I just started using Gamewisp subs yesterday, however, I've been tinkering and playing with the website for about two months. Three months ago, I started to consider using it. So this decision was not made lightly. Here are the key points that my decision process went through and I figure it might help some other casters with their decision.
Am I worth subbing to?
This was a struggle for me and the biggest hurdle to get over, mentally. The way I looked at it was, "If I can't have Twitch subs, then why should I have any subs at all?" After mulling this over in my head and people beating it into my head that I'm worth it, it started to click. I've been streaming for 1 year and half. I've spent thousands between hardware, games, and missed work. If my community thinks I'm worth it, then screw whatever Twitch's standards are. Which brings me to my next point...
What if I leave Twitch?
Not that I'm planning on leaving but this is a valid outcome in the future. Something else comes along and Twitch traffic goes down. Casters move somewhere and with them, their audience. Eventually Twitch will become Myspace. This could happen and if Twitch subs in my income (or a least a major part of it) I'd be shit out of luck. However, with a third party option, like GameWisp, I can freely move to YouTube, Beam, Hitbox, whatever else comes up, and maintain the subscription model and benefits.
What can I offer to subs?
This took me awhile to think about. Subbing to me, but I'm obviously still going to stream the same as always. I needed something to offer that was something above and beyond what I'm doing now. I started my GameWisp account two months ago and just kept editing and adding/removing sub benefits. Scoped out other sub benefits that people offer, stole some ideas, tweaked some ideas, whatever. I wanted to make it so being a sub feels like you're appreciated and rewarded. I didn't even tell anyone I had a sub option until I was happy with it. I also made tiers, but the higher tiers are just optional. Essentially, you get all the benefits at the base level, the other ones are just if you want to pay more, and some do. I chose to do this as to not segregate the sub tiers and leave people out. Also, its less confusing.
Planning for the future
At this point in my streaming 'career' I feel its a shit or get off the pot situation for me. Whereas, I love streaming but financially, it doesn't support me, quite the opposite actually. My community has been great with donations/tips, but I still spend more than that. I'm fine with all that, this year was a blast. But its time for me to start laying the ground work to make this a real career option.
Whats the difference?
Really just emotes, like seriously
Anyways, just throwing all that out there. Hope it helps and explains where I am and why I made this decision.
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