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5 New Year’s Resolutions for Streamers

When viewers scan the long list of streamers in Twitch, they probably see a bunch of people having fun and shouting with glee at their latest in-game find. The life of a streamer might seem like it’s all fun and games, and a lot of people attempt to try it as their new job. How hard could it be, right? It’s just playing games.

But behind the laughter, the video games, and the upbeat personality are difficulties we don’t see. Like a seemingly calm duck floating on the lake, you actually have to paddle and wade through things beyond just playing games. This is not an overnight success route, and a lot of people have been burned out due to how long they waited already to build a following with little to no results.

The reality is not everyone can be a successful streamer, especially if you’re someone who views it as something easy and quick. There is more to it than just putting yourself and your video games on camera. You have to consider the financial aspect of things, marketing yourself, and being consistent and patient, not to mention having the passion and drive for doing this. Being a streamer isn’t like most jobs where you can just leave your work at the end of your workday – it consumes a lot of your time and you have to interact with your community constantly. When you consider all that, it is amazing how streamers continue to chug along.

But this article isn’t meant to crush your spirits. Instead, we wish to give a little slice of the reality pie, as well as instill hope in veteran and newbie streamers alike. The new year has just started and resolutions are being made left and right, so here’s our take on 5 New Year’s Resolution ideas for streamers that will hopefully inspire and guide you this 2019.

1. Set a goal and work on it

What kind of streamer do you really want to be? Where do you see yourself after a couple of months of streaming? How about a year from now? Do you have other creative outlets you want to explore? If you’re only having this as a hobby, do you want it to become a full-fledged career? A bit of direction on your streaming activities will greatly help, and one way to stay on track is by writing things down. Write down your goals and what you want your streaming hobby or career to become. You can also make a vision board and hang or place it in an area where you can see it all the time.

2. Don’t forget your roots

Some people tend to follow trends to please the crowd. While that’s not totally bad, you should also not forget the things that make you, well, you. Being genuine goes a long way and your audience will appreciate it. 

What games do you really love to play? What’s your personality? What started your streaming career? What inspired it all? By keeping these in mind, you won’t stray too far from yourself.

3. Be mindful of your health

While it’s commendable that a lot of streamers work so hard and so long, one’s health shouldn’t be neglected. How else would you properly game and stream if your health gets compromised, right? You could start with something simple, like walking some more, sleeping some more, or swapping the usual junk food and soda with healthier snacks. You can even get into the meal prep biz and prep “gamer” snacks. Making it fun will help.

Aside from physical health, be mindful of your mental health as well. Are the games and community affecting you, or are real life issues affecting your streaming? It’s okay to take a break and deal with these things, and keep in mind that your mental health should be a priority.

4. Learn new things

Learning something new can be beneficial to your channel. You can pick up a new hobby that you can share to your community, or learn the tricks of the trade and improve your channel. Can I entertain my community with my fanart? Would it make things fun if I make costumes and cosplay my favorite characters? What new apps, programs and gadgets can I use to make my streaming better? It keeps things from being stagnant and can help with your growth, streaming career-wise.

5. Enjoy your time

This last entry might sound cliche and obvious, but you’d be surprised by how many people actually need this reminder. Gaming should be fun. You will get a more positive outcome if you also enjoy what you’re doing.

“But what if,” you say, “that the things I like and enjoy won’t give me success?” 

I say that having fun is a form of success already, but if that’s not the kind of success you’re looking for then there are decisions you gotta do and choices you gotta pick. Life’s tricky that way, and at the end of the day all I can hope for is that your decision will still lead you to happiness!

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COMPANY

Be Different

As 2018 comes to a close, we have been reflecting on why we are building Pixels Gaming. After some time, it became very clear what inspires us about gamers and streamers: they are different.

As gamers ourselves, we know what it’s like to face discrimination about being a gamer.

  • “It’s a waste of time.”
  • “You should be spending your time doing something more productive.”
  • “Playing WoW is for nerds.”

We have heard these time and time again. Granted, there are some downsides to gaming, and we want to do our part to support the healthy side of gaming. But for the most part, we believe gaming and streaming are very positive forces on the internet.

We have read many inspirational stories about how a streamer has helped turn someone’s life around and get them through very difficult times. We’ve seen people from impoverished countries rise to the world stage and become a beacon for their country and family. We’ve seen communities develop, friendships form, 

Gaming involves strategy, coordination, teamwork, statistics, communication, and so much more. Streaming involves the willingness to be vulnerable, the desire to entertain and support others, and a passion strong enough to fight through the difficulties of growing a stream.

Our community is inclusive, diverse, and above all, different. We encourage and support ‘being different’ in everything that we do. We love your uniqueness. It is a positive force on the internet we aim to spread and support. Our mission is to organize people around the idea that it’s okay to ‘be different’. Whether it’s through events, tournaments, technology, resources, or charity, we want to encourage people to be different and spread this message far and wide. Thank you for your support, and we hope you can help us spread this positive message around the world.

Much love from the Pixels Team ^_^ 

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TWITCH

‘Game Queue’ Twitch Extension is Live!

Invite your viewers to game with you, completely hassle-free.

We are happy to announce the release of our latest Twitch extension panel — Game Queue!

Game Queue makes it easy to invite viewers to game with you. Viewers can join your game of Overwatch, PUBG, and many other games with a simple chat command. With full Twitch integration, users don’t need to leave the site to join the queue and we have built hassle-free controls for streamers. Game Queue is fully customizable and handles queue management, prioritization of subscribers, and gamertag collection, so you can focus on your stream.

How do I add the extension to my Twitch profile?

You can install the panel here: http://bit.ly/2A8sI9H. We also made a step-by-step video guide for getting Game Queue up and running! It takes less than 5 minutes and you can start engaging viewers in an exciting new way.

What features does the Game Queue have?

Game queue has many exciting features. In addition to being completely free, we have highlighted some important features below.

Simple gamertag management

Manage gamertags with a simple whisper command

Subscriber-only mode — Subscriber priority queue

Customizable colors and messaging

How can the Game Queue improve my stream?

We have talked with hundreds of streamers and viewers to understand what tools are missing and what challenges exist. During this process and during our beta testing, we have distilled our learnings into 3 key improvements.

Increased engagement

Game Queue is the only extension of its kind. Many extensions are read-only, and don’t allow for much interaction. Game Queue allows viewers to interact directly with you and have unforgettable experiences. This is also a very new extension and will help differentiate your stream.

Improved subscribe rate

Many streamers have activated subscriber-only mode. This is a direct incentive for people to subscribe to your channel.

Better donations

Last year, over $100MM was donated to streamers. This level of generosity and engagement is unheard of. Now imagine giving someone a more hands-on, unforgettable experience during your stream. “Remember that time I won a PUBG duo with DrDisRespect? Or when I had that amazing Zarya ult playing with TimTheTatman?” Game Queue gives viewers a stronger incentive to donate, and leaves them a bigger fan than ever before.

What our users are saying:

— “This is unlike any panel I’ve seen. It’s very interactive and gives viewers something to look forward to.”

— “I could see myself using this for charity streams. It could motivate more viewers to tune in and donate to charity in return for a fun experience.”

— “I have a really hard time managing gamertags for my viewers who want to game with me. This completely solves that problem.”

Game Queue was built by the community, for the community. Your feedback is incredibly valuable, and we will do our best to build tools and services to help create exciting new experiences.

Pixels Team

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TWITCH

5 Essential Twitch Extensions for Streamers

If you aren’t familiar with Twitch Extensions, you should be. Last month, Twitch announced support for developer-created extensions that can be installed directly to your channel.

The capabilities of these extensions are endless, and more and more are being created each day. We have compiled a list of the best extensions to help you differentiate and grow your stream.

Streamlabs Loyalty, Music, Polls & Games (learn more)

Streamlabs is a must-have extension that allows you to process donations, reward viewers, and engage them with polls and music.

Porcupine’s Kappa Pet (learn more)

Keep your stream alive with this creative pet that “lives” and “dies” based on certain levels of viewer engagement.

StreamLegends (learn more)

Let your viewers fight monsters, level up, and earn rewards with this viewer-driven panel.

Game Queue (learn more)

Invite your viewers to game with you, completely hassle-free. This extension takes viewer engagement to the next level, and provides your viewers with unforgettable experiences.

Gear on Amazon (learn more)

Showcase your gear and custom swag directly on your channel. The best part? Amazon shares a cut of the revenue for viewers who buy from your stream.

There are 100s more extensions live for you to install, and I encourage you to check them out. Many of them provide you ways to make your stream more interactive and engaging.

Stream on!

^_^

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