Grace and Peace Blerd Fam! If you didn’t know, Twitch is the platform for everything gaming related and creativity. Whether its gaming, music, or art you can just about find what you’re looking for on this platform. You can find some of the biggest names in the gaming community there. I wanted to create a spotlight for growing Twitch streamers and content creators that I know you will enjoy. Especially for those that have been affected by the ending of
Mixer, I wanted help with their transition to Twitch. Mixer, owned by Microsoft, was a popular live streaming platform for gamers. It was launched in January 2016 as Beam. Some would say that Mixer was in competition with Twitch when it came to the treatment of their partners and business deals. On June 22, 2020, Mixer was scraped by Microsoft because they were unable to compete with other services. Mixer was in an agreement to a collaboration with Facebook Gaming and redirected their users there, but most of them decided to go to Twitch. Partnered Mixer streamers were offered opportunities to Facebook Gaming programs.
I want to introduce to you MsFUNSiZ3! So “What’s Their Twitch?”, you can find her at www.twitch.tv/msfunsiz3. She streams every day starting at 9:00 am CST. You can find her on Instagram at MsFUNSiZ3 and Twitter at _MsFUNSiZ3.
Give us an introduction to who you are and the in and outs about your broadcast. Share with the class about your Twitch channel and your community.
My name is Ikea Turner I go by MsFUNSiZ3. I’m 26 from Chicago, mother, gamer, and variety content creator. I’ve been creating content for about 3 1/2 years now and also originally from Twitch. After a few weeks of streaming on Twitch, I found Mixer! Mixer quickly became my home after 6 months then I became a Mixer Partner up until June 2020 when the company was shut down. I will speak for myself when saying that the transition to Twitch was definitely for the better. I never gave Twitch a real chance and being a younger streamer I didn’t know anything about the gaming/streaming industry. Fast forward 3 1/2 years later with a longer resume and more knowledge. My community for sure is enjoying Twitch and we’re looking to make this our new home for as long as Twitch will have us!
Tell us about your former Mixer community.
MY FAMILY! It’s amazing to see the people I met back in 2017 still here supporting me in 2020. My Mixer community have supported me more than those bound to me by blood. I had a very traumatic experience happen during my streaming career. My mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in Fall of 2018 then passed away that September. My entire community huddled around me during this time, they knew how close my mother and I were. They support they gave me mentally, spiritually, emotionally, financially even will always weigh on my heart. I owe them everything and more!
How do you feel about the changes from Mixer to Twitch?
Everything happens for a reason, I am a firm believer in that. I’m excited and nervous at the same time coming to Twitch. Like I said before I never gave Twitch a real chance so here’s the time to do so. But change is a part of life! What you do after a change has occurred matters the most.
Twitch is all about games and creativity. What type of content do you stream on your channel?
I’ve always been a “I play what I want” gamer. Variety content has always been a focal point of my streams! I started streaming Friday the 13th and Telltale video games before really diving into FPS games. I own an XBOX, Playstation, and Nintendo Switch. I don’t play PC games, unfortunately. When I’m not playing console games I do partake in a lot of chatting streams. Being able to sit down with the community and talk about IRL things! When I was streaming on Mixer I would host Q &A sessions for up and coming content creators. It was always a great time discussing a lot of questions I had when I was just starting out. So being able to be in that space with content creators of all backgrounds was always amazing.
What made you start this journey in streaming and when did you start?
Playing video games is nothing new to my life. Growing up my mother always made sure I had the latest games and consoles. In late 2017 I actually started streaming on Twitch then later found Mixer, became partnered after about 6 months. I’ve been streaming full time for over a year now and now partnered with Twitch so God is good!
What are some of the issues and challenges that you’ve faced on Twitch and how did you overcome them?
Learning the interface on Twitch and how to navigate it. I watched youtube because as a content creator Youtube is your friend.
What are some of the resources and support that you use, that’s out there for creating a broadcast on Twitch?
I have this team within my community that helps me and gives my advice on my content. More like an open discussion board where I throw out ideas or concerns and we just have real talks about the topics. The people within this team have been watching my content since day one of me streaming. Transitioning to Twitch is an example. One of my friends brought up me giving different perks to Tier 2 and 3 subscribers now.
Blerd is all things nerd and geek through a people of color culture lens. What makes you a blerd?
Gaming as a woman of color is my lens. It’s important that as a BLERD we stand together and firm to create a space that’s safe for us to express our trials and tribulations. I love being able to discuss things with fellow Blerds that might have experienced the same things! This also creates friendships outside of gaming.
You’ve only been given 3 games to play for the rest of your life, what are you playing and why?
Animal Crossing Apex NBA Street VOL.2
I feel like this list balances out a gamer emotional state! Animal crossing is an endless game of opportunities and growth. Apex FPS of course and not as toxic like COD for example. NBA Street is a classic and you gotta have a classic.
Which video game character is bae?
Jackson Briggs (Jax)
What’s a game that you absolutely hate but everyone else might like?
Fortnite, haven’t played the game in 2 years best decision I’ve made in my content creating career.
Your favorite person is making your favorite dish, who is it and what is it?
My mother (RIP) and hot wings!
If you could be any superhero who would it be and why?
Flash because he can time travel.
Round 3 Final Boss Battle:
-Playstation or Xbox?
–Pepsi or Coke?
-Night or day?
-Summer or Winter?
–Cat or dog?
-Nickelodeon or Cartoon Network?
-Fresh Prince or Martin?
-McDonald’s or Burger King?
-Super Mario or Sonic?