South Africa has a ton of hidden talent in the streaming scene, so while being a small time VERY unknown streamer myself, I had a chat with Valshen last week and decided that once a month we would feature a streamer in our local South African community who was new, making a change to the community overall, or making waves.
The honour of being the first SA Gamer Streamer of the Month goes to Bumfluffski. A bald dude with a majestic beard who is just one of the most empathetic, gentle and talented humans on the planet and in the SA scene.
Let’s hear what he has to say about his time in the SA Streaming community so far.
Hey Bum! Tell us about yourself.
My name is Bumfluffski, a community-focused content creator that once ate an ice-cube whole and never pooped it out.
What got you into streaming?
To be completely honest, I was streaming before I even knew what streaming was. I used to click to go live straight from my PlayStation 4 not knowing where my content was going off to. The idea was to share the fun we were having and be unapologetically myself.
Which games do you most enjoy streaming?
I mostly play titles such as Warzone & Rocket League but we’ve recently got back into some favourites like Battlefield 4 and GTA V. In a nutshell, I enjoy anything that allows me to play with friends and the community!
(Kelly: I’ve seen him play Raft too and he is NOT a fan of those Sharks)
You’ve built this amazing community called Bum’s Chum’s. Tell us more?
Thank you! For years I’ve been trying to figure out the most natural and genuine way of building communities and showing off content creators. I’d create lurk lists 4 times a day and share them on Twitter, I’d send messages to people and get them into people’s streams but it was exhausting and didn’t show the desired outcomes.
With the pandemic rolling around and work being cut short, I decided to have a crack at Discord (something I was TERRIBLE with). I wanted to show people just how easy it is to support one another and how supporting each other GENUINELY is the best way to grow the scene. The notion of Bum’s Chums is to become each other’s biggest supporters. It’s everybody’s community. A place where you can come and be yourself, seek support (whether that’s inside or outside of content creation) or find some incredible people to support.
I’m blessed to share this community with so many phenomenal creators, so many that the world still needs to hear about. It’s my mission now to develop systems that make it easy to support whilst showing off our community’s talent to the world.
Join the chums on Discord here.
Tips for newbies who want to stream or have just started?
There’s so much that can be said here but I will keep it simple.
1: The numbers don’t matter WHILE you are streaming.
In short, if something is distracting you from enjoying yourself, remove it. Watching viewer counts seems to be one of the biggest disruptors to content creation. These numbers are important AFTER the stream (analytics and comparisons) but not DURING.
2. Take your time to discover your brand.
It took me 3 years to figure out what I love about streaming and what I want to do with my space on the internet. It might not take you the same amount of time but don’t pressurise yourself into doing things that you don’t want to do. I’m talking about playing games because you’re trying to attract or retain viewers or avoiding content you want to do because you don’t think people will watch. People enjoy connecting with- and watching people who are enjoying themselves.
Be unapologetically you!
3. If you’re doing this for the bucks, you’re going to have a hard time.
Full-time content creation is more than clicking to go live, it’s a full-time grind!
It’s the building of a business around your content and your brand, expanding into areas that are off-screen and forging relationships with brands that yours attracts.
This often takes AGES but I see people trying to accomplish it in a year.
The biggest problem is that number 2 above hasn’t even happened in that year.
When you start concentrating on money, you get distracted from your content, read number 1 again!
4. Your audience is built in other streamer’s chats
Now I want you to read this carefully because the title doesn’t explain the concept.
If you want genuine supporters you have to give genuine support. That’s going into people’s stream and celebrating their content, connecting with them and the chat and NEVER MENTIONING YOUR CONTENT.
If you talk about your content, you are not genuine in your intentions from the start.
You are not stealing viewers, instead you are creating awareness of yourself and your personality by being a decent human being and an amazing supporter.
The streamer will start to recognise your name, the chat will and inevitably people will click on your name.
I want to stress that if you are going into other people’s chats with the intention of growing your audience you are in for a bad time.
The byproduct of giving genuine support is receiving genuine support, you don’t have to worry about the latter!
5. Stop comparing, start learning.
If you’re comparing yourself to someone else’s journey, you need to take their ENTIRE journey into consideration.
People say, “I want to do what you’ve done” but they don’t want to take 17 months to get to affiliate with an average viewership of 1.23 viewers so how are they going to do what I’ve done?
Instead, ask questions, ask for tips, see what people are doing that you like or don’t like and APPLY those things to your content, don’t REPLACE your content with their things.
It might take time to grow your audience but the longer it takes, the longer they will stay!
You can only play one game for the rest of ever. Which is it?
Every person’s worst nightmare… I would probably need to peel back a few years and go with GTA V simply because of the diversity of the game and the ability to play with up to 31 other people? This question hurts me, I feel like I’m betraying my games. I can already feel Warzone lining up a 3TB update as punishment.
What is your current goal for your streaming?
To create a safe space where people feel comfortable to come be themselves. I want a space where we can celebrate each other’s victories and offer each other support when we go through tough times.
Tell the wonderful people here where and when you stream.
I stream to Twitch as follows:
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 22:00 – early morning (occasionally from 13:00 in the afternoons)
Wednesdays from 10:00 – 16:30
Saturdays: Mostly in the evenings from 22:00 but with the lockdown you’ll see my face more than you’d like!
Anything else you want us to know?
That you are loved and this floating piece of dirt, flying through space is SO much better with you on it 🙂
I hope that anyone reading this stops by the so that we can get to know them better and become their biggest supporters!
Watch below to see Bum at his best.
Check out the man himself on all his socials below.
Thanks to Bum for taking the time to chat to us! We hope you guys enjoy the feature and we’re open to your suggestions of who you want to see here. Let us know in the comments below, or on Twitter, or wherever you have us.