So. @wochinimen - tell me a bit about yourself! What do you do?
My name is Alberto, Italian by birth but have been living in UK since 2011. I own a tabletop gaming shop in Chesterfield. In my spare time I mostly play MMOs, first person shooters, and card games, but my interests are vast & span across multiple genres (except horrors, I don’t like jump scares!) I try to stream every day at least once!
At what point did you decide that you wanted to open a shop?
I decided that I wanted to open a gaming shop when I was 11. I’m 38 now – so it was a long build up!
What’s the story behind your brand? How did you come up with it?
The name ‘Wochinimen’ comes from my first World of Warcraft character, a Tauren Shaman and it means “I eat you” in chinese (wo = I chi = eat nimen = you). The “chi” part pronounced the same of the “chee” of cheese! This then created the “Wochimonster” which is the mascot of my channel now!
I like it. So how often does the Wochimonster come out to play IRL? Do online and IRL personas clash?
Most of the people watching me are also my customers, so yeah – the two personas do come together quite often. Especially if I am playing ‘Magic the Gathering!
So you stream? What inspired you to take it up?
Yes I stream! Mostly as relaxation therapy and to entertain my wife and friends! I started with the inbuilt Facebook go-live for Diablo 3, back in December 2017. People enjoyed it so I decided to invest in a second monitor and opened an account on Twitch. I reached affiliate in March 2018 and have basically streamed every day since then!
Do you have any advice for people looking to take up streaming?
If anyone want to make streaming as a full time job, they shouldn’t expect to become the next big thing with the snap of a finger. There is a lot of hard work, networking, media managing and money investment involved. It is a serious thing even if is just “playing video games”, but everything in the long run pays off. Do not try to imitate other streamers, be yourself!
What are your goals? What do you hope to achieve - IRL or online?
Growth and a bigger audience are the main goals, Partner status is way out of reach (at the moment) so I settle for goals I can achieve
What’s the thing you enjoy most about what you do - IRL or online?
My IRL is my day to day work in my shop, I love it but the escape in the video game world is what relaxes me!
What do you do for fun?
Boardgames and Roleplaying Games in my shop in addition to the video gaming I do at home!
So as a self-confessed board game fanatic and shop owner, you must have seen thousands of different games. But which are your favourites?
- Pandemic Legacy Season 1
A wild Wochinimen in his natural habitat....
Rapid fire time - don’t think just answer! What is your all-time favourite:
- Movie? Matrix
- TV Show? Scorpion
- Game? World of Warcraft
- Book? The Lord of the Rings
- Food? Fried Chicken
Are you part of any teams/networks you’d like to give a shout out to?
I am part of the admin team at #TheForge - a great place to talk about geek stuff, and meet likeminded geeks! We also have a sizeable The Division 2 clan, so if anyone wants to join in - give me a shout!
What’s next for you?
A stack of decks of Magic The Gathering I have just built!
Promo time - if you have an online presence, where can you be found??