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Hey EyeBallPaul! How's it going? Tell us a bit about yourself! Where shall I start? My name's Paul and I'm from Dagenham in Essex. No, I don't like TOWIE and no, I don't know Joey BLOODY Essex! But seriously, I'm just a chill guy who loves a good laugh and meeting new people, going to game expos and, of course, playing a variety of games. I work as a carer at a nursing home, supporting people suffering from dementia and I love it. Fun fact: Where I lived in Dagenham is where the Ford fiesta was built hence the nick name 'Dagenham dust bins'. I played for West Ham Juniors between the age's of 10-12 and I was an extra in a film alongside Martin Delaney called 'Amar Akbar and Tony' [it's on Netflix]. If you wanna know more about me and my personality pop over to my stream. So how did you get into streaming? I started to watch a lot of TheRunningManz [TRMZ] on Twitch playing DayZ and, after a while, I was hooked on the whole social interaction. I'm very social person myself and thought what better way to make new friends and interact with people with the same interests! It excites me, plus I like making others smile and laugh, both at me and with me - because who doesn't right? Besides if my streaming inspires more people to it then that's cool too. You've been doing it for some time now, what do you wish you had known when you'd first started out? I suppose I never really knew how much time and effort it would take to get the right setup for a live steam i.e graphics, linking software/websites etc, not to mention all the networking that's involved, because I'm more of a face to face kinda guy! I struggle to sit and type my thoughts and opinions down. You don't always have to play the biggest and best games to find your audience sometimes all it takes is playing a lesser known game that people are interested in and grow from there, but the biggest thing i wish i knew before I started would be having to find time to sit and stream for 4-5 hours and have a proper schedule in place that suites not only for me but the viewers. How did EyeBallPaul come about? That's easy! I'm originally from Dagenham, and when I moved to Preston with my partner Hojack, most of, if not all, her friends (who I like to think are now mine as well) started calling me EyeBallPaul [in a high pitched voice], so when i decided to start streaming it was kind of a no brainer! Although Paul's Deep was also thrown around at one point whilst on a drunken night out on a train from Manchester. What about your goals? What would you like to achieve, either IRL or with your brand? IRL - I currently work as a care support worker and the plan is to go college then Uni and train to become a nurse. Streaming - Whatever happens, happens! I'm just gonna do my thing and see where it take me. I would love to use Twitch as a platform to raise money for charities, especially for those directly related to dementia care, that to me would be great. Aside from streaming, what do you do for fun? How do you relax? Playing video games with Hojack, going to the cinema, having a few drinks with her and our friends. It's a classic desert island scenario - you can only take three items with you. What do you take? A phone, a strong WiFi connection and some tissues.... Rapid fire time - don't think just answer! What is your all time favourite movie? Goodfellas TV Show? Game of Thrones Game? Call of Duty - before it was cool! Book? I don't read many books - my specialty is game dialogue and loading screens! Food? Indian. South Indian Chilli Garlic curry from my local curryhouse! Are you part of any teams/networks you'd like to give a shout out to? TheForge, TeamBeanie and WeAreHive! Promo time - where can we find EyeBallPaul? Twitter - @eyeballpaul Twitch - @eyeballpaul I'd also like to give a shoutout to the guys behind the 'Down The Badger Hole' podcast - a couple of close, funny friends of mine who like to cover random topics, current affairs and try to outdo each other for the title of 'Shittest Gift.' Well worth checking out!
Welcome @Franchize1140 - great to have you on at last! So, for the uninitiated, tell us a bit about yourself! I am Franchize. I have few titles including Master of Civil Engineering, Professional American Football Athlete, Self Proclaimed Nerd, Leader of Nerds and Entertainer. Many will know of you as Franchize1140, home of FranchizeTV, the infamous Francheezy and Franchize-Approved tag! Where did it all begin? I was actually inspired by Dota 2, if that makes sense. I watched a lot of Dota eSports, and then personalities, so it made me think I'd be capable of doing it successfully....should be easy, right? I thoroughly enjoy just trying to be creative and silly in ways to hopefully make people laugh, and forget about the struggles of the world, stresses of life etc. Most of all though I like bringing people together to game with one another. We all have the same interests so it's always good fun. No matter how good or bad you are. I decided to make FranchizeTV because I just enjoy getting to know people. I always find afterwards I have this far better connection with the person than previously. I am one of a billion lives, I can't experience all of the world, I don't always enjoy everything but others do but it's great to see that passion in them and to see the world through their eyes. If you find the one thing someone is truly passionate about then you can easily get them to talk about it for hours. If you could describe yourself in only three words, what would they be? Creative. Friendly. Competitive. What about the brand - how did that come about? Franchize was actually the shorting of Face of the Franchise which I self dubbed myself at american football. Naturally people thought against it which only made me want to use it more. Originally that was my twitch name until I realised I needed to shorten it! I wanted to keep streaming separate from IRL so I added the z since I already made franchise on twitter. Also, the Z makes me seem cooler... Francheezy wasn’t really me. When I raid some people, mostly Americans, they miss read Franchize and Francheezy. Well people bought it was hilarious. I’ve just started trying to turn it into an alter arrogant ego. Shall see how it develops and goes. 100% legit. Aside from content creation, what do you do for fun? Currently I am in Prague playing American Football semi-professionally. So from practice, gym and games it's a great chance to focus on something else as well as keep my body in a good condition. Nice! So if you could turn from semi-pro to pro, who would you like to play for? As much as I love my Texans I’d have to play for the Patriots. They just know how to make the most of people and you can believe in the coaches. What about your goals? Where would you like to end up? I would love to get into esports if I could. Either as a personality or behind the scenes. For some reason I just love bringing people together to play against one another competitively. There is just something fun, even the hard work and stress of it. Gaming as a competition is a great spectacle so to be able to bring that to the world is just great. As for IRL, this is a tough one but I suppose just keep trying to improve physically, stay fit and healthy. Probably should really become a chartered engineer once I return to full time work... Franchize looking to make some ground Classic desert island scenario. You can only take three items with you - what do you take? Gun, one bullet and rum. It worked for that one guy in the cinema... Rapid fire time! What's your all time favourite film? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secret of the Ooze TV Show? Bones Game? Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Book? Dresden Files (complete series!!) Food? Pizza! Did Thanos really do anything wrong? He was wrong because he could produce more resources. However, his logic of there are slowly becoming too many mouths to feed is a real issue in the world. We are using up to many resources, damaging our planet and we are not doing enough to prevent future failures Are you part of any teams/networks that you'd like to give a shout out to? Why thank you. I actually lead a community called the NerdsBasement. The idea behind it is when gaming was starting out LANs were the rage. There wasn't a better meeting point that the cliche parents basement to nerd out, game and chill. Well now we have the internet so why not create the virtual basement for people to do the same. This includes myself and my team coming up with creative ways to get people to game together as well. Especially some classics. If anyone would like to find out more, you can join the Discord server here Promo time - where can we find Franchize and your content? I can be found at either twitch.tv/Franchize1140 where you get to see all my antics, beautiful face and T-Shirts I bought off Facebook! For everything else there is twitter.com/franchize1140 where I like to share what I am up to, what cool things I see others doing and random gifs I ever made or found amusing. Oh - and Nerds' Basement on Twitter! That's all for today! If you'd like to get involved with 'RS Meets,' do please get in touch either via DM or through this link!
In the first of the 'RS-MEETS' series we have @JoeR247. Joe is one of those people who always seems to go out of their way to help someone and, surprise surprise, was the first to reach out and volunteer for this segment! Part of JoeR247 Empires Tell us a bit about yourself! What do you do? I am JoeR247 of JoeR247 Empires. I am and have been predominantly a Twitch.tv streamer since December 2017. I also dabble on YouTube with exports of streams, and frequent Clip/Highlight montage videos. I'm a variety streamer, having started out streaming games I loved growing up, and have since branched out into more and more games, indie or Triple A and everything in between. What’s the story behind your brand? How did you come up with it? JoeR247 isn’t really a fancy name. I took aspects of my real name and tried to make and Xbox Live account back when the 360 came out. I tried a few combinations but all were taken. Xbox then suggested JoeR247 and I rolled with it. Here we are in 2018 still rocking it. Only now I have a logo, clothing with said logo on, 500 stickers, a Bottle opener engraved with JoeR247 and a website/Twitch/Instagram/Twitter/YouTube channels all branded up to the hilt with my design. So you're a content creator? Yes! I stream every other night, UK evening times and afternoons on weekends! Done so ever since December 2017 and I have loved every minute of it. Safe to say it is one of my new passions in life and when not sleeping I am generally working on or thinking of new ideas for the channel. In terms of my streams, I mainly stream video game content. I started with Football Manager and Battlefield 4, games I played at the time. The first ever stream was just Football Manager as a test that my PC could run it. Just the game, no Mic, no Cam, no overlays, no panels or anything. After that, I tried some Battlefield 4, with an old Mic headset I had. I did a stream for an hour, did alright in the game and tried not to be shy (this was all new and weird to me at the time…). I come to watch the VOD back. I was muted…. The game capture screwed up. You could only see ¼ of the game screen. FML… Back to the drawing board. I invested some money in the PC, got a basic cam and made some overlays and started a Lets Play of Need For Speed Most Wanted from 2005 and Theme Hospital. Some Classic games from my Childhood. Things started to pick up from there. Before I knew it, it was January, I had 50 odd followers and got the invite email to be a Twitch Affiliate! Right now, I’ve completed a few Let’s plays of different games, Need for Speed Carbon, Pokémon Soul Silver, Burnout Paradise, Forza Horizon 3, COD Modern Warfare 1, LEGO Star Wars, GTA V, Driver San Francisco, Cities Skylines and Two Point Hospital. What would you say has been your highlight? My proudest moment so far, was being involved with SEGA Europe and Two Point Studios on the Launch day stream of Two Point Hospital, and being hosted on the Official SEGA Twitch channel. I had been in constant communication on Twitter with the official page of Two Point Hospital ever since they revealed the game and kept being involved and interacting with them. Eventually, 2 months before release, they contacted me about going to London to SEGA Europe HQ to play a preview of the game and record an Interview with the developers! I booked some time of work and made arrangements to get to London and back! On the day, I turned up, met some real famous content creators (aka 2 million subs on YouTube style famous) and got to play this game I had been secretly wanting ever since 1997 and record footage of it. Eventually, they asked if I wanted to go interview some Developers. Little old JoeR247 vs a proper game dev… recording with just my Mobile phone… The video is on my YouTube if you want to see it, but I wish I had a proper Mic… Anyway awesome day at SEGA, took my photo with Sonic and then went away. I then got given an early access Key of the game to stream and then go invited to take part in the Launch day stream. Me on at 10pm on the SEGA Twitch channel following a big Twitch partner. Doubt I’ll ever do anything like that again in my life. It was amazing. Shout out to SEGA for inviting my 400-500 follower channel to their awesome event. Getting a host from the Official SEGA account is always a win! Who or what inspired you to take streaming up? I had always been a big fan of YouTube and gaming content online, but never had the confidence or tech or good upload speed to even consider it. Eventually, I moved house to a home which had Fibre broadband and a good upload speed. I had my gaming PC and was falling out of love with Video games. I decided to give it a try and see if I could get back into gaming. It worked. I had watched channels such NerdCubed, ManyATrueNerd, DoctorBenjyFM, Two Best Friends Play, Funhaus for many years and wanted to see if I could do it too. I gave Twitch ago as I though it was the easiest method. No recording, editing and uploading videos, just straight Live recording. How hard could it be… What are your goals? What do you hope to achieve - IRL or online? I don’t really have goals other than to keep having fun and getting to know and meet more people in the gaming community I can spend a good time with. Obviously getting to a stage where I can do this full time is the dream, but I can’t ever envisage that happening so I just concentrate on making the best most fun content I can make and grow my community. Do you have any advice for people looking to take up streaming? Just do it. Research as much as you can and take it one day at a time, one stream at a time. There is a reason they call it “The Grind”, but it can be a fun grind. Never focus on the numbers and just concentrate on making bonds with viewers and other streamers. Spend 60% of your free time Networking and 40% actually making content. Obviously, make sure IRL always comes first and try to avoid burnout. If you get negative comments or trolls, ban them and move on. I’d rather have 0 people in my stream than 50/100 trolls. Concentrate on being entertaining. Imagine you are broadcasting to millions, even if nobody is there. Nobody wants to listen to silence so keep talking, describe what you see, what you are doing, why you are doing what you are doing. Ask questions in hope that someone lurking would answer. There’s millions of guides and resources out there filled with loads of knowledge, just don’t be shy. Go join a team or community and network until you can network no more! Streaming aside - what do you do for fun? I am a nerd/gamer/geek. I do nerd/gamer/geek things. I do TV boxsets, I do film, I go socialise with friends and family. I enjoy visiting game and comic cons. Just your bog standard pop culture enthusiast. I recently also got a posh camera so I’m still trying to work out what all the buttons do from time to time as well – when the weather is nice… in the UK… So not that much really… It’s a classic desert island scenario - you can take only three items. What do you take? Phone with unlimited data and Twitch/YouTube apps Solar powered Power Bank Big bag of WhamBar sweets Rapid fire time - don’t think just answer! What is your all time favourite: - Movie? Shawshank Redemption - TV Show? Game of Thrones - Game? Theme Hospital - Book? The Secret Footballer - Food? Chinese Takeaway – Chicken Green Peppers and Black Bean Sauce, Salt and Pepper Chips, Egg Fried Rice, Spring Rolls, Prawn Toast and Prawn Crackers. Nom Are you part of any teams/networks you’d like to give a shout out to? Urm, I am Co-Founder of WeAreHIVE. We are a community which I started in June/July 2018 with fellow Streamers BekahBear101 and CKiiDD. I have loads of awesome friends in their, streamers, youtubers, musicians, artists, you name it, we probably have it. Plenty of resources for helping you grow and network and make friends for life! I got to meet up with loads of them at UK Gaming convention EGX 2018 which was amazing to finally do! So yeah, @WeAreHIVE, on twitter for all the details. I enjoy being part of the Swarm But I would say that, I’m slightly biased What’s next for you? Just keep on the “Grind” and keep having fun doing my weird hobby on the internet. Keep finding new people to game and talk about gaming and all things pop culture with, and maybe, just maybe, one day get that little Purple tick next to my name in Twitch. I can dream right? Promo time - if you have an online presence, where can you be found?? Time for a Link dump! If you’ve made it this far, well done. If you’re mad enough to want more JoeR247 in your life – I salute you – then click these links Website – https://www.JoeR247.com Twitch – https://www.twitch.tv/JoeR247 Twitter – https://www.twitter.com/JoeR247 YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/c/JoeR247 Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/joer_247 Lots of Love Joe JoeR247 Empires