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.

Catch ShunYeungHD streaming live on Facebook or his VODs on YouTube. Stay tuned to eGG Network for more in-depth profiles of your favourite streamers!

Before his time as a regular PUBG Mobile/GTA V streamer, he was - and still is - responsible for the growth of esports in Malaysia.

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.

Hearty, generous, easygoing. Those are the words that come to mind when watching the streams of the father of Malaysian esports, Firdaus “MasterRamen” Hashim, on Facebook Gaming. Having amassed 472,000 followers on his page, it’s not an understatement to say that he has come a long way since he first became involved in the esports scene years ago.

“My gamer name was inspired by Naruto, because he loves free ramen,” MasterRamen said with a chuckle. “I named myself MasterRamen, because I like giving out free stuff.” And walked the talk he did, expressing his gratitude and appreciation towards his fans by giving them freebies so that they feel “extra special” during his playthroughs, especially his Top Fans.

MasterRamen’s journey in bringing esports to rising prominence in the country has been an eventful one. His big break came about when he was managing an Dota 2 esports team, named Lowyat.net Esports before rebranding itself as Arrow Gaming. Against all odds, the team successfully qualified for the prestigious The International 4 (TI4), which he was extremely proud of. “We won the qualifiers in style,” he reminisced.

With his beloved wife, Asfarina Wan Nordin.

However, a match-fixing scandal ensued after he left Arrow Gaming, about which he was told in confidence before exposing it to public knowledge. “I felt like I was betraying the trust of an old friend, but it needed to be done to stop the issue from becoming worse,” he said with a heavy heart. It wasn’t an easy thing for MasterRamen to do, but it’s one that the community would unanimously commend him for.

But it didn’t stop there. MasterRamen’s crowning achievement would be him getting appointed as the manager/”father figure” of the Malaysian esports team participating in SEA Games 2019. After all, it is an esports milestone that he’s grateful to be a part of. “Before this, esports players would either play for themselves or the esports organisations they represent. But for the first time ever, with esports at SEA Games, they can now play for the pride of their country.” Malaysia went on to bag one gold and bronze medals from the 30th edition of the sporting event, which recognised esports as a medal sport for the first time.

"Many pro players in Malaysia came to me when they had problems, and I would help them voice out or give them advice. Maybe that's why they nicknamed me 'Father of Malaysian Esports'."

Now, MasterRamen continues pursuing his passion for video game streaming. Arming himself with PUBG Mobile, Call of Duty: Mobile, and Grand Theft Auto V as his regularly streamed games, he chose to stream these games due to their popularity and the fun content that comes with the games. The “vast open world” of GTA V and the thrills of PUBG and CoD are why he doesn’t mind streaming them for hours. But what’s the point of streaming if you don’t have an audience?

“I like to interact a lot with my viewers,” MasterRamen said, saying that he likes entertaining them by not only engaging with them, but also by introducing funny content that they can enjoy. It’s a style that brings to mind FIFA streamer Castro1021, who he happens to idolise.

MasterRamen roleplaying as the head of the Malaysian Special Branch in GTA V.

Ironically enough, MasterRamen hopes to stream more sports games in the near future. “I’ve always loved FIFA, Formula One and NBA,” he revealed. He’s aware that the local community doesn't actually watch streams of sports games, which he hopes wouldn’t be a problem when he streams them.

Follow MasterRamen to catch his live streams every weekday from 3pm to 6pm and 9pm to 12am! 

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