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Asmongold explains why explosive Twitch fame is bad for new streamers

Published: 30/Apr/2020 8:58

by Isaac McIntyre

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Popular World of Warcraft star Asmongold has warned aspiring streamers against banking on explosive Twitch growth to “make it big” on the platform, and suggested it may even kill all momentum completely if handled wrong.

Becoming the next internet sensation is every aspiring streamer’s dream, and it does happen, on occasion. A viral TikTok clip fired Neekolul into Twitch stardom. Humble Kiwi woodcarver Broxh also found himself ⁠— albeit less happily — in the spotlight after viral success.

It isn’t always sunshine and roses though, veteran streaming star Asmongold has warned. In fact, he sees it as one of the worst ways to grow a channel, especially when the popularity is more than a small-time streamer can control.

Asmongold during a streamon Twitch.
Twitch: Asmongold
Asmongold is one of Twitch’s biggest streaming stars, and knows a thing or two about building a fanbase. He has 1.3 million followers.

According to the World of Warcraft streamer, any time a Twitch channel sees an explosion in popularity, hundreds of new fans pour in to “see the hype.” These viewers ⁠may seem positive, but too many too quickly spell trouble, he said.

The problem? If a Twitch star doesn’t build an actual community from the ground up, full of fans who understand inside jokes, and the vibe of the stream, the streamer can “quickly find themselves a stranger in their own community.”

“Whenever a stream grows very quickly, and sees a large surge in popularity, it is extremely hard to create and cultivate and keep those inside jokes and the inside irony behind the jokes as pure as they originally were,” he said.

Asmongold has been building his 1.3-million strong Twitch fanbase since mid-2016. Now he's reaping the rewards.
Twitter: Asmongold
Asmongold (pictured in 2012) has been building his Twitch fanbase since mid-2016, and his WoW following for even longer.

Asmongold ⁠— who recently took a four-month break from streaming to give himself a mental reset ⁠⁠— said he believes building a meaningful connection with fans is how a streamer gets, and remains, big on Twitch.

“The key is trust. The reason that’s important inside a community is because it not only creates a community where you ⁠— the streamer or content creator ⁠— is comfortable, but your fans are comfortable too,” he explained.

“If you find yourself growing too quickly, take a step back. Focus on building a core Twitch community. Make sure you know you have a lot of people watching you, and be aware of that when you’re creating content. Get away from inside jokes.”

For mobile readers, the related segment begins at 7:48 in the video below.

Asmongold isn’t the only streamer to speak out about the hidden negative side of explosive fame either ⁠— Neekolul commented on her “draining” rise to stardom soon after she hit the big time on the Amazon-owned website.

Long-term Twitch star Rachell ‘Valkyrae’ Hofstetter, who now streams on Youtube, has also recently weighed in on the struggles of internet fame. She admitted she’s “always paranoid,” and struggles with that a lot in her career.

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TikTok in shock as Quenlin Blackwell reveals she’s living with Diplo

Published: 23/Oct/2020 16:47

by Alice Hearing

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Popular TikToker and former vine star Quenlin Blackwell has bemused fans after revealing that she’s currently living with world-famous DJ Diplo.

Quenlin Blackwell first rose to fame on Vine, earning more than half a billion loops and half a million followers, and has now amassed more than 4 million followers on TikTok.

Diplo, 41, is an American DJ known for tracks like “Be Right There” and “Revolution,” and has released music with artists including Dua Lipa and Justin Bieber. He is also a founding member of electronic supergroup Major Lazer.

The DJ’s global fame is partly a reason why TikTok was so bemused when 19-year-old Quenlin revealed to her followers that she lives with him. In one video, responding to fans who asked her about noise complaints, she very casually said “I live with Diplo right now and he fully supports my endeavors.”

Quenlin Blackwell and Addison Rae Instagram
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Quenlin is popular on TikTok and is often seen with members of the Hype House

TikTokers immediately asked questions about how the pair ended up living together and expressed their surprise. Quen responded to a comment that said “What! Tell us how this happened. We need the story,” and filmed herself asking Diplo why she lives with him, to which he responded, “Because I have no other friends.”

@quenblackwellReply to @itsamayy♬ original sound – quenblackwell

This offered fans little in the way of explanation and even rapper Lil Yachty responded with cry-laughing emojis.

One user wrote: “This is the oddest duo but like I’m not mad.” Another wrote: “I’m sorry I’m having a hard time processing this,” while someone else added “Who is writing the 2020 script?? I just wanna know.”

@quenblackwellLIVING WITH DIPLO: PART 3 he doesn’t know how to tie his shoes♬ original sound – quenblackwell

Since the bizarre reveal, Quenlin has begun a TikTok series documenting her living situation with one of the world’s biggest musicians. So far Quenlin has filmed Diplo struggling to tie his shoelaces, bopping to music in the car, and behind the scenes at a live-stream concert for Major Lazer’s new album launch.

@diploThe time when @quenblackwell called the paparazzi on herself in my backyard smh♬ original sound – Diplo

Meanwhile, Diplo has featured Quenlin on his own TikTok including a video of him checking to see if she has swollen glands in her neck and a sneaky video of a photoshoot with the caption “The time when @quenblackwell called the paparazzi on herself in my backyard smh.”

No one was ready for such a bizarre collaboration, but TikTok is here for it and excited to see the next few installments of Quenlin’s “Living with Diplo” series.