“Your regulars will be there for you. As long as you are yourself, they will be there.”
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- Started streaming:October 2015
- Favorite game genre: Management games/Sim
- Favorite game(s): Football Manager series
- System(s): PC / Xbox One
- Platform: Twitch only
- Favorite Streamer(s): oOCLANOo
- Age: 40
- Location: Maryland, USA
- Current job: Directional sign installation (weekends)
Drizz: What made you decide to start streaming?
Dreamtrip: I quit my job as inventory supervisor and couldn’t really find anything I wanted to do. I’ve always been a gamer and at some point, I got on twitch and started watching people stream.
At one point, I ended up in one of my favorite streams joking with one of the streamer’s friends, asking him to stream that night. He wasn’t in the mood, so I figured why not give it a try.
I never stopped.
It was just made for me. I love gaming, and love talking to people while I’m gaming. With that, my path was set.
Drizz: Friendly encouragement is certainly a good way to start into streaming.
Drizz: What do you think has contributed to your success so far?
Dreamtrip: The Football Manager (FM) community and a set of streamers I got to know, all helping each other out. The hosts and raids I received when I was new to streaming.
The networking I did before I started streaming certainly has been very helpful.
Drizz: What kinds of networking did you do prior to streaming?
Dreamtrip: Before I started streaming, I was a regular in pretty much every major FM stream. Everyone pretty much knew me when I started streaming.
Drizz: Oh, yeah that’ll help out a lot.
Drizz: I’ve never played a Football Manager game; can you give me a brief idea of what the game involves?
Dreamtrip: You take control over a real-life football team, and have to manage the team (do the tactics, buy/sell players/do training/buy staff) and try to be the best in the league/competitions.
You don’t actually get to control the players like in FIFA, but you can do shouts and adjust things during the games to try to get the win.
Drizz: That’s pretty cool. I can see the appeal for football fans.
Drizz: What are some unique things that you do, in regards to streaming?
Dreamtrip: I was the first streamer in the FM community that added bets to the games I play. My viewers can place bets on whether I win, draw, or lose. That way they can be involved in the games while they also are able to increase their currency on my channel.
Drizz: That’s a great way to engage your community, I like it.
Dreamtrip: I also had a commission done for two of my viewers. Someone once made a picture of me streaming with a headset and turned it into the AFC Ajax logo. I also had the same image made using keywords from my stream and my Patreons’ names.
Drizz: Wow! Those turned out really good, I like them.
Dreamtrip: I wanted to do some more giveaways, but the artist upped the prices.
Drizz: That’s understandable, especially for something like that.
Dreamtrip: Yeah, if I do another giveaway for like that, it will be a special occasion. Maybe at 5k followers.
Drizz: That would make it more desirable too, in my opinion. If it’s harder to get a hold of.
Dreamtrip: I also had a big fooball pool during the 2016 European Football Championships. People would predict outcomes in games and would be rewarded points for that. We ended up with a decent turnout and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place received part of the prize pool. With the World Cup coming up, I will be repeating this.
Drizz: Awesome! Did you see a lot of participation the last time you did it?
Dreamtrip: We had around 10-15 the last time around. I’m hoping to reach at least 20 this time.
Drizz: I hope you hit that goal!
Drizz: Have you had any hardships with streaming, and if so, how did you work through them?
Dreamtrip: The worst was probably when we had another streamer spew all kinds of crazy in the stream under several different names. We tried to get Twitch involved to get the person banned, but Twitch never lifted a finger.
On the other hand, you always have periods where you doubt yourself and what you’re doing. At least I do, especially when you see a drop in viewership and activity in your chat.
Most of the time, your regulars will be there for you. They will help you see that as long as you are yourself, then they will be there.
I see my regulars as my friends. Looking at my top 15 viewers, they all have over 500 hours in stream. I do feel like there is a bond that’s different then just being a typical viewer.
Drizz: Oh yeah, regulars are the best. They’re by far the best part of streaming, in my opinion.
Drizz: Do you have any streaming tips or suggestions for the TRUgaming community?
Dreamtrip: Let’s pull out a box of clichés.
Don’t give up! If you have the patience the people will come. Don’t look at the numbers especially when you’re just starting out.
Enjoy what you are doing or don’t even bother. The viewers will notice whether you are into something you’re streaming or when you’re not.
Drizz: Heh, there are some clichés with that answer but I still get different things each time I ask it!
Drizz: Is there anything else you would like to discuss about your stream/let readers know about?
Dreamtrip: I mainly stream FM in the afternoon (10-11am EST till about 5-6pm EST). At night I like to whip out my guns and stream/play some PUBG. Anyone is more than welcome to join me, as long as there is room.
I do a weekly Euro Truck Simulator 2 stream with the multiplayer mod, where I love to drive with other “truckers” on the roads in Europe and have a good time.
Drizz: Awesome, community interaction is great! It was good to chat with you!
You can follow Dreamtrip at the links below!
Interview conducted by Drizz_TV
Edited by TRU GreenChord