Generally I played lots of games with viewers on my stream. I aimed to teach those who are new to the game the basics, and tips to improve. It's up to them how far they want to take that knowledge. I like to give people a safe space to give this awesome game a go. A lot of feedback on MOBAs is "I'm too intimated to learn because I don't want to let my team down."
Sadly, the flip side to this is having such a wide variety of players
newbies, to masterful players, to players like myself who have been
in the game a long time but aren't necessarily the most skilled.
The abrasion that occurs among the team in these instances can be so
disappointing, especially when dragged out across a 6 hour long stream.
Experienced players can assume that everyone knows everything about
the game or become impatient. Newer players might do their best to keep up but
ultimately feel deflated every time an aggressive player jumps in too far and exclaims "Where was
the [tank/healer/team]?!?" and everyone's feelings get hurt.
Most of my streamer friends hate viewer games. The stress that comes with having to manage the
ever-changing personalities on the team every time someone rotates out,
the dynamic shifts and synergy wanes, is too much on top of the
engagement, production and quality assurance we're already running on a
one-man live show. They will not ever do
them for this reason. It's frustrating for everyone; the
broadcaster, the viewers that feel uncomfortable witnessing conflict,
the players have varying expectations. Let's just say that, thanks to Jazzy's play dates, I'm finally seeing the light.
I don't enjoy solo queue. I turn off chat. I turn off voice chat (yes, I've admitted many times, I was wrong
Viewer games stress me out because I can't turn these features off for fear of tensions
rising among our team mates, and not being able to resolve those issues
because I wasn't present to hear what happened. But let's be real - with
all the other things I'm doing in that moment, I'll miss a lot on comms anyway. So
what's the point?
The point is: play the game how you know you enjoy it most. I know my time in the game is best spent with these women, even
competitively - which is a huge win for me. We synergise. We have upmost
respect for each other. We know our roles. We learn from each other. We can play together, fail
together and laugh together. Ultimately we end up with a net positive
outcome, better content and twice as much of it. We even
get to engage with our audiences better. I definitely felt that
yesterday with all the new faces that wandered into the stream, saw all
the fun we were having and asked about what Heroes of the Storm is and
how they can start learning. I definitely love this outcome better, so this is my vow to stick to it.
(YES, KIYE, YOU WERE RIGHT, GAWD.)