March 27, 2020

5 Tips and Tricks for Working from Home

Recent events have made working from home a reality for a lot of people around the world. This is also the situation that our team here at OPG now finds itself in. While the thought of working from home is hardly new, the recent coronavirus pandemic has resulted in more remote employees for companies that may not traditionally employ it. 

There are many misconceptions regarding WFH culture so we wanted to take a few minutes to take a look at those and see if we could offer some advice based on our team’s own experiences.

Laptop and notbook on top of a wooden table outside on a sunny day.

Creating a Routine for Yourself

The first major difference new remote workers tend to notice is the additional time added to their day. Without your normal commute, it can be easy to fall into the trap of sleeping until the last minute. Immediately rolling out of bed and logging on to work, however, may not be the most productive means of approaching your new situation. 

While sleeping in a little later than normal is fine, it’s best to try and set aside some time to properly “wake up.” Have some breakfast, go for a quick jog, and maybe even take a shower to help you get into a working mindset.

Communication 

Aside from your commute, the biggest adjustment regarding working from home will likely be the isolation you experience from the rest of the members on your team. You’ll be lacking the option of simply walking over to your co-worker’s desk to talk about projects so you’ll need to do what you can to provide as much relevant information as possible in your chats. Whether you’re working on Discord, Slack, or any other messaging platform, don’t be afraid to check in and possibly even over-communicate with your co-workers.

For our team here at OPG, collaboration remains a key factor in everything we do. Something we found helpful was that doing simple things like communicating your priorities for the day or informing people of when you’re leaving and returning to your desk can help your team understand what you’re accomplishing and what your goals are.

Separating Work from Play

One of the easiest traps to fall into when it comes to working from home is being too flexible with your flex-time. While some may anticipate that working from home could lead to a sharp decrease in productivity due to the distractions of home, a lot of the time, employees experience the exact opposite. 

In a lot of instances, telecommuting for work results in employees working all the time instead of not enough. Telecommuting while also being stuck inside all day can blur the lines between time working and time off. Something you can do to help make things clearer for yourself is to set up a separate place for you to conduct your work. Furthermore, scheduling out clear working hours for yourself goes a long way in ensuring you find time for yourself in your day.

Working From Home Tools & Tech

Working from home means that the tools and technology you use take on a whole new level of importance. Be it finding ways to keep connected with your team or just a few things to help you to better concentrate on your tasks, a few simple items can truly go a long way.

Being physically separated from your co-workers means that simple tools like a microphone and webcam play critical roles in staying connected to your team. Holding regular meetings with your peers can help to keep feelings of isolation down and team morale up. 

Aside from the obvious tools you’ll need to communicate with your team, something as simple as a pair of noise-cancelling headphones or an electric kettle can help to keep you zoned in on work when you need to get the job done.

Taking Breaks

Just as it’s important during your regular in-office shifts, setting aside dedicated breaks while at home remains crucial. Regular breaks have proven to be critical to your mental well-being and productivity. One of the best means of doing this is to try and stick to a regular break schedule. Keeping a similar break schedule to the one you would have in the office can keep your mind focused and in a “work mode.”

Most importantly, while it can be tempting to simply open a new tab and browse through your favorite streams, making the effort to physically step away from your workstation does a lot. Get up and stretch your legs. Consider taking a (socially distant) walk outside or maybe even have a quick yoga session in your living room. Whatever you do, make sure to take a full hiatus from your work before diving back into things. 

The Perks of Working From Home

The current pandemic has everyone scrambling to get what they need to effectively work from home. While the adjustment to working from home can be difficult, especially in as sudden a manner as it happened here, there are plenty of reasons to embrace it. Hopefully, these tips and tricks help make your WFH experience as smooth a transition as it could possibly be.

OP Group Pleased to Welcome ClassyPax as New Client
March 27, 2020

OP Group Pleased to Welcome ClassyPax as New Client

We are pleased to announce that ClassyPax has hired Online Performers Group for management services.

A veteran broadcaster on Twitch, ClassyPax got his start streaming flight simulators in 2014. Discovering Twitch’s potential as a platform for learning and education, he began teaching others how to take wing and fly.

An avid roleplayer, ClassyPax is an active member of some of the largest RP communities around. His characters and the storylines that develop around them can live for months, and have even inspired fans to create art, illustrations, and music to celebrate their journeys.

In addition to his flight simulation and roleplay content, ClassyPax also enjoys and streams a variety of games including survival, MMO, shooter, and single player story-based titles where his events and antics entertain an audience around the globe.

We will be providing business development, negotiation, and day-to-day management services so that ClassyPax can continue to focus on providing high-quality, live streaming entertainment to his fans.

OP Group Pleased to Welcome Cringer as New Client
March 20, 2020

OP Group Pleased to Welcome Cringer as New Client

We are pleased to announce that Cringer has hired Online Performers Group for management services.

Looking to up your strategy game skills? Sit back and relax with a cold one, because Cringer’s got you. An up-and-coming variety streamer, Cringer focuses on educating his audience on some of the most challenging and difficult games out there. From conquering the map in Civilization to escaping the planet in Rimworld, Cringer covers your long-time 4x favorites and the hottest new tactical titles.

Whether he’s roaming the stars or building a city from the ground up, his upbeat community always focuses on having fun.

We will be providing business development, negotiation, and day-to-day management services so that Cringer can continue to focus on providing high-quality, live streaming entertainment to his fans.

OP Group Pleased to Welcome Marz as New Client!
March 13, 2020

OP Group Pleased to Welcome Marz as New Client!

We are pleased to announce that Marz has hired Online Performers Group for management services.

One of YouTube’s rising stars, Marz is known by her community for her popular Let’s Play videos and her welcoming demeanor. As a long-time gamer, Marz enjoys playing a variety of single-player adventure games with a strong focus on storytelling and plot.

Her affinity for the “Let’s Play” format came when she found herself facing health issues and unable to do much other than watch videos. She discovered a few people doing “Let’s Plays” and thought that she could do the same and hopefully give back to someone else who may need it like she did.

When she isn’t playing games, Marz can be found hanging out with some of her pets, like her lovable dog, Luka.

We will be providing business development, negotiation, and day-to-day management services so that Marz can continue to focus on providing high-quality content to her fans.

Dan Gheesling smiling and wearing a red shirt
March 6, 2020

OP Group Pleased to Welcome Dan Gheesling as New Client

We are pleased to announce that Dan Gheesling has hired Online Performers Group for management services.

You may recognize Dan Gheesling as the greatest Big Brother player of all time and winner of Big Brother 10, but his career as a content creator and influencer extends far beyond his fame in reality television. Dan began his streaming career in 2012 and soon cultivated a family-friendly community focused on creating clean, positive, gaming entertainment.

Dan often selects games that are challenging and even salt-inducing. He finds enjoyment in titles like Escape from Tarkov, Dark Souls, and rogue-like games. Dan treats his stream like a television show centered on finding ways to make challenging experiences entertaining and positive. If you’re looking for clean, positive, gaming entertainment, Dan’s content is second to none.

We will be providing business development, negotiation, and day-to-day management services so that Dan can continue to focus on providing high-quality, live-streaming entertainment to his fans.

PENTA hires OPG
February 21, 2020

OP Group Pleased to Welcome PENTA as New Client

We are pleased to announce that PENTA has hired Online Performers Group for management services.

Legend of role-play and IRL streaming, Penta has made a mark in the streaming world with his charismatic personality and hilarious content. With an extensive background in standup, Penta brings his comedy skills to Grand Theft Auto V and a variety of other games, creating many memorable moments.

His popular IRL streams have also become fan-favorite experiences, with his community joining him in his adventures through Texas, Japan, and around the world.

Join Penta for wild streams and tons of laughs. We will be providing business development, negotiation, and day-to-day management services so that PENTA can continue to focus on providing high-quality, live-streaming entertainment to his fans.

January 17, 2020

OP Group Pleased to Welcome PatrckStatic as New Client

We are pleased to announce that PatrckStatic has hired Online Performers Group for management services.

Known to many as one of Dem Salty Bois in his Sea of Thieves adventures, PatrckStatic got his start in content creation on YouTube in 2013 and started streaming to Twitch in 2015.

He plays just about any and every game, from Destiny 2 to Minecraft, to PUBG. His goal from the start has been to bring a little happiness to the world through his comedic content and is one of the top fundraisers for St. Jude Play Live.

We will be providing business development, negotiation, and day-to-day management services so that PatrckStatic can continue to focus on providing high-quality, live streaming entertainment to his fans.

January 8, 2020

Creating Successful Content in 2020

The new year is a popular time to set new goals for yourself. For an online content creator, it offers an opportunity for a “fresh start” regarding your content and your process of creation. Whether you believe in the notion of New Year’s resolutions or not, now is as good a time as any to set out to improve yourself or your content.

In order to help you succeed in accomplishing your goals as an online content creator in 2020, here are some helpful tips to keep you on track.

Setting Specific Goals

For many, creating vague goals remains the biggest fallacy of any New Year’s resolution. The key to setting yourself up for success with new goals lies in its measurability. Let’s look at an example that we posted about on Twitter not too long ago. 

Screenshot of a Twitter poll from @OP_Group inquiring about goals to accomplish for an online content creator in 2020.

While setting a goal to create content in a new medium is great, really honing in on something more specific like creating content on TikTok or uploading regularly to YouTube is even better. These specific goals allow you the opportunity to stay more organized and formulate a plan to execute your goals most efficiently. Diving in a little deeper from there and setting goals that are timely (weekly, monthly, etc) just allows you to be that much more effective.

The key here lies in these goals’ level of measurability. There’s an easily identifiable set of factors that can help you in judging success rates. Measurable goals like these allow you to easily establish your successes and maintain a sense of momentum as you work through those goals. 

Creating a Content Calendar

Another way to aid yourself in maintaining your momentum throughout 2020 would be creating a formal content calendar. Now, don’t be scared off… While the concept may seem daunting at first, a content calendar only serves as a road map to your content creation. Taking some time at the beginning of the year to plan out the next week, month, or even quarter has a lot of inherent benefits for the quality of your content.

As an online content creator, there are tons of different ways to do this, but you don’t need to over-complicate matters. To start things off, take the time to mark important dates throughout the year, such as game releases and convention dates. Once you’ve got bigger events like those in place, the picture becomes clearer as to where you want to drive your content.

Let’s look at the much-anticipated sequel to Naughty Dog’s 2013 masterpiece, The Last of Us as an example here. The Last of Us Part II is currently set for release towards the end of May. As a means of building up anticipation for the release, you could play through the original game at the beginning of the month or even earlier. Marking significant release dates and game releases early in the year can help you map out what certain weeks or months will look like.

Furthermore, you’ll also get a head-start on determining slower periods where you may have gaps in your content. You can use this information to plan out new content ideas or maybe even a vacation. Either way, understanding what lies ahead and planning your content out in advance allows you the flexibility to be more creative with your content.

Maintaining Focus

Perhaps the most important thing to consider when setting your goals for the year is to retain a sense of focus. Don’t get too caught up with trying to do too many things all at once. 

Instead, try to establish one long term goal that you’d like to accomplish within the next year. You’ll then want to dive in a tiny bit more to set quarterly goals that all work together to help you accomplish that larger, more difficult goal. 

For example, let’s say your goal is to gain a certain number of followers over the course of the year. Regardless of what that number is, there are small steps you can take each quarter to help you reach that goal. Sticking to a schedule, playing certain types of games, or being more interactive with your community are all smaller goals that can help you achieve this.

Once you’ve established your quarterly goals, you can dig a little deeper to determine the bite-sized short terms goals (perhaps monthly or even weekly) that will help you work towards accomplishing that main long term goal. Analyzing the content calendar you created earlier will also be extremely useful.

At this point, you may need to re-evaluate some of your initial strategies and adjust your content plan a bit to ensure your content creation is consistently working towards helping you reach those short and long term goals. 

Accomplish Your Goals in 2020

We had a fantastic 2019 as a company and we’re hoping that these tips help you have a successful 2020. Try and implement some of these strategies into your content creation process for this year and let us know how it worked out for you. Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter and let us know what kinds of strategies or new content you plan on creating this year.

December 27, 2019

2019: OPG’s Year in Review

Hello everyone! 2019 was yet another fantastic year for all of us here at Online Performers Group (OPG). In fact, in a lot of ways, it was the best one to date. With the curtain almost ready to close on the year, we thought it was the perfect time to pause and take a look back at everything the OPG family accomplished in 2019.

New Year, New Digs

Studio 54

To kick things off in 2019, our team made one of the biggest moves in our company’s five-year history; and we mean that quite literally. Towards the beginning of the first quarter, we picked up our things and moved a little over 10 miles north to our new offices in La Jolla, California. While this move provided a lot of immediate improvements (like places for new employees to sit and a location close to the beach) it has also become so much more. 

Our expanded office space has provided us the ability to build not one, but two separate streaming studios on-site. These two studio spaces have already been utilized for a variety of different purposes. A couple of notable ones would be our weekly Office Hours broadcasts and most recently, our Company Town Hall. 

While we intend on continuing to find new, creative ways to utilize this space, we made this decision to provide yet another asset to our clients and other streamers who may be in need of the space. 

Additionally, our new office served as the headquarters for the first-ever OPG Media Day. We’ve noticed more and more media coverage within the industry this past year. This Media Day allowed us to help best prepare our clients for these inquiries should the opportunities arise.

In addition to the media training, we also offered our clients the opportunity to meet with other experienced professionals. Financial planners, real estate workshops, and training for IRL streaming were all made available while visiting our offices. Finally, we were able to conduct some photoshoots and of course, take the OPG family out to Korean BBQ. After all, what gathering of streamers would be complete without KBBQ?

Company Growth

We’ve always been proud of the way our OPG staff takes pride and ownership over their work. We’ve worked hard to cultivate a client-first mindset at OPG and that means always doing the best we can to make their lives just a little bit easier.

“Hold off before you spend your time, effort, or money. I’m gonna see what we can do.” – Audrey (Senior Account Manager)

This simple message from Audrey, one of our esteemed Senior Account Managers, is but a single example of the type of exemplary service that our account team strives for on a daily basis.

While our account team continues to focus on direct client services, we’re never ones to rest on our laurels. In fact, we feel that it’s an obligation to our clients to continuously find ways to improve. 

The reality of our industry is that it is still relatively new and is constantly evolving. Because of this, we owe it to ourselves and our clients to continue to evolve with it. It was with this mindset that we made the decision to expand our OPG family and bring in Shane Wilson to serve as our new Chief Revenue Officer. Shane brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge to our team and has made it his goal to help OPG do more to increase our client’s financial stability.

Shane wasn’t the only new addition that we made to our team in 2019. Sara and Rachel were also brought in as our new Account Specialist and Executive Assistant respectively; not to mention Tyler being brought on as an Account Manager at the tail end of 2018. Incorporating these new team members was a necessity given our company trajectory, but the results have been anything but rudimentary. Their combination of industry knowledge, experience, and work ethic has made them invaluable members of the team and we’re excited to see what 2020 has in store for them.

TwitchCon 2019

For us, TwitchCon 2019 was as convenient as it could have possibly been given that it was held right here in our backyard. As soon as the announcement dropped, our office filled with excitement. First and foremost, we didn’t have to travel to the convention. That in and of itself was incredibly convenient for our team. Beyond that, we didn’t have to worry about figuring out how the area around the convention would play out.

For a lot of us, however, the highlight of the show was no doubt our OPG party. Recent OPG signing, Grimecraft, opened the show and the one and only T-Pain headlined (big thanks to 7-11 for sponsoring the event!). This was the first major convention party we’ve thrown for our clients and I don’t think it’s an understatement to call it a resounding success. Drinks, music, and great people are always a combination for a good time, but when you top all that off with a headlining performance by a Grammy Award-winner, well, it doesn’t get much better.

While the party itself was a hit with our guests, what we were truly proud of was how much our clients enjoyed it. We set them up with their own VIP entrance and did everything we could to make sure they had a good time, after all, the party really was for them. Without their hard work, none of it would have been possible and this was just one small way for us to give back to those that have given us so much through the last few years.

Client Successes

Speaking of those fine folks who had such a good time at our party, 2019 was also quite a successful year for our clients. In fact, looking at everything together, our clients combined for 11 billion minutes watched on Twitch alone. For some perspective, that’s about 40 percent of the viewership that South Park pulled in for 2019. As if that wasn’t enough, our clients also combined to take part in nearly 1,500 sponsored streams over the course of the last year.

2019 will always be looked at fondly for us here at OPG as the year we were able to expand our client-base and include “Non-Traditional Clients” as members of the OPG family. We’ve already mentioned T-Pain, but other musicians like Herman Li of Dragonforce and Grimecraft have also hired us for management this year. Beyond music, we’ve also begun working with professional athletes in traditional sports like Trevor May of the Minnesota Twins. While our work for our non-traditional clients is still largely based on gaming, it has helped us to expand beyond what we would have ever thought just a short year ago. 

The OPG Family

There’s no doubt that 2019 was a momentous year for all of us here at OPG. While we’re extremely proud of the work we’ve done over the course of the last 12 months, we also want to take some time to enjoy some of the significant personal accomplishments we’ve achieved as well.

Between the new marriages and new babies that have joined our OPG family, it truly has made for a special 2019. So to close out 2019, we leave you with some adorable pictures from some of these special moments.

Sacriel and ShannonZKiller walking after their wedding.
Shannon & Sacriel’s Wedding
Simcopter1 with his wife and baby
Simcopter1 and his wife with their new baby, Jordan.
TheAudreyRawr on her wedding day
Audrey’s Wedding
P4wnyhof smiling with his new baby and dog.
P4wnyhof and his dog… and Ella!
Darkness429 and his newborn baby.
Darkness429 and Kyler
Newlyweds standing in front of a LEGO Pick-a-brick-wall
Oliver’s Wedding
BajheeraWoW and his newborn son, Archer.
Bajheera and Archer
Newborn baby in santa clothing
Devin’s newborn, Ronan
CohhCarnage and baby
CohhCarnage and Kai
December 20, 2019

OP Group Pleased to Welcome SilentSentry as New Client

We are pleased to announce that SilentSentry has hired Online Performers Group for management services.

A pioneer of the wild Role-Playing badlands and a shooter marvel, SilentSentry is a man of many talents. From his first stream, he had been a master shooter and survivalist in games such as DayZ, PUBG, and Escape from Tarkov.

While he made a name for himself showcasing his talents in shooters, fans of his also know SilentSentry for his phenomenal work in the GTA role-play community where he is better known as Ron Otterman and Snake.

No matter what he’s playing, SilentSentry continues to be at the forefront of innovation when it comes to the field of streaming.

We will be providing business development, negotiation, and day-to-day management services so that SilentSentry can continue to focus on providing high-quality, live streaming entertainment to his fans.