Creator Spotlight: JanuaryAKG
The PUBG Mobile streamer may be a fan of shooter games, but he wouldn't mind trading bullets for musical notes soon.
Welcome, fellow eGGlets, to eGG Network's Creator Spotlight. This is our latest series of quick, snappy profile pieces on your favourite streamers, as they share stories about their streaming persona and interests.
While comedy is the most-used method for streamers to keep their fans entertained, some prefer sticking to skill-based old school gaming that leaves their fans gasping for more thrills. That's the streaming style Malaysian Facebook Gaming streamer, JanuaryAKG, adopted ... with sterling results.
"Shroud (a popular streamer on Mixer known for his pro gaming skills) is my source of inspiration," said Tan "JanuaryAKG" Wen Shen, which makes perfect sense with his gameplay. Much like his idol, the 29-year-old employs an aggressive pro play style - consisting of tricks, stunts and 200 IQ plays - to keep his viewers glued to his streams. Sometimes, he even carries out personal challenges with different games to spice things up a little.
"My priority is to play well and entertain my viewers," January said. "It's not about winning, it's about the action I can pull off, so they can enjoy my streams more."
Despite streaming PUBG Mobile on a regular basis, January actually started out as a PC gamer and generally plays shooter games, so gaming is second nature to him. When he saw how much wind mobile games were catching in Southeast Asia (especially PUBG Mobile), he tried out the popular battle royale game - along with Free Fire - and has been in love with it ever since. Having amassed a total of 215k followers on his Facebook page, it's safe to assume that streaming PUBG Mobile has been a wild success for January.
"There's no shortcut to success," he opined. "We as streamers grind a lot of time and effort to work our way up." Despite his following, January admitted that he still has some way to go before he considers himself "successful". Even so, it's because of his supporters that he's remained motivated to continue streaming for as long as possible.
On what other types of content he'd like to do in the near future, January hopes to stream music rhythm games, a departure from his current portfolio of shooter-based streams.
"I'm good at playing them, and I enjoy music a lot, too," he revealed, citing his concerns for music copyright issues as the main reason why he hasn't streamed them. "On the other hand, I'd like to try my hand at story games as well, separating the story segments into multiple episodes for my fans to watch."