It's our pleasure to introduce you to Imasukai, our next featured ANZ Twitch Streamer who will be checking out some World of Tanks! Catch his stream tomorrow on the 28th from 6PM UTC+8 (9PM AEDT)! We asked Sukai some questions so you can get to know a bit about him!
Tell us a bit about yourself!
Hi, my name is Imasukai, but you can call me Sukai for short! I'm a 27-year-old hailing from Perth, Australia. Right now I'm balancing a full-time job in accounts administration, part-time study toward a Bachelor of Accounting, and a part-time stream schedule. It's tough, but so rewarding at the same time!
I first started gaming when I was 4 years old, my uncle gave me his old Sega Genesis. We lived in a tiny town in the Kimberley region, so there wasn't a lot for me to do apart from play Wonder Boy over and over. Apart from gaming, I love music; I've been playing the guitar since I was 11, and been teaching myself to sing for the past few years as well.
What got you into Twitch streaming and what do you enjoy the most about it?
I originally tried streaming back in 2016, when I was heavily into WoW and wanted to share my passion for gaming with the world. Things didn't really work out back then, but I decided to try again in early 2018 after meeting a couple of friends who also streamed and this time, it clicked. Since then, I've made some absolutely outstanding friendships, which I think is the thing that keeps me coming back and hitting that "go live" button; the promise of making new friends who I'd otherwise have no chance of meeting.
How do you make your stream stand out?
It may sound cliche, but I heavily promote interactivity in my stream. I encourage each and every viewer to get involved, from asking questions to actually playing with me. I don't want my viewers to think I see them as just a number; I want them to know that I'm genuinely interested in building lasting connections with them. I also encourage learning. I love to teach people about the game I'm playing, to the best of my ability, so I'm always explaining my thoughts on the game as a whole and opening up for a chat to ask any burning questions they might have.
How have you found interacting with the broader Twitch Community?
Honestly, I've never met a community that's more welcoming and eager to help than this one. The people you find on Twitch are some of the most wholesome and genuinely lovely people you'll ever come across. Almost every stream I've said hi in, I've been greeted with a friendly hello and a genuine excitement to meet somebody new. I can confidently say that I've made lifelong friends with people in the Twitch community.
What do you find most challenging about streaming a game for the first time?
For me, I think it's maintaining my confidence and upbeat personality, while at the same time trying to wrap my head around a new game, especially if I'm struggling to grasp a concept. Once I push through that though, I'm back to creating engaging content for everyone!