Conferences like PAX East, for us, is about talking to creators. There are few better opportunities for conversations with YouTubers, streamers, and any number of other gaming celebrities, to find out about how they work, what’s working, where they struggle. What makes them tick. While having a great time, meeting amazing people and taking in the incredible games, booths, and panels, we also learn more about the space in three days than we can gather in weeks back home, tracking people down or scrounging the internet for little bits of information. It’s hard to overstate how much we enjoy it; really getting into the nuts and bolts with the people doing the real work.
Thing is, you listen enough, patterns start to emerge. This last time out, in Boston, one theme kept popping up, again and again.
“I’m making fewer videos,” they’d tell us, “and I’m streaming a lot more.”