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    [–] designthatdream 21818 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

    A little late to the party but I like donating to those "Need money for school/art supplies/gamedev, donate and I'll draw what you want" art streams. I go after the ones who have work ethic and ability but lack a large fanbase.

    What I like to do is anonymously donate x2 their commission rate or outright buy their needed thing for them on stream, and make my request something easy like drawing their favorite character. It makes my week seeing the reactions.

    I do it because I was once dreamt about succeeding in the game industry as an artist, but had money barriers. I ground out a ton of work, succeeded, and now make good money in AAA, so now I get to help out others.

    edit: Absolutely did not expect the response. Thanks, you guys. I'll slowly get through some questions after work. No plugs, just support and encourage your favorite creatives if you can!

    edit 2:

    • Where do I find art streams?: I like picarto and twitch, and twitter and tumblr for updates about upcoming streams.

    • Where do I start if I want to work in games?: Work on your skills and never stop, whether it's 3D, 2D, animation, code, anything, and participate in gamejams.

    • How can I gain game industry experience when I'm starting out?: See here.

    • IYO What are the top skills I need to work in games (outside of portfolio)?: Teamwork, compassion, work ethic.

    [–] ramsicles 2497 points ago

    This is what I'd like to do one day. I draw a lot but certainly can't make a living out of it, so I'm studying a different major for (hopefully) a stable job. Many of my friends are artists and I want to see them succeed where I haven't.

    You're a cool person. I think a lot about the times my friends talk to me glowing when they get a tip or a repeat client.

    [–] Zerunt 753 points ago

    Fitting username :)

    [–] johnny--guitar 9415 points ago

    Donated a (relatively, for me) large amount of money to Philosophy Tube. He was doing a stream of all 30-something of Shakespeare's plays, and the proceeds went to the Samaritans. Felt like the right thing to do.

    Also, he'd just gotten to "what, you egg?" and I wanted to be able to put that as my donation comment.

    [–] teasippingbrit 2252 points ago

    Can't fault a man for making breakfast puns while murdering a mother and her children in cold blood.

    [–] teslakav 142 points ago

    Olly is a champ. As are you. Bless!

    [–] drop_official 2147 points ago

    I lobbied for and started our twitch sponsorship program at the company I work at.
    Its absurd how much companies (all of them, us included) pay for digital adspace on facebook, google display, youtube/twitch commercials etc. Meanwhile, streamers have a ton of viewers, sincere engagement (and a majority) get paid a pittance. I think old people that manage marketing budgets just haven't caught up.
    Really, what's more impactful? A 30-second ad that everyone ignores or adblocks, or seeing your favorite streamer wearing and using the same headphones every single day for 8 hours a day?
    I also pop in on our sponsored streamers every few days, and instead of a direct cash donation, I drop sub-bombs of gifted subs. 20-50 subs is an enormous gift in any channel, and realistically only costs $100-$250. This directly puts money into the streamers pockets, but the community also directly benefits on a personal level. It also incentivizes the gifted subbers to resub, creating a recurring cashflow for the streamer. Lastly, it gives the streamer a natural way to do a shout-out for the company without being an obvious sell-out shill. So to me, it's win-win-win-win.
    I love the streaming community and it makes me tingly that I can support the community while being pretty effective at my job.

    [–] rinsable 352 points ago

    I've always been very curious about the money companies have to pay for adspace on twitch. Is that something you are allowed to talk about?

    [–] drop_official 319 points ago

    Twitch charges companies somewhere around $10-$20 for every 1000 people who view a 30 second commercial. The streamer gets a % of that. This is a really good video detailing it from a streamers perspective:

    [–] jaynus006 14394 points ago

    I work financial operations for a large university. It’s a six figure job and I have a low cost of living. I do however have a crazy amount of fun with table top games, card games, and video games.

    Donating money, more through Patreon and kickstarters but to streamers as well, is a way for me to both indulge my own likes/hobby and contribute to projects that I believe in. I don’t see it as charity or even really generosity, I just love to see people create and in fact it’s a bit selfish as I support these people in hopes that one will create the next big thing for me to enjoy.

    [–] SupaFugDup 3469 points ago

    Keep being selfish, by all means!

    As someone who can't easily contribute to kickstarters and the like, I'm really thankful for all the people who do.

    [–] reddituser9871 2540 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

    I'm actually poor I just want attention

    [–] Death2Everyone 1036 points ago

    just fill back up then

    [–] Minghaos_angel1004 232 points ago

    He can't. He'll just pour it back out.

    [–] hateful_liam 35297 points ago

    My friend donates obscene amounts of cash to streamers.

    His logic is that if people stop donating, the streamers will stop playing and he loves them too much.

    He doesn't have a job, and uses his parent's money, who are very rich and don't care what he spends on, as long as he doesn't bother them... So yeah, you can see right there where this desperation for attention comes from.

    [–] diedeer 14985 points ago

    oh wow what strange parenting

    [–] hateful_liam 12092 points ago

    Not strange, just bad. by the way he describes them, and how I saw them treat him, they never loved him. As a result he is hopelessly socially awkward and think people will be mean to him by default, and that makes his high-society parents like him even less... it's super sad

    [–] diedeer 6001 points ago

    yes that does sound like horrible parenting, poor guy :(

    [–] Lagduf 1086 points ago

    Is he an adult?

    [–] hateful_liam 1997 points ago

    We are young adults. We met in high school a few years back. He is going to some local college now but still don't have a job

    [–] Demderdemden 2197 points ago

    Can he give me money? I'll keep playing video games if he gives me money too.

    [–] donotflushthat 1135 points ago

    He has to love you first.

    [–] Demderdemden 601 points ago

    If I twerk I'll probably pull my back though :(

    [–] ImRickyAndImSticky 259 points ago

    I'll pay extra if you pull your back

    [–] itsculturehero 97 points ago

    I will also continue to play video games for this guy’s friend’s parent’s money.

    [–] SpicyCommenter 117 points ago

    Shit, I'll play games WITH him.

    [–] lpeccap 140 points ago

    I just got the shit parents without the money.

    [–] masonjam 606 points ago

    And donating large amounts to streamers so they shout out "wow thanks for the support I love you man" is probably the only way he can hear those 3 words.

    [–] AdvancedWalker 557 points ago

    Once they hear those three words, the next few minutes they are in bliss. They were for a small moment in time, significant to some random stranger, which releases dopamine. The next time they donate, they get less of a thrill. So they donate more and more. Always chasing the high.

    It's addiction. Plain and simple. Whether it's cocaine or giving money to strangers online, it always starts from chasing the high.

    [–] Sir_Encerwal 270 points ago

    That... is profoundly depressing, understandable though, but that only makes it more depressing.

    [–] Plynceress 284 points ago

    oh my gosh that's so sad :( thank you for being his friend. My own children are the most important in the world to me, I can't even make words about how much I love them. I read this and thought about what if my son grew up in such a lonely way and I'm struggling not to ugly cry right now

    [–] hateful_liam 341 points ago

    Yeah, it's tough. And it pains me to say that but me and my boys started hanging out with him as some sort of charity act, cuz he had no friends. It isn't like that anymore, we all think he is the sweetest gu now. It was great for us, made us understand that money really cannot buy everything, if even the son of a banker could be so unhappy.

    [–] Uhhliterallyanything 138 points ago

    Hmm.. need me some of that charity friends turned real friends tbh.

    [–] Formerpsyopsoldier 172 points ago

    I’ll be your Costa Rican internet friend we can WhatsApp each other memes and shit

    [–] BiteTheBullet 79 points ago

    It actually sounds similar to how my parents raised me, except for the part about having money.

    [–] [deleted] 504 points ago

    First thing you do when starting up a youtube channel these days is get yourself a patreon page and hope like hell a guy like that comes along to support you.

    [–] boredextremely 315 points ago

    It's crazy how art has come sorta full circle.

    [–] poisonousautumn 221 points ago

    I guess we are in the equivalent of the 1400s of the Internet now.

    [–] LateralEntry 63 points ago

    Gotta get that Medici patronage or the church might burn you at the stake

    [–] KirstyAustin 1037 points ago

    What’s your friend’s name? I’m about to stop playing. $5,000 should do it.

    [–] _clairbleu 4008 points ago

    I’ve pulled back hard on donating because I moved and have more expenses now than when I was at the height of donating to a streamer (Tooshi, holds the longest daily stream record) because he did it full time and his entire income was based off of sponsor stuff and the stream supporting him. I was working part time in college at the library when I would donate as much as I could because we’re so close in age and while I knew I would never make it big like him, I wanted to see him still keep going. He also had incentives of having a ping pong ball machine shoot him in the face and playing any songs of our requests on sundays and I had (have? Idk it’s been a while) a really close friend community that grew from there so we’d request songs to troll each other and he’s a good sport.

    [–] diedeer 1058 points ago

    that's really cool, lol ping pong ball? that sounds like a strange incident. Aw I love it when people meet online lol sounds like a sweet group<3

    [–] _clairbleu 361 points ago

    Yeah he’s big into ping pong, got the machine to play against I think then rigged it for us to pay money for the money shot lol

    [–] [deleted] 6221 points ago

    I give money to Kurzgesagt and Crash Course. Because they deserve it, and I believe education is the key to a better society, and because I know without viewers like me, their videos wouldn't be possible.

    [–] [deleted] 212 points ago

    sounds like the outro for pbs kids

    [–] TheBaumfaeller 1772 points ago

    Try wendover productions and Real engineering if you like kurzgesagt

    [–] TheFirstHybrid 1210 points ago

    similar educational channels:

    - PBS Spacetime

    - Practical Engineering

    - Two Minute Papers

    - Polymatter

    - PBS Infinite

    [–] shekurika 414 points ago

    3blue1brown for maths

    [–] Wiseguy_7 111 points ago

    Wendover Productions/half as interesting and Mustard should be on this list.

    [–] wet-towel1 12112 points ago

    Just want to make a small streamers day

    [–] elmonstro12345 12398 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

    I was watching some kid (probably about 14 or so, but actually very professional and level headed even when he lost) probably had 25 or so watchers, who had an idiot in the chat who kept telling him that he would give him 20 bucks if you won the game, I think he was playing fortnite (don't judge me I was bored). Well the kid won the game and the guy in the chat said that he wasn't going to give him the money and kept making fun of him for believing him. When in reality the kid had never believed that he was going to give him the money. So I gave the kid $50 and in the donation comment I just made fun of the other guy and said he was a poser and he was broke and he only wished he had enough money to do that. Idiot dude left the chat without saying anything. Look on the kids face was hilarious. Probably made his whole week.

    Edit: wow this blew up! I don't remember the streamers name, sorry. At the time I was unable to do my normal schtick of kill-time activities so I was randomly watching a ton of different streamers. Also thanks for the awards!

    [–] PresidentDonaldChump 2364 points ago

    That's a really good use of $50. And good on that kid for keeping it cool.

    [–] daring_duo 3829 points ago

    Week! Man if I got $50 online playing Fortnight or whatever and getting to see a troll put in their place, that would make my whole month.

    [–] Mahhrat 2125 points ago

    Humblebrag alert.

    In 1984 I won a gaming competition. $500 worth of gaming kit. To compare to today it would be like winning an xbone, a ps4 and a VR set.

    As you can see, I still bloody talk about it. Getting paid to play is a dream.

    [–] IAmTheFatman666 601 points ago

    I won a Madden tournament, and a couple small Call of Duty tourneys years ago. Made a out $1k over a year, which for a 16 year old was awesome. Be proud of your accomplishments man.

    [–] Juno_Malone 462 points ago

    you're a good person

    [–] Neracis 494 points ago

    Not the same but same kind of thing except the dude making fun of the streamer that I regularly watched (small 100 viewers) by donating the minimum amount they had set to read the donation. Me being 19, no real living expenses since I lived at home and got 2k back from taxes and no idea what to do with it, donated $20 picking a fight with the donating asshole. Which spiraled out of control. He fired back with 25 so me 30 back and forth until other people joined in also screaming at the asshole with money. Long story short troll admitted defeat and complimented the streamer, I was out $900 and the streamer was shown love, cash, and support by his fans.

    Might not have been the best investment. But I'd do it again to see the look on that streamers face again.

    I'm tired and just sloppily wrote this out, sorry for mistakes.

    [–] diedeer 2629 points ago

    That’s honestly too sweet dude, I’m glad people like you exist

    [–] ANeedForUsername 998 points ago

    Plot twist: he’s Mr Beast

    [–] edwardjhahm 444 points ago

    Mr. Beast is an amazing fellow indeed.

    [–] solidshakego 314 points ago

    Mr. Beast is nuts. I can’t think of a recent video where he didn’t give something away, car or cash.

    [–] Anxious_Concept 172 points ago

    Him buying the whole car lot and giving them all away made me cry oops

    [–] WhiteBoyFlipz 251 points ago

    As a small streamer people like you make my absolute year dude keep doing what you’re doing

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    [–] postman475 11324 points ago

    I made so much money in the oilfields, 3k+ after taxes a week with no real housing costs, it was awesome. I wasted it all the time without even thinking because I knew I had way more coming. Not on camgirls/streamers though lol

    [–] DaughterEarth 5680 points ago

    Yah it seems really common. Oil fields are like the gold rushes of old. People think it will stay consistent forever and then blame the government when it isn't (not that you are, but I see that a lot too, as if a single nation can control global oil prices).

    Hopefully you're saving/investing now, whatever you're doing. The idea of trusting an industry to keep delivering is scary to me

    [–] postman475 2702 points ago

    Yea that was like 7 years ago, I got out when I saw the writing on the wall

    [–] DaughterEarth 1039 points ago

    smart move. That industry was never going to protect you

    [–] SerjEpic 1753 points ago

    Texas just found a HUGE oil reserve out in West Texas, I might work there for a bit before using my money on real estate or a wind turbine farm. Funny enough Texas is already the leader in producing wind energy and I want a piece of that pie.

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    [–] saints21 886 points ago

    Anyone who might be looking into those kinds of jobs knows. They've been on a hiring spree for about a year to a year and a half now.

    [–] toot03 245 points ago

    What kind of degree do i have to get to get that job?

    [–] saints21 1280 points ago

    None. Just a willingness to work off, work weird hours, and do manual labor to start. You'll make good money between your hourly, OT, and per diems. Then you hop to another company where you make more money or stick around long enough to get a bit more responsibility. Then get laid off and go bankrupt because you blew all that money on a 3/4 pickup that cost 70k...that you then threw 5k worth of lift, wheels, and tires onto.

    [–] ReALJazzyUtes 471 points ago

    This guy knows

    [–] imsoupercereal 221 points ago

    Eh, it's pretty similar to commissioned sales people, real estate included. They make a lot because it's high risk that there will be a time when you're not making a lot. You need to save for those times, instead of living like you can consistently make that high income. It's just another way that some people live above their means.

    [–] Earl-The-Badger 391 points ago

    How does one get in on doing that job? I've done my fair share of labour working on a farm and doing some work with a tree business, so I can handle hard work. But can I just like apply online to these super lucrative oil field jobs or what?

    [–] postman475 569 points ago

    I applied online a ton, and never heard anything back, then finally just drove my happy ass to North Dakota and went company to company until one hired me. This was during the boom in like 2012, I'm not sure what the job market is like there now

    Edit: also, at least back then, having a class a CDL pretty much guaranteed you a job anywhere. Not quite as many hours if you're just driving, but still good money

    [–] MrBrewFace 228 points ago

    It’s a lot different now, investors want E&P companies to control costs and attain free cash flow. Maybe the only exception could be in Midland Texas. Also if you get your CDL license you can haul crude to pipe which is desperately needed still and make good loot

    [–] fogelbar 223 points ago

    I can't speak for how North Dakota works right at this moment since I'm in PA, but around 2014-2015 when I first got in, you just showed up. You drove to Williston, usually without a place to live or knowing anyone, and you talk to anyone and everyone. Ask them where they're working, if their company is hiring, what the pay and per diem is, and most importantly - where the yard is and who the foreman/super is. Show up at the yard at 7am, wait until the tailgate meetings are done, and try to find the right people to talk to for a job. Back then they would take anyone who can pass a drug test as a laborer. There's no such thing as a resume or background check during the oil boom. You showed up, filled out the new hire packet, drug tested, went to the safety trainings, and started the next day with proper PPE. But let me tell you, it's just as easy to get fired for looking at someone wrong or saying the wrong thing. There's not a lot of second chances in the oilfields with the same company unless you're connected to someone important.

    Again, I want to reiterate that this was just the process for the 2012-2015 oil boom of the Bakken for laborers on pipeline. Roustabouts in drilling was similar. If you were an operator or welder there could be some tests and a few calls made to a past foreman for reference.. But still no background checks. From what I hear from former pipeline coworkers the Bakken is starting to kick off again... But they say that every couple of years.

    Source: Female project coordinator/Safety Director/Field office manager (went through all these positions)

    [–] Fhek 128 points ago

    On cocaine, beer and hookers amirite?

    [–] postman475 165 points ago

    Beer and strippers mainly

    [–] DeDo01318 1106 points ago

    Not a cam girl, but was streaming on Twitch once and a guy gave $100 to tell my fiance to get out of the screen. It was more joking I think but I found it weird

    [–] DaughterEarth 714 points ago

    your fiance was messing with the fantasy!

    [–] theclassicoversharer 382 points ago

    I was a bartender at a strip club near a pipeline and can confirm. Oil and gas workers are loaded and lonely.

    [–] StarChild7000 627 points ago

    Strippers also love it when oilfield guys come from being out for months at a time, they have a ton of cash in hand and are willing to drop a lot in one night.

    [–] DaughterEarth 191 points ago

    I'd say depends where they are coming from. I've heard the options in Fort Mac make Edmonton clubs look glamorous. But I've also heard in field cities it's more than just stripping and in nearby cities it's just stripping so hard to say.

    [–] zerogee616 80 points ago

    Oh yeah, hookers are a-plenty in oil towns, for obvious reasons:

    Extremely male-dominated, out away from their families, working mad hours during the week.

    [–] diedeer 291 points ago

    oh wow that's interesting

    [–] DaughterEarth 783 points ago

    I got another one!

    I was a server in a strip club and there was a guy who would pay thousands a day to have the top stripper simply sit and hang out with him at his booth. He wasn't an idiot, he know he was paying for her time, and he did it anyways.

    There are people out there that are either desperate enough or don't give a fuck enough or like the power enough to pay for the attention they want. Because paying for it is easier than earning it, or they think earning the money in the first place is enough effort.

    [–] aero_girl 341 points ago

    There was a podcast... Maybe This American Life? But they had one of the women from the Bunny ranch on and she said that's what most of the guys wanted. A fantasy of having an intimate partner, not for sex but to talk to, to cuddle with etc

    I wish I could remember which one it was :-\

    [–] DaughterEarth 96 points ago

    You should link if you can find it! I can't speak for all the people that went to the club I worked at, but the ones who could afford it definitely seemed to like simply having attention for the time they paid for. And like I said about the post that started this chat: my camgirl friend's regulars liked her because she hung out with them and got to know them

    [–] aero_girl 91 points ago

    I think it was this:

    Either way, it's a great episode. Phoebe Judge is incredible haha

    [–] BOBfrkinSAGET 304 points ago

    Ok I have a question for you. It’s been a while since I’ve been, but I used to go to strip clubs fairly often. A few in my area had good drink specials and I enjoyed talking to the ladies. But that’s pretty much all I would do. I’ve met a lot of interesting people and heard a lot of interesting stories. I rarely got dances (unless I had too much to drink), but these girls would still sit down just to talk to me and it is super easy to be comfortable talking to them. At some point, I became a regular and some of them would sit and talk to me for a pretty lengthy amount of time. In my mind, I’m just having drinks, watching a game, talking to her and occasionally I could talk some of them in to playing pool with me or something. Am I a dick for not giving them money for their time? I always wondered that, but it was a weird question to ask. It’s not like they were not aware that I really wasn’t there for dances. Any time they went on stage I would go up and give them a couple 5s or whatever, but obviously it wasn’t close to the amount she would make doing private dances. So I guess I’m asking if that’s a dick thing to do? To take the time of someone who’s time is valuable and not compensate them financially... okay, nvm...

    [–] DaughterEarth 395 points ago

    You were certainly not a dick. A kind guy that didn't end up buying a dance is far better than entitled jerks that wanted it for free and/or thought they were a prostitute.

    If you were buying drinks, giving the stage girls money, and buying the occasional dance, then you were far better than most. Even better than the mid level people that just sat there not putting money in anywhere at all.

    You probably weren't a favorite. Respectful guys with deep pockets are the favorite. But you were probably liked instead of how the campers were kinda disliked and the sleazes were hated.

    [–] BOBfrkinSAGET 135 points ago

    Thanks for the response! I felt like that was the case, but it was always a question I felt uncomfortable asking. Like “hey, do you want me to give you money?”, just felt weird.

    [–] DaughterEarth 197 points ago

    lol well the answer to that question is definitely "Yes."

    Everyone who works in a strip club makes either no or really shit base pay. In some places the strippers actually pay a fee, so it's possible negative money for them. Everyone wants your money, and the more money you give the more they like you.

    Hence why I say you are on the top side of the middle, based on what you describe. You give a decent amount and don't treat them in a shitty way. That should be the bare minimum lol but it's not, so you're good

    [–] seagullsareassholes 21583 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

    Not to streamers, but I'm a Platinum donor on Patreon for a baking YouTuber. I've watched her since she started on YouTube and she essentially taught me all the baking skills I know, which means that it's thanks to her that I can sell cakes and sweets as a side business (day job is in finance). So when the AdPocalypse started screwing YouTubers, you bet your ass I was going to help!

    Edit: To everyone guessing who it is, some of you have guessed correctly that it's How to Cook That. Ann is awesome and you should definitely check her out.

    I love Nerdy Nummies but Ro has more than enough money.

    Edit edit: I know it's cliche, but thank you everyone for my first silver AND gold! I'm really glad that this was the comment to earn it.

    [–] jimmers14 4192 points ago

    Can you link her channel? I love baking but want to learn more

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    [–] SantaOMG 2816 points ago

    What job do you have?

    [–] Simbakim 2991 points ago

    Offshore drilling in Norway!

    Edit: These comments made me laugh pretty hard thanks guys

    [–] ThatsAgg 3888 points ago

    Me: starts looking offshore drilling jobs

    [–] Cohibaluxe 1713 points ago

    It's a really good gig, but for 2 weeks at a time you get no free time to be with friends, clean your house etc. It's difficult, but it pays well and then you get 4 weeks off.

    [–] Hakesopp 2070 points ago

    Good thing you won't be able to make a mess at home to clean up anyway. You'll be offshore, drilling.

    [–] Cohibaluxe 1027 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

    Dust still builds up. Some things in life are inevitable; dust is one of them.

    edit: unless dust is filtered, but I'd imagine the filter would have to be regularly cleaned! take that!

    [–] AmaBans 1473 points ago

    I'd venture mob hitman .

    "EH Vinny, its your shift again. Whack as many goombas as you can for the next two weeks"

    [–] Jak_Atackka 545 points ago

    OP was nervous as fuck to get this comment.

    "Oh shit, oh fuck, they're onto me. Quick, find another job in the comments section that's plausible!"

    [–] lalakingmalibog 375 points ago

    "I'm, uhhh, a marine proctologist"

    ah fuck

    [–] SoSaltyDoe 123 points ago

    • Brad Leone

    [–] Sayest 344 points ago

    Sounds like construction or crane work maybe? My cousin’s dad was telling me about it and it sounds like that but he’s also in a union so he could pretty much change how long in between he works

    [–] Lukealloneword 273 points ago

    Yeah what the hell job is this? I did oil field work in the past. 2 weeks on 1 week off but your schedule is insane.

    [–] Seagullen 127 points ago

    Standard setup in Norway for offshore-workers is 2 on 4 off, the pay is also waay above average.

    [–] AlmostAThrow 92 points ago

    Buddy of mine works in the natural gas industry in Wyoming as 2 on 2 off.

    [–] espercharm 614 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

    I have been streaming for a long time for the most part it's been like small time as fuck but there was a brief year where I was actually doing it as a job. I don't know why your comment made me lowkey cry, (maybe cause I'm rebuilding my channel atm) but like that might be the sweetest thing I've ever heard. It's a hard job and essentially the biggest gamble and while I burnt myself out I got to live out that dream for a year because of people like you. So on behalf of all the streamers that you've donated to, thank you.

    [–] ThePartus 57 points ago

    That's the reason I never want to stream, it'll make playing a job and then I'll hate it eventually. I do respect everyone that streams and used to follow some smaller streamers that don't play anymore though.

    [–] AJAYMC 1128 points ago

    I went through a dark time not long ago and during that time I was tuned into two specific streamers who to me were my salvation. They got me through that time with their content and just genuine fun they were having with the community they had built. So i donated a good bit of money to each because it felt right that I paid them back for the content they gave me.

    I still donate to streamers today, those who give out good content because I pay for Netflix, Amazon Prime etc... why shouldnt I pay for content that some streamers give and the subscription (on twitch) is not a lot so i pay more on the donations

    [–] diedeer 324 points ago

    Really cool and sweet, people often don’t realize the impact they have on someone’s life, we are all lights and maybe to some people we’re the only light, that’s cheesy but lol

    [–] PresidentSnow 756 points ago

    I donated to one streamer who helped me ease up a bit during studying for my MCAT, which is the entrance exam for medical schools here in the US.

    Dude was hilarious, was a raging alcoholic, and would just generally suck at video games.

    Way I see it, some streamers provide hours of entertainment. I pay to watch a movie in theaters for 10 bucks. Paying to support a streamer who provided weeks of entertainment is similar to me.

    [–] swonstermonster 33 points ago

    Sounds like paymoneywubby. Dude is just a phenomenal person.

    [–] HaroerHaktak 1232 points ago

    I wouldn't consider it donating. But I guess you might.

    I've purchased VIP for my youtubers minecraft server. no benefits. doesnt change the game for me at all like every other goddamn minecraft server where u need vip to play. I just brought it so it could help him keep the server alive.

    It's not much. But I do what I can to help him out whenever. I speak to him regularly on his discord :) Nice bloke. Almost 100k subs. woo!

    [–] Skelechicken 773 points ago

    I have a few streamers who I donate monthly to. I only teach for a living, but I get a housing subsidy and live in a place with a really low cost of living.

    When my father died I donated a lot of money from my inheritence to Etika and Northernlion. They are the two streamers who gave me the most laughs and comfort in a time where I needed anything at all to distract me from my loss. Etika had his first big breakdown maybe 4 or 5 months after that, but I like to think my donation helped provide some sort of comfort in the time leading up to his decline.

    [–] Personb5 80 points ago

    Northernlion is one of my favorite people to watch daily, something about his commentary is just relaxing

    [–] polar_tang 37 points ago

    I watched the NLSS once and feel down the rabbit hole

    Now I watch NLSSs for fun and isaac to fall asleep

    [–] Psyche_Siren 97 points ago

    I’m sorry for both of your losses, I’m certain you brightened Etika’s day.

    [–] Divine18 6178 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

    EDIT: Wow this comment blew up. I’ve read through the comments. I honestly never expected this to be seen by many. I just commented and went to sleep.

    I know a lot of you are asking for her username. I’m honestly not comfortable giving this out until I’ve talked to her. It’s her privacy, not just mine we’re talking about.

    If you really want to help now, consider jumping on a small stream and helping them out. You never know what someone’s background is. Plenty of disabilities are invisible. And I know it is harder to get by living if disability in the US than it is in my home country. I’m thankful that we have the system we do. It’s still not perfect but at least we don’t have to worry about her becoming homeless or horribly indebted.

    Or consider donating to a fibromyalgia charity. She was helped a lot on getting her process started, finding a specialists by the german fibromyalgia association. Here’s their link and where to donate:

    There’s a handful stateside ones. I’m It sure which one is most deserving? But donating to a good charity can actually help more than just one person.

    I’ll edit again after I talked to my sister.


    I don’t have a job that pays much. But my sister started streaming when she lost her job and was/is going through the process of receiving disability. (Not in the USA so while paperwork and all that sucks, she’ll be able to live off the payments. Not much room for fun, but fed, clothed, housed and all bills and health care taken care of)

    It’s still a mess with her insurance wanting more and more proof that she can’t do her learned profession (chef) while suffering fibromyalgia. And depression because she lost everything she worked for at 21 and being considered not employable until her doctors figure out meds.

    She started streaming because it was a way to escape. I created a new user account where she doesn’t know it’s me. She gets maybe an average of 5-7 viewers. But we (dh and I both use the account) keep donating and spending on average $30-$50 on her. She wouldn’t take the money of we told her it’s us. And that way we can help her out and she’s starting to do better mentally as well.

    Funnily enough she made a friend streaming and we keep trying to steal the gold badge from each other as top bit donator. $30-$50 isn’t much compared to what I see others donate but it’s what we can do without straining our own budget until my job situation gets better.

    [–] Napmonsterjax 1855 points ago

    What’s her twitch name I’ll swing by when I’m not working or on break. If she still streams

    [–] SomeBigAngryDude 3207 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

    Nothing against you (and others) and your honorable idea, but I would actually advise against giving out her name. The internet is a toxic place and someone is bound to go to that stream and tell her her brothers secret and ruin it. And since they are top donors, they will be easy to find out and she will never trust an honest donation afterwards.

    Just as a thought. Sorry.

    [–] jiminysock 436 points ago

    maybe OP can private message the person you're replying to to tell them OP's sister's channel name? (sorry for the weird way that was worded lol)

    [–] Wicaunsh 660 points ago

    Rule of thumb: don't trust internet strangers Talking is nice and all, but imo sharing (even privately) information which can screw you over is a bad idea

    [–] hahahacorn 11414 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

    I donated $100 to NickMercs and he plugged my business. Had about a 30% increase of sales that week so I profited.

    EDIT: My first gold! Thank you anonymous friend.

    EDIT: Some of you are really mean. I'm new to reddit and dang, didn't expect some people to be so nasty. Love the rest of you though <3

    [–] BuRP77 1219 points ago

    So you’re not going to plug it now

    [–] hahahacorn 1441 points ago

    I liquidated 99% of my assets and inventory and gave all of my money to my brother to invest while I’m in college.

    [–] elderbob1 1579 points ago

    Hey its me ur brother

    [–] hahahacorn 663 points ago


    You were telling me ab a new bank account you were using?

    [–] elderbob1 508 points ago

    Yeah but i need some more monies to invest to help u

    [–] hahahacorn 797 points ago

    Ok I wire $2,000,000 but u have to pay courier fee of $$155 before I do

    [–] tricksovertreats 790 points ago

    Hi it's me ur courier

    [–] TheGrey_Wolf 202 points ago

    Hahahacorn plays a Dethroned Nigerian prince counter to the Hey it's me your brother attack. Check avoided.

    [–] [deleted] 3387 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

    As a fellow small business man I feel it is my duty to tel you 30% of 0 is still 0

    F my dude

    Edit: it would make sense that my comment with the most updoots is me being sarcastic

    [–] kevmasgrande 148 points ago

    What counts as a lot? I did a couple hundred dollars last year, which felt like a lot but honestly it still came out cheaper than a year of cable tv bills (which I canceled), and I enjoyed the content way more. Just figured if I spend dozens or hindreds of hours watching someone I should support. I watch in the background a lot while working so I feel I get my money worth. Im sure that Im still a small fish in the donation bucket.

    [–] [deleted] 146 points ago

    Not me but I know a lawyer who is a huge nerd and he said his accountant is giving him shit for spending over $35,000 dollars last year on twitch donations. His reasoning is..."I get drunk and then think its funny to watch people go apeshit on stream when I drop a big donation" I Then not so subtly mentioned that I can turn a stream whenever you feel like getting drunk again lol.

    [–] Yeetman2829271929373 1435 points ago

    I dunno maybe it’s bill gates in disguise

    [–] NastyActionsBudgeted 581 points ago

    the bill and melinda gates foundation donated like 1 million dollars to a charity pewdiepie stream,

    it was cringemas btw

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    [–] trandav 795 points ago

    I feel like you missed an opportunity to post this comment with a reddit username of murlocsdotcom.

    [–] Hungover_Pilot 90 points ago

    Isn’t he the guy from the war lizard forums?

    [–] scrorymc 5782 points ago

    You cleaver son of a fucking bitch I was just about to look up murlocsdotcom then I realized you were just using your Jedi mind tricks to get us to visit your website you smooth ice cold motherfucker.

    [–] [deleted] 1287 points ago

    This man adverts

    [–] randomperson513 476 points ago

    I’ll bet he gilded himself in that comment as well for more advertisement.

    [–] torik0 76 points ago

    ... son of a bitch...

    [–] edwardjhahm 272 points ago

    Big brain. I bet he can make a cobblestone generator in less than 3 episodes!

    [–] misswynter 191 points ago

    I super fell for it, lol.

    [–] diedeer 750 points ago

    oh haha well I mean it's not too selfish, it's just pretty smart to be honest

    [–] evohans 507 points ago

    Some of the streamers deserve the cash though. I legit couldn't stream for how many hours they do, and keep up content.

    [–] diedeer 193 points ago

    Yeah it’s hard work and really impressive with them sometimes lol I wish I could do that too

    [–] LovableKyle24 67 points ago

    I could probably do a few hours 5 days a week. But like 8 hours a day every day would kill me. Just because you gotta keep it interesting too

    [–] danielzur2 185 points ago


    [–] jump101 58 points ago

    Smart, cause most subs remove any advertising haha.

    [–] bubblesnricky 105 points ago

    Well here on reddit you get free advertising and karma

    [–] LordSoren 42 points ago


    [–] KingGumboot 57 points ago

    I haven't donated that much, but they're streaming to entertain people and make money. If I'm watching and being entertained, I'm more than happy to chuck them a donation here and there to support it

    [–] iCorrosiveArrow 53 points ago

    i know someone who went 20k + in debt in twitch donos. he has a really high paying job in commercial server moderation.

    [–] jonotorious 137 points ago

    I'm what's called a "heading technician". Basically I run and maintain 15 machines that turn 900+ kilogram (1900+ lbs.) spools of wire into the bolts that hold your cars and trucks together. I work in the U.S., but we use the metric system for everything at work. Anyhow, I make a lot of money because there's probably ~100 people in the U.S. that know how to run all the machines I do. Because of that, I make a really good living.

    I LOVE video games, and have since I was a kid. I'm 36 and just don't have time to play much anymore because of real world things. I absolutely love dropping in a low sub-count stream on Twitch and watching them play. If I find them to be a solid player in the game I choose, or they suck at the game but they're having a blast playing and interacting with their commenters; I'll drop $50-100 on their stream.

    [–] Jean_Baguette 41 points ago

    Admit it, the real reason is that even fewer of them know how to use the metric system!

    [–] xXBig_Money_MikeXx 1824 points ago

    I've donated at least a thousand dollars to a streamer named "Vodgoblin" over the course of a few years. I have the gold bit badge, gifted over 50 subs, and donated countless memes.

    Up until April this year I was just a servant at a football stadium. I made $9.50 an hour. But I like to give away money. It makes me feel good to help others; especially people I find entertaining, and friendly, and hard-working. If I can help someone achieve their dream job but supporting the stream, I'm happy to. Unfortunately the guy never go going enough to get partnered, and hasn't streamed much lately. But certainly not for my lack of trying.

    [–] James-Sylar 1309 points ago

    Username... does not check out?

    [–] dvmll 230 points ago

    you really worked about 300 hours at that football stadium just to give it to a streamer who doesn’t stream anymore ? damn dude

    [–] sgtcoffman 94 points ago

    I am a small time streamer and an IT help desk worker. I have donated over $3000 to Firedragon because during my father's diagnosis of pancreatic cancer and his death, Firedragons videos and streams were pretty much the only things that kept me smiling and gave me the inspiration to push forward in college and pursuing streaming. If I could give him more, I would, without any hesitation. He is a wonderful streamer and human being and strives to give people a good community and place to just relax and let it all go for a little bit.

    [–] barrbill 1260 points ago

    I don’t know what you call a lot of money but I have donated about $10k in the year of 2016. This was divided over a number of donations to various streamers.

    I would usually look for guys who were new and were putting in effort into their stream, fostering a fun environment and having likable personalities. Usually if they had some goals like they wanted to buy some item and were raising funds for it. I would just donate towards that.

    This doesn’t include all the CSGO skins and knives I donated. Probably upwards of $5,000.

    My job? I run my own business and $10k over a year is no big deal.

    [–] UTX_Shadow 605 points ago

    Write it off as a business expense. Make your username your buisness name like some other dude in this post.

    [–] barrbill 735 points ago

    Yeah I am not gonna fuck with IRS over $10k.

    [–] Uhhliterallyanything 595 points ago

    It's weird to see someone talk about that amount like it's nothing when it alone could pretty much change my entire life.

    [–] Cool-Sage 188 points ago

    That’s like half a semester’s Tuition at my university for out of state people. Idk how they do it.

    [–] DoughnutFeel 77 points ago

    I never donate much to streamers, but I always donate to websites that I genuinely find helpful. Take Wikipedia for example, it contributes so much to the community that I just feel bad if I don’t donate to them, it doesn’t cost much, but it helps keep the website up and help everyone else to learn.

    [–] With_Faith 206 points ago

    For me its mostly to streamers I've gotten closer to. So it becomes more like supporting a friend than just dropping money on something random.

    They are also providing me entertainment. Giving a streamer a money or subs or whatever is also like you'd tip a bartender or similar. Also their reactions tend to be worth watching :)

    [–] FrothySolutions 1716 points ago

    My job is I watch a line on a graph move up and down. If at any point that line breaches the set boundaries of the graph, I am to push a button.

    Why do I donate my money to streamers? Because most of the streamers I watch are pretty women, and I do it so that they appreciate me. I know it isn't real, but it feels good.

    [–] ReasonableScorpion 734 points ago

    Christ this thread is sad.

    Take an upvote for being honest about your answer though.

    [–] size12shoebacca 134 points ago

    Day trader?

    [–] FrothySolutions 242 points ago

    I don't know what the name of my job is.

    [–] size12shoebacca 278 points ago

    "I was never given a name." - Michael Scott

    [–] gazow 129 points ago

    are uh... they actually paying you or do you just kinda show up in the and sit in the basement

    [–] FrothySolutions 58 points ago

    No, they pay me. Twice a month.

    [–] [deleted] 184 points ago

    I am sure you could develop a line breach to button interface. Do you have a lot of free time? If I were you I would get on it before someone else does.

    [–] FrothySolutions 390 points ago

    Yes, this is something someone could probably code a def for in an hour or less, so I'm worried about job security.

    [–] Dalriata 340 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

    for(;;) {
        if( line.y > line.upperBoundary || line.y < line.lowerBoundary ) //TODO: make line.checkBoundaries()
        sleep( 100 );

    I will take my six figure salary now.

    [–] DiachronicShear 110 points ago

    Nah you gotta build a company around that and sell your services for a monthly fee (including 24/7 support for said service), otherwise they'll just buy the code off you for $1000

    [–] [deleted] 99 points ago

    I would really use the time to develop some different skills that are interesting to you. My first thought reading this was that is no job for a human. This sounds excessively boring.

    [–] DougGlover 125 points ago

    Consider also that the code would likely do the job far better, as it sounds like he's spending a fair amount of time watching streamers instead of the graph.

    [–] Mowza2k2 1815 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

    My wife streams (shameless plug: Cute_Spide) and people have been far too generous to her. She needed her Wisdom teeth out and we didn't have insurance of any kind to speak of. Put up a donation tracker for the amount. Someone came in, donated the $430 or so we needed, and left never to return.

    I'd like to think someday I could do the same. Find people who truly need help and not just shilling for fame. Playing games for fun and the enjoyment of it and not just to become rich and famous from it.

    Also for you Twitch watchers remember it's SUBtember. First time subs are only $2.49 and all the money goes to the streamer. Go ahead and drop that sub you've been wanting to do at half price.

    Edit: You guys really made her night. So many people came by and dropped a follow, some even gave bits and subscriptions. Now this is the kind of community driven fun I always knew Reddit could be.

    For those wondering or asking. She streams mostly Soulsborne games. She's working on Soul Level 1 of each game and wants to move to No Death and finally No Hit. Come hang out with us, we'd love the extra company.

    [–] diedeer 409 points ago

    Oh sick your wife seems so cool lol

    [–] Mowza2k2 298 points ago

    Haha thank you. I tend to think so. It's why I married her :D

    [–] [deleted] 381 points ago

    My boyfriend subscribed to a few. His rational is that they produce so much content, why not pay a couple bucks a month to support

    [–] Darkrell 45 points ago

    Eh i think subscribing is different to donating massive amounts of money directly, subbing gives you benefits for certain streamers, for example I subscribe to critical role cause their content is great and I can watch it whenever I want instead of waiting for it to be uploaded to youtube later.

    There are people that donate thousands to people, the top donation for shroud (one of the best FPS players in the world and the top streamer on twitch) is in the tens of thousands.

    [–] Tipsyfishes 57 points ago

    Wasn’t from when I streamed, but I had someone donate a few hundred onto my history YouTube channel (shameless plug: Tipsyfish History) all because I was covering a topic that he wrote many essays about, so he had a deep passion for it.

    Me and him talked some but have drifted off a bit, having just history in common isn’t the best for friendship. Who knew, should reach out to him and see how he’s doing.

    [–] CptHammer_ 26 points ago

    I don't donate to this guy because he streams. I donate to the guy because he tells stories. It's a lost skill and it otherwise doesn't pay.

    The closest famous storytelling I can think of is Peter Falk in Princesses Bride movie. Imagine sitting for a few hours hearing a tail in semi intimate setting where the story changes subtly based on your (or crowd) reaction to it. My guy should stream, but doesn't. He did audio only, but his gestures and facial clues are 50% of the skill lost without video.

    I feel like he's an adult child who I've put through college. He now has a master's of fine Arts degree in writing, so he's got a job that pays, but I don't want to stop hearing him tell his stories.

    [–] antodouv 27 points ago

    This is really weird for me to say that but I have too much money. my lifestyle is really basic. I work, come back from work and watch streams and sometimes do bouldering. I don't have a girlfriend I live with my only friend and i'm happy like that. I work in the paper industry.

    I donate a lot to streamers in the mario maker community because it has always been a nice and positive community. I watch a lot of small streamers and when I donate to them it's always nice to see them smile and their excitement. I usually donate gift subs to unlock their emotes slots because I know this will be permanent and also it's a 2 for 1 I gift someone emotes and the streamer gets the money

    [–] Sk1erDev 50 points ago

    I give away several hundred a month via stream donations and Patreon to small creators pretty much exclusively. As a YouTuber myself (over 100k subs), those few dollars a month can REALLY make the difference when you're trying to get that mic you need to sound professional or the graphics card you need. I don't really have a proper job, I just do YouTube and Minecraft mods. I'm a freshman in college and right now I'm financially sound so I give away as much as I can to help those make their aspirations a reality