This is a summary page of Streaming for a Global Audience, a stage program held at BitSummit 5th.
Streaming for a Global Audience
On the first day of BitSummit, a stage program called Streaming for a Global Audience has held. The Speakers were RobyLou, Chyado Sensei, GirlGamerGab, and highgai.
What was the first thing you done when you began uploading videos?
I first uploaded gameplays on Youtube. I played Yomawari.
I used to be amateur entertainer in America, and uploaded videos in Japanese on Youtube. I was live streaming on Nico Nico Douga until my partner went back to Japan. I wanted people to follow me, so I started streaming gameplays on Twitch.
What’s it like to stream Japanese video games in English?
I used to stream in Japanese and English, but stopped doing so since people in the chat talked in English and Japanese.
How did you overcome the language barrier between the foreign users?
When the views don’t understand what i’m talking about, they immediately start ignoring. Therefore I have to let them know that I can speak Japanese, so if I ever see a comment in Japanese I tell them that I can understand Japanese as well. But it’s difficult to translate everything what I said in English.
Is streaming in Japan different from when streaming in other countries?
Because I like Japanese games I often stream gameplays of Japanese games, and the views are often people who like them as well. Being able to stream with people that have the same interest would probably be the difference between Japanese streamers.
Streamers in Japan often stream alone, but in foreign countries streamers communicate positively, and quickly get along.
eSports has become a huge thing in foreign countries, but Japan seem to be lacking in passion. I’m hoping for Japanese publishers and developers to expand content for eSports.
I think the reason why eSports doesn’t infiltrate into Japan is because video games in Japan has been promoted as a toy for kids. For eSports to infiltrate into Japan, the image of video game has to change.
“Money”, “Streaming a unreleased title”, “Streaming with a famous creator”: Among them, what makes you happy as a streamer.
I was very happy when Chaydo Sensei first joined my chat, but entertaining my views with game I like makes me satisfied the most.
I get excited when I get to play a unreleased game. I would then prefer to play with someone I respect. But it doesn’t mean that I don’t need money since there not much you can do without money.
If I was to choose, it would be playing a unreleased title because the viewers and I can enjoy together. But because the games I lay are for PS and PS2, they are no where near unreleased titles.
For me anything is okay as long as its fun. I would choose games though. I do stream contents other than video games, but if the games in fun the stream becomes fun as well.
About the Speaker
My name’s Robynne, or RobyLou on Twitch.
I’m 23 years old and I major in Japanese Studies in the United Kingdom, but am
currently studying at Nagoya University on a year abroad. I may be studying Japanese but because I spend so much time playing video games instead of studying my Japanese level isn’t very good!
I first became interested in Japan at the age of 10 when I watched the Japanese
Final Fantasy X-2 trailer and heard “Real Emotion” by Koda Kumi. Since then I’ve
been a massive JRPG and MMO fan, with over 1,500 hours in Final Fantasy 14 : A
Realm Reborn. Recently, thanks to streaming, I have also started playing other game genres like First Person Shooters, Visual Novels and Indie games.
I’ve been streaming on Twitch for a little over a year now, and I am currently playing NiER:Automata and Persona 5.
Chyadosensei: 6 years ago (2011), I decided to make a dramatic life decision. I went to Chiba, Japan to do the full 4 years of college to get my Bachelors degree. Now, I’ve had a few different jobs here from translating to content creation to hosting huge events like Tokyo Game Show and BitSummit.
I’m a partnered Twitch streamer (The first global moderator for Twitch Japan which I’m very thankful for!) who enjoys teaching others Japanese and while enjoying my hobby of gaming. I’m also the community leader for Japan_Stream and often do [translation videos] on YouTube for games that have yet to been put into English.
I started my YouTube channel 2.5 years ago in Japan. I mostly play horror games,
but what sets my channel apart is that I provide full bilingual playthroughs of games that either only release in Japan, or release sooner. With a Masters degree in Japanese, I translate and edit these (horror) games myself, which is an extremely time consuming, but very gratifying experience. Some of my translations for indie developers are now being used to localize games for English speakers.
(Sited from BitSummit official website)