People making a living off of producing YouTube videos and streaming on Twitch is still a relatively new market. This new market is dominated by people in their youth. Depending on what kind of content they create, they might not be able to keep doing this forever.
One day, YouTubers and Twitch streamers are gonna have to hang up their webcams and microphones and call it a day. Obviously they are going to be replaced by new, younger, up and coming, (some might say ‘upstart’) content creators. When that day comes, I hope they have enough money saved up for a pension.
We have to remember that there are legions of them, but there’s no union, or anything like that. It’s every man, woman, and child for themselves. The biggest names in the business might be okay. But even they can’t keep it up forever, at least not in their current form.
I can’t imagine someone like Pewdiepie uploading a vlog at 80 years old. “Hey everybody, woo-woop! I’m back from my cybernetic hip replacement surgery, peeeeewdiepie! The doctor told me that the nanites and the cloned tissue is bonding properly and I’ll be able to take a shit on my own again. *N-word* Oh shit, did I say that? Looks like I’m gonna have to grow a beard again!”
Things could get a lot tougher for female streamers who.. *ahem* serve a particular demographic, if you know what I mean. Because we’re all gonna decay. If it comes to the point where they can’t adapt successfully, let’s hope that potential employers can’t find the thousands of hours of archived material. I personally wouldn’t hold it against them at all, but that’s me.
I really only use twitch to watch esports events. It’s only recently that I discovered this YouTube channel that showed me that there is some weird nonsense happening there. Most of the messed up stories seem to come from the “IRL” streamers. IRL standing for “In real life”. I could never walk around town with cameras strapped to me, and speak out loud, by myself. I don’t know how they do it.
As a bystander though, it is kinda funny seeing Twitch banning people for things completely out of their control. If a banned user shows up on someone else’s stream, the streamer gets banned. So there have been instances of banned users jumping on front of people’s cameras and dancing. Random people flashing genetalia unprovoked, screaming racial epitaphs, and shit.
I couldn’t stop laughing earlier today, because I saw a clip of a dude who opened a link someone sent him in chat. It was something pretty messed up, and right away he knew he was getting banned. I can barely type this out, because I’m laughing again, thinking about it. Just… here’s the clip. Don’t worry, the offending image is blocked out.
I know I’m not supposed to laugh at other people’s misfortune but damn it... The poor bastard.
But yeah, it’ll be interesting seeing how this new industry develops. Will it ever reach a point of equilibrium? Perhaps the chaos is it’s strength. Reader if you are an IRL twitch streamer or a YouTube vlogger than I would love to hear from you. How do you do it? This is insane to me.