nice > 10 messages in the last 6 minutes
[ 2017.02.25 22:12:48 ] Berry Nice > really makes you think viewbotter.
[ 2017.02.25 22:13:08 ] Nano Quantum > rofl
[ 2017.02.25 22:13:11 ] DaOpa > no it doesnt at all
[ 2017.02.25 22:13:15 ] Nano Quantum > viewbotter
[ 2017.02.25 22:13:20 ] Nano Quantum > lmao
[ 2017.02.25 22:13:22 ] Nano Quantum > lol
[ 2017.02.25 22:13:22 ] Berry Nice > you have like 10 legitimate viewers
[ 2017.02.25 22:13:24 ] Berry Nice > the rest are fake
[ 2017.02.25 22:13:25 ] DaOpa > you need to really research more before you spew stuff like that
[ 2017.02.25 22:13:34 ] Berry Nice > i dont have to reasearch anything
[ 2017.02.25 22:13:38 ] Berry Nice > i know your views are fake
[ 2017.02.25 22:13:45 ] Berry Nice > you're cheating the system to show at the top of twitch
[ 2017.02.25 22:13:50 ] Berry Nice > and you have like 5 legitimate viewers
[ 2017.02.25 22:13:52 ] DaOpa > Prove they are fake and show it to twitch
[ 2017.02.25 22:13:54 ] DaOpa > Report it all
[ 2017.02.25 22:13:55 ] Berry Nice > it's pathetic
[ 2017.02.25 22:14:01 ] Berry Nice > it's not against the rules
[ 2017.02.25 22:14:01 ] DaOpa > put all the details in the report
[ 2017.02.25 22:14:04 ] Berry Nice > it's just scummy
[ 2017.02.25 22:14:20 ] DaOpa > Your wrong, theres nothing fake
[ 2017.02.25 22:14:38 ] DaOpa > you have a lack of understanding and u dont seem to wanna come to terms
[ 2017.02.25 22:14:54 ] Berry Nice > you have like 10 legit viewers
[ 2017.02.25 22:15:00 ] Berry Nice > there is a reason no one types in chat
[ 2017.02.25 22:15:27 ] DaOpa > Do you talk to TV SHows on your TV?
[ 2017.02.25 22:15:36 ] Berry Nice > hmm?
[ 2017.02.25 22:15:41 ] DaOpa > Do you talk to Movies at your MOvie Theather?
[ 2017.02.25 22:15:45 ] Berry Nice > your viewers are fake
[ 2017.02.25 22:16:05 ] DaOpa > Again, if you feel this way by al means report it
[ 2017.02.25 22:16:06 ] Berry Nice > a 50 man stream has more interaction
[ 2017.02.25 22:16:20 ] Berry Nice > report what
[ 2017.02.25 22:16:20 ] DaOpa > but be careful, false reporting can get your twitch account banned
[ 2017.02.25 22:16:23 ] Berry Nice > it's not against the rules
[ 2017.02.25 22:16:40 ] DaOpa > Are you playing dumb now? Of course it is
[ 2017.02.25 22:16:49 ] DaOpa > Twitch has a law suit against that stuff right now in court
[ 2017.02.25 22:16:58 ] Berry Nice > embedding your stream is allowed
[ 2017.02.25 22:17:12 ] Berry Nice > howver
[ 2017.02.25 22:17:16 ] Berry Nice > it's still shitty
[ 2017.02.25 22:17:21 ] Berry Nice > cause you don't have even close to 50 viewers
[ 2017.02.25 22:17:21 ] Nano Quantum > lmao
[ 2017.02.25 22:17:29 ] Nano Quantum > rofl
[ 2017.02.25 22:17:58 ] Bon Shardani > everyone can do it, if u dont do it while streaming.. its not opas fault
[ 2017.02.25 22:18:08 ] Bon Shardani > i was watching him for 5 months without typing in cha
[ 2017.02.25 22:18:10 ] Bon Shardani > chat*
[ 2017.02.25 22:18:40 ] Bon Shardani > i started typing when i started playing eve, because i wanted to know more about the game
[ 2017.02.25 22:18:50 ] SamsunG Gidrine > I think someone is jelly.... lol
[ 2017.02.25 22:19:02 ] Berry Nice > you have 9 people including me and you
[ 2017.02.25 22:19:04 ] Berry Nice > in this chat
[ 2017.02.25 22:19:10 ] Berry Nice > literally 7 legit peopl
[ 2017.02.25 22:19:13 ] Nano Quantum > yeah well
[ 2017.02.25 22:19:13 ] Berry Nice > watching ur stream
[ 2017.02.25 22:19:23 ] Nano Quantum > charon on urlen perimeter gate
[ 2017.02.25 22:19:25 ] Bon Shardani > he is really triggered
[ 2017.02.25 22:19:32 ] DaOpa > Im happy with 5 , 7 -= whatever number u wanna say
[ 2017.02.25 22:19:40 ] DaOpa > Why do you wanna trouble a happy man?
[ 2017.02.25 22:19:42 ] DaOpa > Kappa
[ 2017.02.25 22:20:07 ] Bon Shardani > he just wants to babyrage because he doesnt get the viewers u get Kappa
[ 2017.02.25 22:20:15 ] Berry Nice > why is the truth troubling to you
[ 2017.02.25 22:20:33 ] DaOpa > I dont have any issues
[ 2017.02.25 22:20:39 ] DaOpa > your the one making false claims
[ 2017.02.25 22:20:39 ] Pax Sex > Berry Nice GTFO thanks
[ 2017.02.25 22:21:10 ] Berry Nice > what
[ 2017.02.25 22:21:15 ] Berry Nice > what false claim ahve i made?
[ 2017.02.25 22:21:30 ] Bon Shardani > at least opa made eve great again Kappa
[ 2017.02.25 22:21:47 ] DaOpa > False claim is pretty obvious
[ 2017.02.25 22:21:57 ] Berry Nice > you have 36 viewers in your viewer list
[ 2017.02.25 22:22:07 ] Berry Nice > which means 5% of your viewers have an account
[ 2017.02.25 22:22:16 ] Berry Nice > the average for streams is 70%
[ 2017.02.25 22:22:26 ] Berry Nice > which means we can assume that AT BEST you have a legitimate 100 viewers
[ 2017.02.25 22:22:27 ] Berry Nice > AT BEST
[ 2017.02.25 22:22:30 ] DaOpa > That doesnt work for my stream and how I do streaming
[ 2017.02.25 22:22:34 ] Bon Shardani > xD
[ 2017.02.25 22:22:39 ] DaOpa > you know I embed
[ 2017.02.25 22:22:39 ] Berry Nice > yeah because you embed your stream
[ 2017.02.25 22:22:41 ] Berry Nice > on every website
[ 2017.02.25 22:22:45 ] Berry Nice > which gives you fake viewers
[ 2017.02.25 22:22:49 ] DaOpa > People consume my website outside of twitch
[ 2017.02.25 22:22:55 ] Berry Nice > i seriously doubt it
[ 2017.02.25 22:23:00 ] DaOpa > Embed is not fake viewers
[ 2017.02.25 22:23:10 ] Berry Nice > i dont know how many times i opened your shitty stream by mistake and muted it
[ 2017.02.25 22:23:14 ] Berry Nice > it's totally fake
[ 2017.02.25 22:23:22 ] Pax Sex > Berry Nice take the time to read the info bellow his stream, check his website and piss off
[ 2017.02.25 22:23:36 ] DaOpa > I do not hide anything
[ 2017.02.25 22:23:40 ] Bon Shardani > can u kick him out of ur room?
[ 2017.02.25 22:23:41 ] DaOpa > I disclose everything
[ 2017.02.25 22:23:42 ] Pax Sex > holy shit sick of these people hating a streamer because he has viewers, just move on to a channel you like
[ 2017.02.25 22:23:48 ] DaOpa > You know what your prob is, its either
[ 2017.02.25 22:23:54 ] DaOpa > A- ur a fail streamer
[ 2017.02.25 22:23:55 ] Berry Nice > it's cause it's fake viewership to get to the #1 spot on twitch
[ 2017.02.25 22:23:56 ] DaOpa > or
[ 2017.02.25 22:24:03 ] Berry Nice > drowning out better content
[ 2017.02.25 22:24:10 ] DaOpa > B- you like / fan of someone else, and you have a thought
[ 2017.02.25 22:24:17 ] DaOpa > what i do is hurting them in some fashion
[ 2017.02.25 22:24:19 ] Berry Nice > this guy is literally doing nothing but afking in space with no mic
[ 2017.02.25 22:24:33 ] SamsunG Gidrine > so what?
[ 2017.02.25 22:24:46 ] Berry Nice > he is killing eve p much
[ 2017.02.25 22:24:55 ] Bon Shardani > LUL
[ 2017.02.25 22:24:56 ] SamsunG Gidrine > his stream, he'll do as he pleases. and people will watch if they want to watch.
[ 2017.02.25 22:25:13 ] Berry Nice > yeah there is a reason he only has AT BEST 30 viewers
[ 2017.02.25 22:25:19 ] Pax Sex > " drowning out better content" like yours?
[ 2017.02.25 22:25:23 ] Juan Mileghere > Hi, I heard that there was drama
[ 2017.02.25 22:25:48 ] HurrpaDurp Chelien > *grabs popcorn*
[ 2017.02.25 22:26:01 ] DaOpa > Is this your first couple of days on EVE?
[ 2017.02.25 22:26:04 ] Juan Mileghere > can I too get butt hurt that a person that shows off eve fights/events gets tons of viewership
[ 2017.02.25 22:26:35 ] Juan Mileghere > but my channel of a guy mining is more cools dude
[ 2017.02.25 22:26:57 ] SamsunG Gidrine > lol
[ 2017.02.25 22:27:01 ] Juan Mileghere > or my channel showing one fight every hour is exciting
[ 2017.02.25 22:27:29 ] Pax Sex > LUL
[ 2017.02.25 22:27:29 ] Juan Mileghere > burn jita is one of those things that make EVE what it is
[ 2017.02.25 22:27:42 ] Juan Mileghere > it's an interesting event
[ 2017.02.25 22:27:51 ] Juan Mileghere > think of something similar
[ 2017.02.25 22:27:51 ] DaOpa > If people dont like what im streaming, they pretty simply dont watch
[ 2017.02.25 22:27:55 ] DaOpa > switch channel
[ 2017.02.25 22:27:56 ] Juan Mileghere > ^
[ 2017.02.25 22:27:57 ] Pax Sex > daopa is the death of EVE! Kappa
[ 2017.02.25 22:27:59 ] DaOpa > or somewhere else
[ 2017.02.25 22:28:05 ] Berry Nice > ya and when u go to this *800 person stream and just see a guy doing nothing for 2 hours
[ 2017.02.25 22:28:12 ] Berry Nice > really makes everyone disinterested
[ 2017.02.25 22:28:19 ] Bon Shardani > well its eve
[ 2017.02.25 22:28:54 ] DaOpa > If people are browsing EVE DIR on TWITCH
[ 2017.02.25 22:29:01 ] DaOpa > and go to my stream and find it boring
[ 2017.02.25 22:29:03 ] DaOpa > guess what
[ 2017.02.25 22:29:11 ] Berry Nice > they dont play the game
[ 2017.02.25 22:29:12 ] DaOpa > they switch to another one until t hey find something they like
[ 2017.02.25 22:29:17 ] Berry Nice > because the most popular eve streamer
[ 2017.02.25 22:29:18 ] Berry Nice > does nothing
[ 2017.02.25 22:29:23 ] HurrpaDurp Chelien > so
[ 2017.02.25 22:29:25 ] DaOpa > You dont know that
[ 2017.02.25 22:29:27 ] HurrpaDurp Chelien > big deal
[ 2017.02.25 22:29:28 ] Berry Nice > i know that
[ 2017.02.25 22:29:34 ] HurrpaDurp Chelien > hey
[ 2017.02.25 22:29:58 ] Berry Nice > the first thing i do when i see a game i might want to buy
[ 2017.02.25 22:30:00 ] Berry Nice > is to go to twitch
[ 2017.02.25 22:30:02 ] Berry Nice > and watch gameplay
[ 2017.02.25 22:30:05 ] Berry Nice > if i did that for eve and you
[ 2017.02.25 22:30:05 ] HurrpaDurp Chelien > ever heard if bjorn bee?
[ 2017.02.25 22:30:08 ] Berry Nice > i'd never play
[ 2017.02.25 22:30:23 ] DaOpa > I would say good
[ 2017.02.25 22:30:26 ] cashew nutss > did you still not bann this guy ? ^^
[ 2017.02.25 22:30:29 ] DaOpa > This game isnt for you then
[ 2017.02.25 22:30:36 ] Berry Nice > you dont show actual eve gfameplay
[ 2017.02.25 22:30:40 ] Berry Nice > you literally
[ 2017.02.25 22:30:41 ] Berry Nice > watch
[ 2017.02.25 22:30:42 ] Berry Nice > people play
[ 2017.02.25 22:30:46 ] Bon Shardani > xD
[ 2017.02.25 22:30:46 ] Berry Nice > you don't even play yourself
[ 2017.02.25 22:30:48 ] HurrpaDurp Chelien > he does not have to
[ 2017.02.25 22:30:55 ] Berry Nice > you're streaming a stream
[ 2017.02.25 22:30:57 ] Bon Shardani > opas stream is prerecorded confirmed
[ 2017.02.25 22:31:03 ] HurrpaDurp Chelien > lol
[ 2017.02.25 22:31:05 ] cashew nutss > ^^
[ 2017.02.25 22:31:16 ] DaOpa > Geez- i thought i was the mining stream
[ 2017.02.25 22:31:17 ] Berry Nice > watching your stream people have NO idea what eve is about
[ 2017.02.25 22:31:17 ] Juan Mileghere > but yet is the top steam
[ 2017.02.25 22:31:19 ] Berry Nice > and it's just boring
[ 2017.02.25 22:31:23 ] Berry Nice > it's the top because of fake viewership
[ 2017.02.25 22:31:27 ] DaOpa > Now i am the dude who watches other dudes while streaming stream
[ 2017.02.25 22:31:28 ] DaOpa > Kappa
[ 2017.02.25 22:31:35 ] Bon Shardani > this is a new lvl of triggered
[ 2017.02.25 22:31:39 ] Pax Sex > well you watching a stream you dont like
[ 2017.02.25 22:31:45 ] Berry Nice > i'm not watching the stream
[ 2017.02.25 22:31:46 ] Pax Sex > what to say about that?
[ 2017.02.25 22:31:51 ] Pax Sex > you are a troubled person dude ;)
[ 2017.02.25 22:31:53 ] HurrpaDurp Chelien > lol this guy XD
[ 2017.02.25 22:32:02 ] Bon Shardani > weekend and nothing better to do
[ 2017.02.25 22:32:08 ] Berry Nice > yeah pretty much
[ 2017.02.25 22:32:09 ] Juan Mileghere > >fake viewership
[ 2017.02.25 22:32:12 ] cashew nutss > [22:31:17] Berry Nice > watching your stream people have NO idea what eve is about <--- and watching bjornbee who gets sponsored by his viewers and can do pvp all day is the eve reality for the normal eve player ? ^^
[ 2017.02.25 22:32:15 ] Juan Mileghere > this is fake eve
[ 2017.02.25 22:32:24 ] Berry Nice > it shows potential versus nothing
[ 2017.02.25 22:32:26 ] Juan Mileghere > and you are fake news opa
[ 2017.02.25 22:32:38 ] Bon Shardani > opa is also a spai
[ 2017.02.25 22:32:40 ] HurrpaDurp Chelien > the goon in these people are to damn high
[ 2017.02.25 22:32:41 ] Berry Nice > anyway i'm done here
[ 2017.02.25 22:32:47 ] Juan Mileghere > FAKE NEWS
[ 2017.02.25 22:32:53 ] DaOpa > Berry Nice - dont go
[ 2017.02.25 22:32:53 ] Berry Nice > good luck with your fake stream daopa
[ 2017.02.25 22:32:57 ] DaOpa > I like you
[ 2017.02.25 22:33:02 ] DaOpa > oh well
[ 2017.02.25 22:33:04 ] Bon Shardani > KappaPride
[ 2017.02.25 22:33:20 ] SamsunG Gidrine > lol
[ 2017.02.25 22:33:24 ] Aleksashka21 > xD
[ 2017.02.25 22:33:56 ] Kelul Lee > awwww :( i came here just to troll berry ...
[ 2017.02.25 22:34:08 ] Bon Shardani > opa dont be sad
[ 2017.02.25 22:34:10 ] Bon Shardani > u have me
[ 2017.02.25 22:34:18 ] DaOpa > Bon Bon
[ 2017.02.25 22:34:37 ] Bon Shardani > KappaPride


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Name changing option is available now on Twitch!

Guide on how to change your username for Twitch.tv.

This is going to be a short guide on how to change your username for Twitch.tv.

Steps:
  1. Login to your Twitch account and go to your profile settings page.
    (twitch.tv/settings/profile)
  2. In the Username section click Edit.
    It will list if you are eligible to do a name change, name changes are only allowed once every 60 days.
  3. Enter in your new username and press Update.







FAQs

Question:
What happens to my old username?

Answer:
It will be held inactive for a minimum of six months, afterwords it may be available back in the pool for others to use.

For Partner's old usernames will not be available anymore except in special circumstances.

Question:
Do dashboard stats from previous username show up on new account name?

Answer:
No, all stats from old account name are gone. Make sure you download that data before you make the game change.

Question:
Can I lose my current username to someone else?

Answer:
As long as you are active on that account for at least 12 months, not violate any trademarks or involved in any sort of impersonation your username will be fine.

Opinion:
Make sure you know once you change your username, the URL associated with it will be dead. It will not automatically redirect users to the new name. Any embeds or links outside of twitch will all be gone. For this reason alone I would say if your a long time Twitch broadcaster, doing a name change will be killer. I would recommend rather then doing a name changes is to setup another channel and then auto host that channel. Being able to keep the old channel running lets you also put in information into the panel and news feed about the new channel. You can also setup a chat room bot that directs viewers to the new channel.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Crowd sourcing for streamers guide

Crowd sourcing for streamers guide

My definition for crowd sourcing for broadcasters is generally getting viewers to contribute for ideas, services, promoting your brand and/or channel.


Crowd sourcing for live streamers can come in many different fashions, here are some examples:
  • Streamer is playing a game for the first time and asks questions on game mechanics.
    • The game community or viewers then obtain information and answer the streamer questions about said game.
  • Broadcaster asks viewers to Tweet or Retweet stream related things.
    • This can be giveaway related or some sorts of contests.
    • A retweet of the stream going live, which then gets more syndication via re-tweeters follower lists.
  • A Twitch Partner asks community for help making images such as logos, emoticons, and screenshots.
    • Many talented viewers out there and some are indeed graphic artists, sometimes asking for help can yield very positive returns.
    • Emoticons if are done really well can be a subscriber perk on itself, I'm pretty sure some people sub to a couple of Twitch streams just to get the emoticon packs to use across the platform.
  • Donations, Money for Equipment and other various items.
    • Many streamers put up a donation goal amount on overlays be it for general funding, hardware related or future giveaways.
  • Hosting, Auto Hosting, Networking with others
    • This sometimes can achieve crowd-sourcing proportions depending on who you network with on the platform.
  • Loyalty Systems
    • Another way if done in a certain fashion can lead into crowd-sourcing, basically using the crowd to fund the loyalty rewards and scaling it up.
  • PR, PR Stunts
    • One of the more powerful ways of using a community is to create PR and let the viewers syndicate it out for you.
    • Charity related activities
    • PR Stunts - some of the things I have noticed broadcasters doing in my personal opinion is very unethical but sadly people buy this stuff up and syndicate it out on reddit and social media like crazy
  • Twitch Teams
    • Some Twitch Teams are used for crowd sourcing a brand, service or advertising certain streamers. When you see a Twitch Team with dozens upon dozens of streamers in the list rest assure its someone using it for this exact sort of a thing.
  • Twitch Clips
    • Viewers can make clips of your stream and syndicate it out via social media or other platforms.
    • Use Viewer clips and combine them in a compilation to re-upload via the Upload system on Twitch.
I will update with more examples in the future.


Using crowd sourcing is getting to the point a must have in order to be successful on the platform. If you do not have good crowd sourcing skills you will have to work alot harder in certain avenues. You need to push your brand, channel and content out as much as possible. Using the crowd to do it for you is the best way if you can do it in a organic way.  As they are helping you, you have to help them in some fashion also be it by entertainment or by other means.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Conan Exiles early access streaming started a day early

Conan Exiles early access streaming has already started today on twitch.tv!

So today browsing the game directory on Twitch.tv I noticed Conan Exiles was on the list and I said to myself isn't the official early access release tomorrow?



Checking the sticky on the steam community section does indeed list the release for early access as follows:
  • Pacific Standard Time 9:00pm 30th, 2017
  • Mountain Standard Time 10:00pm 30th, 2017
  • Central Standard Time 11:00pm 30th, 2017
  • Eastern Standard Time 12:00am 31st, 2017
  • Atlantic Standard Time 1:00am 31st, 2017
How is it that there are already people streaming the game on Twitch? It seems they gave out many press copy game codes to either Twitch which then gave them out to a selected list or streamers gain them directly in some fashion from the game community team.

Whatever the case is does it make sense to continue this selected press copy streamer thing in 2017?

My opinion is that its probably more harmful then good and here is why I think this way.
  • Majority of the streamers who are selected for press copies are your typical pump and dump. Do you want to build a streaming community on twitch for your game or just sell as many copies and not care? I guess that would be the question right? If it was me picking who gets any time of special early access or press copies I would find streamers who have been doing youtube content already, podcasting, fansite making and/or bloggers who have been talking about the game. These people would be first on my list for any press related content or perks.
  • Cutting out other streamers will make some angry and you may lose them as customers. Go look at the subbreddit or the steam discussion forum you can see some of the anger there.
  • Extra confusion of release dates and time, again you can see this play out on the forums or the subreddit. 
  • Disclosure issues, are the streamers who received press copies are following correct disclosure protocol? I have a strong feeling this is something overlooked...
Follow up next day directory check shows around 500 streamers showcasing the game in the early morning at around 5:30 AM EST.


In order to gain access you have to pay $29.99, and judging by the reviews it seems better to wait for server issues to be fixed.  Many reviewers are saying server performance is really bad, alot of rubber banding and other issues.