1. What is the story behind your twitch channel name?
The Channel name Bravster is a variation on an older Gamer tag that I used many years ago in my Halo league days, Bravo26. Everyone used to call me Bravster and it just kinda stuck. Seeing that Bravo was already taken in many things I switched this over to avoid confusion, Im now recognised in most games by fans and older league players. Most recent being Dead by Daylight.
Integrated this with my Youtube persona although the name is slightly different there as it was created for others aswell as myself.
2. What is your video game history/background and all time favourite game?
When I was young around 3 til my early college years I used video games as a form of escapism, playing a variety from Wing commander on the Amiga A600+ or Sonic on my Mega Drive which was my favourite at the time.
I started using a PC to game probably around my 13th birthday and my game of choice was usually playing online on Jedi Knight 2 and I was pretty damn good, got invited to clans and such but it wasn’t until I moved to Halo PC that I started to nurture the competitive side of myself and it took myself and my team to 3rd in the EU CB Leagues, once the sequel was released however a lot of my pro league dreams died and the funding simply did not exist at the time.
So I looked at Game Design and started to learn to Code and play around in Unity although I have a general understanding I never took it very far.
I've had a lot of favourite games in the past, Halo, Tomb Raider, Final Fantasy, Wing commander, Xcom. I don't have one that stands out above the rest but Sonic will always be the game that really influenced me to pick up a pad for the first time.
3. What/who inspired you to start streaming?
I was inspired to stream by a mixture of things, mostly personal circumstance as I was falling into a rather deep depression at the time and it helped me claw out of a hole somewhat. I continue to do so now to show others that you can still carry on doing what you love regardless of illness.
My first few streams were in Aid of the charity ExtraLife, I did not raise much but it's something I hold close and once I am at the level of making income I will be using that influence to raise more money each year similar to the likes of the Yogscast Charity December streams, and RoosterTeeth.
4. When did you start streaming?
This year will be my 3rd year although I've been on and off constantly, the last 4 months have been a considerable improvement and focused effort.
5. How did you find the first few weeks/months of streaming? (any funny stories/mistakes/highlights?)
I can't remember the actual first weeks but my fresh start 4 months back was very different.
I was grabbing followers left and right but no real viewer retention, after the 3rd month I made affiliate and started to gain a more solid viewer base although January unsurprisingly has gone slow.
I have a few highlights of Don't starve screwing me over, and one or two in Rimworld. Since my new found strength and drive I've not really made many mistakes that are worth noting besides the follow for follow train.. I like many made the mistake although I did it once and did not repeat this it's worth mentioning its not worth doing.
6. How did you grow your stream? How did you network?
I network via facebook, Twitch itself, Twitter and Discord.
Usually supporting others and taking a genuine interest in the person.
I grew my stream by simply talking with others, inviting them to come chat rather than watch and just chill out, shoot the shit and assist them where necessary
7. What has been your proudest moment while streaming?
Probably the Charity Live Stream. Staying awake for 24 hours and raising money felt good.
8. How did you find the technical side of streaming? Setting up your stream, etc?
Personally I find it very easy coming from a very tech savvy background. I can fix most problems without issue. Helps that I work in IT aswell.
9. What do you enjoy most about your streaming career
Helping others and meeting new people, making people laugh really is the best way to help someone forget about all their problems, even if just for a minute.
10. What don't you enjoy so much about streaming?
Pretty much the same as above as I do this every time.
Comedy and Humanity are the 2 values I stand by.
11. What are you short term and long term goals for your stream?
Short term I would like to launch my new character and have it be well received by my community and draw other followers to the stream to make them laugh.
Long term I would like to turn it into a career where I can help others and teach to a certain degree while raising a family.
12. What advice would you give anyone looking to start streaming?
Do your research and don’t just jump in, there are a lot of tips and tricks and networking is important when you start out. Develop something that’s "new" if you're really shooting for numbers.
13. Finally, what other streamers do you enjoy watching?
Yogcast Jingle Jam, Geek and Sundry DnD, RoosterTeeth ExtraLife streams, Sips, and as a mention to a fellow TeamBNN streamer - Happyfeet_1402
Bravster streams content to make you laugh. With Characters of the likes of Gollum and Big Richard Johnson and many more. Streaming Strategy, Horror and Survival based games.
Join in the fun at www.twitch.tv/bravster, Interact on twitter at www.twitter.com/brav_chan
and watch Gollum and other characters at your own leisure at www.youtube.com/bravchangaming