Hey everyone. I haven’t posted on here in quite a long time, and I feel like you deserve an explanation. I know I have said I would post more content here. And believe me, that is the plan, however due to life getting in the way, it just hasn’t been able to happen the way I want it to.
So, coming this October, I will be upgrading this website when it comes up for renewal. What does this mean for the content already available here on simmydizzle-dot-com? Well, it means the content will still exist, but there will be a completely new interface for the website, we will be Facebook Instant Article compliant, and my stream will automatically show up here on the website.
Well, you seen it here first folks, that is, if you haven’t followed my Facebook Gaming page yet that is. I have moved from Twitch over to Facebook Gaming. This was a hard decision to make made easy by Twitch changing its policies and literally sending out an email that said they will limit the freedom of expression on their platform.
The title says it all right? As Microsoft closes its doors on Mixer another door opens for game streaming. So what do I mean, well, facebook gaming is becoming a thing with some serious clout behind it. As we move further into the future, Facebook as a bigger and bigger foothold on our data, including the types of streamers, and streams, we watch and enjoy. Mixer streamers found out today via a tweet that their careers have officially ended.
So why not make that transition to Facebook Gaming and take advantage of all your family, and friends getting notified when you go live? Instant following, instant groups, instant clout. This is the move that Mixer has taken by partnering with Facebook and closing its doors and pushing people over to Facebook gaming.
Of course that doesn’t mean you have to change to Facebook gaming, there are a lot of other options out there for streaming. Officially I have streamed on about 6 platforms, I have tried different sites, and read different rules/policies of different streaming services. Each service has its own ups and downs, so what defines you as a streamer, isn’t necessarily the platform, but what you can achieve within the terms of service on that platform. I’ll lay it out for you.
Dlive – http://www.dlive.tv | Dlive is a great alternative to facebook gaming, twitch, and now defunct mixer. This site pays you out via crypto, the TRON crypto to be exact. If you do not know what that is, it is the crypto from Bittorrent. (That is a HUGE deal). And you can make money right away, unlike over on twitch, where you need to be an affiliate first. This is a good site.
Trove – http://www.trove.live | This is an up and coming streaming site, it works a lot like any other site, the metric behind this site is the fact that it is small, so your growth on the site can be quick. Establishing yourself now while the service is still pretty small will allow you to take advantage of a growing userbase, that will grow with you.
Plexstorm – http://www.plexstorm.com | PlexStorm is an up and coming streaming site as well, but unlike other streaming sites, this site has an emphasis on the ability to stream adult content. So you, as the end-point streamer, don’t have to worry about covering up, or not wearing skimpy clothes. If you wanna be a ‘titty streamer’, then by god, this is the service for you. If you wanna play those adult anime sex games, you can. No filters, no censorship. Only caveat is the 18+ models notice. You have to be 18 and over to use this site as it does contain nudity, sexuality, etc. Most of the streamers on here are amature porn stars in the making. Or at least they want to be. So this could be a mixed bag.
Twitch – http://www.twitch.tv | Twitch is so well known I feel as if I do not need to go into it. But this service is probably the best service to play and stream on. The growth can be slow, depending how you play your games, what demographic you are targetting with your streams, how you stream, what time you stream, your language. It all plays a very large effect on your ability to grow on this site. But this is the site that pretty much started it all (formally Justin.tv). Once you hit 50 followers here, you can be an affiliate, and make money, get subs, and start your brand. Twitch is owned by Amazon and this allows you to get ‘twitch prime’ subscribers, which is basically a tier 1 sub, at half the payout for you.
Periscope TV – http://www.pscp.tv | Periscope TV is Twitters response to online streaming sites. I am not confident in how its payout works, but I see more and more people using this service lately, and I plan on giving it a try to verify exactly how its partnerships work if any.
For those who watch streams on Mixer, whether it be built into the community tab on their Xbox, or the Xbox tab on their Xbox, or in windows, on their phone, this will be a trying time coming up as to where they will find their next bastion of entertainment. But they have to not look any further than Twitch, Dlive, Trove, Plexstorm, or Periscope TV. There are plenty of other streaming sites out there, but these ones here are the names on peoples tongues.
For the big names of Mixer, Shroud, and Ninja, they are now free agents, are are both looking at what they are going to do next.
Twitch took to twitter to extend a hand to those from Mixer whom are finding themselves without a home. I have a feeling, that a majority of those whom are finding themselves transient at this time, will find their new homes at Twitch.
There is a flurry of articles that have been thrown across the internet, streamers are weighing in on the ‘death’ of Mixer, and the future of gaming on Facebook Gaming. Some people have valid reasons to avoid streaming on Facebook, mostly being that facebook makes their money by selling your data to 3rd parties, such as advertisers. Those advertisers knowing the streamers, and streams you like, turn around and find ways to advertise content and what-not to you. So obviously this is something people take seriously. And this helps make the decision of where to go next, a very trying one.
I have watched my friends bounce back and forth between platforms, hell, even I have done it. (twitch.tv/simmydizzle) but that is because I am never happy and I am always looking for a the next thing. But I still made a home out of twitch, I am an Affiliate, and I am growing.
I would expect anyone who transfers from Mixer to Twitch to grow, and grow fast as their fanbase/userbase is also without that home, and they will typically follow their streamers to their new home. So wherever they end up, they will be fine.
So what does this mean for people already established on existing services other than Mixer? Well, it means we can expect an influx of new people, new streamers, new viewers, to our playforms. We can expect that if big-names from Mixer show up, we might see a dip in our own personal viewership as people who were watching us on our platform, and refused to follow those streamers to other platforms when they left, may now find themselves watching the big names over watching us little guys.
It means we will have to try harder to establish ourselves against an onslaught of ‘new’ people on our platforms. But to be fair, this is what it is like to stream. There is a certain ebb and flow to it. Now is the time to greet those new (or returning) streamers with open arms, make them feel welcome on our platforms, and focus on a future together with them.
And if you’ve made it this far and you’ve seen my link for my twitch channel twice, then beware, it’ll pop up at least one more time. Because here I sign off, and leave another link below.
Feel free to stop by my channel over on twitch, give me a follow, and see what I am doing next. I would love to see you all there.
Lately I have been playing the Final Fantasy VII Remake on the PS4 Pro, this has been an adventure and a half, and I am only 9 hours into the game. The story is the same, but different. The gameplay is new, yet familiar. The characters are reimagined, yet the same. It is a great experience.
I am a fan of video game streaming, some people often ask, why would you watch someone else play a video game, thats dumb… etc etc. I usually return with a comment about them watching sports, and how they should play instead of watching… Usually shuts them up pretty quickly.
And that leads in to this streamer review.
Boomer_Nation is a great guy to watch over on DLive. He is interactive, funny, does giveaways, recently he gave away a Razer Kiyo camera a person on his stream.
He is a family man, with kids and a wife that has taken up the moniker of Mrs.Boomer, who also streams over on DLive. The family element of his stream is part of the attraction here. Obviously you have to ask why this is a good thing, at least for me. Well I am happy to see a whole family be involved in the streaming world. This is why streaming is so unique, because a person with a family, can be successful doing something they truly love, with the people they love and it works out beautifully.
I have stopped in multiple times on his stream and told jokes, shared crazy gifs on his chat, talked shop, and he has returned by shouting me out on twitter, and drawn more people to my channel as well. You can see that the community on DLive is self-supporting, and at the heart of it, is this fine gentleman. Not once have I asked for anything from him, I have just watched and enjoyed his stream. Even laughed when his kids came on stream to ask him for things. No pause button, just watched him go right to town with his kids, no fear of his character dying, nothing, his family came first and that made my heart sing.
Being a part of that family element is amazing, because the other day, over on twitch we all got to see the exact opposite of what an amazing parent would do. I won’t go into many details here, but a woman in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, was arrested for abusing her child on stream when she was interrupted playing a popular video game.
This is a real difference in gaming, parenting, and so-on. This is the reason why I am a fan of Boomer, he plays, interacts, and is clearly a great parent becuase he doesn’t let his stream, video games, anything get in the way of his family life, his children, his wife. And that makes him worth the watch, if not for the games, for the obvious love this man has for his family, it is elating to see.
If you haven’t given boomer a chance, I suggest you head on over to his channel on DLive and watch. It is good to see someone who shares good wholesome family values stream their obvious downtime and be happy doing it, even if there is interruptions.
1 Jan 2020 – Edited to reflect new name-change. Boomer.TV is now Boomer_Nation