FIFA on Twitch: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

 

Since the birth of FIFA Ultimate Team, the community on Twitch has consistently thrived due to a worldwide audience for the popular game, as well as streamers who keep viewers entertained. A pioneer in the FIFA Twitch community has been streamer Castro_1021, a hilarious and energetic Manchester United fan from the Chicago area. Not only has he been a mainstay in the community for years, he has also raised over $200,000 for various charities through streams where he stays up for 50 hours straight to promote these organizations.

Unfortunately, all streamers of the game have not been as positive change-inducing as Castro. Some have received subscription buttons using giveaways and clickbait as their content, which is not only a disservice to Twitch, but also gives the FIFA community a bad reputation in general.

The current iteration of the game, FIFA 16, has caused a considerable uproar in the community and a decreased viewership for many popular streamers. The problem clearly lies in the gameplay, where complaints of inconsistent and boring games are heard on a daily basis.

But the question still persists: For FIFA on Twitch, is it the streamers duty to make the game more entertaining for viewers or is it the developer’s job to improve the core mechanics of the game to make it more enjoyable and entertaining organically?

Thankfully, there are still gems in the community who make the game more entertaining and give viewers and streamers alike a sense of promise and positivity in a year where the overall opinion has been pessimistic. A great example of a diamond in the rough has been streamer Brendo_yo, an off-beat and gleeful dude from Arizona who utilizes different camera angles and quirky humor to keep his viewers not only happy but coming back every night for more. But do not just take my word for it, some of the original creators of FIFA entertainment in general like NepentheZ and Bateson87 have shown their support, whether it be through donations in Brendo’s stream or tweets to their hundreds of thousands of followers.

We need more people like Brendo, and less people who complain every day that it is EA’s fault for their flawed game and the streamer’s decreased viewership.

Michael De La Rosa
@OfficialMDLR