“If I wasn’t a streamer, I’d be a Tesla-driving Uber driver,” said Chun Lin, or better known to his fans as VeryTJ (飛常天真) on Facebook Gaming. There was something about driving that fascinated the Taiwanese streamer as it became his go-to answer for a few questions we had throughout the interview. When he wasn’t being serious, his fun and jovial demeanour brought a lot of laughter to the conversation.
“My nickname, ‘Fēi cháng tiānzhēn’ is a reminder myself to not be naive. It’s a name I’ve used for a very long time. However, I am still a naive guy,” he said when asked about his nickname. Based on the success he’s had as a streamer so far, it doesn’t look like he’s as naive as he thinks.
The 33-year-old Facebook Gaming Creator, who has been streaming for many years, worked a lot of different jobs before transitioning into a full-time content creator - his last job being a security guard. When the opportunity came knocking, he accepted without hesitation, said the long term gamer who remembers playing Stone Age Online (the 1999 MMO) as one of his first games. He then transitioned to other games like Lineage and League of Legends as he grew older and it was the former title that helped him kickstart his streaming career.
Being part of the service industry, he felt that he had the skills for the task. “Both jobs require you to connect with people, and since I was good at that, I felt I could be a streamer.” He wasn’t wrong, people instantly noticed how charismatic he was. Unlike streamers who get recognized for raging, it was his positivity that helped him build a fanbase. He attracted folks who enjoyed his jolly vibes. “In the beginning, I had a lot of viewers who told me that I had very positive energy and they encouraged me to go keep streaming.”
“The best part about streaming is when I pull off skilful moves or outplays, emotions are high for me and my viewers, and we get hyped together!” However, the good comes with the bad and it’s not always rosy in chat. “Once in a while, I’ll get passersby who watch me fail and flame me or compare me to other streamers - I hate that!” Fortunately, since switching to Facebook Gaming, he’s been dealing with a more peaceful and less toxic chat.
Some people have even insulted him for his appearance, which has led VeryTJ to turn off his camera for most of his streams on Facebook. Fortunately, he doesn’t need to rely on his looks to keep his audiences’ attention. “When there is no camera, the quality of the stream is not dependent on my looks. Viewers will watch because of the gameplay.”
And it’s no coincidence that gameplay is the main focus of VeryTJ’s stream. The former League of Legends player who switched to Arena of Valor is good at what he does. If he’s so good, why doesn’t he go pro then? We asked and he joked that he felt he was too old to play professionally and he would starve as an esports athlete - apparently, they aren’t paid well enough. Fortunately for him, he has his streaming career and a loyal fanbase to keep him going.
“When I started, the most difficult part was finding out what was special about myself. How was I going to catch the attention of viewers? I had to discover what was my selling point.” Eventually, he discovered he had the knack to make people laugh and the skills to outplay his opponents - which has carried him thus far.
Chun Lin intends to keep streaming for a very long time - until people don’t want to watch him anymore. Then he’d start anew as an Uber driver or launch a talent agency to help streamers grow their career. He wants to help people out with all the knowledge he had to learn on his own - like figuring out how to grow an audience.
“For people who want to start streaming on YouTube or Twitch - as long as your family is rich enough, you can do it,” he said in jest and promptly followed with sincere advice, “if you want to stream, think of it as a hobby. If you stream as a hobby, you’ll be more passionate about it and you can go further. If you do it for income, you will take it as a job, which will negatively affect your stream.”
To his fans, he concluded the interview with a message of thanks, “if there is no them, there is no me.” And though he might not get recognized in public right now, he might be a familiar face in the rearview mirror of a rideshare car you get in next time.
Last weekend saw one of the most devastating incidents of flooding in Malaysia, due to the non-stop rain on Friday and Saturday, numerous regions around the country were left uninhabitable causing thousands of people to evacuate their homes. People were left homeless, stranded, and stuck waiting for the water to recede.
Recognizing the severity of the natural disaster, a group of Facebook Gaming Creators who were from teams like Homebois, 4Rivals, Team Caracal put aside all rivalries to work together for a good cause. There was no competition here, only one common goal to help out those in need.
Here are some of the things they did: Daddy Hood helped drive some flood victims from Johor Baru to Kuala Lumpur, the Homebois gave out essentials such as T-shirts, hoodies, power banks, animal food, blankets and mattresses. Those who couldn’t be there physically donated funds to relief projects that were set up to aid the affected.
2021 has not been a good year for a lot of people, with the whole pandemic going on and now these catastrophic floods - who knows what’s going to happen before the next year comes around? For those of you who have the means to do so, do consider lending a helping hand, but regardless of the situation, remember to stay safe, stay healthy and stay well.
At first glance, Mita doesn’t look like the kind of person who likes sticking blades into the hearts of her opponents but after spending a few minutes watching her stream, I immediately changed my mind. Despite her cheery and coy demure, Mita doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to slicing up enemies standing in her path to Glory - and yes, we’re talking about Naraka: Bladepoint - a game she’s been streaming almost every day since discovering it this year.
Mita is a unique Facebook Creator. Unlike most of her fellow streamers, she wasn’t a gamer from a very young age. The Taiwanese streamer’s first foray into gaming was in college, where she was introduced to the dancing game, Audition Online. The game’s simplistic and rhythmic controls were enough to kickstart her interest in the hobby. Being able to beat other people in the lobby was a taste of things to come - it awakened a competitive spirit inside her.
Shortly after, Mita was introduced to League of Legends, a game with which she fell in love immediately. The 5v5 Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) checked all the right boxes for her, and she couldn’t stop playing it. Mita would even bring her laptop to work to hop into some games during her free time when she was a cosmetics salesperson at a department store. LoL was her life, so it was fitting that it ignited her streaming career.
“Back then, my friends suggested that I give streaming a try since I was always staying home and playing LoL,” she admitted. Instead of going out to party and have fun like other people her age, she was more of a homebody. With no idea of what to expect, she took her friends’ advice and broadcast her gameplay on Twitch. There weren’t many Taiwanese female streamers playing LoL during that era and with her streaming 8 hours a day, it didn’t take long to build a loyal following.
After finding success as a streamer, Mita turned it into her full-time job by signing with a talent agency and leaving sales behind. Having an agency let her focus on what she enjoyed doing - streaming and playing games - while they handled everything else. It also opened additional opportunities for the streamer, landing her photoshoots, brand deals and more. The fact that she had people to help style, plan videos and write scripts was the icing on the cake.
The reception to her singing was encouraging, and it gave Mita the confidence to release a number of high-effort music videos, which also demonstrated her acting skills.
To prove that she can be successful anywhere she wanted, Mita made the decision to switch streaming platforms earlier this year. Leaving her Twitch account behind, she jumped to Facebook where she rebuilt her fanbase. Her most loyal supporters followed her, of course, but it didn’t take long for her to hit the same heights she was capable of. People followed Mita wherever she went.
Speaking of following - Mita mentioned that she is constantly recognized in public, even with a mask on. “One time I went to 7-Eleven with a motorcycle helmet on and a fan noticed me!” While she’s gotten used to the fame, she remains thankful to all her fans. Without them, she wouldn’t be living this dream life. Mita believes her success comes from the way she treats her viewers.
“If you recognize someone who watches your stream many times, the viewer will think ‘oh this streamer remembers me’ and they will come back to watch you,” says Mita, who spent her early days as a streamer welcoming every single viewer to her channel. The fact that she also enjoys making new friends while gaming made the task easy to accomplish.
Overall she’s had more good experiences than bad, involving her viewers. In fact, Mita’s fondest memories of her career are the online singing sessions with her audience and the parties she would occasionally host for her friends and fans to hang out together in person. Talk about down to earth! It’s not every day you hear about streamers hosting get-togethers for their viewers.
In the future, Mita wants to do more singing and hanging out streams. She’s also considering getting back into LoL (she stopped playing the game after the demise of the Taiwanese league (LMS) and her friends switched to China’s servers). She also wants to upgrade her streaming room and equipment.
To her loyal fans, she concludes, “thank you for your support even though I don’t stream LoL anymore!” Catch Mita live on her Facebook Page, check out her videos on YouTube and stay tuned to eGG Network for more interviews with your favourite Facebook Gaming Creators!
The end of the year is nigh and everyone is getting ready for the long holiday but not everybody can travel at this point in time. What better way to celebrate it than with a series of showmatches featuring your favourite creators? Introducing Main Gamez, a PC gaming fiesta brought to you by Sun Cycle Malaysia and eGG Network.
No prize pool, tournament brackets or eliminations - just good ol’ fashioned fun times between teams of local and foreign Gaming Content Creators, and members of Sun Cycle staff. Hosted by Uncle Chikanook and Giin, we’ve got names like Siupakchoi, Ranger, Rimau, Spartanker, Nuuk, Charlie, Raasuzuran, Cikgu Comel, Ream Angkor, and more. With a lineup this spectacular, you’re not going to want to miss this event!
With games like Brawlhalla, Rocket League, Valorant, Pummel Party, you can expect plenty of side-splitting moments as these creators fight to get the W on each other! In addition to total entertainment, viewers will also be treated to some fancy giveaway prizes. All you have to do is tune in and follow the instructions.
Main Gamez will be broadcast on the eGG Network Facebook Page from 6-10 and 13-18 December, 4 PM. Make sure you tune in to catch all the action!
Main Gamez is sponsored by Sun Cycle Malaysia, one of the country’s biggest distributors of the latest gaming tech, products and services. If you need something for your gaming PC, check out one of their retailers. Stay tuned to eGG Network for more information!
How many people do you know would give up a career travelling across the world for something as mundane as sitting in a room to play video games all day? Few, seeing how exciting life in the air and in other countries can be, especially during a time where we’re all chained to our homes thanks to the pandemic. Li Shun Yang or better known as ShunYeungHD to his fans is one such person. In fact, the Hongkonger quit his day job as a flight attendant many years ago because he didn’t have enough time to focus on streaming!
Starting out as an unknown streamer about six years ago, he grew from playing ARK: Survival Evolved for minute crowds to him soiling his pants running from ghosts and demons for his legion of fans. If that sounds familiar to you because of a particular Swedish YouTuber that we all know, you’re not wrong.
“One of the major people I looked up to was PewDiePie, he’s the reason I got into streaming,” Shun Yang reflected. When he found his audience growing after streaming spooky titles, amongst other things, he decided that would be his new path. What began as a pastime turned into an opportunity to make a living, it was a happy accident. Fortunately, for him and his fans - if he wasn’t working as a streamer, he’d likely be a government servant for the immigration department (a job he had rejected after becoming a full-time streamer).
But, it hasn’t been a completely smooth journey for him. For one, he’s streaming without the encouragement of his family. Despite them tuning into his streams occasionally, they haven’t given him their full blessing to pursue this career. The best he can do for now is build his own success in hopes of changing their minds.
Though the sports buff (who enjoys gymming, swimming and travelling) didn’t find it difficult to be in front of the camera, he found it even more awkward to have it on while nobody was watching. Having little to no audience was one of the biggest challenges ShunYeungHD had to overcome when he was a fledgeling but fortuitously, he had friends to rely on. By making appearances on the streams of popular content creators like Songsen, Laowu, JP and Lunacy Hollow, he was able to tap into their fanbase to grow his own audience.
Making content relevant to your audience is important, especially when you’re still growing. And putting out the right content at the right time can give you a boost in traffic. ShunYeungHD is notable for having a lot of Malaysian fans, despite not being one himself, due to his series of vlogs during his time in the country. It also helped that the crossover audiences from his friends’ streams were Malaysian. Another thing he had to do was learn to edit his own videos.
“Having VODs or highlights on your channel are important for growth. I had to learn how to edit videos by following online tutorials. It’s important to have all these basic skills first or you’ll be very lost when starting out,” said Shun Yang on advice for newcomers to streaming. “Competition is very tough right now, so let your personality shine to stand out.”
Just like every other popular streamer out there, ShunYeungHD has his fair share of haters. Despite what many people think, streamers do read what people write in chat, and sometimes the comments he receives bring him down. Regardless, he’s determined to not let it stop him from doing what he loves. Yet, he did mention, if he ever stops streaming one day, he wants to remain in the gaming industry - probably in the backend of esports.
ShunYeungHD, who is based in China and sometimes Hong Kong, relies on VPNs to stream on Facebook. When asked why he chose this approach despite the multitude of Chinese streaming platforms available, he replied that he found the audience on Facebook more challenging to engage, which gives him the motivation to do better. He’s also a fan of variety, preferring to create content for various games instead of only one, which explains the plethora of games he streams on his channel.
He may not be the biggest streamer yet, but if he keeps up his growth and working mindset, he’s bound to go places. To his supporters, he offers his gratitude and thanks to them for accompanying him on this journey so far, and to his fans in Malaysia - he promises he’ll drop by to visit once the pandemic is over.
If you're thinking about heading down the career path as a coach in esports, we've got some handy tips for you, courtesy of Sir_Cloud, one of EVOS' latest additions to their Malaysian PUBG Mobile squad. He was kind enough to share with us how he got to where he is, and his advice for aspiring coaches out there.
He never had any intentions to be an esports coach. He had requests from tier 2 teams to coach them but he rejected them because he didn't have the confidence. At that time, all coaches had professional playing experience, he had none. The most he did was review replays that were sent to him. It was not until Damansara Flash Vision approached him earlier this year that decided to take the challenge head-on.
Sir_Cloud recalls the time when his role with DFV was made public, "I had a follower who told me that he believed in me and he made a comparison to Jose Mourinho who did not have top tier playing experience. Fun fact, he only played 94 games at a minor division!"
When it comes to looking up to somebody for inspiration, Sir_Cloud follows in the footsteps of Liverpool's coach, Jürgen Klopp. Here's what he had to say about him, "I may not be a Liverpool fan but Jurgen Klopp has an interesting coaching style. Besides being a humble man, he is also capable of inspiring his players and creating a shared commitment, teamwork. Needless to say, a game that requires many players will be more complicated to handle."
"One philosophy of his that I found as a standout was as the players walk down the tunnel of Anfield, there is a 'You Will Never Walk Alone' plaque that players would touch as they enter the field. During his reign, he told the players that they are not allowed to touch the plaque unless they win the league. It may sound like a simple request but these small psychological details fueled the players to perform at their best and Liverpool won their first top division league in 20 years."
"He also never fails to celebrate with the team, showing empathy and how important is the human side in bringing the best out of his players. Nobody is treated like a superstar, but everyone pulls their weight equally."
The biggest takeaway he learnt is that "coaching does not only involve the technical side but also it is important to understand the human side."
To order to become a coach here's what he thinks are the most important skills:
According to Sir_Cloud, coaching can be both technical and non-technical. Technical ability comes in analyzing, looking at data, making sense of why things happen and following the trend of the game. However, having that knowledge isn't enough - coaches must also be able to communicate their thoughts, so they must have the skills to connect with others.
"For me personally, I work with professional players who have had way more playing experience than me. Taking that into account, my philosophy is that I am not here to teach them how to play the game (they are already amazing at it), but I am here to provide them options, guidance and help them to open up their view of thought (unblock their mind)."
At the moment, there is no clear path to becoming one yet, though it has been a trend for retired professional players to take on the coaching role. But for those who don't have that experience, he recommends that you put yourself out there - knock on doors, approach people, publicize yourself. Get a coaching role first so you have some experience. By doing that, it can be your "resume" for potential employers since they'll be able to assess your abilities that way.
"If you are able to communicate your thoughts about the game to multiple levels of audiences (beginner, amateur, professional) then that is already an early step. This shows that you are able to be flexible with your communication styles," Sir_Cloud responded.
"On top of that, you will need to ask yourself your intention. If your intention is to genuinely grow others and allow others to be successful, then this is another right attribute as a coach. You will also need to be highly motivated, putting yourself as the captain of the ship. If the captain falls, so does the crew. The level of enthusiasm can also spill onto others."
"Have a good role model to inspire your coaching style, learn how to empathize, be flexible, seek self-improvement and always put others above you."
Sir_Cloud dropped a lot of knowledge bombs on us during the interview, and we're extremely thankful for that. We hope it helps all you future coaches out there on your journey. If not, at the very least, we hope it opened your mind to the challenges of being one! Stay tuned to eGG Network for more news and in-depth interviews with esports personalities.