Twitch community meet-ups are blowing up right now, and we had a chance to join our hometown Orlando Twitch community for their first of 2017. We met a great mix of streamers, viewers, podcasters, and industry folks representing a wide variety of interests. We put together a recap of the event including pics and key takeaways for anyone considering attending their local Twitch event.
We ate, we drank, we made new friends. And we learned that Twitch community meet-ups are where it’s at.
March 25th was the first meet-up of 2017 for the Twitch Orlando community, and the first event of its kind that I’ve participated in. In January, when I saw the announcement on Twitter, I knew I had to go but I wasn’t sure what to expect.
TwitchCon was nearly half a year ago, and there I’d gotten a good feel for what the community was about. I wasn’t as dialed in to the Orlando community as I would have liked but it was something I knew StreamKick needed to be a part of. By all measures, I was hyped for the event.
Now that it’s passed, I can say with the utmost confidence that if you have an opportunity to attend a local Twitch meet-up you should make it happen. Why? Well…
Measure the scene
There’s no good way on Twitch to connect with the local streaming community unless someone has taken the initiative to set up a specific Twitch community . There are no actual incentives for streamers to do this so the local Twitch groups have filled that gap.
Attending this meet-up there were about 70 people. I did some asking around and this was just short of the attendance at the last Orlando event. As a viewer I was able to connect with some really talented local streamers I’d probably never had known about otherwise.
Spending time talking with them it was great to see they stream a wide variety of games, with a surprising slant towards sci-fi games like Elite Dangerous and Star Citizen.
I met streamers like DrDronez who drove up for the event from south Florida. He was streaming the event with a sweet mobile rig, and caught his first IRL donation compliments of TheGameCase over dinner. Those are the kinds of things that a live event just handles so much better.
Networking is smart working
Hands down, the biggest benefit to the event was the networking opportunity. This crowd is incredibly open, friendly, and welcoming. I’m by no means an introvert, so I casually walked up to the first group of people I saw, beer in hand, and said hello. People were quick to open up and invite me to join the conversation. This episode repeated itself time and time again for everyone I saw willing to introduce themselves.
Just like I saw at TwitchCon, folks here were just happy to be among like-minded individuals. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a diverse crowd either.
At the bar, waiting to order a drink, I met Horror Guy Keenan. Keenan is a Twitch streamer but he also hosts a massively entertaining podcast called The Space Dragon Podcast where he and a buddy cover everything from movies, to games, to comics, etc. If you haven’t already, check it out.
Caroline from GameWisp joined the group as well, making for a fantastic opportunity for streamers to learn how they can build their community and make some money at the same time.
Putting myself in the role of the viewer, the meet-up was a chance to meet streamers on a more personal level and get to know the person off camera. It can be difficult to get a good read on a streamer depending on when you load up the stream. Maybe something just happened in the game, or in chat. And we know chat isn’t always the best way to engage a streamer either. Nothing beats face-to-face, so don’t miss this opportunity if it comes your way!
Where and how?
Twitter is a great source for tracking down the local community closest to you. Just hit up the search box on Twitter and go for it. Your major metropolitan areas will almost certainly have a group, while other smaller areas might be grouped into a single regional community.
If you don’t have a local Twitch community in your town try traveling to one that’s close for their next meet-up. As I mentioned before, we saw people coming from all over Florida to the Orlando event. You may find inspiration to start one for your city, learn the basics for setting up the actual events, and network with some fine people who can help you get started and build your community. But just like with streaming, don’t expect anything to happen if you don’t start.
Streamers I met personally
A few communities to help you get started
And to wrap up, we'll just leave you with this...
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