What's Up Y'all!
Here you'll find all of my online content from my from youtube, to embeded twitch stream. Calendar for all of my online and public events so you know when, where and with who. I'm even going to start learning how to blog! The site is also offering the Ateam Gaming Community their own forum, some select members will be allowed to blog and share photo albums with the community as well as add their online content to the content calendar so all of us can know whats going on within our community!
"We don't care if you use Blue, Green, or Red stop gaming alone and join the Ateam Gaming Community instead!"
Make yourselves at home, make sure to follow the rules and I can't wait to see you in the forums, on social media, in chat on youtube or in chat during a live show or even in public. Just make sure you have your #AbombKAPOW ready!
Now That's What's Up!!! Paul ~ iamApropos
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Broadcasting Video Games
By iamApropos in iamApropos 0Whats up y'all!!?
I've been a broadcaster / internet entertainer for going on 4 years. Over this time period I've learned a lot about what it takes to not only build, grow, maintain and succeed but I've also learned a lot of the does and don'ts. You might be thinking to yourself "but Paul you never became partnered" and this is true. I know why I'm not partnered and I can sum it up to inconsistency and inability to keep a steady broadcast schedule. This will be one of the points I'll cover, schedule and maintaining consistency with it. I wont claim to know everything nor will everything I say be apropos to everyone. I'll cover a few overall key points from schedule, interaction, entertainment and more.
Is it okay to become a broadcaster in the hopes to building a career out of it? of course but with the amount of competition in the market you'll have to work really hard and need a lot of help getting there. Setting the right expectation of growth, success and having a road map on how to reach your goals as a broadcaster are some ways to keep you focused through the ups, downs and plateaus of growing your channel and brand. Building a solid foundation for your channel is key but more than that is needed. There are people who are just broadcasting for the fun of it and aren't really worried about growing a channel / making a business out of being a broadcaster but I feel my experiences may help even them.
There are literally millions of people broadcasting on multiple different platforms every month. Twitch being the big elephant in the room with beam, hitbox, and youtube among others sites being in the mix. Don't be fooled thinking you are only competing with those broadcasting on your specific site. Every single broadcaster is competing against each other no matter which site you decide to call home. In my opinion by selecting a site that has lower population of viewership you will fight a harder up hill battle trying to grow your channel but you do so with greater functionality and quality for your show. Just like real-estate location is key unless you are okay with taking the long slow approach and are able to handle the growing pains in exchange for better support and functionality / quality.
If you don't have a reason why you are a broadcaster / online entertainer than your viewers wont have a reason to watch you. Everyone has something special about themselves but not everyone is cut out to be a gaming broadcaster. Just like not everyone is cut out to be a singer but some of us still enjoy singing from time to time doesn't mean we are the next Adele.
Contemplate that there are thousands upon thousands of people broadcasting game play in which they just flip a switch and start playing a video game. They have no theme, they have no reason why they are doing it, and they have no idea how they are going to entertain those who are watching aside from just watching them play a video game.
No energy, no excitement, and hardly any interaction will result in hardly any viewers. Broadcasters need to be excited that people might come and watch. Show passion for what you are doing and that people are taking time out of their lives to come watch you do it. But you cant force something that isn't natural for you and that is when you have to be realistic and determine whether or not this is something that you can do, that you'll be good at naturally. For the most part nobody wants to watch Eeyore play video games they'd rather watch Tigger. You can have the best setup in audio and video equipment available but you cant purchase or easily learn to naturally be charismatic, passionate or entertaining.
Most people aren't going to watch someone just play video games unless that person is extremely, and yes I mean EXTREMELY good at the game or they have a lot of charisma, energy and commentary. There are very few people who have both extremely good game play and can be entertaining. For most people if they aren't the first then they need to be the later. Ask yourself, what is going to make my broadcast stand out amidst all the other million broadcasters just staring at their game barely ever saying anything to chat? You can go to twitch and find the most broadcasted game and scroll to the bottom of the list and find literally hundreds of people doing just that so stand out and make a difference!
Tools of the trade to help you succeed as an online entertainer gaming broadcaster that can work on any website you choose to deliver your show to.
Pick a realistic schedule you can keep so people can plan ahead to watch you.
Get some generic buttons for the bottom of your show for your social media, build specs, rules and information needed for viewers.
*(Do not only throw up a donation button and call it good it'll be taken in poor taste)
Decide on what your shows theme will be. example is @BroBQhttp://www.twitch.tv/BroBQ his theme is meat BBQ sizzling meat.
Figure out your alert interactions for follows, hosts, raids, tips aka donations. Example is how I react to every follow while I'm live.
"Thank you for that follow welcome to the ateam gaming community, that is what we call ourselves around here and they are going to DROP ABOMBS IN CHAT to welcome you to the community!"
Use a bot to help with announcements a good starter bot is Nightbot or Branebot.
Do not focus on follower count because the only thing that matters are those who are watching when you are live. Follower count is pointless in my opinion.
Do not watch the viewer count when you are live you should focus on gaming commentary and interacting with those typing in chat. Just because nobody is chatting doesn't mean they aren't watching / lurking.
The quicker you can set a consistent schedule for your broadcast the better. People want to know ahead of time when you'll be live so they can plan for it. I've learned this the hard way because of my limitations I cant keep my schedule most of the time but I do have one so people know the possible times I'll be live. Someone to look at as a great example for this is http://www.twitch.tv/LibrizziLoL among other things his schedule is stable and consistent.
A good bit of advice that http://www.twitter.com/PrettyPh3nom gave on getting use to constantly commentating during your show when chat is dead is to use your bot. Give your bot timers to say things to you. Have your bot ask you vague questions about what you are doing or why you are doing it. This will get you use to constantly talking about what it is you are doing and why you are doing it in game. This is what some call the "Big Caster Mode" because if you go watch big casters such as Gassy Mexican or Man vs Game when they have upwards of 1k+ viewers and their chat is flying by. Those casters are barely interacting with chat but they are constantly commentating on what is going on, what they are doing and why they are doing it along with their alert interactions.
One of the biggest don'ts is do not go into other communities and poach to build your community. No matter how much you may shout out that other community nobody will consider it cross promotion, rather they'll consider it poaching and you'll burn bridges causing animosity between you and other broadcasters. If you do visit other communities become part of them and enjoy what they have built. Trust me they'll notice you are a broadcaster without you having to say a word or shamelessly self promoting. You'll be more respected for this than the temporary small growth poaching and shameless self promoting may bring. Gaining the respect and trust of other broadcasters and their communities can pay off tremendously in the long run by raids and shout outs. To top it off you'll make friends and valued alliances.
While growing your channel interaction with chat is paramount. Seconds to viewers is equal to minutes and the longer you go without responding to chat the more those precious seconds turn into new viewers walking away from your channel and never returning. I've found that practicing looking at chat every 10-15 seconds is the perfect time to be able to grab key things from chat and begin bantering. Once you've began bantering on one comment keep checking to see if you can pick up another topic to discuss to continue the flow once you've finished the first topic.
Use this time growing your channel to practice and hone your skills as a broadcaster. Practice commentary and get accustomed to talking when there is nobody to talk to. Take this time to become the broadcaster / entertainer you want everyone to watch and start broadcasting as if nobody is there but yet thousands are watching and wanting to see what you do next and hear what you say next. Give people a reason as to why they should watch your show and make them feel like they are part of something special when they are in your chat. Don't for a second think just because nobody is chatting that they aren't watching and listening and learn to cherish the lurker because sometimes they are more valuable than anyone typing in chat.
Strive to improve what you do as a broadcaster every time you go live and dont be afraid to ask other broadcasters for advice because most of us know how difficult the road is to becoming an online gaming broadcast entertainer.
Another great read on this topic is by @KodeTen here: http://iamapropos.com/index.php?/forums/topic/126-kodetens-living-notebook-streaming-tips-tactics/
I love entertaining people with my gaming broadcasts and I hope to help others by sharing my experiences.
Now That's What's Up!!!
PAX South 2016 Booth highlight CybertronPC
By iamApropos in iamApropos 0I'm starting this off with the last booth I was able to visit while I was attending PAX South 2016. I wanted you all to see what I experienced because what CybertronPC had on display left me breathless and their enthusiasm as well as their passion for their company and products inspired me.
So what I'm going to do is show off some of the pictures we took at the booth to give you a teaser of what we saw and hopefully follow up soon with the video showing off each product a little better.
Here is the CLX systems we saw at the PAX South 2016 CybertronPC booth:
Pictures and video dont do these amazing looking systems justice as seeing them in person was quite the experience.
I can't thank CybertronPC enough for taking the time to talk with me and allow me to show off their amazing products with all of you.
If you'd like more information about these systems go here:
Follow Cybertron PC on twitter:
Stay tuned for my video experience at the PAX South 2016 Cybertron booth!
Now That's What's Up!!! ~ Paul
My coverage of PAX South 2016 was made possible thanks to Monoprice
iamApropos twitch schedule and information
By iamApropos in iamApropos 0iamApropos live broadcast schedule and information on the Ateam Gaming Community
The tentative stream schedule (Central Time Zone): This will be updated from time to time on the websites calendar too Thursday 7-10pm - Thursdays show is a solo queue show in which iamApropos plays some form of Call of Duty or single player game. Friday 7-10pm - T.G.I.F. Gaming with Friends Friday!!! You are welcome to come play games with iamApropos while the actions live on twitch!
Random during the day streams may occur while: "While Wifey is at college away the husband will play - GAMES!"
Saturday 7-10pm Sloshed Saturday is an adult oriented show in which those of 21+ age who wish to participate may join iamApropos in GameVox and play video games during the live show. Sunday 7-10pm Sunday Funday with my honey Kaaipucca and the #AteamGC laid back live show in which wifey picks the games we play together!
(Schedule and theme may change at any given time so please keep up to date by following on twitter @iamApropos)
What is the Ateam Gaming Community?
My online name being iamApropos based on the word Apropos and that I named my community, OUR community the A-team!
Why does everyone spam ABOMB in chat?
Since we are the "A"team Gaming Community "dropping Abombs in chat" is a way to show A little excitement! get it A little teehee
It has also become our community icon as well as plushies are made in the abomb shape for community members.
Ways in which Abomb is acceptable:
When welcoming a new follower of the stream / member into the Ateam Gaming Community
If something really awesome is announced.
When someone orders a Treat from Treatstream.
When donations happen.
If you want to express your excitement and give props to something really cool that just happened in the game being played.
If you are visiting another streamer on behalf of the community let them know we send our Abombs!
These are great examples of when dropping Abombs might be acceptable. By the way you could also type KAPOW all caps along side your Abombs to show even more enthusiasm and excitement!
We have custom community chat icons available all you have to do is download http://www.frankerfacez.com and it'll allow you to use them!
What is Community Hype?
Community Hype is my way of giving back to the Ateam Gaming Community by giving a specific time during my stream in which I allow and encourage self promotion. Here is an explanation of Community Hype and its rules on how to participate:
~ Now That's What's Up!!!
Paul - iamApropos
Ateam Gaming Community Hype!
By iamApropos in iamApropos 0Community Hype
During my streams I greatly appreciate everyone who comes to chat and actively participates with the community. Community hype is my way of showing my appreciation and love for the community. Most streamers do not allow anyone to self promote during their streams in fact most streamers will ban you if you promote anything about yourself or any content you might be creating on the internet. I know for a fact that if it wasn't for the community that actively participates and supports me and my online content I'd wouldn't have a reason to continue to produce online content.
What is community hype?
At a specific time during the stream I allow active viewers to promote their social media and or online content.
When is community hype?
I will announce exactly when community hype starts and only during this time of the stream will self promoting be allowed.
What can I post during community hype?
If you create content on the internet dealing with computers and or gaming you are welcome to post your social media links. Do NOT spam repeatedly the same link. I encourage you to provide a small description of your content along with the link.
Who is allowed to post and what type of links are allowed during community hype?
Viewers who have been actively watching the live show are more than welcome to contribute to community hype.
Type of links allowed:
Online content creation pages and social media such as Youtube, Twitch, facebook, twitter, hitbox.
Who is NOT allowed:
If you come to the channel only during community hype just to post links and leave, you will NOT be allowed to post links and your links will be removed.
Type of links not allowed:
Personal donation and or fund raiser, patreon, paypal, merchandise etailer shops are not allowed. Alternative community websites are also not allowed. If it isn't a content creation page or social media page it most likely isn't allowed.
Community hype is about bringing awareness to the online content you create and to help the community grow. Together we can help change the normal selfish attitude most communities have so we can grow a giving and thriving community and hopefully attract many more people with similar desires.
Please do not abuse this privilege or take advantage of my kindness because that will end up ruining this for everyone.
Thank you everyone who actively support the community and I can't wait to see you next stream!
Now Thats Whats Up!!! ~ iamApropos