Welcome to the twelfth installment of the Pipeline Community Spotlight! Each week, we’ll be highlighting a member of the community and their story in an effort to share learnings among each other and bring everyone closer together even in these trying times.
Meet PeeeKaaayy. A Swedish customer service employee by day and a streamer at night, he's nothing but dedicated to content creation and community building. Gaming has always been a big part of his life growing up, and the rise of streaming provided him with an outlet to share his love for it with hundreds across the globe.
He's learned a lot since he started streaming -- so we talked to him earlier this week about the journey so far, what he can share with beginning and aspiring creators, as well as his plans for the future.
Here's what he had to say!
How did you get into gaming?
My dad got me into gaming at the age of 3. Playing Age of Empires 2 on his computer. Playing in English surely was challenging but I taught myself the game rather than understanding anything.
How did your streaming journey start?
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds came out, and I loved everything about it. My PC wasn't good enough to play it, nor did I have enough money to buy the game, so, naturally I watched others play.
Stumbling around for content on the game I found Aculite on Youtube and soon Twitch, loved the concept of streaming and got hooked!
What are some of the most memorable milestones/achievements of your streaming career?
Hitting 300 followers on Twitch was crazy, and putting out my first YouTube video and the feedback as a beginner was incredible. Not long ago a new (not-so-new-anymore) friend said that she thought my panel layout on Twitch looked really professional and eye-pleasing which I am/was over the moon about!
On the topic of memorable, what about challenges?
One of the biggest challenges of streaming for me has always been motivation. Which sounds odd at first, but I've been around Aculite and Tomographic for so long anything less than their standard "isn't good enough" I thought. Emphasis on thought, I now know for a fact that their content is years of experience and you can't expect perfection after the first try!
Give it your best and look at one or two things to improve after each time!
What do you wish you knew when you were starting out as a streamer that you want new ones to know?
An expensive setup does not make the stream. Sounds obvious, but I always thought there was a tradeoff at some point but that's just not true. On top of that, networking is such an important part of the job. New friends, genuine friendship is great content, you can output boring games with a great group of friends and it'll be entertaining!
What motivates you to keep streaming? Is this something you see doing for a long while?
Honestly, apart from the dream to do this full time one day, my community. Recently I had to re-evaluate what actually motivates me and my community has been going above and beyond supporting me.
What defines you as a content creator? What do you think sets you apart from other streamers?
Engagement. I look for new ways to include my community each stream, be it a new channel point redeem option, a community channel point goal or simply a new soundboard bit or a fun story. Being as transparent as I can so I'm not just some stranger on the other side of the screen and sharing laughs and experiences is great too. I'm also Swedish so I do a bilingual stream, which is super cool!
What are your goals for the future?
Long term goal is hitting partner on Twitch and getting my YouTube channel popping out at least a video a week, aim is end of 2021, along with being viewed as a creator by the people I look up to! Short term, I'd have to say at least two YouTube videos a month, consistent stream schedule with a set work schedule if possible.
Any shoutouts you'd like to do?
I would not be where I am if it wasn't for my community, both as a creator and as a person. Same goes for my girlfriend, insane support. Aculite and Tomographic and of course Stone and Snoopeh, and let's not forget my Pipeline Go-to, Bird! (#blamebird)