When I met the fabulous Samantha Beauvillain, one of things she talked about was her streaming community. It’s called The Geek Mafia and it’s a very useful resource for up-and-coming streamers. I know this because I am now an up-and-coming streamer myself, and therefore a member!
When I first started streaming, I found it daunting as hell. You have to get to grip with playing and talking, interacting with people in your chat (if there’s anyone to chat to at all!) and you also have to promote your stream as well. It’s not easy and if you’re working it out yourself, you can waste a lot of time making mistakes.
Joining The Geek Mafia is free and there were a number of benefits that I gained immediately.
ACCESS TO A FUN, ACTIVE GAMING & STREAMING COMMUNITY
The Geek Mafia had over 100 members now who all have their own channels. The website also has active forums to discuss all things gaming and beyond. I’ve found everyone to be friendly and engaging so far – my kind of people!
INCREASED ACTIVITY IN MY CHAT BOX
One of the first streams I attempted was a blind playthrough of the fantastic Undertale. I managed to complete this in 4 streams. In the first 3 I had was talking to one or two people in the chat, but in the finale my chatbox had hundreds of chatbox interactions from other Geek Mafia members. It makes for much more entertaining gameplay and it really felt like I had people on my side. I am currently editing the results of this so watch this space!
The Geek Mafia encourage their members to actively contribute to fellow members activities and its easy to return the favour when they do such a good job for you!
INCREASED ACTIVITY ON MY TWITTER ACCOUNT
Twitter is always a social network that I have neglected in the past, but again, The Geek Mafia members are interacting with me on a daily basis. These are organic interactions and retweets, so this has instantly encouraged me to improve the quality of my Twitter output!
MORE TRAFFIC TO MY WEBSITE
I noticed a spike in the traffic coming to my website. I like these kinds of spikes so I always look for possible causes so I can replicate them! A quick look at the dates show that when I started being more active within the Geek Mafia community, I started getting more clicks!
A SENSE OF BELONGING
A good community is inviting and nurturing to its members. The Geek Mafia feels special and is already making wonderful things happen. They recently did a 50 hour charity stream which not only let you meet the main players of the organisation but also raised over $600 for Water. Even though I’m relatively new, it still filled me with a sense of pride that I made a little bit of a difference, purely through gaming with friends!
When my channel is in a more healthy, established position, I know that there will be hosting options and ways to promote my channel further. Their website features the most entertaining videos that have been created within their streamosphere so if you're performing well, you're likely to get a further push!
I would encourage any new streamer to become a part of a collective like this. We can grow and build on our own, but as a whole you grow bigger and better!
For more information you can head to their website. I might just meet you on there!