Cal State Fullerton Alumna Tori Wood Gets Paid to Play Video Games on Twitch

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Cal State Fullerton alumna Tori Wood gets paid to play video games for an online audience on Twitch, a prominent live video streaming platform.

How many hours a day do you spend streaming?
On average, five hours a day, seven days a week. Getting ready to sit down in front of an audience for that long involves mental preparation. I’m a naturally bubbly and talkative person, so I’m comfortable in front of the live camera.

How did you make this your full-time job?
Last year, my stream started growing like crazy. I was motivated by messages from viewers saying it made their day. Right now, I have more than 180 viewers who pay a monthly subscription for added perks. People also make direct donations to me.

What are your favorite games?
I grew up playing games such as Mario Kart and Star Fox on my dad’s Nintendo 64. I’m a variety streamer, so I’m constantly buying new games to play. The two games I think have attributed to my stream’s growth are Grand Theft Auto V and Sims IV.

Why do you think Twitch has become so popular?
Twitch is a community where people can vent about their lives. The most rewarding thing is getting to know people from all over the world and hearing their stories. One of my viewers is a surgeon in Japan!

How have you grown your audience?
I have high interaction with my community, which I call “The Hundred Acre Wood.”
I usually begin and end my streams just talking to my viewers. Some streamers don’t talk to their chat at all, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Those people are usually just amazing at video games, so they’ll get viewers anyway. I suck at video games, if I’m being honest. I just love them.

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