For a while now I’ve been saying that I will be returning to streaming gameplay on Twitch.
I’ve been hesitant about it but got to the point where all I needed to do was throw an overview together and hit ‘start streaming’ in OBS. Overviews for streaming EvE are simple – just out a location and chat blocker on and you’re good to go, so I was really just a few clicks away.
There’s multiple reasons why I have decided that I won’t be hitting the ‘start streaming’ button but the main reason is because I’ve watched too many streamers playing games (not just EvE) who are just horrendous hosts. There’s also those who take it way too seriously.
An example: I was ratting in a quiet system yesterday when a streamer flashed up in our Intel channel about 10 jumps away. I clicked onto his stream and saw that he was flying a Vagabond but most importantly nobody was with him or following him and he didn’t have a cyno fitted to his ship. I’m always aligned out to a safe parking spot whilst ratting and have eyes in neighbouring systems. My situation: I’m safe. I was almost at the end of the site I was running when he popped into local so I decided to try to finish the site before he inevitably warped in. He warped in about 70km away from me but I was out before he landed. I was always safe. A few minutes later he is caught on a gate in the system by two T3C’s so a Corp mate and I decide to Leeroy it by warping our carriers onto a distant purch to try to blap him. He died the moment we launched our fighters and within moments we had both warped back out to our safe parking spots.
At no point were either of our carriers in danger. There weren’t even wormholes in the system or its neighbouring systems. Yes, I check before I start ratting in a carrier.
I say hi in the stream chat and make a Star Wars related ‘this was not the Nidhoggur you were looking for’ joke expecting a sporting response perhaps with a pinch of salt but instead got a barrage of abuse from the streamer. He explained how I was an idiot for ratting with a neutral in local and he could have quite easily have ‘warped to me cloaked and bumped me out of alignment before lighting a cyno’ and also commented about Co2’s recent loss of 6 Titans in SH1-6P saying how we must need the SRP for it (quite how that is relevant I don’t know!)
I knew exactly what he was flying, that he didn’t have a cyno or anybody with him and had been watching his name in the Intel channel for about twenty minutes before he reached my system. This was not a case of ‘oh shit there’s a neutral in system GTFO’.
Moving away from that particular incident…
EvE streamers get a LOT of abuse. It is not as clear with more popular streamers as they have a fan base, but the trolls will be trolls and it doesn’t stay just within stream chat. They’ll go out of their way to locate the streamer, intercept them and send them back to high sec. But it doesn’t stay in game – someone I know received death threats and had the Police sent to their house after false reports were filed. This isn’t isolated to just EvE players, but I wouldn’t be able to mentally cope with the negatives of streaming again – I’d do it to have fun but the fun would be spoiled by those reasons, as well as the stress I’d put onto myself for needing to provide an enjoyable viewing experience.
YouTube is a different story. I can capture video and edit it to how I like, so I will be doing this more often. Rather than posting just fleet fights I’ll be trying to make some solo pvp videos too!
So, these are just a couple of reasons – there are others that stack up on top of the positive reasons to stream, the the negatives out-whey the positives.
TL;DR: I’m not going to be streaming again, but I will be uploading to YouTube more often.