FireDragon hires OP Group
June 10, 2020

OP Group Pleased to Welcome FireDragon as New Client

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

It all started in his basement on a computer Nick saved up for by working landscaping jobs. After watching other casters speedrun, he picked up a controller and began practicing games like Luigi’s Mansion, Super Mario Sunshine, and Mario Kart 64. Nick started streaming in February 2013 and viewers were quickly captivated by his positive attitude and humorous outlook to each run.

These days Nick continues to grow his stream and live out his dream of being a content creator by speedrunning games and playing games like Pokemon, Animal Crossing, and many others. He prides himself on his family friendly content and warm community known as the ” FiFi Family”.

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

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June 3, 2020

OP Group Please to Welcome Markstrom as New Client

We are please to announce that Markstrom has hired Online Performers Group for management services.

Markstrom has cemented his name in the content creation space with his intense skill in FPS titles like Escape From Tarkov and PUBG. But don’t let his shooter skills fool you, as he has featured over 90 different titles over the last year alone, including games like World of Warcraft and Last Oasis. Markstrom can easily throw himself in to any genre of game and make it a fun time for his audience.

A founding member of The Marksmen Twitch team, Markstrom brings communities together for popular meet and greets and charity drives. He and his audience have raised over $85k for Gamers Outreach, where Markstrom personally delivers portable video game kiosks to children’s hospitals. His commitment, focus, and friendliness make him an excellent partner to work with.

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

OP Group Pleased to Welcome Kotton as New Client
May 27, 2020

OP Group Pleased to Welcome Kotton as New Client

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

In the world of shooter-survival games, few people are as synonymous with the genre as Kotton. An experienced veteran in the world of content creation,Kotton has been entertaining his fans with his blend of humor and gameplay since 2014.

These days Kotton is best known for his contributions to the Escape from Tarkov community, making enough of an impact to have his own item included in the game, the Kotton beanie. While he can typically be found playing shooters, he’s truly a variety streamer who initially made a name for himself creating content for the hybrid FPS/RTS game, Heroes & Generals.

Kotton is a founding member of the Marksmen, a popular stream team on Twitch consisting of a tight-knit community of entertaining creators.

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

We are pleased to announce that DeadlySlob has hired Online Performers Group for management services.
May 20, 2020

OP Group Pleased to Welcome DeadlySlob as New Client

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

An established broadcaster on Twitch, DeadlySlob is well known for his skilled and educational content. Getting his start creating videos on YouTube, he eventually transitioned into livestreaming his content and maintains a strong presence on both platforms.

A survival shooter specialist and variety streamer, DeadlySlob also enjoys playing a mix of games recently including Mount & Blade: Bannerlord, Star Citizen, and Snowrunner. As a staple in the Escape from Tarkov community, he has truly made his mark on the scene – even commanding the top spot on Twitch for nearly a full day! His community, the Deadly Nation relies on him for his well measured approach to the way he plays and evaluates games. More than anything, DeadlySlob enjoys putting himself into challenging situations in-game which lead to often impressive and sometimes hilarious moments on stream!

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

OP Group Pleased to Welcome Mr Mammal as New Client
May 13, 2020

OP Group Pleased to Welcome Mr Mammal as New Client

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

For almost a decade Mr Mammal has been one of the most influential content creators in the Old School RuneScape community, getting his start on YouTube and then quickly expanding his content to include
livestreams on Twitch. While his passion for OSRS continues to be a driving force behind his content, these days you can find him playing a wide variety of games in addition to questing the realm of Gielinor.

A true leader in the OSRS community, Mr Mammal has won the Golden Gnome award for both Community Champion and Best Old School Video Guide. However, his biggest achievement thus far as a content creator has
been raising over $100,000 for charities.

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

May 8, 2020

Diving into the Numbers: Live Streaming Data During COVID-19

We’re not even half-way through 2020 and there’s no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic will be a defining moment of the year and our lives moving forward. While the pandemic has impacted every facet of society in some way, the effect it has had on the world of video games and live streaming is substantial.

According to Sullygnome, the past 30 days have seen a rise in hours watched and average viewers on Twitch. While this rise in viewers may seem straightforward, there are a lot of factors at play regarding this sudden viewership increase.

The months of March and April saw record-breaking numbers for hours watched and hours streamed on Twitch. While at first, it could be easy to attribute these figures to the quarantine alone, this would hardly tell the whole story.

Quarantine Boost

The COVID-19 pandemic led most businesses to shut down or move their employees to a work from home schedule. This increase in people being at home seems to have coincided with a rise in usage of not just Twitch, but various online services as well.

In fact, according to data pulled by Cloudflare, internet use in the US alone was up roughly 50 percent since the beginning of the year. Music, video, and yes, gaming streams across all platforms are on the rise as people find themselves searching for sources of entertainment while quarantined inside their homes.

Streamers and Viewers

While it’s clear that the amount of total time watched on Twitch was on the rise as the quarantine took effect, it’s also noteworthy to point out that the quarantine also had an impact on the number of people streaming on the platform. In addition to record-breaking numbers of hours watched, Twitch saw new highs for concurrent viewership (CCV) and hours streamed on the platform.

Twitch wasn’t alone in this respect. In fact, Facebook Gaming and YouTube Gaming Live both saw increases and all-time highs in CCV as well. What this showed was that there was an increase in demand for content. More of it was being consumed and then more of it was being produced. 

Omeed discussed this rise in demand last month in a Gamesight Blog regarding sponsored content during the pandemic (which you should check out here). Essentially, this rise in demand presented game companies with a tremendous opportunity to grab the attention of consumers looking for entertainment. The company that capitalized on this demand early on was undoubtedly Riot Games. 

The Valorant Effect

Twitch dominated the viewership numbers over the last couple of months. While the quarantine definitely contributed, there’s no denying the effect that the release of Valorant had as well. The highly-anticipated first-person shooter from Riot Games released into closed beta towards the beginning of April and saw an immediate and noticeable impact on the Twitch landscape. 

Riot made the decision to promote access to Valorant solely through Twitch’s Drops program. With Twitch Drops being the only means of obtaining access, viewers flocked to Valorant streams in hordes. Valorant took hold of the number one spot in the Twitch directory and didn’t relent until almost two full weeks had passed. 

Valorant Rolling Averages Over Time

As the days went on, however, the game’s viewership saw a significant dip in total viewers.

Valorant Viewer Minutes by Day

This dip can likely be attributed to a few different factors. The simple explanation is that people were watching the game to get access and now they’re playing. Still, one month after the game went into closed beta, Valorant sits comfortably atop the Twitch directory.

What it all Means?

With quarantine measures still in effect throughout the country, it’s likely that we will continue to see an increased amount of viewers flocking to digital forms of entertainment, like Twitch. Does that mean that now is a better time to be streaming on Twitch? Not necessarily, but it isn’t a bad time to be on the platform either.

May 6, 2020

OP Group Pleased to Welcome Kyle as New Client

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

Chances are that you’ve seen Kyle in action through clips and highlights, especially if you’re paying attention to the Grand Theft Auto V roleplaying community. His popular characters, like Pred and Alabaster Slim, portray the many lives within the world of GTAV RP and show off Kyle’s roleplaying range. He’s even had the chance to show off his creative skills in Dungeons and Dragons campaigns with friends.

While Kyle can mostly be found roleplaying, his gaming prowess is displayed on his channel frequently with titles like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Escape From Tarkov. Coming from a background as a professional poker player, Kyle knows how to play his hand and see success. Searching for a stream with a story? Look no further than Kyle.

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

May 1, 2020

OP Group Pleased to Welcome Lowko as New Client

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

Lowko is a content creator and commentator hailing from the Netherlands who has been a mainstay in the StarCraft 2 community since 2012. With over a decade of experience, Lowko first gained popularity on YouTube due to his video’s intense attention-to-detail and deep analysis of the game’s mechanics. To this day, StarCraft 2 remains the cornerstone of Lowko’s channel, however his content has diversified both on YouTube and Twitch to include a broader range of strategy titles, RPGs, MMOs, and more.

While he rose to prominence in large part due to his analytical mind, it’s Lowko’s endearing personality that keeps his fans coming back for more.
We will be providing business development, negotiation, and day-to-day management services so that Lowko can continue to focus on providing high-quality, live-streaming entertainment to his fans.

April 10, 2020

Looking to the Positives of Working from Home

With the recent pandemic of COVID-19, our team here at OPG has moved to full-time work from home schedules. This work from home setup is now the norm for many other teams across the country. While working from home presents a lot of difficulties, there are also a lot of perks that come with the ability to get your job done in the same place that you live.

The Perks of Working from Home

The reality of working from home is that you’re still doing just that, working. While you still have a job to do, there are many positives that come with your new working arrangement. Here are some of the best things that our team discovered while working from home over the last few weeks.

Cooking

Jenn’s BBQ Pork Belly And Polenta w/ Brussels Sprouts, baby red onions, and candied kumquats
Shane’s Ribeye Steak

Our list of the perks of working from home starts in the heart of the home, the kitchen. When the team here at OPG was asked about the good things that have come from our recent switch to a full-time WFH schedule, the resounding answer from most was the ability to cook.

Our CRO, Shane has long been known to smoke up some tasty cuts and he’s definitely used the extra time he’s had at home to do just that. Brisket, pulled pork, and this ribeye are just a few of things he’s been smoking up as of late.

COO Jenn has also been busy in the kitchen as of late, putting together delectable morsels like the BBQ pork belly and polenta pictured above.

If anything, these pictures demonstrate that being stuck inside doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice the quality of your meals. Even if you aren’t a gourmet chef, staying home and cooking for yourself also means that you’re saving some money by not eating out. If you really want to try something new in the kitchen, maybe consider a meal kit program such as Freshly or Blue Apron.

Flexibility

One of the most talked-about benefits of a work from the home schedule is the amount of flexibility it affords you. Your work hours, your breaks, and even your environment are completely customizable to your liking. 

You earn a lot more flexibility when working from home. This is the time to take advantage of the fact that you don’t need to be chained to your desk. Account manager Tyler for example, may not be able to catch some waves right now, but at least he can sit out on his porch and soak up some rays while he works.

Quarantining at home can easily make you stir crazy, but don’t let that distract you from the fact that you’ve got the freedom to adjust things as you need.

Extra Hours

Painting of Muir Woods by Pymms

Working from home means subtracting a commute and adding extra hours to your day. With that extra time, some members of our team have made the decision to focus on hobbies that they may not have time for normally. 

Account specialist Pymms, for example, has taken the extra hours in her day to spend more time centering herself. Yoga and painting have become more regular parts of her day again.

Other members of our account team have also started to branch out a bit. Account specialist Devin has taken to Duolingo to brush up on his Spanish (and High Valaryian). Account manager Oliver and his wife have started their own little garden to keep them busy and provide fresh produce for meals. Whatever your work from home situation, now is as good a time as ever to try something new with the extra time that you have. 

Making the Best of Things

As we enter into the second quarter of 2020, we’re face with the reality that the world we live in is vastly different than what we were expecting. Just a few weeks ago, things seemed “normal” and now there’s far more uncertainty for everyone. While it isn’t ideal, there’s always a way to make the best of a bad situation. We hope this helped show you some of the perks that come with working from home. If you need some tips to work more efficiently, be sure to check out our last blog.

Cardboard Cowboy Hires OPG
April 8, 2020

OP Group Pleased to Welcome Cardboard_Cowboy as New Client

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

He’s a Cowboy that lives in Australia (and happens to be made of cardboard). Cardboard_Cowboy’s wildly creative mind built an entire world set in a fictional town where he and his cardboard companions Douglas and Robbie create deep stories. His most recent storyline saw the untimely death of Cardboard_Cowboy and eventual revival, all while entertaining his audience with original music, dance, and gaming.

An innovative and talented content creator, Cardboard_Cowboy brings something to the streaming world that has never been seen before. His time off stream is spent preparing assets, storylines, schedules, and plans for his future episodes. To see something completely original, tune in to the wild world of Cardboard_Cowboy.

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