Moving to Mixer has been on my mind for months now. The more I thought about this, there is no doubt that some people are gonna call the move from Twitch.TV to Mixer.com part on the fact that Ninja moved to Mixer this last week. I wanna come out and say no, it had nothing to do with that. I’m not a fan of Ninja. I’ve seen some of these streams, I’m not interested in what he does as a streamer. More power to him and good for him for living Twitch!
Mixer doesn’t have Twitch Issues
So let’s be honest, unless you are already super popular, have a lot of cash to spend on ads to get people to watch your stream, anyone who is getting into streaming isn’t gonna make it on Twitch these days. Twitch is not a friendly place anymore. If you’re not a woman, using your sexuality to get views and donations or a pro player/former pro player with an already large following of people, you’re not gonna get far.
What about YouTubers?
Truth is, most YouTubers who come over to Twitch generally have a large following, but most of that is people coming over form YouTube. They fall into they have a community. But what if you don’t have anything?
I don’t pretend that I have a lot of fans or followers that are active. On both Twitter and Facebook, a lot of the followers are older fans who have followed Majin Planet for years. While some new fans and friends might be shocked to know that Majin Planet is having their 20 Years anniversary this December.
Again, if you head over to our official Mixer page, you will see something interesting. I’ve had my account since Dec 25, 2016. Not only that, but I’m an original Beam Community member! Back in 2016, when I decided to start doing YouTube and Streaming on the side from my main job. Given that I had much more free time and was no longer tied down by a very toxic relationship.
I wanted to be able to show my streams to as many people as I wanted. So I looked for every streaming service I could. YouTube, Twitch the top ones. Then I found Beam, Ustream, Facebook, etc. I knew I wanted to live stream to YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook. Beam was a new kid on the block, along with a few of the other ones.
Problem was finding a way to stream to them all at once.
I found Restream to be very good, back in 2016, I feel I had more wins on Twitch because back then, they, you know featured new streamers to the viewer than they do now. More streamers where willing to host other streamers or shout them out. This was before they started giving everyone under the sun affiliation mind you.
Before Twitch was picked up by Amazon and they started to offer people an easy path to reach Affiliation to earn money. I feel Twitch was more a community. The problem was, while Restream worked well to allow me to stream to YouTube, Twitch, and Beam at the same time. It wasn’t so good with Facebook. This is because of the way Facebook is with streaming.
Least back then, I haven’t really tired in years now with Facebook live streaming other than on my phone using the Live Stream feature.
Twitch and Affiliation
When the affiliation feature came about on Twitch, one of the thing you could not do was use services like Restream. In order to get partnership was to stream only on Twitch. While at the time, I was spending money on Google Ads to pull in viewers in 2016-2017. I was seeing more from Twitch alone.
Hell, no one knew what Beam was, to the point it was picked up by Microsoft and renamed Mixer.
That left me a final choice, to stream just on Twitch and I could always just upload my streams to YouTube, edited or not. Which I did for a long while. Once I got Affiliation, I knew I had to push but when Amazon picked up Twitch, things changed. While I did stop spending money on ads, I notice a dip in viewers.
Maybe the Stream sucked
There is always that, maybe my live streams both the events and whatnot just wasn’t that entertaining. This could always be the case. But no one who has watched as said, the stream sucked. In fact, when I was heavy into streaming Hearthstone, I had lots of people asking me questions and did enjoy the stream.
While I’m not looking to be like Ninja or any of those top streamers. I stream for fun, to entertain people. If I get any money, I’ve always put that money right back into the website, the stream, etc. I run and have run Majin Planet as almost non-profit the whole time.
Never once has any money I’ve gotten from donations, affiliation money or ad money spent on myself or used to pay off my personal debts. The last few times I’ve gotten Twitch money ($100) I’ve spent that money on domain fees, plugins to better the site and ads to promote the show.
Twitch is Toxic
Honestly, I don’t even like to stream on Twitch anymore simply because I don’t feel even if I streamed 5 days a week for 8 hours (losing sleep) I wouldn’t see any more viewers than what I get.
When I think of my numbers and traffic, I could care less if I get subs or donations. I never have been one to try and push for people to do that. In fact, I joke about it most of the time.
When I was redoing my Mixer account last week, and then saw the Ninja banner, I was not shocked about it. When I read all about it, again not shocked. Good for him.
He’ll do better on Mixer because people who watch there are nicer. I will more than likely not try to get any kind of partnership deal with Mixer even after I reach the requirements that they ask for.
I simply want to not have to worry about it, if people wanna support the stream, the website, they can donate. Better they can follow, they can sub on YouTube, like and share the content and join the mailing list. I care about that stuff more than how much money it all makes.
Weird I know right? That being said, I’ll be moving to Mixer with the live streams, promoting it more than Twitch. I might still run reruns on Twitch until the videos are removed. After that, I’ll be more than likely done with Twitch until something there changes.
All honestly, I don’t wanna be someplace that someone can just watch a TV show or a woman showing off their body and exploiting themselves for sake of making money because they are too lazy to get a real job and work hard. I can’t blame them, however.
If I was a hot woman than an ugly guy, I’d likely do the same thing. It still doesn’t make it right and I hope that Twitch cracks down on those streamers for good. They won’t because again, it’ll just hurt the bottom line, which is all Amazon cares about.