Hey Blerd Fam, hey! If you didn’t know, Twitch is the platform for everything gaming-related and creativity. You can find some of the biggest names in the gaming community there. I wanted to create a spotlight for growing Twitch streamers that I know you will enjoy.
Up next, I want to introduce you to CopacaXi! She plays a lot of different games from The Sims 4, Apex Legends, Rogue Company, and Animal Crossing just to name a few. I wanted to share her story with you. So “What’s Their Twitch?”, you can find CopacaXi at www.twitch.tv/CopacaXi. She streams Fridays and Saturdays starting at 8:00 pm EST and Sundays and Wednesdays starting at 1pm EST. Follow CopacaXi on her social media, Twitter and Instagram @CopacaXi!
Give us an introduction to who you are and the in and outs of your broadcast.
My name is Cat, and I am a Full-Time Production Freelancer for TV, Film, & Commercial. I absolutely love freelancing because it gives me the freedom to deep dive into personal creative ventures such as streaming! I’m competitive, energetic, and on a mission to break every boundary put in front of me. My stream is all about the chaos and enjoying the shenanigans with my friends and viewers, so if you’re looking for some laughter, good conversation, and positive vibes, come through! Also, for those who are wondering, my gamer tag (CopacaXi) is pronounced Copa-Kashi. It’s a blend of one of my favorite places (Copacabana) and one of my favorite Portuguese words (abacaxi, which means pineapple).
Share with the class about your Twitch channel and your community.
As I’m just starting out, my channel is very much a work in progress, but I’m so proud of the progress I’m making! I’ve been adding new elements with each stream, learning new software, and taking notes, so with every hour I get a little better. My community is full of love and support which makes launching this journey a little less intimidating every time I go live. Words can’t describe how grateful I am for all of the people who have been supporting me since the idea of streaming was just a seed. Likewise, I’m immensely grateful for all of the people who have been making their way into my corner since the first stream. These people help paved my way to becoming a Twitch affiliate after 8 streams.
Twitch is all about games and creativity. What type of content do you stream on your channel?
I‘m a variety streamer who loves playing FPS, Adventure, RPG, and Simulator games. I primarily game on Xbox, and every so often I’ll hook up my Switch 🙂
What made you start this journey in streaming and when did you start?
I’ve been wanting to stream/content create for a long time, but I was always nervous. I would psych myself out thinking I was good enough to play but not big enough to “compete” (have an audience rooting for you against all odds like your home team). I didn’t have the setup, I wasn’t playing the top 2 or 3 games on the chart, and I didn’t know if I’d be good enough to grab and keep people’s attention. The more I doubted myself, the more the people around me would push me to stop sleeping on myself and make it happen. I was too focused on not being able to pull in the non-gamer communities I already had around me. Honestly, though, the feeling of throwing all of your fears out of the widow is effervescent, and I can’t believe I didn’t start streaming sooner! My first live stream was on January 22nd, 2021 for 5 hours. There’s no turning back now lol.
What are some of the issues and challenges that you’ve faced on Twitch and how did you overcome them?
So far, I haven’t run into too many issues as a streamer since it’s only been a few days. The biggest challenge for me involved being a viewer. I first started watching game streamers on Mixer shortly after the new animal crossing was released. One by one, I built my roster of dope black streamers to watch and it was exciting! The list was small, but it was my list of streamers who looked like me, talked like me, and identified with me. They made me want to stream. And then out of what seemed like nowhere, Mixer ended and – not going to lie, it was a struggle finding those same streamers on Twitch (a lot of which I haven’t found). For the first few months as a viewer, my Twitch algorithm would only show me a couple of black streamers here and there, but now its “suggestions” section is just as accurate as my Netflix profile 🙂
What are some of the resources and support that you use, that’s out there for creating a broadcast on Twitch?
YouTube is probably the biggest resource I use right now. There are so many knowledgeable people to take notes from, so I spend a little time every day doing that. As far as software goes OBS (free) is my go-to right now. As someone who (as of typing this) has only been streaming for less than a week, OBS has been relatively easy to learn, I’m quite happy with it! In terms of the feel and style of my stream, Fiverr! I hired a producer and a designer on Fiverr to create the intro/outro for my stream as well as all of my overlays and they did not miss! Seriously, go to my stream and watch the whole intro (“Countdown” and “Stream Starting”). It’s fire! It’s all fire, and I couldn’t be more pleased with how everything is coming together. PayPal. I just learned about PayPal’s micropayments system the other day. If you reach out to their support team and ask them to convert your account to be able to receive micropayments, when you transfer donations to your account, the fees will be much lower. I don’t think they advertise it, but the micropayment system is meant for people like streamers who receive mostly small tips and donations (nearly a 40% decrease in fees). Friends! Do not sleep on the value of friends. If you’re nervous about trying out a new game or streaming in general, ask some friends to hop in there with you. On my first stream, I felt like a bundle of nerves until my one friend said, in the midst of shenanigans, “It’s just a regular day!”, which reminded me that I wasn’t on stage at the Apollo. Lastly, if you want to check out the physical gear I use for my stream setup, I’ve got it all listed at Kit.co/CopacaXi/my-streaming-kit.
Blerd is all things nerd and geek through a people of color culture lens. What makes you a blerd?
While I have the most phenomenal friends, for most of my childhood I was always the nerdy one in the group. Whether it was because I was a gamer or because I loved cartoons or because I loved anything Hayao Miyazaki created, I was usually the only one in my friend group that cared about any of it. The great thing about growing up though was that I not only found my people but I found myself. Now, just about all of my friends are Blerds in some way. Cosplay, anime, manga, video games, learning Japanese just because, Sci-Fi, you name it. I really do have the most dope and most interesting friends.
You’ve only been given 3 games to play for the rest of your life, what are you playing and why?
GTA Online because all of my friends play it and I could probably convince them to never delete it. Solitaire Cube?? I don’t know why, I just find myself playing for hours without really getting bored. The Sims 5. I’m sure we won’t be disappointed, so, I’ve got high hopes for that one *wishes for multiplayer*.
Which video game character is bae?
Bakugo. And if they ever turn Jujutsu Kaisen into a game, Itadori/Sukuna.
What’s a game that you absolutely hate but everyone else might like?
Hide and Seek. We did not pick the most ideal locations as kids lol!
Your favorite person is making your favorite dish, who is it and what is it?
My boyfriend, hands down. Lamb chops over the fire. *cries in appreciation*
If you could be any superhero who would it be and why?
Shuri as Black Panther or Nubia (a black Wonder Woman). They are literal forces to be reckoned with.
Round 3 Final Boss Battle:
-Playstation or Xbox? Xbox
-Pepsi or Coke? Coke
-Night or day? Day
-Summer or Winter? Summer
-Cat or dog? Cat
-Nickelodeon or Cartoon Network? Cartoon Network
-Fresh Prince or Martin? Martin
-McDonald’s or Burger King? Burger King
-Super Mario or Sonic? Super Mario