Why do people watch streamers

"Shame": Thousands of Twitch streamers have zero viewers

The internet has done a lot in making the world a smaller place. Today you can get in touch with people from all over the world at any time and access information from an almost infinite number of sources. The possibility of filming yourself at work or in your free time and thus streaming part of your life live has triggered a veritable gold rush atmosphere in recent years with the emergence of easy-to-use platforms such as YouTube or Twitch. Anyone who manages to win over an audience of tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands or even millions of viewers will find fame and financial prosperity waiting for them.

But until then it is an arduous and lonely path that in the vast majority of cases does not end successfully.

Streaming for no one for hours

As a counterpoint to the most popular streamers, which are specially highlighted on the portals, the Lonelystreams page bundles all those hobby broadcasters who literally do not reach anyone with their efforts. "At any given point in time, there are around 3,000 live streams on Twitch alone that have zero viewers," said the operator.

Instead of connecting to other people over the Internet or in person, it is not uncommon for these streaming aspirants to spend hours every day engaging and entertaining an audience that doesn't exist. Alone in one room they stare at the monitor, gamble and talk into a webcam, which transfers their knowledge and emotions to nothing. Lifetime and commitment that cannot be regained end in a digital nirvana. In a black hole of information nourished every second of the day by the hopeful efforts of new streamers.

Stage of the lower 10,000

"It's a shame that nobody is watching," it says on Lonelystreams. "Most producers go to great lengths to set everything up and make sure their streams are running properly."

The joint presentation is intended to increase the chance that these self-entertainers will finally be heard. The Pwning platform is pursuing the same goal, which puts small streamers in the spotlight so that they can possibly present the starlets of tomorrow to their audience today.

Get up at 6:00 a.m. to stream

In search of fellow sufferers, lonely streamers are now finding a comparatively large forum on the Reddit platform. As paradoxical as it sounds. In very personal reports, users tell of what it is like to have to motivate yourself for one or two or no viewers every time. They exchange technical tips, give well-intentioned advice and give each other consolation.

Streamer kissmekennyy, for example, talks about the challenge of being able to integrate his streaming hobby into everyday life at all. At first he tried to spend an hour or two in the evening after work, which he soon stopped so as not to neglect his family. "I then decided to get up at 6:00 am and stream two hours before work. That didn't work," writes Kissmekennyy. "I've used all of my free time. Without success."

"Follow for follow" zombies

Others try to stay positive and not base their enjoyment on numbers. "Fuck numbers," says SupplemMeme. "It's not about numbers, it's about having a good time. I've been enjoying it since day one, even on the days when nobody is watching. Otherwise it would be a waste of time. I hope I will never forget this and as 'follow for follow' zombies end up in a Twitch graveyard, "says the streamer, addressing a mostly unsuccessful tactic used by users to beg other streamers for subscriptions in chats and forums.

Everyone has doubts

AylinCrowheart reports how one night he had to stop the transmission in a panic after streaming for two hours because he could no longer motivate himself to fill zero viewers with sound. He only found consolation and encouragement through his cry for help on Reddit, which attracted 92 comments.

"You have no idea how grateful I am. Not only did you help me regain my motivation, you also helped me to regain my self-confidence Having reached the point, that doesn't mean I have to delete my channel and give up. Thanks! " (between July 22, 2018)