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!
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.
Chhineneang Leangmeng, better known as Noobie GMK, is one of the biggest Facebook Gaming Creators in Cambodia. Over the past five years, the twenty-four-year-old from Prey Veng province has managed to amass over six hundred thousand followers on the platform and it doesn't look like he's stopping anytime soon. Every time you tune into his channel, you can expect to see a cheerful, jovial boy, having a good time in front of the camera - be it swinging swords in Naraka Bladepoint or driving long distances in Euro Truck Simulator or shooting down opponents in PUBG.
However, things weren't always this peachy for the young Khmer. He had to work hard, in the beginning, to establish a following - back when he was a nobody and was dabbling in content creation for fun. Noobie's foray into the scene started with his YouTube channel, where he shared videos of him playing games with his friends and online acquaintances. "At that time, I only got 1-5 viewers! And they were just from my mates. But day by day, our number of views grew," he recalled.
With his YouTube channel gaining traction, he found opportunities to be part of the esports scene when he organized and casted a Vainglory tournament from his own bedroom. It was from that point onwards when the doors flew open for him and his esports career took off. Since then, he has organized and casted many tournaments for various games, such as Rules of Survival and PUBG (PC and Mobile) for brands like ASUS and Huawei.
However, his time in esports is coming to an end, he admitted during the interview. "My career in esports is almost over because I have a lot outside work (his regular job). But I have noticed that the esports scene in Cambodia has gotten much better recently, and there are many other people who are getting involved in the industry."
Unlike a lot of streamers we have interviewed in the past, Noobie GMK isn't a full-time content creator. When he's not in front of his computer at home, he's in front of a computer elsewhere, doing his job as an IT security specialist. Thanks to his steady job, he makes good use of his stream income by spending it on people in need. "Since I'm supported through Facebook Stars from fans every month, I always collect those Stars to help those who are weak or needy such as homeless people. Especially every year on my birthday, I buy books and supplies to help schools in rural areas."
His generosity stems from the fact that he grew up in a low-income household, where he went through the struggles of living frugally. "I am not the son of a rich family. My mother was a factory worker and my father was a motorcycle repairman. But they really worked hard for me and I thank them for making me who I am today."
"When I was a child, I was the kid who was disobedient to teachers and my parents, I liked to make my own decisions! But when I grew older, I realized I was actually being a nuisance and after that, I vowed to myself that I will repay them for all the trouble I had caused. Today, I do what I can to alleviate the burden of my family by buying groceries, paying for the car, bills and so on. All I want to do is to see them happy and smiling."
When Noobie was in fourth grade, his cousin, an expert in computers, taught him everything he knew about the subject. This turned out to be a momentous point in the young boy's life as he became fascinated with computers and the world of tech. In tenth grade, he got his first gig writing about tech which led him down the path of gaming, esports, and where he is today. "Games changed my life," is a motto Noobie lives by, and is something that has stayed relevant to him till today.
Like many parents in this part of the world, they found it hard to accept Noobie's decision to game for a career. Streaming wasn't a thing back then (and still isn't widely accepted yet), so it was difficult to garner their support. But after putting in the effort, work and hours, he achieved his goals of being a successful content creator and they are now fully backing him.
Noobie GMK didn't have many people to look up to when he was starting out as a streamer. He didn't have anyone to help or guide him in his circle. He felt like the only one in Cambodia doing it and had to explain to a lot of people what being a streamer meant. However, this obstacle had a silver lining - it allowed Noobie to do what he loved: share information with the public.
While he was already reaching out to people through his tech-focused blog (which he claims was in Alexa's top 10 during its heyday), streaming allowed him to reach out to an even wider audience, especially after he gained recognition through the tournaments he organized. Fun fact, the letters in (Noobie) GMK stand for Game, Meng (part of his name) and Knowledge/Khmer - not to be confused with GMK electronic design GMBH! From the very beginning, he already had a goal to spread knowledge. Since he was the one who was a self-made expert on the topic, he could be the one that people turned to, he helped a lot of people who needed advice about starting a stream and continues to do so.
Though he enjoys how streaming has improved the gaming community in Cambodia, he has some problems with it as well. Noobie dislikes streamers who use inappropriate words on stream and show unscrupulous content to attract attention. He is also tired of the perceptions of gaming being criminal in the country. He's trying to change all that by setting an example. Noobie also makes sure that any sponsorship deals he accepts fall in line with his goals. "Do not demand attention. Find your true fans - that is better than any other traction which won't allow you to grow in the future. As a streamer, we should share and show good things to our fans!"
Noobie is happy with how things are going now - he can fulfil his dreams, has a decent income, and loves what he is doing - but he's not about to rest on his laurels just yet. His current goal is to hit a million Facebook followers within 2022.
"Finally, I would like to thank you for your support from the beginning till today. I am lucky to have and know all of you and I hope you continue to support me like this for the rest of my career."
Tune in to Noobie GMK's streams - every day, 6 PM (GMT+8) onwards on Facebook Gaming and check out his videos on YouTube. For more interviews and features on your favourite Facebook Gaming creators, stay tuned to eGG Network!
As the PUBG Mobile esports scene in Malaysia grows, so do its players, evidenced by PUBG Mobile professional player InSomnus’ recent transfer to EVOS ViP, as well his very own streaming career reaching new heights - he was promoted to a Facebook Gaming Partner early this year. Currently amassing 63k followers on his Facebook Gaming page, there’s nowhere to go but up for the “high firepower, frontline player” (EVOS ViP team manager AurOra’s words).
“I definitely feel great. This is a step forward for me in improving the quality of my streams, as well as supporting my family better,” said Sean “InSomnus” Tee Yeu Terng. Since his father stopped working after a heart attack, the Facebook Gaming Creator has been steadfast in contributing to his family’s well being.
InSomnus carries that same dedication to his career too, streaming PUBG Mobile (most of the time) to not only entertain and educate his viewers but to also “sustain my gameplay and practise any gameplay that I’m not 100% familiar with yet”.
When there are any ongoing tournaments, InSomnus even shares his thoughts and analysis on recent broadcasts, giving viewers a glimpse into the thought process of an esports professional. “I love how streamers can interact and have fun with their viewers, which was why I wanted to give it a try,” he recalled, saying that his curiosity ended up being a daily routine.
Before playing PUBG Mobile seriously, InSomnus was a hardcore Dota 2 player. His name is even based on his Dota 2 pro player friend’s (xNova of EHOME) teammate, Somnus丶M, because he idolises his “arrogant and confident playstyle”. He added the vowel “I” at the front of his name, because it symbolises “perceiving moments when you need to be kind to your peers and to avoid harmful behaviours”.
Alas, InSomnus had to stop playing Dota 2 when he couldn’t afford a functioning PC. One door closed, but another opened when PUBG Mobile was officially released. “I decided to give it a try, and lo and behold, I didn’t expect to be so good and into PUBG Mobile - I’ve never felt bored playing it every day.” He loved the game so much that he even formed his own team, Team Notorious, where his esports career began.
Even though their performance was only decent, reaching top 2 in tournaments like SEACA UnipinKK and Dingoz League, InSomnus’ calling to bigger dreams came in the form of his previous captain, Stewart9k. He invited InSomnus to join Team No Recoil (now Team Whales) in PMPL MY/SG Season 1 (PUBG Mobile Professional League Malaysia/Singapore); in spite of their rough start in the qualifying rounds, Team No Recoil actually performed quite well and reach seventh.
Fast forward one year and a half, InSomnus has traded whales for the white tigers, a change of pace after staying loyal to Team No Recoil/Team Whales for this long. “Maybe the vision and atmosphere in Team Whales has changed?” he attempted to explain his departure. But, not without expressing that “they were the best teammates I’ve ever been with professionally”. Needless to say that InSomnus is excited to compete in PMPL MY/SG Season 4 with EVOS ViP, even with the adjustment he’s been going through with them. “I feel like I’m part of a family since my tryout with them, so it’s easier for me to get into the rhythm.”
Teams change, but not InSomnus’ goals, his eyes laser-focused on seats to the regional PMPL SEA Finals, and hopefully the international PMGC 2021 (PUBG Mobile Global Championship). Based on how well EVOS ViP performed in last season’s PMPL MY/SG, the Ed Sheeran fan would most likely achieve his dream very soon if the team stays on course. “I’m confident in my team, knowing how experienced they are and their teamwork.”
If you’re a fan of InSomnus’ streaming side, don't worry, because streaming remains equally important to the PUBG Mobile pro. “I follow a strict schedule every day (that balances both streaming and training). Some days I might slack a little due to continuous work, but I usually toughen myself up to stick to it as much as possible.”
He hopes to boost his followers and viewership, so he can entertain and teach younger fans to consider other career paths from esports. “Education is important too, it opens a pathway into other journeys that we wouldn’t normally think of.” As for his competitive side, InSomnus will continue doing his darndest to reach new heights.
Be sure to follow InSomnus on Facebook Gaming for his daily streams!
Plenty has changed for Pakistan’s very own Facebook Gaming superstar, Saaokiller, since we last spoke to him one and a half years ago. His biggest achievement? Garnering a whopping fan base of 1.4 million followers, a huge leap for the Facebook Gaming Creator who's been working tirelessly to reach his latest milestone.
“It feels good, it feels achieved,” Omer “Saaokiller” Saeed expressed, and deservedly so, especially with his wife supporting his passion all the way. The Karachi resident revealed that he was working literally every single day to get this far, though he’s beginning to take it easier by resting every Friday to prioritise other more important things. “I want to take better care of my health now (especially mentally), and I also promised my family to rest and spend more time with them.”
Behind every decision that Saaokiller makes, he puts his wife, parents and kids at the forefront, who’ve been there by his side since he started this journey. “Though I spent money on my PUBG Mobile account and my new gaming room (which he recently renovated to be sweet as heck), they’re more of an investment to my streaming business (than a personal purchase).” After all, their love and support means the world to him, and he wants to make sure they’re well taken care of.
It’s unfortunate that last year, which Saaokiller deems his toughest time yet, also saw the loss of his most treasured supporter: his mother. He and his brother took turns to care for her, because no live-in nurse was available during the pandemic, though it’s a blessing in disguise that allowed Saaokiller to spend more time with her.
“Sometimes I have to leave my stream halfway to look after her,” to the extent that he had to turn off his live stream without saying goodbye to his viewers. Even when he did so, his mother didn’t want him to stop streaming, knowing full well the blood and sweat the PUBG Mobile streamer poured into his work.
Despite being encouraged by Facebook Gaming to take a break from his daily streams, Saaokiller went back to work four days after her passing. “I worry that I’ll fall into depression if I stop streaming,” he admitted. At first glance, this writer was concerned that maybe him doing so would harm him, but he later put that to rest, “It’s actually helping me heal, being surrounded by people who talk and care about me.”
In a time when the pandemic has hit the world hardest, little did Saaokiller know that just by streaming his gameplay and interacting with his viewers, he’s also helping those who’ve been afflicted by the crisis. The luxury watch collector received so many thank-you messages, even some of them were short-story lengths. “It’s the first time I’ve done something like this for people, helping them not feel bored or frustrated by the situation they’re in. It’s this kind of thing that gives me motivation to do what I do.”
Grateful for the towers of strength (his family and squad of fellow Facebook Gaming Creators) he’s had while growing his career, Saaokiller has been relentless in giving back to the community (“I strongly believe that you get what you give.”).
His latest effort, helping Facebook Gaming expand their platform to his home country of Pakistan, has paved the way even more for aspiring video game streamers, by convincing the country’s general conservative mindset that gaming is a lucrative industry. “It may mean more competition, but we all have to leave someday. Besides, most of them are actually pretty good.”
“Pakistan is a huge up-and-coming esports market that no one is looking at, which is why I told eGG Network to convince Facebook Gaming to consider us,” said the 37-year-old, adding that he’s happy to not only give people a chance to be streamers, but also to make any gamers’ “dreams comes true'' subsequently, when more opportunities open up. He noticed that a lot of people are leaving other platforms to join Facebook Gaming (since the expansion), so that they can be ‘verified’ and have their own official accounts.
Saaokiller personally brought several streamers - personal friends and squadmates (SK Squad) who had his back since he started creating content - on board Facebook Gaming, a testament to how much he believes in the platform and industry.
Though some left his side, a fair few remained (for whom Saaokiller is thankful for) to grow with him in this thriving community: On HeAd, KelGaming and Nomii Plays. “These are all young boys (15 - 25 years old), and when their first paycheck came, it changed their families’ whole perception of what they’re doing.”
“It’s a revolution in our country, and I’m glad to be a part of it.”
“Come, give me your birth date, and I’ll calculate for you to know your personality.”
It’s the first time this writer heard such a request in his interviews, one where his interviewee offered to evaluate his personality just by calculating his birthday, which is also the type of content he produces on his TikTok page (yes, this hip-as-heck uncle uses TikTok). I silenced my scepticism to agree to it, and lo and behold, he was accurate every step of the way! It hit a bit too close to home (especially the ugly ones), but hey, vulnerabilities are never easy to live with.
Goes to show that streamers are more than they seem, and Pakcik Gaming is no exception. No wonder the 52-year-old Facebook Gaming Creator became the first-ever Malaysian elderly video game streamer to hit the 100k followers milestone just two days ago.
“When I was starting out, I was afraid I wouldn’t be accepted by the community,” Noorhisyam “Pakcik” Razali admitted, feeling self-conscious as an elderly person entering the streaming sphere. Despite his concerns, Pakcik ignored that possibility and focused on doing his best, a decision that has been paying off handsomely since his beginnings in mid-2020. “COVID-19 isn’t a problem, it’s an opportunity.”
No acts of bravery wouldn’t be possible if there weren’t any motivation behind them. For Pakcik, he’s not streaming for the Stars, not when he already rakes in income as a university lecturer teaching business. “I want to change parents’ stigma against video games,” he said, noticing that when he started playing games, he felt that he could learn new things better. “Give your children a chance to play games, because it does help with their studies, as long as you set a schedule for it.”
One other motive Pakcik has is to prove that one can stream video games from scratch. “I learned everything I can on YouTube,” he reminisced - it took him a month to learn OBS Studio, a live streaming software. “It was a lot of trial and error. Even my viewers were helping me out with anything I had difficulty with.” And now, not only did he inspire some of his viewers to become streamers, but he’s also been guiding them with their streaming career and clarifying any stumbling blocks they happen upon.
Aside from guidance, Pakcik even shares his viewers' content on his page to help boost their audience. It may not seem like much on the surface, but it’s a tried and true act of kindness that Pakcik himself was grateful to experience in his early days.
“The first time I streamed, a stranger on Facebook messaged me, offering to help me with anything I needed. At the time I didn’t know, but it turned out to be Vokey!” he exclaimed. He explained how the professional PUBG Mobile player/content creator watched his streams and suggested his fans to check out Pakcik’s page, expanding his fan base. Even Soloz used to watch the Petaling Jaya native’s antics. “It shows how big streamers can really help smaller streamers, something that I want to do too. Even a bit is good enough.”
As Pakcik streamed more and more, he started learning the language and mindsets of the younger generation due to his viewers. “When I enter their world, I can advise and teach them better, even inspire them to study. I told them how even Soloz has a diploma, and that it’s better to have educated and intelligent gamers.”
To walk the talk even further, Pakcik has been conducting online classes for SPM takers, mainly giving them on how to study better and develop motivation. “With all the support I’ve gotten, I’m always thinking of giving back to the community.” The nasi lemak lover plans to set up a gaming house, a school that teaches professional gaming (both entertainment and esports) and form his own esports team, the Pakcik Gaming Squad.
An ambitious gameplan, but Pakcik has always been an entrepreneur at heart. From selling tupperwares (Pakcik Tupperware) and plus-size kurtas to managing his popular TikTok page, Pakcik is one to take risks and meticulously evaluate trends to grow his success.
“Basically, I apply everything I learned about marketing in everything I do, in both gaming and tupperwares.” It’s why he streams one of the most accessible games out there, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, to better connect with his audience. “It’s not about how well you play the game, it’s how you interact with your viewers,” as well as having a lot of positive energy in your streams. If future streamers are still worried about their game performance, Pakcik advised, “Use that as a humour device.” Regardless of your gameplay, the more you play, the better you’ll get eventually, just like he did.
Always the entrepreneur, Pakcik won’t be solely streaming MLBB forever. He’s been training his PUBG Mobile gameplay with a couple of fans who are adept at the game, so expect some mobile battle royale content - which his fans have been dying to see from him - to arrive on his Facebook Gaming page soon. “I also bought a steering wheel controller to stream Truck Simulator in the future, so I can talk to my viewers more.”
With wigs and accessories prepared at all times during his streams to turn up the fun, Pakcik Gaming is laser-focused on giving his fans the entertainment he feels they deserve and contributing to the community the best he can.