What Makes a Successful Stream / Streamer?

Posted on July 02 by CCTV | 4 comments

Over the past few months of talking with avid gamers who stream often, one topic of conversation always comes up-- what is it that makes a stream successful? When and how do you feel successful as a streamer? Not surprisingly, opinions vary greatly on this subject.

First and foremost, the answer I've heard more often than any other, is that a streamer is successful when he or she can make a financial living by generating revenue through streaming. This by and large is achieved through sponsorships, which aren't possible unless a streamer has a large and loyal following, and becomes a living advertisement. It is the dream of many streamers, especially gamers, to make a living of it- and ultimately be seen as successful. 

Although finances are of top concern for most of us, I've also run across a good number of streamers who would judge success differently. Like starving artists or struggling musicians, many streamers do it out of pure enjoyment, out of love for the craft. A gamer that I recently spoke with told me, "My audience is usually small, and I don't have many followers yet, but I feel successful when I'm streaming in the best quality possible, and providing great entertainment for my audience, however big or small it is." Despite still having to hold a day job and experiencing a lack of fame, many streamers still feel accomplished when a stream is of quality and the audience is pleased.

So what makes a stream or a streamer successful?  Generating revenue, achieving top quality, a large and loyal following? Maybe 5-star commentary, or just a pleased audience? 

Commentary welcomed! 


July 02, 2014

A pleased audience, without a doubt. Because if you can keep your audience pleased; even if it is a small fanbase, word of mouth travels fast; especially about top-notch streamers stuck in the lower echelons of the streaming community.


October 21, 2014

I always feel successful when people tell me my stream is better than the people that are "successful" in most people's eyes. I love when I get great feedback like that. You should never do anything for money, but for happiness as that is all that matters at the end of the day.


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