Sometimes, you find a community figure that just jumps out at you with their impact on others. MercurioBlue isn't a Twitch Partner (yet) but he brings something to the table that we at Inked Gaming love to see: Compassion for other streamers and the willingness to take time to get to know people and communities. Merc could be found over the years spreading their positive vibes across card game Twitch chats including Conley Woods, Ilyon_, Jamie Topples, among so many more.
MercurioBlue has recently taken to Twitter to help promote and brand streamers - both large and small. Merc takes the time to know the streamer, interact with their channel and community members, and then takes to Twitter to shout them out in amazingly thoughtful ways.
People like "Merc" are vital to Twitch communities and so we thought we would feature him in an interview to see what makes him tick!
Without further ado, MercBlue! :P
Twitch URL: Twitch.tv/MercurioBlue
Team Affiliation (if any): Team Aether and F2K ComNet
Country of residence: United States
Primary game you stream? Why do you stream this game in particular? MTG Arena. The reason I stream this game is because I've spent 12 years actively playing Magic, and I have a lot of fond memories of playing Magic with my friends in high school and college. I took a break from magic between 1998-2012 but when I got back to Magic it was still as fun as I remembered it.
If you’re looking to take a break from your primary game, what are some fun secondary games you enjoy? Eternal, Gwent, World of Warcraft.
Why do you stream? The love, the money, the fame? I enjoy meeting new people, and I also enjoy the common experience of playing games while my viewers share their feelings about the game or their daily lives. Streaming lets me be myself, and it reminds me of my childhood where I played video games in my living room with my friends.
What are your goals with streaming on Twitch? I'm just taking streaming one day at a time. If my streams are popular enough that I am able to get partnered I would be thrilled. But I am going to be realistic and not quit my day job yet.
What are some hobbies you like to do when you’re not live on Twitch? World of Warcraft, playing MtG IRL, reading books, going on long walks on the beach, candlelight dinners.
What is the biggest piece of advice you would give to someone who is looking to get into content creation? Make real connections with other content creators. Don't view them as your competition, but as your allies. Shout out other people's content when you can, and take a genuine interest in watching other people succeed. The more viewers you get interested in your game, the better it is for everyone involved.
Is there anything you would have done differently when you were first starting streaming? What was the big, “lightbulb” moment for you? I would have gotten onto a stream team sooner. I have met many amazing people with similar interests, all pursuing a common goal of entertaining and engaging viewers. Having people to share my streaming experience with, has doubled my happiness and halved my sadness.
Any parting words of advice, shout outs, projects that people should be aware of, or anything else you would like to talk about? I want to give a shoutout to IlyonMTG, Semulin, and JamieTopples for convincing me to start streaming, and for all of the wonderful advice they gave me when I first started out. They are truly some of the kindest souls I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.
Oh, and one more silly question: Which of the Seven Dwarfs is most like you? Sleepy
We hope that this gave you a little insight to our friend, MercurioBlue.
You can check out his stream here!
You can also find Merc on Twitter here!
-The Inked Gaming Team