I had no clue that my channel would grow so fast. I thought it would just be a hobby, sort of like my YouTube channel. Before I started streaming, I had never really watched streams. I was a lot more active on YouTube, probably because I’ve had a channel up since 2008 and I go on that site every day. This channel is the reason I got into streaming. I had just purchased an Elgato HD because I really wanted to get back into video making for my new favorite game, Dark Souls. I noticed that it had built in streaming capabilities so I gave that a try. Reading the comments on my YouTube channel is one of my favorite things to do, so being able to instantly interact with those in my Twitch streams was pretty awesome. After my first Dark Souls stream, I knew I wouldn’t stop. I researched all about what I needed to stream outside of the Elgato software to allow for more assets on the stream. I created channel panels and a streaming schedule. Thanks to raids, bigger streamers made my relatively unknown channel into a hit in no time. Funny thing is, I didn’t know many people in the Dark Souls community, so I’d have to wait till after the stream to see just who it was who had raided. I was so surprised that really big names were finding me! Dreaded Cone, Elajjaz, YukasLegion2, Peeve and Brandon505 being some of the channels that gave me a huge boost throughout my channels life.
I never would have guessed that my Twitch channel would be multiple times bigger than my YouTube channel in about two months’ time. I realized that this was the start of something big. Chat urged me to apply to be a partner, so I did. My first two applications were denied, but I didn’t stop there. A few days after submitting my 3rd application, I noticed a Twitch Staff member in my chat. I thought this was pretty cool and so did chat. Then one person in chat wrote “When are you guys gonna partner with BroWithTheFro?” The staff member replied with “He should check his email!” My heart skipped a beat after seeing that and I instantly dropped my controller and looked for the email. There it was, telling me that my application had been accepted. I was ecstatic beyond words and told everyone on every social network I had at the time. My friends at college were as happy as I was, and even showed up in my 24-hour streams to help keep me awake and keep chat entertained. I even encouraged some of them to start streaming, it was awesome seeing people looking up to me. I had finally made a name for myself, something that I had wanted to do for years and years.
All of this wasn’t easy, though. My college had some of the worst scheduled classes in the history of man. It was a 24-hour college, so classes could begin at any hour. Keeping up with my streaming schedule was tough when I had classes starting at 5:00pm and going to 1:00am, and then starting back up at 5:00am and going till 1:00pm. This was just one of the many terribly timed class schedules I was given. No matter what, I kept streaming. I always had energy to do that and it always brightened my day. Now that I am out of college, I am dealing with a new issue. Most of my Twitch followers will only watch Souls related streams. If I’m streaming a Souls game (Dark Souls, Dark Souls II) I can net in a bunch of viewers. But as soon as I change games, those numbers drop drastically. This is something I hoped wouldn’t happen; building a fan-base off of a single game series. After spending countless hours on Dark Souls II, I have been completely burnt out with it. And it is 2015, there are lots of amazing games slated for this year. So I have to basically build my channel from the ground up to get fans that will watch no matter what I stream. It will be tough, but I’ve grown the channel from scratch, I’m sure I can do it again.
So, in conclusion, being a streamer is a ton of fun. Experiencing things that happen in game live with an audience is just really cool. I meet amazing people in chat who live all around the world. I’m hoping that I can turn this into a career and will be working hard at it until that is possible. It’s been a great journey so far and am looking forward to my future as BroWithTheFro.