Today I am excited to announce the next post in a new series on the site where we will be looking to sit down and speak with each of the #CMG stream team members as well as other influential and up-and-coming members of the community.
Today’s Blog Interview is with no other than MitchyFM! Twitch Affiliate. Part of the #CMG Stream Team. Majority Football Manager Streamer.
CM: Hi Mitchy! Thanks for taking the time out to sit down with us today. Let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.
MF: My name is Mitch, 26 from Sheffield. Music, Football and Ice Hockey are my three main loves. I used to play football at a decent standard and then subsequently have hung my boots up and replaced them with golf clubs! I’ve grown up watching the Sheffield Steelers Ice Hockey team, my Mom and Dad used to run the penalty box and scoreboard and I’ve been ever since. Since then I’ve fallen in love with the Frolunda Indians from Gothenburg and visit them a few times a year.
CM: What got you started in streaming?
MF: I had been watching a few other people stream, and thought that I could bring my positivity and love for FM into it as well. I’m fairly handy on a computer and with a little bit of guidance from a couple of people. Here I am today.
CM: What was your biggest challenge in the beginning and how did you overcome that?
MF: Talking even when sometimes there’s nobody there. There’s only so many times you can say to yourself, the viewers will come.
CM: What are some lessons have you learned throughout your journey?
MF: Variation is good. As much as I love FM. There’s plenty of moments where I just sit thinking, is this good enough? Is this save entertaining? The last thing I want is for it to come across as I’m faking the emotion as I don’t. I love commentating on games, the celebrations are real. To me, FM isn’t just a game! So sometimes playing other games isn’t a bad thing.
CM: Tell us some of your favourite stream moments.
MF: Completing my first 24-hour charity stream, although I didn’t hit my target. The cause and the commitment of my mods too were truly appreciated. My favourite moments are receiving messages from viewers saying how much they enjoy my stream and what I do. Getting raided by Loki Doki was also a massive highlight for me.
CM: What are your favourite Twitch streams to watch other than your own?
MF: Well apart from our brilliant CMG team and creators. I love watching Shroud his talent is unreal. I also watching CasinoDaddy who are some Swedish streamers that play Slots online some of their big wins are great to watch for reaction purposes. Doop helped me originally set up my stream so I still occasionally lurk in his stream to see how he’s getting on.
CM: What advice would you give to a new streamer? Anything to avoid?
MF: Structure, ensure you’ve got everything set up such as a schedule, commands for chat. Don’t give up, be committed even if your viewer count is low. It will be at the start. Make sure you’ve got a camera so people can put a face to a name. Avoid self-promotion in other people’s channels is the number 1 thing not to do.
CM: How has you content/stream changed since the early days?
MF: Lots of little things have changed, such as lighting to make the stream look better, upgrading my webcam. All the little things make the overall quality better for me.
CM: What sort of changes would you like to see Twitch implement to better support a stream like yours?
MF: I don’t really know, maybe have a feature that allows smaller games to be seen more.
CM: Have you ever found yourself sacrificing or doing something you didn’t want to do in order to please your viewers?
MF: Carrying on a save when I wasn’t enjoying it happens a lot. I want to stream FM but there are times I’m saying to myself do something different.
CM: With your main game – Football Manager – being a very niche community, do you strategically market your content towards that demographic?
MF: Not particularly, however, I do choose foreign teams which aren’t classed as the top 4. I also make sure I have knowledge of the club/fans and if I’ve seen them play then I already have a closer connection to them. The Malaga Masterclass was the save that built my channel, I knew almost everything about them and have watched them a couple of times in the past so I already had love towards them.
CM: What are some of the ways you promote your content and begin to gain a following?
MF: Networking and speaking a couple of languages if foreign viewers come in, I feel it’s a great thing to be able to communicate in their native tongue, even if its just a few words. However, like I said, networking is key. Discord/Twitter allow everyone to chat and voice their opinions on everything.
CM: Any future content creation plans? YouTube etc.?
MF: There’s another 24-hour charity stream in the pipeline. YouTube is something I’ve been thinking about however I don’t think I’m creative enough to do the editing side.
CM: Tell us something exciting coming to video gaming. (New games, software etc)
MF: Looking forward to the release of Halo, there is still rumours of CoD Modern Warfare 2 being remastered as well. Don’t forget WoW Vanilla being released also so we can really get our nerd on.
CM: Lastly, where can our readers find you?
CM: Thank you Mitchy for sharing your time!
CM: As always, feedback is greatly appreciated. I can be found through the below links!