Streaming has become such a massive niche in the past decade. From movie streaming services to game streaming, the field is quite huge. When you use the word streaming, you’re generally referring to the gaming community. A streamer is a person who streams live games, commentary, and other forms of content that the users get to watch in real-time. With game streaming, you don’t have to buy physical games and can jump into the action without those installations and updates.
Game streaming, though it sounds like a cakewalk, has many challenges. First, the player who wants to stream needs to have a consistent internet connection which can help keep the stream stable. Not only does the recording equipment have to be top-notch, but the internet speed too. There are more people that love watching streamers than the ones actually streaming. But in recent years, every individual with a keen interest in sharing his/her impromptu abilities starts a channel.
Why do people resort to streaming?
Gaming consoles start at $300 and can retail for $500 or more. On the other hand, gaming PCs cost over a thousand dollars and need regular upgrades. Here’s where streaming has gained popularity as it allows you to play games with the same experience thanks to the server rack in the country. These services provide you the gaming power for a monthly fee. And the best part is that you just need a PC or a mobile device to get started.
Now that we have a fair idea about streaming in general, lets’ move towards the meaty part – r/streaming. One of the most popular streaming communities on the internet.
My recent experience on r/streaming
I recently upvoted a post by a fellow Redditor ‘andrufb’ who shared about his insecurity regarding the viewership decline. He explained that he was drawing nearly 75 viewers on average during the quarantine. However, since the quarantine is ending in Spain, his numbers are no longer the same. The drop-in numbers have resulted in him losing his confidence. He is self-doubting and now feels that he will never be able to reach the partnership requirements i.e. 50 viewers. He then asked questions and suggestions from fellow Redditors.
The reason why I upvoted this post is because it portrays real streaming problems for beginners. When you start your journey as a content creator, there are endless stumbling blocks that you need to overcome. When I saw this post, I could resonate because when you’re starting, you won’t be able to make it big. It might take years and even a decade for you to reach sustainable numbers. And there’s a lesson for all budding streamers in this post to not give up and keep going.
About r/streaming – Community & Members
The community has 18,500 members out of which 60-100 members are online at any given time. This subreddit was created on February 17, 2009, and has tanked lately. For a community to exist for over a decade and just muster 18,000 to 20,000 members looks bad. However, most of the members on this platform approximately 50% of those have joined it in the past 2-3 years. So, the sub was showing an upward trajectory until the start of 2020. Since the turn of the year, this sub has attracted only 400 new members.
How to access r/streaming?
If you’re already a Reddit member, you can simply type ‘r/streaming’ in your search bar and join the subreddit. However, if you aren’t well-versed with Reddit and are not present on the platform. You’ll need to create an account and confirm your email address. Once you do so, you’ll be able to follow subreddits, comment on posts, and even post anything on any of the subreddits.
Moderators of r/streaming
r/streaming is not the biggest community out there but it does have quality and helpful content. However, amidst the helpful posts, there are spammers and promoters who just want to lure innocent users into deep waters. Most of the time, they’ll link to malware which can cause a lot of problems. And that’s the reason why moderators are important in maintaining the decorum in the group.
At the time of writing this review, I found four mods on r/streaming – ‘Misio’, ‘TonightsWhiteKnight’, ‘BRKSwifty’, and ‘cuckbutt’. These mods ensure that every content on this platform meets the rules and guidelines set by the community.
Why should you follow r/streaming?
You’ll find various types of content on this page. There are people ranting about a service, then there are those who are seeking support from the fellow community members. You’ll find discussions, queries, news, information, and hacks related to the streaming world. There’s even a Wiki section where you can learn about the posts from the past. In addition to that, you can join the ‘Discord’ server wherein you can take the conversation off Reddit and become a part of the exclusive community.
Even for a small community of fewer than 20,000 members, the engagement rate is not good. There’s no doubt that the content is cool but not many people seem to interact with the posts. For instance, the recent experience that I shared above just had 3 upvotes. On average, no post crosses 10 upvotes on any given day. The standard upvotes are between 1-3 which is quite abysmal. And that’s mainly because a lot of streamers are just trying to convince fellow members to watch their stream.
The videos aren’t posted on this platform. Every streamer just shares the text or an image and provides a link to the stream. Hence, the sub isn’t laden with heavy media files capable of tanking the server. The playback via the links is smooth and browsing/navigation on the sub itself is not much of a problem either. You get all your standard Reddit menu features to find the content you need.
Yet again, I didn’t expect anything from r/streaming in regard to gold. Since the engagement itself is not up to the mark, ain’t no way people are going to award golds. Most self-promoting subreds face this issue regularly. As a streamer looking to gather clout from this platform, I’d just recommend not having too many expectations.
Filter by flair
Another disappointing factor in this subreddit is the lack of ‘Filter by Flair ‘ option. Since the frequency of posts is high, it’s important to categorize them to ensure that users can find related posts by using the flair. However, r/streaming lacks this section in the sidebar which doesn’t help your browsing experience. You need to scroll through a barrage of posts to find something that might be interesting to you.
Important rules you must know before joining r/streaming?
Before you go ahead and follow r/streaming, there are certain rules that you must know about. If you don’t follow these rules, your post might get removed and can even get banned from this page for life. So, make sure to read all these rules:
1. No Hate Speech
2. Follow Reddit Rules
3. No unapproved Third-Party Adverts
4. No low effort posts
5. Don’t spam the subreddit with your streams
The most positive aspect of this subreddit has to be its recognizable icon and a B/W cover image. At least, this way, you can understand that the mods seem to care about the platform. There are three options in the header – ‘Posts’, ‘Wiki’, and ‘Discord’. Under that you have the ‘Create Post’ section followed by the feed. Towards the right, you have ‘Community Information’ followed by ‘Rules & Guidelines’.
Most Upvoted Content on this subreddit
1. Thing steamers are doing wrong – 175 upvotes
2. How could you get more viewers from this subreddit – 88 upvotes
3. A fellow gamer died recently. My friend is doing a 24-hour charity stream to help pay the funeral costs, starting at 2 pm GMT, 9 am EST. – 44 upvotes
4. What I learned from my first month streaming on twitch and making affiliates last night! – 44 upvotes
5. Just got my first subscriber on Twitch 😀 – 39 upvotes
Most Upvoted Content 2020
1. 5 Things You Should Do During Your Streams – 36 upvotes
2. I think I’m addicted to new streamers! – 35 upvotes
3. Let me help you get Affiliated – 31 upvotes
4. I upvote almost every post I see in this sub – 32 upvotes
5. 5 Things to Do Before Your First Stream – 27 upvotes
r/streaming is a good community for steamers looking to get some traction. However, it’s important that you read the top posts before you begin. I myself, love to watch a small creator called Emilia Gardner who provides blogging information via YouTube Live. She might just have over a thousand subscribers, but her content is raw, and she takes real effort to hear what fellow community members have to say, and that’s what resonates with me.