We recently interviewed with the creator of GameDojo to get some insights into the world of YouTube content creation – what it takes to build a positive online gaming community and some great tips on how to get started! Enoy the read:
Tell us a bit about yourself
I’m a 36 year old currently living in Minnesota USA. My main profession is actually a 3D conceptual designer for the Point of purchase display industry. Live streaming has always been a late night hobby of mine that sort of took on a life of its own. I like to think of my channel as more of a radio DJ personality hosting a live broadcast of new and exciting multiplayer games focusing mainly on viewer interaction.
How long have you been gaming? What are your top picks right now? Top Picks of all time?
As a child of the 80s, my first gaming experience was 1985 with Super Mario Bros. on the original NES. An absolute life changing event. But questions regarding my top games are difficult because games usually come and go depending on mood and what I’m currently enjoying. So right now, it’s H1Z1 and the new upcoming Battlegrounds by PlayerUnknown. But of all time, Games that stick in my mind are: Deadspace, Fallout 4, Half Life, Halo 3 and Outlast.
How long have you been steaming or creating content? What are your goals?
My first live stream was September 2015. I’ve never quite approached streaming with goals because the intrinsic value of interacting and growing an audience has been the driving force of my channel. Obviously, doing this for a living could be considered the ultimate goal, but only striving for such a goal can be detrimental to the actual growth of a channel.
What has been the most challenging part about youtube?
YouTube changes the game without notice, and without any indication of what they even changed. In the short life span of my channel, I’ve seen at least 3 major shifts on how the channel funnels traffic into a live stream. Some good, some bad. There is no guidebook on what works, or what YouTube wants to see from you channel to guarantee you’ll get the new eyes in your channel. So even if you are skilled at developing the ultimate live show on YouTube, the changing metrics of what they want to see to give you the new audience you desperately want, means your perfect show can still go unseen.
What about the most rewarding?
Having an engaged audience along for the ride in some of the most amazing gaming moments has been extremely rewarding. Just last night, I was held up in a house in Battlegrounds with a 4x scope on my Scar-L Rifle and was able to pick of 3 other players in increasingly interesting and dynamic ways. I didn’t end up winning the final game, but that experience shared with the 300 viewers was thrilling. Having chat there along for the ride is amazing. Another unexpected reward from live streaming has been viewers heartfelt messages about how my channel is the highlight of their day and can even help many with real life problems like depression. This has opened my eyes up to the hidden value of running a live channel.
What are some things that you attribute your success to?
Sometimes this is the most difficult aspect to determine. I’d like to think my consistency, in both time slot and live performance, that has developed a consistent reliable show that viewers can rely on every day without question. I have a very quirky and high energy interactive “show” that sets me apart from many live streamers.
Can you speak to any resources that you used to help you get to where you are today
For over 15 years I played lead guitar in bands in the upper Midwest as a “weekend warrior”. This experience taught me the value of audience energy in improving one’s performance and ability to truly entertain as well as an intense work ethic. That decade and half on stage is a huge experience that I was able to translate perfectly into the live stream environment. Having an audience only improves the show by feeding that indescribable energy that is a very real phenomenon.
Which do you think has a better monetization model, youtube / twitch – and why?
This is a far more complex question then it may seem. Both platforms are actively changing and experimenting with new ways for monetary compensation. Currently, I’d argue Twitch has more outlets for making money, but that’s because they are the current standard for live streaming. 3rd party deals tend to be far more lucrative and widespread because of their familiarity of the platform. Hopefully, as YouTube gaming grows and live streams continue to take a larger share of the market, they will match or even surpass the opportunities available to Twitch streamers. With that said, YouTube’s Ad revenue, sponsorship program, and newly released “superchat” are allowing for large amounts of live streamers to actively make this their full time career.
What can we expect to see from you next?
Because I have a great career established with my 3D conceptual design work, it may take quite a bit to allow for YouTube live streaming to be my full time career. But if that were to happen, my next steps would be to develop a much more robust channel with supplementary VODs of live stream highlights, VLOGS, commentary videos and even product reviews and demonstrations.
What programs / tools / gear / specs do you use for youtube?
OBS streaming software
Intensity Pro 4k Capture card
AKG 3000b Microphone
Fractal Axe-Fx Amp Simulator
Logitec C922 web cam
Logitec C920 web cam
PC – 3930K i7, GTX 1070 GPU, 32mbRam
3 Asus Monitors
What tips do you have for an aspiring steamers, youtubers to help them if they’re just starting out.
There is a book that is very important to understanding YouTube. Its called “DRIVE” its a book describing how intrinsic motivation is the type of motivation that is at the key to the most successful endeavors. Simply said, don’t do it for the money. You should want to do YouYube for the sake of creating, sharing and interacting and not for outside extrinsic rewards. There is no secret recipe to YouTube success, but if you absolutely love YouTubing for the love of Youtube, the longevity that inspires along with the improved quality of your output will exponentially increase your potential for major success on the platform.