About a week ago, I decided I would quit streaming on Twitch. I enjoyed some parts of Twitch streaming, while others not so much. In the end, I realized that the cons outweighed the pros and that I, therefore, would be better off putting that project on the shelf, for now. There were a few main points leading me to reach this decision, and I’ll explain the three biggest ones here.
The main reason for quitting was that I simply felt like reaching my full poker potential while streaming, was not gonna be possible. IMO having an active presence on Twitch, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and godknowswhat, will definitely hinder your progress in poker. Not do you only have to show up to actually stream, but between the streaming there is editing, uploading, captioning, posting, responding to DMs, answering emails and everything else that goes with it. This is also why you don’t see any real bosses streaming consistently on Twitch (or vice versa)… You’ll have a few of the GOATs popping in to do a stream here and there to promote their product or whatever – but you don’t see any of the LLinusLLoves, OtB_RedBarons or €urop€ans consistently bashing it out in the Twitch streets, and there is a reason for that. We all have limited time and mental capacity. Good luck streaming for 12 hours, and then hitting the Pio-solver streets for a few hours after that… For me, that was a no-go, as my brain often would be completely fried after streaming. In the end, my goal is the become an absolute crusher, and I didn’t see that happening while spending that much time and energy on streaming/social media.
The second reason is that honestly, I don’t think I am/was very good at it. Let me elaborate. To be a good poker streamer, it is not enough to explain your thought process and to educate your viewers, but you also have to be entertaining. I was never the guy who would yell and curse while slamming my keyboard if I got rivered in a key pot deep in a tournament. I was never the guy who would proudly stand up, fist-pump and exclaim that I was the greatest, after shipping a big tournament. I was never the guy who would go on huge rants or show a lot of emotions in either direction. As a poker player, this is a skillset I pride myself on. I keep my emotions in check, and I approach the game in an analytical way. As a streamer, however, this is definitely a leak. What do the majority of people want to see? Lex raging and punching his monitor, after butchering a hand in the Hot $109, or me explaining why I believe that my river call was probably OK in equilibrium, but that it might not be great against the population who tends to underbluff that certain spot? In my opinion, a big % of the Twitch demographic would rather see the former, than the latter.
The third reason is that the thing I enjoy the most about playing poker for a living is the freedom that it gives me. The freedom to set my own schedule, to take a day off if I feel like shit, or to hop on a plane to Barcelona if I miss the sun. Being successful on Twitch is all about consistency. The biggest poker streamers over the past few years have been very different from each other. Different nationalities, ages, personalities, skill levels and so on. The common denominator? They showed up. To be a person who consistently SHOWS UP, you need to push aside personal wants and needs. I decided it was important for me to have the option to go home to see my family in Norway, or visit my friends abroad, or travel to Vegas for the WSOP during the summer, to name some examples. Of course, I could do all of these things while also “streaming on Twitch” – but I would remain a mid-tier streamer, with a viewer count barely breaching the 3 digit mark.
I’ll keep it short and wrap it up here – not to bore you guys to death. As always, I appreciate all feedback and comments from you guys. Good luck to everyone grinding the big online series’ starting today!