As you may of heard, popular Twitch streamer Poshybrid (real name Brian Vigneault) tragically passed away during an attempted day-long stream for the Make A Wish Foundation.
In the wake of such sad news, we can only hope that it at least raises awareness of participating in such activities, and the dangers that it can cause. I think we can all get carried away from time to time with the amount of hours we put into one sitting of our favourite video games, especially when they first release. Not only that, but doing something of that nature for a noble and charitable cause is always commendable.
But there are horror stories such as this one, and many others reported from other countries such as Korea where tragedies of a similar nature have occurred. Its not necessarily just Twitch streams either, as we reported not so long ago about the passing of Chris Staniforth, a young man who suffered lung damage and deep vein thrombosis after 12-hour sittings of his favourite Xbox games.
Granted, some people may feel the pressures when it comes to raising their profile as a Twitch streamer. I’m a streamer myself, and can completely understand players wanting to portray their skills to a dedicated audience, or even do whatever it takes to get their channels off the ground and running. But ultimately, it isn’t something that is worth sacrificing your own health for.
Hopefully this situation is a wake up call, this amongst other recent stories has been for myself. Be sure to take regular breaks, don’t sacrifice sleep and if you are participating in a feat such as a 24-hour livestream for the first time and are feeling unsure, its worth getting checked out by a physician to see if your body can handle it. Its something to most certainly keep in mind, as there is an overlooked physical toll on your body being hunched in a chair over a keyboard or controller for such long periods of time.
Opinions for some may not change, particularly if the Twitch platform is a source of income, and the lack of lengthy daily streams may have a significant impact on what you earn. It can even be a problem for smaller streamers, who run the risk of losing new viewers for simply taking a half an hour break to have rest or have something to eat, as is discussed on this Reddit page.
As long as your health doesn’t suffer from it in any way, then it may not be an issue. There are healthy practices to take towards streaming, so make sure not to harm yourself trying to carve out your streaming career.