There has been a lot of controversy lately around surrounding the tweets of legendary broadcaster @Lirik who went off about small broadcasters who request donations or have an expectation of making money from the get go.
I put up a tip jar after 1.5 years of streaming. If you don't start your "streaming career" with "fun" in your mind, you are fucked.— Lirik (@LIRIK) May 11, 2016
You won’t even know whether you want to be a streamer until 3-6 months in. If you start asking for donations and rely on the income you become a slave to the stream and you’ll eventually dread it. Fun and the thrill of streaming has to be the base of it all. It’s harsh but true. It’s unreasonable for droves of gamers to quit their jobs in the expectation that viewers should support them as a small streamer. The fact is that they haven’t even put in any time that that expectation becomes a bit much. If your content is good then it’s a moot point because you’ll get there anyways.
I think this is a lot of hyperbole. Surely he can understand that people have the right to ask for payment for any service or product. Whether they are in it for the long run or not is up to them. I think Lirik is just surprised that people don’t see the silliness in brand new streamers asking for money so quickly when they are highly unproven and often of low to moderate quality.
It’s not just his opinion, it’s a really thoughtful approach to long-term success on Twitch. As soon as you put more expectations in than gratefulness that you have an opportunity and technology to stream to thousands of people you begin to head towards burn-out.
In conclusion, make fun the focus first and foremost. Don’t even think about donations for the first year. Keep your focus on improving and providing people an opportunity to see your talent. When the time is right, you will have that “ah ha” moment and from there you will know you have something tangible.