Communication: We’ve all been Tiny Once! (A Twitch Related Rant)
Communication is absolutely key. So this is the only way I know how to communicate my frustrations in a public forum without and maybe sometimes with burning bridges. Right now we’re still getting hate raids, we’re getting racist tirades. The thing is, YES you’re absolutely right – Asmongold is NOT at fault. Here is the only thing I want to put to people like him – What would you have done if this happened to you in the beginning. Now, i’m not calling out Asmongold personally – i’m aware he knows who he is, i’m aware he HAS an opinion – and I’m aware he can be (not always on purpose) toxic. I am not one of his biggest fans, and the thing is – the only thing I give him for a moment is – helping BOOST Final Fantasy XIV to other refugees of former MMORPGs. (Or current/dying).
What if you or someone you cared about got tangled in this? Your Communication strategy shouldn’t be to alienate the smaller people around you. Why? Because all of the larger twitch channels count for 50% or more of the viewership. I know a larger channel that has gotten attacked by these hate based raids that slew racist and derogatory crap and sometimes meaningless mindless sludge. Why do I know? Because I care. I wouldn’t wish this sort of stress even on someone as large as Asmongold.
Communication: Why Are You?
Why am I bringing him up if i’m not calling him out? Because as an example, rather than stressing that its “SOMEBODY’S FAULT” – (because it’s not, he is as much as we all don’t like nor agree with it – allowed his opinions and thought processes. I’m not cancelling him, i’m just not following his content anymore and that’s up to me.) – As an example, of a large team of people who play games and full time content create – he has a large loud voice. It’s not his fault that people pick up on his words and then we have a tirade of stupidity on other platforms – nah that’s just people that don’t have a life. Asmongold’s words – y’know i GET HIS POINT. But my question stands for anyone of his stature.
We’re small, we don’t make a freaking dent. The thing is, if for ONE DAY you took off and had a day just to yourself – or watched someone else. Gave way to a smaller content creator. It’s not just about “BIG DADDY BEZOS” – it’s also the lack of engagement in how things work. You were tiny once, you had to work your way into being Affiliate and then partner – and some people have had to work up to Ambassador. The thing is it’s also twitch staff that are getting attacked, and twitch accounts that are DIRECTLY under the twitch umbrella.
But predominatley the raids are targeted at PEOPLE OF COLOR. While a few of us here or there aren’t PoC, a lot of us are allies of PoC – or are LGBTQIA+. I myself am white, transgender and pansexual. While the hate raids accidentally validated me (and that was a double edged sword in a way) – the words coming at me stressed me more because of how they’d effect those that had seen the same words. I almost didn’t return to streaming. So me taking ONE day off on Sept 1st (though I remind you – i’m in New Zealand, so my “I’m off on Sept 1st” means that around Central/Pacific time i’ll be streaming around the end of Sept 1st early into Sept 2nd US time – and will be off most of the end of August 31st into Sept 1st US time.) – is maybe not going to make a huge difference. What it will do? It will give space to people who need it.
So I beg of you all that are larger channels: What could you do to help the smaller channels? How could you help make twitch bettter when twitch isn’t willing to do it themselves?
I know of two that are supportive, and though they have “ties” in some people’s opinion to Rich and Asmongold – they’re just larger FFXIV channels that are willing to take a risk and do something different in a content sphere. Work 2 Game and LlamaTodd are actually really in my opinion helpful channels – Brian from Work 2 Game has been a long standing follower on my channel because i’ve tried to engage in the discord and be around to learn how to do content creation in a professional matter. LlamaTodd’s community – well, while Todd himself does not follow me – he was amazing to let me offer art as a reward on a giveaway stream. A user won one of the art giveaway slots, and someone else paid full price for a commission. In a time where i’ve been trying to get my head around twitch, and gather a community and try and make friends – larger channels sometimes do make an effort to help.
So my question to other larger channels that may not have understood me again: What can you do to reach out to smaller channels looking for a good boost with communication ?
If you’re as large as Asmongold, no – there’s maybe not a TON you can do, and that isn’t a knock on you – but having your community come into a channel that’s only 200 people large – that might make someone crunch, panic and hide. One time i was raided for 80 people from a brilliant WoW/FFXIV streamer – Zuaniich. They’re not currently in the same circles I currently run in totally – but they’re still amazing. So see? If you’re a type of channel that can boost someone – do it.
Especially in the communities where LGBTQIA+ and PoC are struggling.
I don’t think cancelling the larger channels is going to do anything, so do not take my post as a call out or cancellation. I never was a huge fan of Asmongold personally, but I give him credit for being able to admit what sort of human being he is. Yea, he called out that he’s “an asshole” – and he’s admitting he probably won’t change. Fair call, I don’t agree on how your statements work towards the Twitch Blackout on Sept 1st – but i’ve laid out my opinions above on how other larger streamers just need to remember just like FFXIV – we’ve all been sprouts/tiny/potatoes once in our life.
Just remember: You’ve been there before, what could you do better?
Posts on how to deal with hate raids:
And how to prove twitch does need to do better: https://twitter.com/hashtag/TwitchDoBetter
Also a reminder that Sept 1st we’re on a full blackout where possible: