The Surprising Benefits Of Using Mixer and YouTube Live

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Since its launch in 2011, Twitch has rapidly become the dominant live streaming platform for most content. Just last year, Twitch managed to attract 15 million daily active users and features over 27,000 paid partners. Those numbers are healthy enough to make Twitch the 35th most visited website worldwide, ahead of Twitter, eBay, and Mixer.

However, that might not stay the case forever. Many competing platforms like Microsoft’s Mixer and Google’s YouTube Live have managed to tempt big-name streamers to move across. But why is this? What about these alternative platforms is so attractive for streamers?

What are the Benefits of Mixer?

First and foremost, the most obvious attraction is money. Whilst Mixer won’t bring in as many active viewers for most people, Microsoft is more than willing to pay for a content creators’ exclusive rights. Case in point, reports suggest streaming sensation Ninja was paid at least $6,000,000 to make the move.

It’s not just the massive streamers who are making bank either. Overwatch creator Harbleu was supposedly offered $500,000 to become a Mixer streamer. It’s possible Facebook Gaming can offer even more but a move there is ill-advised given the lack of long-term stability for streamers.

Benefits of Mixer

Just to be clear, it isn’t just about the money. Mixer actually has a few neat standout features which can’t be found elsewhere. For example, Mixer’s Faster Than Light Steaming Protocol allows for sub-one second latency between the stream and chat. This is very beneficial when streaming any activity that requires or benefits from chat interaction.

On top of that, Mixer also has a really well implemented co-streaming system. This allows content creators to stream both their perspectives together on one stream without the need for complicated software. Console users can also benefit from this as Mixer has the best Xbox One streaming support of any platform.

What are the Benefits of YouTube Live?

Given Google’s impressive track record of growing websites, it’s a safe bet to assume YouTube Live will one day be huge. It’s already gotten major eSports leagues to move across with both the Overwatch League and CoD League now being exclusive to the platform. But they’re run by big companies. Why should you care about it?

Benefits of YouTube Live

For starters, it’s important to understand how YouTube Live’s viewership differs from Twitch and Mixer. Whilst those platforms are primarily aimed at core gamers, YouTube is far more casual friendly. In other words, it’s primary competitors are actually Facebook and Twitter.

When compared to these platforms, YouTube offers far superior streaming quality, chat interaction, and revenue. In saying that, it’s worth remembering that YouTube can be questionable in its methods of reviewing monetization. Just recently, Virtual YouTuber Natsuiro Matsuri got demonetized as the system thought she was stealing content from the very highlight channels that repost her streams. Similar cases happen scarily often.

Even so, if you can stay monetized there’s no doubting YouTube offers some very good rates for content creators. There’s a good reason why it’s the largest video sharing website ever made.

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Another advantage to YouTube is that its complex encoding system can make streams more accessible to a certain audience. Many Twitch VoDs end up only being available in Source quality, often 1080p. Meanwhile, YouTube streams are compressed and far more forgiving on bandwidth.

Finally, YouTube will keep streams up on your channel for as long as you want. In comparison, both Twitch and Mixer limit how long your streams stay available. This can help create a long-term culture among fan bases and allow fans to revisit their favourite content.

Are They Really Worth Using?

Honestly, there’s a lot of hassle involved with converting from Twitch to another platform. And even if you do, issues like Mixer’s inability to attract new viewers and YouTube’s questionable monetization practices are serious problems. All in all, most streamers are probably better sticking with Twitch for the time being.

If you are planning to opt for a different platform, it has to be in faith of their potential. Right now, both Mixer and YouTube Live are lacking but the future could be different. They’re both young compared to Twitch and so naturally need time to grow. Both Microsoft and Google have shown serious interest in investing and improving their services. Perhaps with some time and love, these platforms can become something well worth every content creator’s time.

Let’s Talk About Playing Games As a Career

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Thinking in Playing Games As a Career?

I was minding my business coming home from work when my 10 year old nephew told me he had some news. He informed me that he had started a YouTube channel and he wanted me to check it out. I felt my heart began to race due to this turn of events. Yes, I am well aware that this is the era we live but I didn’t think this is where he would be going. My nephew loves games the way that I love games. I am probably the person who got him into playing games as a hobby. But here he was starting a YouTube channel about Bey Blades and Google Play Games. It was then I knew we had to have “the talk” so I said, ” Let’s talk about playing games as a career”

Playing Games As A Career Is Not That Easy

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I did mention my nephew was 10 right? Asking about what he wants to do when he grows up is not a far fetched question. Trying to gauge if that future included playing games as a career needed to be put into perspective for a child so I would attempt it. There have been several articles around lately discussing the issues with choosing to live as a video game personality. One such issue is not knowing when to turn off the camera.

“Several said that, starting out, depression, anxiety and sleep deprivation plagued them, all stemming from the nagging fear that fans would forget about their channel as soon as it went off-line.”

A lot of people underestimate the physical toll that streaming on Twitch or YouTube can take on your psyche. When I was explaining to his mother, my sister, I likened it to working on commission. If you don’t work you don’t get paid so having it as a viable career is daunting.

A lot of full time streamers deal with a myriad of things when starting out. In an article posted via Kotaku mentions “Several said that, starting out, depression, anxiety and sleep deprivation plagued them, all stemming from the nagging fear that fans would forget about their channel as soon as it went off-line.” In the era of fads and videos going “viral” one day off line can derail days and weeks of work. That is not healthy in any respect so boundaries need to be set and kept. This is not something she would be able to shirk off when it came to a kid.

The Price of Living The Streamer Dream

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All of this came on the heels of another shake up in the Twitch community. A relatively small streamer named Brian “Poshybrid” Vigneault was conducting a 24 hour charity stream and died after taking a smoke break. This caused a conversation to be had in the streaming community about healthy stream practices. Because let’s be frank, most streamers are not healthy if they play games “all day”. Most streamers start off as regular people who would love to be paid to play games. In the regular scheme of things, a play session can be hours of sitting in front of a screen or monitor only getting up for food or the bathroom. On a day one release most of us don’t even do that.

Most streamers start off as regular people who would love to be paid to play games. In the regular scheme of things, a play session can be hours of sitting in front of a screen or monitor only getting up for food or the bathroom.

There are so many different things that go into choosing to stream or make YouTube videos for a living. I follow a lot of content creators on Twitter so there is constant conversation about YouTube algorithms and missing subscribers. Low views mean less money and that is the commission/entertainment lifestyle in a nut shell. It’s become sad to watch YouTubers that I followed for years become cynical, burnt out and jaded from trying to do what they love which is play games.

Bringing It Full Circle

My nephew is bright eyed and bushy tailed. He has no real idea how any of this could potentially work. In the meantime, I am encouraging him to continue to learn about YouTube while finishing his home work. I am working with my sister to help establish rules so that he is safe while exploring playing games for entertainment. It’s starting early folks, but playing games may not be as fun or easy as we all thought it was.

Do you stream content on YouTube or Twitch? Are you a content creator of any kind? What do you think about playing games as a career? Let us know in the comments section below.

Popular Youtuber Discovers Unreleased Playstation 2 Game

Popular Youtuber ashens, best known for his series of comedy sketches focused on showing off various cheap and bootleg merchandise, made a strange discovery while browsing his local charity shop back in 2012.  What was clearly packaged in a fake Playstation 2 game box turned out to be an alpha build of a game that was never finished nor released.  It wasn’t until ashens had a recent conversation with the people behind fellow Youtube channel DidYouKnowGaming that he realized exactly what he had.

Explosion Royale was being developed by London-based studio King of the Jungle before its Swedish parent company, Unique Development Studios, declared bankruptcy.  King of the Jungle was responsible for such games as Agent Armstrong and B-Movie (AKA Invasion from Beyond) for the Playstation and Grooverider: Slot Car Racing (AKA Grooverider: Slot Car Thunder) for the Playstation 2.  Explosion Royale would have been a military-themed third-person shooter with a cartoony artstyle.  Prior to ashens’ discovery, no video footage of the game was available to the public.  The build he has is very early with little to offer outside of a vertical slice with only a few mechanics fully implemented.

The copy of the Explosion Royale alpha will be sent to the people behind the website Unseen64 that archives betas and cancelled games.  Their experience is sure to uncover as much information about the game and its development as possible.  You can see ashens’ footage of the game in action with his explanation of the story here and the raw gamplay here.  Always keep an eye out as you never know when you’ll find a rare treasure like this.

The Future For Super Smash Bros

Always looking for more. The Smash community have just received their latest DLC  pack which included lots of new content from characters to stages. June 14th saw the roll out of fan-favourite fighters making their return to the brawl. This was Earthbound’s Lucas and Fire Emblem’s Roy. We also got the surprise reveal of Street Fighter mascot Ryu. All three characters are available to download now. To give Ryu his own battleground Suzaku Castle was added too. Alongside this we also got an updated level of Kirby’s’ Dreamland straight from the original Smash and a Miiverse stage.

To go with these levels there was a slew of Mii fighter costumes shown including Splatoon Inklings, Animal Crossing Characters and Virtua Fighter. Amiibo made their latest appearance in the shape of Ganondorf, Palutena, Dark Pit and Zero Suit Samus. So with the latest batch of content in full swing, it’s time peer into the future to see what Smash Bros Director Masahiro Sakurai has in store for the upcoming months.

“New” Stages – August 2015

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Well we say “new”. Having already brought Kirby’s Dream Land into 2015, Mr Sakurai has announced that two other veteran stages from the N64 version will be making a comeback. This included Hyrule Castle from the Legend of Zelda and Peach’s Castle (He must have an obsession with castles) from Super Mario. Slated for release this August.

Amiibo – September 2015

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The latest batch of Nintendo’s hard to find collectibles were revealed. On top of this there was also the promise that every fighter will gain their own unique amiibo. Yes that includes Ryu! Available to purchase now with due for release in September are:

Bowser Jr.,

Pikmin & Olimar

Dr Mario

ROB

Duck Hunt Dog

Falco

Mr Game and Watch

Mii Brawler

Mii Gunner

Mii Swordfighter

Tourney Mode – August 2015

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One of the best modes from previous iterations seemed all but lost however this is no longer the case. Due for release this August Tourney mode will finally be making its way online for the Smash community to enjoy. Features are to include new Community Tourneys where you compete for the biggest accumulation of points in the allotted time as well along with the classic style. For the time being it seems Tourneys are becoming an online exclusive as their was no evidence of offline presence however this remains to be seen.

Youtube – 2015/2016

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A common trait amongst video games these days is ability to upload your gameplay to the internet; namely Youtube. Nintendo are joining in with this trend by adding the feature to upload your replays directly to Youtube. A Google account however will be needed. Currently no date has been given yet for this release.

Smash Bros Fighter Ballot – 2015/2016

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Remember a couple months back when Nintendo asked you to vote for who you would to see join the roster. This process is still ongoing with the deadline for voting finishing on the 3rd September 2015. Now there is no early news about who and when any new characters will be released so we can only speculate. Nevertheless I believe if there is a far runaway winner then the development may have already begun therefore we may end up seeing new characters as soon as October.

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That covers everything that is in development for Super Smash Bros Wii U/3DS. There is a lot more that could be announced in the future and if sales of previous content is anything to go by Nintendo would most likely take advantage if this. There will never be enough for us Smash fans so we can only hope they keep contributing for years to come.

What would you like to see next in Super Smash Bros? Leave us a comment below and tell us why.

Mega Man-Shenmue Short Crossover Animation Gives a Real Ending

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Peter Sjöstrand is a graphic designer and YouTuber who usually posts animated or gameplay videos and he posted earlier today a video which directs people’s attention to the already extraordinary Shenmue III kickstarter campaign that has surpassed 4.7 Million already.

Peter commented on the release of the video by saying that he chose two of his most beloved games and decided to mix them together.

“If you’re wondering why I decided to mix the two, it’s because we’re a couple of guys who have been working on a Mega Man fangame for a couple of years, so we’re using our Facebook page that we set up for that game to help promote the campaign.”

The video features Ryo and his enemy, Lan Di but in a Mega Man themed environment. It looks pretty cool and offers an ending to Ryo’s adventure but I won’t tell you, watch for yourself:

Shenmue III is expected to release in 2017 and its Kickstarter campaign only has 5 days left to go. ( Credit: NeoGAF and Gameinformer )

Youtube’s Gaming Channel Just Around the Corner!

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The Gaming market on Youtube is definitely a big one! It’s one of the biggest Niches out there and it claims that hundreds of millions of gamers are posting their content right on the site. People are spending billions of hours (total) watching these videos. Over half of the top 100 Youtube channels are gaming channels! Needless to say there is a big spot for this market.

Popular Youtuber ashens, best known for his series of comedy sketches focused on showing off various cheap and bootleg merchandise, made a strange discovery while browsing his local charity shop back in 2012.  What was clearly packaged in a fake Playstation 2 game box turned out to be an alpha build of a game that was never finished nor released.  It wasn’t until ashens had a recent conversation with the people behind fellow Youtube channel DidYouKnowGaming that he realized exactly what he had.

It has announced that they will be releasing a new gaming app and gaming website that will launch later this summer to cater to the needs of the millions of gamers out there. This was a great time to announce this project since E3 just happened and Youtube was on the floor live streaming the whole thing. They showed beta versions of their app on the floor at E3.

The Reason Google aims to do this is to engage more with gamers while boosting involvement and ad revenue. You can check it out and sign up for updates here.