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Meet the*gameHERs

It’s not often you come across a community with a simple, yet powerful mission.

…until the*gameHERs came along.

Who are they?

A women-led community dedicated to amplifying and centering the voices of women, femme-identifying gamers and non-binary gamers.

After talking with their founders, it became clear how dedicated they are to their mission, and how inspired they were about gamers around the world. As a gamer community ourselves focused on diversity and creativity, we understand how important it is to create inclusive spaces in gaming.

As described by Heather, Laura, Rebecca & Verta, the founders of the*gameHERs, they are “four incredibly passionate, nerdy women dedicated to building authentically inclusive communities for women gamers by centering all of us. Our colorful background brings together various life experiences and skills, from toy inventing, e-sports, race relations, and social justice. Our passion for facilitating a space that all women can enjoy is matched by our dedication to bringing you the best that all gamerHERs have to offer.”

Heather, Laura, Rebecca & Verta, the founders of the*gameHERs

Let’s Play Podcast

To support and inspire gamers around the world, they’ve created the Let’s Play Podcast, a gamer-focused podcast that’s already featured Jen Cohn, who you might know as the voice of Pharah from Overwatch. Their weekly podcast will feature the most interesting and informed people in the gaming industry today.

Whether you’re a hardcore gamer or casual player, their podcast is sure to make you laugh and learn, so…Let’s Play!

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TWITCH

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

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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