LAFAYETTE – To the average viewer, it may look like just another young adult playing video games. But for Erin Owens, playing video games is precisely how she makes her money.
Erin, A UL graduate, is one of the millions of online streamers for the company “Twitch,” a live video streaming platform where viewers can pay actual money to watch their favorite streamers play video games.
“I like to compare it to sports,” says Owens, who uses the name “Pinkieez” on Twitch, “People love watching professionals play sports. You love playing sports, but it’s fun to watch people who are really good at them. Same thing goes for video games. You love video games so you love watching people who are good at them, or they’re just funny or entertaining.”
On twitch, more followers and subscribers lead to more money, which is why Erin tries to accommodate viewers all over the world.
“I have viewers from Europe. So sometimes they’re like, ‘Hey can you please stream earlier? If you start streaming at eight o’clock at night, I can’t watch you.’ So I’m trying to get up, have a little early stream. Take a break. Have an evening stream for people in this area and the United States.”
Anyone is able to create their own stream. But like any other job, it takes dedication to actually find success.
As Owens explains, “Keep doing it, you gotta grind it out. Because people are like ‘Oh, you sit at home. You play video games. How hard is it?’ And then they see you sit in front of it for hours on hours on hours. You’re not only playing, you’re having interact back in forth in your chat. It’s very tiring. You just have to grind it out.”