1. What is the story behind your channel name?
The story behind the BatchGamingTV name is basically Batch is my nickname that everyone uses both in IRL and on gaming so I thought I used it to make my channel name.
2. What is your video game history/background and all time favourite game?
I started gaming when I got given an Amstrad CPC464 by my Dad and my late mum for a Birthday present at 5 years of age. I had games such as Paperboy, Pinball Wizard, Emlyn Hughes Soccer etc. I then progressed to the SEGA Master System, PS1, PS2, PS3 and Xbox 360 right up to now where I have the Xbox One which I got donated by my legendary friend, MrSavageFox, and my PS4. Both are used often and I am glad to get to play games on these platforms. I made so many great friends online since the start of it back on PS2.
My all time favourite game is probably Metal Gear Solid because I loved the mayhem you can cause trying to sneak up on guards haha
3. What/Who inspired you to start creating content on the internet?
I was inspired to make content when YouTube came to fruition and saw gaming videos. I then moved to the streaming side of things after watching people stream on YouTube before it started as YouTube Gaming and took inspiration from an awesome Aussie streamer named DibbsGG. I then tried it out with Beam or now known as Mixer and was inspired to try it there with the likes of JaredFPS and now I am on Twitch and taking inspiration from the likes of xLindsayJane, pulpy, Squirrel, Timthetatman and Ltzonda.
4. When did you start creating content on the internet?
My first ever video on YouTube was 12 years ago on 26th October 2006. Them days, I could only use a camera to point to my TV and then upload. Look how far we come now with the capture cards available. :O
5. How did you find the first few weeks/months of content creation? (any funny stories/mistakes/highlights?)
I always wanted to share my gaming moments with people and YouTube provided it right until the mess ups with copyright claims etc. I now use Twitch for uploads and streaming.
My highlights of the early days were the original Black Ops clips I uploaded which featured some amazing tomahawk kills on Team Deathmatch.
6. How did you grow your channel? How did you network?
I went onto gaming forums and networked by chatting gaming etc., leaving links in the forum signature sections before the days of Facebook and Twitter. Now, it's easier to do it than just forums thanks to the social networks and Discord too.
7. What has been your proudest moment so far?
The most obvious proudest moment has to be being part of two gaming communities called Mature Video Gamer and Gamerkitten, and then getting to know one gamer called Frequencey (Wendy), who we have since progressed from gaming together to being together in a relationship and now engaged, with a baby on the way. I owe our love to Martin and Alan who they introduced me to her. I love her so much and look forward to the rest of our lives together.
8. How did you find the technical side of content creation? Setting up your channel, etc?
There are always technical hitches with these things when streaming or video capturing but always been striving to get the best optima quality despite not a powerful PC and only recently found the best settings and the streams never looked so crisp before. I always been hungry for quality and have achieved that lately with the setup as well as designing the pages, social media etc.
I owe another thanks for my awesome logo by a Mixer streamer called shadymonk3y who did it out of his free time and never wanted any money for it. His work is amazing
9. What do you enjoy most about your content creation hobby/career?
Having great laughs on streams with fellow friends, gamers, viewers etc. and clipping them for highlights to look back whenever I wanted to.
10. What don't you enjoy so much about your content creation hobby/career?
Seeing nasty trolls on any platform for streaming or video content. These are found everywhere but we have to learn to not feed them by reacting to them and just simply use the correct tools provided by these platforms whether timing them out or banning them and reporting them.
11. What are you short term and long term goals for your channel/s?
My short term goals are to build my followers and subs up under the Twitch affiliate programme. I recently hit 1.5K followers. My long term goal is becoming partnered with Twitch and other places such as Discord but I have to continue to work hard.
12. What advice would you give anyone looking to get into content creation?
Don't get put off if you can't afford to invest in equipment, either save up for it and start when you can and have the equipment needed, or make full use of the streaming and capture capabilities found in newest consoles such as the PS4 and Xbox One. Take the time to set up your channels in terms of design and wording, consider rules for chat and also set up which social media you'd want to use.
13. Finally, what other content creators do you enjoy watching and recommend people check out?
First one is obviously yourself, JoeR247. Amazing streamer and great guy all round. Other content creators that I'd recommend are the ones mentioned earlier in the interview as well as my other favourites such as silverback legend Nozzabox,
MrPhoenixFear (both on Mixer), Official_DoN_Gaming and Hunkstaban. To be honest, I have too many to mention but feel free to see who I follow on Twitch, Mixer or even check my Twitter and give all those some support.
Come and follow the light of BatchGamingTV and receive your Daily Bread over at www.twitch.tv/batchgamingtv and also check the Twitter at www.twitter.com/batchgamingtv
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