April 2, 2019 at 7:26pm
This is a documentary webseries consisting of four episodes that are roughly ten minutes in length. These episodes present a look into the lives of modern livestreamers on the Twitch platform. This series breaks up each episode into a separate subject, hoping to present a well rounded look at what these interviewed individuals do on a regular day.
It dives into their lives, their monetization and how they interact with the people they stream to. The episode titles follow in direct order; "Community Engagement"; "The language and codes of Twitch", "Monetization of streaming" and "The balance between online life and offline life". Going from the titles you can clearly conclude what each one is about. They're not long by any means, but they do cover the essentials while generally just presenting content based on what those interviewed have said.
I felt that they generally had a good selection of streamers present, from various levels of audience numbers. This being their followers, the ones that grant them a number to generally showcase their popularity. I personally felt with who backed this production, that there should have been more of a focus on Canadian, French and German individuals as the majority of the people interviewed for this were from the United States. I did think this was good in regards to showing a side of the lifestyle for those that aren't familiar with it.
I know there's a certain level of weirdness to this from older people that don't understand it. I think this helps with that. I do similar work on Youtube, being more video focused and there are many people that just don't get it. This series did actually dive into some key elements. It would have been better to see it expanded further, but it's easy to watch and hits the key points. I also wasn't a huge fan of the narrator in this one, didn't seem to have enough excitement in this. One final note is that I found it odd that this specifically just looks at Twitch, with no mention of other platforms are essentially the same.
Streamers is an alright look into the lives of those that livestream in modern times. You get to understand what they go through whether that's in terms of their interactions with the community, or how they make a living.
This might add some much needed context to those that are curious about it, or generally perhaps think this modern society is odd. It covers the essentials well and was fairly easy to take in. It's not too long, very quick viewing and you'll get the just of what it's like to stream. Just don't expect something that really sinks its teeth into the medium.
Streamers Review at Home with Streamed Viewing
Screening was Provided by GetProof
Rating Overall: 6.2