Discussions on the death of a famous live streaming gamer Brian C. Vigneault last month is being heightened to warn other gamers not to abuse their bodies in such activities. Many death reports of other players have surfaced, too, which are due to long hours of computer activity.
On February 19, Brian was about to finish a 24-hour live streaming of himself where he was playing a game called “World of Tanks” when he went out to buy his cigarettes during break. He left his computer but never returned to the live streaming activity.
During his streaming break, he died in his own home at Virginia Beach. The gamer’s real cause of death is still under investigation, but the authorities have reported that there was no sign of a foul play in his death.
In South Korea and Taiwan, people have heightened some discussions on the risk for human health caused by long hours in the computer.
After the gamer Brian’s death, there were also many others who were reported to have died due to lengthy live streaming activities which caused harm to their health. Many other video gamers would go to the hospital’s emergency rooms for heart surgeries because of their activities online.
Video game live streaming has become a popular session for gamers. Such online and live streaming activity may be conducted over YouTube or Twitch.
To date, Twitch has approximately ten million visitors every day. These professional gamers would usually talk using a microphone like that of a disc jockey’s and show their expertise in a particular game. Such live streamings help other gamers know some tactics and shortcuts, too. As professionals, these gamers also make money with what they do, through viewers’ subscriptions and advertising.
Once these online “sensations” can no longer offer something new to their subscribers, their viewers can easily turn to other professional live streamers, making it a lost opportunity for them. Like other activities on social media platforms, it counts to gain a number of loyal subscribers to your channel and even turn it to income.
Such lifestyle of live streaming creates a very unhealthy body for these so-called “professional gamers”. They lack too much sleep. Other gamers keep themselves awake by eating junk foods, enjoying too much caffeine to hype them, while other turn to alcohol to feel alive amidst the marathon live streaming.
Twitch ensures they also have a set of guidelines for their account members and subscribers. The website prohibits any activity or behavior causing self-destruction. Physical harm is a no-no. Examples of these are the use of illegal drugs or even suicidal threats. Drinking excessively is also included.
World of Warcraft streamer, Jackson Bliton, said that live streamers should make a shift in their focus about the purpose of gaining an audience. For him, it is to focus more on the longevity and loyalty of the audience or subscribers instead of just growing them rapidly in a short span of time, which causes so much fatigue. Streaming has to be consistently done for several years to gain loyal subscribers naturally.