Twitch Streamer Interview: MopGarden

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Welcome to the first Twitch Tips interview of many! I’m looking to add some fresh content to the website, so I figured why not give interviews with popular streamers a try? This could be an excellent way of not only expanding Twitch Tips into new territory, but also an amazing source of content for streamers who are looking to grow their numbers. And come on, who doesn’t want to grow on Twitch?

To start things out, I’ve decided to interview MopGarden. Having recently found her on Twitch, I was instantly hooked, so I knew I needed to learn more. MopGarden is a full-time Twitch streamer who enjoys playing games like Rainbow Six: Siege, Fallout, and so much more. She is always interacting with her community, which is something I greatly respect.

Learn more about MopGarden by jumping into the interview below!

1. Tell us about yourself and your history with gaming.

I started out playing games as a really young kid. I had an older brother and cousins who were very into games. We were allowed to rent one video game a week from a local video store, and my brother and I would always fight over who got to choose. From a young age we would all sit down and play games together and it has all evolved from there!

I have a very fond memory of a few Valve games when I was around grade 7. My cousins and I all huddled around the computer to play Half-Life and then trolled around on Counter Strike. In some way or another, games have always been a part of my life!

2. What inspired you to begin streaming on Twitch?

One of my old friends told me that he thought I would be a good streamer. This was in 2013 sometime and I thought the whole idea of Twitch was very strange. It wasn't until one night I was bored that I thought I'd check it out. I ended up watching Summit1g for multiple hours and was like, "Where did the time go?" It wasn't until then that I realized really what the Twitch experience was.

Also, I have always really wanted there to be more of a female presence playing games. I wanted to be a positive influence and show other girls that it's okay to use their mics, and for guys to see that there are regular, chill girls online.

I officially decided to start streaming when I got into a CS game with TimtheTatman. I'm not too sure why that was what made me want to start, but it was the starting point. I began simply thinking, "If I'm going to be playing CS, I may as well stream and make some new friends." I never thought things would go as well as they did. Never in a million years did I think that this would be my job, but here I am. :)

3. As a growing streamer, what has been the most difficult challenge to overcome?

The most difficult challenge as a growing streamer is... everything. Streamers are usually very hard on themselves. I think the thing every streamer should remember is to be present in the moment and love what you have. It's very easy to get wrapped up in goals and, "When I get x average viewers I'll be happy."

When you only have two people in your stream, that is an amazing experience. You get to have full, deep conversations and get to really know them. Appreciate that while you have it. Now, with the viewers I have (usually from 80-140 average), I don't really know everyone as closely as I'd like. I really struggle with that because I hang out with these people every day, and a lot of the time I don't know anything about them. Also, making time for yourself can be very hard. A lot of the time when I'm just watching TV, I feel guilty, like I should be visiting my friends' streams instead.

This is a random note, but it makes life 1000x better when you hide your numbers while you're streaming. Once I got rid of my current viewers window, I felt like streams were less stressful.

4. Congratulations on becoming Partner! Are you a full-time streamer?

Thank you! I'm coming up quickly on two years as a partner... Time flies. I have been a full-time streamer for just over two years and I've loved every day of it! I feel very fortunate and honoured that people support me and allow for this to be my job.

5. What advice do you have for new streamers?

I think I kind of covered this in the question about challenges. Just be present with what you have. If you have one person watching you, that is ONE PERSON who could be doing literally anything else in the world. They choose to spend that time with YOU. What a cool thing... Please remember that. Whether you have 1, 100, or 1,000 viewers, they're gifting you with their time. 

Just being yourself is another great tip. I feel as though being genuine is very important. Be easy to relate to and people will enjoy that and want to spend time with you. Also, pleeeeassseee do not promote yourself in other people's streams. I am willing to host/support someone who never talks about their stream way more than someone who drops hints about the fact that they stream. Make real friends, not networks.

Bonus: I see you recently finished Fallout: New Vegas. What did you enjoy most about it?

I loved everything about New Vegas, minus the minor technical problems it has. Skyrim and Fallout are fantastic games to stream. They have an amazing balance of talking vs. action, which gives you time to talk to your chat, but keeps things interesting and fun. Plus, it's Bethesda... there's lots of fantastic glitches that are fun to experience with your community.