Spark Patronage changes on Mixer, and what that means for me and my community.

I just wanted to make a quick post regarding spark/ember changes that are now being discussed in Social Media.

I just wanted to make a quick post regarding spark/ember changes that are now being discussed in Social Media.

As you may or may not know, after August 6th, spark patronage is changing. Instead of milestones giving a flat cash reward to a partnered streamer, they will instead contribute to ember value for that streamer, increasing the value of embers spent during each milestone period.

So let’s look at the facts at face value for myself. I will be earning considerably less money from streaming, as I see very little ember spend in my channel. That isn’t a complaint, just a fact.

So what does this mean for sparks in my channel and for my community? As far as interaction goes, I am planning no changes to stickers/MixPlay. Costs will stay the same and you’ll be able to interact how you wish. What changes for YOU however, is you get to use the MixPlay for what it is intended, an interaction system. No longer will you feel the need to weigh up when you spend them for the sake of milestones, which frankly, is great news.

I have always been apprehensive about spark milestones being monetized. Money doesn’t grow on trees and patronage as it exists was always going to go away. We, as partners, have simply had the privilege of receiving free money through this programme. I am not sad to see it go. So many people have abused the system in its current form and it has been a cause of stress for both streamers and viewers alike.

So what else going forward? Here’s a quick Q&A

What will you do to bring in more ember spend?
Honesty, not a lot. I may see if I can find a gentle way to incentivise using them, but at the same time, I will not be driving the idea hard. I haven’t done this far and I don’t intend to going forward.

What about viewers who feel they can’t contribute anymore?
You were already contributing by watching, chatting, sharing my streams and clips on social media and otherwise. Money isn’t, and never will be, the single way to support me.

Does this mean you won’t be able to afford games/equipment/etc?
Not at all. Let me level with you. I could take an extra shift at work, any time, and earn more in that one shift than I earned in patronage for a month. Patronage was always a bonus. If I am ever stuck for cash, that will never be on my community for as long as work is an option to me.

What about taking PayPal again?
First of all, not an option, and even if it was, I wouldn’t use it. PayPal is bad.

I think that covers most, if not all bases. If anyone has any questions please feel free to tweet at me @slinkonage or join The Discord Server!

Thanks for reading!

I Don’t Like the Nintendo Switch Lite. Hear Me Out.

Now I feel I must preface this by saying, the Switch Lite is not aimed at me. I am not the target audience for it. But I still don’t like it, and I think it has the potential to harm the Switch in general, which is why I don’t like it.

So, the Switch Lite is a Nintendo Switch. Only it’s not. It’s a games machine that plays Switch software, but it’s not a Switch. It is a piece of hardware with a 5.5″ screen (as opposed to the Switch having a 6.2″ screen) and weighs in at 0.61lbs (as opposed to the Switch weighing in at 0.88lbs).

Here is why it’s not a Switch.

It has no dock, so therefore has no connectivity to a television. It is a dedicated handheld device designed to be more portable than the flagship Switch. It has no tabletop mode, as it doesn’t have removable joycons which means you have to buy joycons to play certain games. And then how do you charge those joycons if you do buy them? They don’t attach to the Switch lite.

It has none of the features that make the Switch the Switch. The whole point of the Switch was the fact that it was versatile. It was a home console and a handheld, and you could “switch” how you used it at any time. Or you could detach the joycons and “switch” it to a portable multiplayer device. The Lite feels like a branding disaster.

We all sort of knew that the Switch lite was coming, but when it doesn’t have any of the features that make it a Switch, what does that mean for the brand?

I was reminded of the 2DS and the fact that it didn’t have any of these branding related issues. But the 2DS was genuis. Already in the name it was obvious that they dropped the 3D functionality and the lack of folding, whilst hurting the portability of it a touch (and this was also fixed in the New 2DS) it was a small price to pay for a budget system that played 3DS games. And it was branded as such. The Switch Lite is branded as a Switch, so it should come with the features that make the Switch what it is. And it doesn’t. Like the 2DS, the branding should have been altered to make it similar enough that people will recongise the hardware, but seperate enough so as to not hurt the Switch brand.

Remember the Wii U? It was branded as a Wii, and wasn’t actually a Wii. It was hardware that played Wii software and allowed Wii peripherals. And what did that do to the Wii brand?

I hope the same doesn’t happen here with the Switch, but I see people buying this up without reading the information available and expecting a lot more from it than they are getting, and that it going to lead to disappointment. I love the Switch and it’s a great time to be a Switch owner, but my advice right now is save up for the flagship system. It’s going to be $100 more but you’re going to get a lot more out of the versatility of it than you will the Lite.

I’m still confused what market they are aiming for with the Lite when the flagship system does exactly what the Lite does, and so much more.

Again, this is an opinion. Make of it what you will, but this is my two pence into the fountain.