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#TMSHARE- Working to Find Each Other!

As previously stated [Twitter thread], Thumbstick Mafia will never be spam/repost account where we just tweet links to various channels from Twitch, Youtube, Mixer,  ::insert your favorite platform:: We want to provide a space where people can truly find content creators that they can rock with, become fans of and possibly support. In our opinion, spamming random links does not cut the mustard and with our background knowledge of marketing and simple examination of our own behaviors as well as observation of others; spamming links rarely works. The click through rate is just not there unless the followers already established a previous relationship with the creator.

One of the solutions we proposed in our most recent Podcast episode [S2E4 – Branding and Re-purposing Your Content] was the tag #TMShare. The purpose of this hashtag is for Black women/ WoC game content creators to share their channel trailers.

 

What is a Channel Trailer?

A channel trailer is a brief, mostly introductory video about you and your channel. You can share the type of games you like to play, give insight on the type of communities you want build, or even share highlights. You can find more information and tutorials about getting started via YT Creator Academy – here.  

When creating your Channel Trailer on Youtube, please remember to add #TMShare in the description box. If you already have a Trailer up, be sure to add the hashtag.

 

Why the hashtag?

It will make your content easy to locate (for us) when we’re trying to promote and support your work. If the hashtag is used, it will also be a great way for you to find other content creators within the established community outside of us manually sharing. It makes sense to search and look through the hashtags that you’re using and the community you’re a part of so you can promote each other….no? Yes.

 

What if I don’t have YT?

If you don’t have a Youtube, hold the tears, if you are on Twitch, you can upload your Channel Trailer there. Once you upload to Twitch, don’t forget to share your trailer on Twitter and use the hashtag #TMShare.  

Also, you have the option of uploading your channel trailer to Twitter, directly. Keep in mind that videos uploaded to Twitter can only be 2:20 mins long. Twitter has made it easier to upload content through their Media Studio which they recently started to roll out. We would advise you to take a look at that option when you have some time as it’s an excellent, useful resource.

On our Thumbstick Mafia YouTube channel, we provide a brief introduction of the new feature and how to activate it on your Twitter profile.

The hashtag #TMSHARE is only to be used in the description of your YT channel trailer and in your initial Twitter/Social Media Post. DO NOT use the hashtag for all of your content.

There are some amazing Black/WoC game content creators out there and we want to do our best to highlight you all the best way possible. Please get the word out about TMShare to other Black/WoC streamers. Tag them, spam their comments and chats, encourage them to create a channel trailer and share it with us.

 

Thumbstick Tip: Create a twitter post with your channel and all of the links where people can find you. If the links are too long, bitly [Bitly is a resource that allows you to shorten long urls, save and share them. It also has metrics that show the number of clicks that link got, it’s a great tool to use]. Once you’ve created your Channel Trailer and your tweet has been created, pin it to your Twitter profile.

 

It is a warm introduction to who you are as a content creator and a great welcome to your page. The double whammy is that you’ll be advertising your content, ensuring folks know when and how to find you on the internet.

 

Happy Creating!

Sharky

Thumbstick Fave: Layla and Shemar’s Playhouse

What is Layla and Shemar’s Playhouse?

Layla and Shemar are the next generation of Let’s Players. This channel was created by their Aunt Xmiramira who also creates funny let’s play videosSim content and is the creator of The Black Simmer forum. These little cuties have stolen my heart and they are HILARIOUS. I am extremely happy to see game let’s play videos for kids BY kids. As soon as Squish is old enough to understand and watch let’s play videos, he will be watching this channel.

I truly adored watching this sibling duo interact with each other during their minecraft game-play. There was one scene were Layla was roaming through a dark cave, scared. Shemar was right by his sister’s side saying “There’s nothing to be afraid of.” TOO MUCH CUTE. Then there was another scene where Layla was running away from some invader. Right before she made her great escape, she said “Bye, Felicia. I’m flying. See you when I see you.” BURY ME A G BECAUSE I AM DONE. If you have little ones who are interested in watching Let’s Play videos, then have them checkout Layla and Shemar.

The kiddies definitely need love, too. If you know of any other gaming channels that feature children of color, then shout them out in the comment section.

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Our Guest Writer is none other than Thumbstick Mafia’s Co-founder Sharkyshood. You can find her on her website, twitter or whenever she blesses us on stream or YT.
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TM Spotlight: Nevi

ThumbstickMafia is dedicated to supporting and promoting diverse women in gaming – we’re happy to introduce a spotlight to gamers, content creators, streamers, developers and members of the industry.

Today’s spotlight is  Nevi aka BlkLoliGamer!

In her own words:  Hey everybody, my name is Nevi! I’m 23 years old and am a Let’s Player and self-proclaimed tech junkie with a disturbing insight into troll psychology.  I’m also Autistic, with video games as one of my special interests.  I’m also a Lolita fashion enthusiast and spend a lot of time gazing at beautiful dresses online (only rarely buying, ’cause lolita is expensive).  As the daughter of an artist, I’m a sucker for design and consider myself an amateur designer.

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Thumbstick Mafia Podcast Ep 2 – Versus The Industry

The crew is back with our Special Guest – Simply Undrea; she’s a Brand and Community Manager as well as Content Creator and Steamer and has been featured on thumbstickmafia.com !!

Our full round table this episode is:

Sharkyshood: Twitter  / Twitch 
Supadupacurl: Twitter  // Black Girl Gamers Twitter 
Simply Undrea: Twitter // Twitch // Website 
Seeker: Twitter // Twitch // Thumbstick Mafia 

This episode we talk Overwatch, Rise of Iron, No Man’s Sky and More:
– What Blizzard got right, What most gaming developers get wrong
– Expectations versus reality of buying games
– What good customer service looks like in the industry
– That’s that shit we don’t like – Segment
– Netflix Recommendations

Thumbstick Mafia Podcast – Episode 2 – Versus the Industry 

TM Spotlight – Gabby (HDMG)

ThumbstickMafia is dedicated to supporting and promoting diverse women in gaming – we’re happy to introduce a spotlight to gamers, content creators, streamers, developers and members of the industry.

Today’s spotlight is on Gabrielle from HappyDagger!

In her own words: My name is Gabrielle but I go by Gabby. I’m am 28 years old and your typical artsy-fartsy type. I love gaming and have a deep appreciation for story line above anything. I enjoy art, music, reading, and my two fur babies. I was born in Florida, but thanks to my dad being in the Navy, I was raised a little bit of everywhere. I have just recently started a gaming channel on YT called HappyDagger mediocre gaming.

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TM Spotlight: Phoenix Queen

ThumbstickMafia is dedicated to supporting and promoting diverse women in gaming – we’re happy to introduce a spotlight to gamers, content creators, streamers, developers and members of the industry.

This week’s feature is on the multi-talented content creator PhoenixQueen! She curates a well rounded YT channel that will fulfill all of you nerdom needs and also streams! 

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TM Spotlight – Nerdette

ThumbstickMafia is dedicated to supporting and promoting diverse women in gaming – we’re happy to introduce a spotlight to gamers, content creators, streamers, developers and members of the industry.

Today’s Spotlight is on Gabriella from Nerdette at Large!

In her own words: Hello! I’m Gabriella and I run Nerdette at Large, Nerdette Minute and write the fangirling series for Her Story Arc. I’m a 24 year young nerdette who lives with her two cats, Geronimo and Kahn, and her Chef-In-Training boyfriend. Most of the time you’ll find my nose buried in my 3DSXL, Comic Books or on my laptop. I love being a gamer, and I thoroughly enjoy puzzles, adventure and arcade fighters.

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TM Spotlight – Simply Undrea

ThumbstickMafia is dedicated to supporting and promoting diverse women in gaming – we’re happy to introduce a spotlight to gamers, content creators, streamers, developers and members of the industry.

Today’s Spotlight is on caster Simply Undrea!

In her own words: Simply Undrea is a full-time variety streamer on Twitch.TV from the Bay Area, California. In addition to gaming and getting involved with charities and causes; she is also passionate about the music industry, honing her craft and expanding her creativity.

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TM Spotlight: RahhjinBuu

ThumbstickMafia is dedicated to supporting and promoting diverse women in gaming – we’re happy to introduce a spotlight to gamers, content creators, streamers, developers and members of the industry.

Today’s Spotlight is on RahhjinBuu!

In her own words: I am a writer/editor/manager over at OurcadeGames.com –  a gaming website dedicated to presenting gaming from the black perspective, but all gamers are welcome. I’ve been gaming since the original SuperMarioBros and I’m proud to be raising up a new generation of gamer in my son.

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