In the first of the 'RS-MEETS' series we have @JoeR247. Joe is one of those people who always seems to go out of their way to help someone and, surprise surprise, was the first to reach out and volunteer for this segment!
Part of JoeR247 Empires
Tell us a bit about yourself! What do you do?
I am JoeR247 of JoeR247 Empires. I am and have been predominantly a Twitch.tv streamer since December 2017. I also dabble on YouTube with exports of streams, and frequent Clip/Highlight montage videos. I'm a variety streamer, having started out streaming games I loved growing up, and have since branched out into more and more games, indie or Triple A and everything in between.
What’s the story behind your brand? How did you come up with it?
JoeR247 isn’t really a fancy name. I took aspects of my real name and tried to make and Xbox Live account back when the 360 came out. I tried a few combinations but all were taken. Xbox then suggested JoeR247 and I rolled with it. Here we are in 2018 still rocking it. Only now I have a logo, clothing with said logo on, 500 stickers, a Bottle opener engraved with JoeR247 and a website/Twitch/Instagram/Twitter/YouTube channels all branded up to the hilt with my design.
So you're a content creator?
Yes! I stream every other night, UK evening times and afternoons on weekends! Done so ever since December 2017 and I have loved every minute of it. Safe to say it is one of my new passions in life and when not sleeping I am generally working on or thinking of new ideas for the channel. In terms of my streams, I mainly stream video game content. I started with Football Manager and Battlefield 4, games I played at the time. The first ever stream was just Football Manager as a test that my PC could run it. Just the game, no Mic, no Cam, no overlays, no panels or anything. After that, I tried some Battlefield 4, with an old Mic headset I had. I did a stream for an hour, did alright in the game and tried not to be shy (this was all new and weird to me at the time…).
I come to watch the VOD back. I was muted…. The game capture screwed up. You could only see ¼ of the game screen. FML…
Back to the drawing board. I invested some money in the PC, got a basic cam and made some overlays and started a Lets Play of Need For Speed Most Wanted from 2005 and Theme Hospital. Some Classic games from my Childhood. Things started to pick up from there. Before I knew it, it was January, I had 50 odd followers and got the invite email to be a Twitch Affiliate!
Right now, I’ve completed a few Let’s plays of different games, Need for Speed Carbon, Pokémon Soul Silver, Burnout Paradise, Forza Horizon 3, COD Modern Warfare 1, LEGO Star Wars, GTA V, Driver San Francisco, Cities Skylines and Two Point Hospital.
What would you say has been your highlight?
My proudest moment so far, was being involved with SEGA Europe and Two Point Studios on the Launch day stream of Two Point Hospital, and being hosted on the Official SEGA Twitch channel.
I had been in constant communication on Twitter with the official page of Two Point Hospital ever since they revealed the game and kept being involved and interacting with them. Eventually, 2 months before release, they contacted me about going to London to SEGA Europe HQ to play a preview of the game and record an Interview with the developers! I booked some time of work and made arrangements to get to London and back!
On the day, I turned up, met some real famous content creators (aka 2 million subs on YouTube style famous) and got to play this game I had been secretly wanting ever since 1997 and record footage of it. Eventually, they asked if I wanted to go interview some Developers. Little old JoeR247 vs a proper game dev… recording with just my Mobile phone… The video is on my YouTube if you want to see it, but I wish I had a proper Mic…
Anyway awesome day at SEGA, took my photo with Sonic and then went away. I then got given an early access Key of the game to stream and then go invited to take part in the Launch day stream. Me on at 10pm on the SEGA Twitch channel following a big Twitch partner.
Doubt I’ll ever do anything like that again in my life. It was amazing. Shout out to SEGA for inviting my 400-500 follower channel to their awesome event.
Getting a host from the Official SEGA account is always a win!
Who or what inspired you to take streaming up?
I had always been a big fan of YouTube and gaming content online, but never had the confidence or tech or good upload speed to even consider it. Eventually, I moved house to a home which had Fibre broadband and a good upload speed. I had my gaming PC and was falling out of love with Video games. I decided to give it a try and see if I could get back into gaming. It worked.
I had watched channels such NerdCubed, ManyATrueNerd, DoctorBenjyFM, Two Best Friends Play, Funhaus for many years and wanted to see if I could do it too. I gave Twitch ago as I though it was the easiest method. No recording, editing and uploading videos, just straight Live recording.
How hard could it be…
What are your goals? What do you hope to achieve - IRL or online?
I don’t really have goals other than to keep having fun and getting to know and meet more people in the gaming community I can spend a good time with. Obviously getting to a stage where I can do this full time is the dream, but I can’t ever envisage that happening so I just concentrate on making the best most fun content I can make and grow my community.
Do you have any advice for people looking to take up streaming?
Just do it. Research as much as you can and take it one day at a time, one stream at a time. There is a reason they call it “The Grind”, but it can be a fun grind.
Never focus on the numbers and just concentrate on making bonds with viewers and other streamers. Spend 60% of your free time Networking and 40% actually making content.
Obviously, make sure IRL always comes first and try to avoid burnout. If you get negative comments or trolls, ban them and move on. I’d rather have 0 people in my stream than 50/100 trolls.
Concentrate on being entertaining. Imagine you are broadcasting to millions, even if nobody is there. Nobody wants to listen to silence so keep talking, describe what you see, what you are doing, why you are doing what you are doing. Ask questions in hope that someone lurking would answer.
There’s millions of guides and resources out there filled with loads of knowledge, just don’t be shy. Go join a team or community and network until you can network no more!
Streaming aside - what do you do for fun?
I am a nerd/gamer/geek. I do nerd/gamer/geek things. I do TV boxsets, I do film, I go socialise with friends and family. I enjoy visiting game and comic cons. Just your bog standard pop culture enthusiast. I recently also got a posh camera so I’m still trying to work out what all the buttons do from time to time as well – when the weather is nice… in the UK… So not that much really…
It’s a classic desert island scenario - you can take only three items. What do you take?
Phone with unlimited data and Twitch/YouTube apps
Solar powered Power Bank
Big bag of WhamBar sweets
Rapid fire time - don’t think just answer! What is your all time favourite:
- Movie? Shawshank Redemption
- TV Show? Game of Thrones
- Game? Theme Hospital
- Book? The Secret Footballer
- Food? Chinese Takeaway – Chicken Green Peppers and Black Bean Sauce, Salt and Pepper
Chips, Egg Fried Rice, Spring Rolls, Prawn Toast and Prawn Crackers. Nom
Are you part of any teams/networks you’d like to give a shout out to?
Urm, I am Co-Founder of WeAreHIVE. We are a community which I started in June/July 2018 with fellow Streamers BekahBear101 and CKiiDD. I have loads of awesome friends in their, streamers, youtubers, musicians, artists, you name it, we probably have it.
Plenty of resources for helping you grow and network and make friends for life! I got to meet up with loads of them at UK Gaming convention EGX 2018 which was amazing to finally do!
So yeah, @WeAreHIVE, on twitter for all the details. I enjoy being part of the Swarm
But I would say that, I’m slightly biased
What’s next for you?
Just keep on the “Grind” and keep having fun doing my weird hobby on the internet. Keep finding new people to game and talk about gaming and all things pop culture with, and maybe, just maybe, one day get that little Purple tick next to my name in Twitch.
I can dream right?
Promo time - if you have an online presence, where can you be found??
Time for a Link dump! If you’ve made it this far, well done. If you’re mad enough to want more JoeR247 in your life – I salute you – then click these links
Website – https://www.JoeR247.com
Twitch – https://www.twitch.tv/JoeR247
Twitter – https://www.twitter.com/JoeR247
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/c/JoeR247
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/joer_247
Lots of Love