The next recipient of the Lift Gaming Community Spotlight is...
Stemor has been with us for almost an entire YEAR now! His stream has gone through many changes since he joined us and he has pursued streaming persistently and passionately. A tech wizard, PC Gamer extraordinaire, this spotlight is much deserved.
Lift Gaming: Hey there Stemor! Can you tell us a bit about your stream and what your goals are? What's your style?
Stemor: Hey! I'm Steven, better known by my Twitch alias Stemor61. The core focus of my channel is community, one that's equally capable of serious discussion and goofy shenanigans. I facilitate a place for people to forget about their day-to-day problems, make friends and have a good time. Like my community, I’m interested in an array of genres so I stream a lot of different games. My main goals at the moment are to continue to build my community, improve anything that I see needs improvement and experiment with new content and ideas, on and off Twitch.
My casting style tends to reflect the pace of the game I’m playing but overall I would say my stream is relaxed. I try to keep up-to-date on games, gaming industry and technology as a personal interest and to be knowledgeable and informative if the topic arises. I want people to feel as if we’re all hanging out on a big couch, talking about life and games and anything else that might come up.
What got you into streaming? What casters would you say influence you the most?
Stemor: Two things happened that got me initially interested in streaming. First, I had a friend who streamed when we would play together and I talked to his chat when he had it. Before I had fired up my own stream, I was already well-versed in that multi-tasking and I really enjoyed the interaction.
Second, right around the time I was introduced to Twitch, I stumbled upon MANvsGAME's channel, a story shared by many streamers. It really demonstrated to me that Twitch is a platform where you can let your personality shine and connect with awesome people from around the world.
Aside from a few larger streamers and gaming content makers, I'm influenced most by streamers I have become friends with, talk to and watch daily.
What has been your biggest challenge when it comes to building and growing your channel?
Stemor: The biggest challenge by far has been dealing with personal problems over the last 12 months. It had a negative effect on me and my stream. Looking at my statistics during that time really drives it home. My channel had really started to build momentum and those events stonewalled me. The positive side was that I discovered who the real members of my community are and how much they care about me and what I'm doing.
The universal challenge is uncertainty and simply not knowing everything. As streamers, we're all kind of learning as we go and that knowledge will come with time, experience, advice from others and a willingness to adapt.
What is your favorite streaming moment that really stands out in your memory?
Stemor: I like to think all the times someone has told me "I had a bad day and your stream made me feel better" or "Your stream is my favorite" all add up to one moment where all the work that I've put into my stream is validated.
You recently changed your policy on how you handle trolls...can you explain that and why you decided to approach trolls this way?
Stemor: My moderators used to do what any normal moderator would do to a troll: warn them, time them out and/or ban them. We had situations with people trying to insult me that made me laugh instead and that served as a precursor. After some thinking about those run-ins and watching panels at TwitchCon about communities, I decided that I would try to harness trolls for entertainment.
Any time we get a troll, they have to make me laugh or be original. If they don't, I tell them they can spend a few minutes in timeout to think of something better. If they do so, they can stay. If they fail, they get banned.
It's turning negativity into something positive, something from which we can derive amusement. Some trolls are really just normal viewers looking for entertainment. They will see it as a challenge and everyone will have a laugh if they pull it off. It also tends to weed out malicious and "low-effort" trolls.
This definitely isn't a policy for everyone but I think it works for me and my community. We're all a bit snarky and try not to take ourselves too seriously.
If you had to give some advice to a new streamer, based on your experience, what would it be?
Stemor: Learn your stuff. Things go wrong, and when they do, you need to know how to fix them. Getting bogged down in a technical problem mid-stream is going to kill your flow and potentially drive away new viewers. If you don't know how something works or how to make it work, hit up the Lift forum or ask someone (like me) for help. We've all had those moments so we sympathize with you.
Is the world REALLY round? How do you know?
Stemor: I've got a couple for this one:
Whether or not the Earth is round or not is irrele-- Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!
B.o.B. is definitely the kind of person my community would derive amusement from.
How can the world be real if our eyes aren't real? NotLikeThis
I have a rule in my chat about self-advertising... OpieOP
You can find Stemor over at www.twitch.tv/Stemor61