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.
Thanks for reading!