He’s also Creator/Host of the @creaYTors YouTube series, which is a new MTG series challenging up and coming Youtubers to create specific videos. The series can be found here on YouTube. The CreaYTors series is actually the focus of our Content Creator Spotlight Interview today!
Thanks for joining us today, MPNumbers!
Q1: First off, how did you start out on Twitch and YouTube?
MP: Honestly streaming is something I'd been wanting to do for a long time. I've always had a passion for learning, teaching and sharing my knowledge. In regards to MTG, I'm not a 'good' player but I love to learn from my mistakes and let others learn with me.
I had planned to start streaming many years ago, but living in outback Australia with terrible internet and a really old PC it just wasn't an option. In 2016 when my daughter was born, I had some time off and had recently moved to an area with better internet and had an upgraded PC.
I knew what I wanted to do as I had watched so many streamers, so I ended up finding a tutorial by Gaby Spartz on how to set up and what programs you need to use, fired it up and went live.
YouTube was more of a back up plan because I wanted to make sure people who wanted to watch my games still had access if they couldn't catch me live.
Q2: What inspired you to create the CreaYTors series?
MP: CreaYTors came around from my lifelong love of reality/competition style TV series. (Survivor/Inkmaster/Taskmaster/cooking competitions of all varieties). I realised there isn't much out there to challenge content creators, especially smaller ones, and decided to put something together and being MTG creator myself, it seemed like the best way to focus.
The goal is to help small youtubers get to know each other, maybe think about creation in a way they didn't previously and learn a few new skills they didn't have before through feedback.
It's been lots of fun so far!
ElspethFTW: It’s an extraordinary idea!
Q3: Where do you see the future of Magic YouTubing and Twitch streaming, especially with MTG Arena on the horizon?
MP: MTG Arena has such potential, especially for those of us who create gameplay videos/streams. Everything I've read and heard make it look like Arena is going to be designed really for us - the creators - to make better quality products and really push digital magic into the future.
Unfortunately because so much is unknown, it could be so bad for MTG if arena is a flop. People have been sick of MTGO since before I started playing it and it’s only a matter of time till people give up completely.
ElspethFTW: As I’ve discussed with many others already, Arena could be an amazing boon for the game, if done correctly. It’s especially what MTG needs to compete with Hearthstone in eGaming. Wizards knows the value of streaming now, which is awesome.
Right now, Arena’s focusing on the future. But if it really takes off, Wizards will be forced to allow people to play other formats and eventually even perhaps port collections. I’d be fine with that.
But as you said, there is the danger it could flop. I’m optimistic that it won’t. It looks awesome!
Q4: I think we all agree Wizards can do better on the digital front, but do you think they’re headed in the right direction now?
MP: Not being lucky enough to get early access to Arena, I can't say definitively if it's in the right direction. The fact that they are actively and openly attacking the issue of their digital offerings now is positive. If the content that we've seen from Wizards is true to the program, I definitely think we're going the right way.
ElspethFTW: I’m sure it’s all genuine. Wizards is banking a ton on this program.
Q5: Besides the obvious digital shortcomings that Magic has had, is there anything else you think needs to be changed or improved about Magic?
MP: There's always going to be things about the game that people aren't going to like. Every issue I've really had has been looked into and is being worked on from within the company.
My main issue is the international recognition from Wizards. They tend to live in their own backyard and forget that we exist across the ocean. For example if you live in Australia and manage to qualify for an online PTQ, you need to be ready to be up 2am Monday morning and probably take the day off work to play in it.
Also when’s the last time you saw a non-American streamer in a Wizards sanctioned streamer showdown?
ElspethFTW: You bring up an excellent point! In my chats with UK content creators, I get the feeling that they don’t get nearly enough attention compared to US-based creators. I imagine it’s even more difficult for Aussies! They definitely need to take international players into consideration for scheduling major events, creating separate online events if they have to!
While Magic Europe is doing better for helping bring attention to UK and European content creators, I think they should have one for Australia too! The game has been there a long time, too!
MtG is definitely an international game. While there are logistical issues to work out, international gaming events work out all the time and Wizards should follow that example.
Thanks so much for your time!
** Disclaimer: I was compensated in absolutely no form for this interview. It was done purely for the good of the Magic the Gathering community and the goodness of my own heart ;)
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