Aug 13 2016 - 4:40 pm

11 of the best Twitch Creative streamers

Twitch’s category for creative streams is closing in on its ten-month anniversary, and in that time it’s seen some amazing broadcasters take to the platform—from cooks, to musicians, to artists, and everything in between
Saira Mueller
Dot Esports Managing Editor

Twitch’s category for creative streams is closing in on its ten-month anniversary, and in that time it’s seen some amazing broadcasters take to the platform—from cooks, to musicians, to artists, and everything in between.

Since its launch on Oct. 28 last year, which kicked off with the inaugural Bob Ross The Joy of Painting marathon, Twitch Creative has grown to almost 100,000 unique broadcasters, with 40 percent of the partnered Creative channels being women.

Creative was also Twitch’s first official move away from gameplay. The site implemented a tagging system so viewers could easily identify broadcasters by their activities, like #drawing, #animation, and #cosplay. At the start of July, Twitch went one step further, launching a Social Eating category so broadcasters could interact with their viewers while eating their favorite meals—a phenomenon that is huge in South Korea.

Despite Creative’s tagging system, it can sometimes be hard to find those rare gems of channels, which are just so good you can’t stop watching. That’s where Dot Esports comes to the rescue. I’ve put together a list of my top 11 Creative streamers to get you started—and a word of warning before you read on, their streams may make you want to instantly pick up an instrument, brush or pencil, or jump into the kitchen to get cooking.

Pianoimproman

Bernie, aka Pianoimproman, plays the piano. He plays it really, really well. Taking song requests through donations, he seamlessly moves from one tune to another, shuffling on his seat between his piano and his keyboard depending on the song. But the best part of Bernie’s stream? He’s 71 years old.

While Bernie has always had a decent following on Twitch, he rose to fame earlier this year when one of his broadcasts hit the Twitterverse thanks to his next-level trolling. A true New Yorker (despite the fact that he now lives in Florida), Bernie has a huge personality and a great sense of humor, evidenced by his stream naming skills, which includes things like “A Pokemon Stream To Remember,” and “Sweet Stream O’ Mine!!”

Bernie’s wife Mindy also regularly features on the stream, but she’s usually not on the camera. During one of his streams, he finished up a song and Mindy calls out to him from off-camera, “Bernie, do you know who’s here?” to which he replies “One minute. You don’t mean…” and she says “I do!” and he yells “John Cena!” before playing the John Cena theme song, which was first used during the wrestler’s WWE introduction in 2005 and has since become a meme in itself. That led Bernie's chat to label him a “living meme.”

KayPikeFashion

Cosplay is a huge part of the gaming community, and KayPikeFashion takes her body art to the next level, often busting out 12 hour-plus streams to transform herself into characters we all love.

Kay is self-taught, which is pretty awesome given how good she is. She also often explains what she’s doing as she goes, and has a second camera on her tools and pots of paint so you can see what she’s using, making it easier to emulate her if you want to try it yourself.

One of the best parts of Kay’s stream is the intro sequence, which has a personalized song with hilarious lyrics, keeping viewers entertained until she’s ready to start the makeup grind. Example:

“Started from the bathroom now she here, kay pike fashion paintin up in here / started with titan / that paint was tight man! / blew up the internet, now she’s got these hyped fans… gettin nice and famous paintin rogue and skeletor / joker, cheetah, piccolo / did you see her frieza though?”

Kay is also big on motivational speeches and trying to inspire her viewers to be the best version of themselves. She broadcasts most days of the week, so you’ll never have a shortage of interesting body painting tips, or someone to brighten up your day.

DomesticDan

Cooking is a huge subculture of the Creative community bringing food lovers from around the world together. DomesticDan is one of the best cooking streamers on Twitch, with his radio-personality voice he interacts constantly with chat while making all kinds of tasty treats.

Entertaining is an understatement when it comes to Dan. Watching any given stream, you’ll see impromptu whistling, dancing, and jokes—it feels like you’re in the kitchen with your best friend just experimenting with some ingredients.

In an effort to get his viewers even more involved in his cooking, Dan has, in the past, created pancake art for them. He even has special stream days where the viewers get to choose ingredients in the dish he’s making.

Anuxinamoon

If you’ve ever looked at a skin in your favorite game and wondered how it’s made, then Anuxinamoon’s stream is just what you’ve been looking for.

Stephanie is an Australian artist who specializes in detailed 3D models and skins for Dota 2 heroes. Her process is fascinating. From the start of the sculpting to the texturing she walks you through every level. And the finished products are very cool. She’s done everything from a snow-themed set for Mirana to a Legion Commander set celebrating the Year of the Horse, and new sets for everyone’s favorite archer Windrunner.

It took Stephanie around six years to get to a place where her peers respected her work, according to her channel bio. She had a strong background in drawing before learning the basics of 3D and animation at school and then taught herself the rest via tutorials and forums. But beyond her impressive skills, it’s just really mesmerizing to watch a blob of grey go to a fully-decked out badass skin with bright colors.

Johnlestudio

Do you ever miss reading comics in the newspaper? No? Just me? Well, if you’re ever looking for the nostalgia of really well-done illustrations and comics, johnlestudio is next-level good.

His streams vary in length, lasting anything from an hour and a half to 10-plus hours. But the detail he puts into every illustration is amazing. John is another self-taught artist, something that seems to be a common trend on Twitch Creative. He focuses on science fiction, and draws anything from commissions, comics, to personal art, and occasionally fan art.

“Eventually when you find yourself and you find exactly what it is you want to bring out to this world, you’ll spend the time that it takes to bring that out,” he says in answer to a question about how to focus on one picture for hours on end.

LifeWithLaughs

Shahmeen is one of those rare variety Creative streamers. She does a little bit of everything on her channel, LifeWithLaughs: cooking, felting, sculpting, painting, and occasionally gameplay (usually Overwatch).

What makes Shahmeen's stream particularly special is the overwhelming positivity she puts into every broadcast. She says her mission is to make viewers smile, and watching her it’s honestly hard not to.

To get a good idea of what her broadcasts are like, watch Shahmeen’s Fourth of July special where she makes patriotic brownies. It’s filled with everything: Pokemon animations for subscribers, yummy-looking brownies which she turned into an American flag, and a great Wonder Woman-inspired outfit.

QaziTV

One of the best things about Creative is the behind-the-scenes look you can get into elements of games that you wouldn’t otherwise see. QaziTV is an indie game developer, and he does the art and programming for his games on-stream so you get to see the stress, magic, and tears that go into making a game.

He shared the creation of his action multiplayer platformer Skyhook with his viewers, even broadcasting when it was released on Steam in May. Now, he’s prototyping a Convention Tycoon game, where players essentially run a convention like ComicCon.

“It’s going to be hard, it’s going to be weird, it’s going to be interesting,” he said on stream on day one of the prototyping, in response to a chat comment where someone said they’re already impatient to see how good it will be. “It’s going to be something I’ve never done before, so we’re going to kind of learn as we go along.”

KillerNEN

Nen is one of the most most creative and talented watercolor and oil painters on Twitch. Her works are stunningly beautiful and detailed. When she’s not streaming at KillerNEN, she works as a painter, doing work for things like tabletop games and comics.

Nen also occasionally hosts a sketch request night. She’ll set a theme, and the first six people to donate over a certain amount get to make a request. Then she powers through until she’s done all of the paintings, and if she’s still in the mood she takes more requests. These streams often go for over nine hours and result in some pretty cool work.

For a great example of Nen’s painting, check out the stream she did on July 15 where she painted a crazy-detailed Princess Zelda.

Blingsquaredcuteglass

Do you like chibi art? Do you like glassworking? How about combining the two? Husband wife duo blingsquaredcuteglass make some adorable chibi (a Japanese term for small person, usually in anime-style with big eyes) glasswork necklaces, charms, and earrings, which viewers can then buy on Etsy.

My favorite part of their stream is that Neacol and Stanley work side-by-side. They have a main cam on their faces and also cams on both of their torches, so you can see exactly what they’re doing in more detail—and the results are seriously cute.

They’ve done everything from unicorns to wolves, frogs, sheep, dragons, and owls (sometimes in multiple colors), so it never feels repetitive.

Volpinprops

Props and replicas are another important part of gaming culture, and volpinprops has worked with a LOT of companies, including Bethesda, Valve, EA, Games Workshop, and Bioware (among others).

The sheer size of Harrison’s studio is crazy, it’s bigger than most New York apartments, with two central work desks and his logo in big letters on the wall. He regularly switches between the studio camera and a close-up camera so you can get a better sense of the intricacies of his work.

Harrison is currently working on the trophy for Twitch’s new cosplay contest at TwitchCon, live on stream. So you can see it come together, then see it live in person if you’ll be attending the convention in San Diego from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2.

Suchikuchi

Suchikuchi is one of the most down-to-earth people on Twitch, with a great sense of humor and an knack for work-life balance. When she’s not streaming her leatherworking she’s busy being a single mom.

Another self-taught artist, Suchi started leatherworking after she got her dog Karma. According to her Twitch “About me” section, she wanted Karma to have a beautiful leather collar and decided to make it herself. Now she makes everything from Overwatch card holders to Tardis phone cases, and a bookmark based on the Dark Tower book series by Stephen King.

Her playlist is easily one of my favorites, featuring everything from popular bands from the 2000s to Disney movie soundtracks. So if you’ve ever wanted to learn anything about leatherworking, with a backdrop of good tunes, and a lot of banter about various fandoms, this is the perfect channel for you.

Jan 23 2017 - 8:37 pm

Armada takes out Genesis 4 Melee crown

His win at Genesis 4 helps solidify his claim as the best Melee player of all time.
Xing Li
Dot Esports

We've seen this story before. Adam "Armada" Lindgren vs. Joseph "Mang0" Marquez for the Genesis Super Smash Bros. Melee title.

Once again, Armada emerged victorious.

Both players are idolized in the Smash community for their stunning success over the years. But if any venue has been the site of their personal rivalry, it's Genesis, where the two have met in the finals again and again. There were other talented players in the field, but this is the matchup most fans wanted to see at Genesis 4.

Armada had the easier path to the final by virtue of his 3-1 victory over Mang0, which sent his rival to the loser's bracket. Armada had a relatively easy time, absolutely controlling stages and strangling life from his opponents. His run seemed relatively routine until he ran into Jason "Mew2King" Zimmerman.

Mew2King was on-point with grabs and air attacks on his signature Marth. Many times, Armada was stalling on Peach, trying to get into winning situations. Mew2King had a lead and momentum.

But Peach is hard to finish off and Armada's stalling got him to a deciding fifth game. Even then, Mew2King had chances, but missed key inputs. Small mistakes compound against a talent like Armada, and he punished Mew2King relentlessly.

In the loser's bracket, Mang0 survived by grit and guile, coming back from numerous deficits. First, it was against William "Leffen" Hjelte, where Mang0 mounted an insane comeback to tie the set at two games apiece. But Leffen came out strong in the deciding game and quickly took a two-stock (life) lead. Down to his last stock, Mang0 found his way back to the middle of the stage and went ham, somehow ending Leffen's run. The comeback ignited the crowd, with fans hugging and high-fiving at what they just witnessed.

Things wouldn't get easier. Juan "Hungrybox" Manuel Debiedma, valiantly playing with a broken finger, used Jigglypuff's burst to take big stock leads. But Mang0 continued to control the center of the stage to take Hungrybox down. He then beat Mew2King—reeling from his loss to Armada—to set up the finals rematch.

Fans wanted to see a show, but it was a different one than they might have expected. Though these two have gone back and forth in extremely close sets over the years, Armada has been on a tear for the last several months. And the final against Mang0 was no different. Instead of a close, tightly-fought match, fans got a coronation.

Armada had an answer for everything Mang0 threw at him. He floated around and seemed to take no damage. It was perhaps his most convincing win of the day.

Melee has been ruled by the Six Gods (which includes all the aforementioned players) for years now. But Armada is beginning to separate himself from the pack. He stands alone at the top at the beginning of 2017—if he ends the year in the same position, he could cement himself as the greatest Melee player of all time.

Jan 23 2017 - 3:29 pm

Our predictions for the Evo 2017 lineup

These are the ten games we think will make it to Las Vegas... and the four that won't
Steve Jurek
Dot Esports

Ladies and gentlemen, we are about to officially enter Evo season.

Organizers for Evo, the largest fighting game event in the world, will reveal the event's 2017 lineup on Tuesday at 9pm ET. Thousands of fans will be watching intently to see if their favorite game will be played on the fighting game world's biggest stage. There is a bit of uncertainty about this year's lineup, as several new games—including King of Fighters XIV, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, and Injustice 2—all have strong cases to be part of the Evo 2017 lineup, and the nine games that were part of Evo 2016 all have strong arguments to return to the event.

Earlier this month, lead Evo organizer Joey Cuellar asked which seven games fans would like to see at Evo 2017. This led many to believe that only seven games will be featured at this year's event. While that's certainly a possibility, Evo staff have a tendency to try and do things bigger than they did the year before. I feel that this year will be no different, as I believe a record-setting ten games will make the final list.

Here are the 10 games I believe will make the cut for the Evo 2017 lineup, along with a few that won't.

Will make the cut

Street Fighter V

After a launch year that included poor reviews, missed sales targets, and an embarrassing rootkit fiasco, it is safe to say that 2016 was not a great year for Street Fighter V. However, there was one area in which the game was unquestionably successful: tournament turnout. A record-setting 5,100 players took part in last year's Evo tournament, which is more than the number of players who participated in the second- and third-largest tournaments in the event's history combined. Despite its freshman struggles, Street Fighter V's status as an Evo game is as safe as can be.

Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. for WiiU

The increasing prominence of Smash games at traditional fighting game events has not been without controversy, but it's a trend that isn't going away anytime soon. Last year's two Smash games were the second- and third-largest events in Evo history. Over 2,600 players entered last year's WiiU tournament, while over 2,300 entered the Melee event. With support like that, it's impossible to imagine a 2017 lineup without either game.

Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3

To steal a line from a popular fighting game talk show: Marvel lives! The Marvel community did everything they could over the past two years to reignite interest in Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, and Capcom's December announcement of Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite poured gasoline on that spark. There's no doubt that we'll see at least one more Evo with the insanity that is Marvel 3.

Injustice 2

Injustice 2's May 16 release date will surely make Evo organizers a bit nervous. With just two months between the game's release and Evo 2017, the game's entertainment value will hinge largely how well-balanced the game's cast is at launch. A poor initial balance could lead to a repeat of the original Injustice's Evo debut in 2013, an event in which three of the top six finishers played Superman. Still, those fears won't be enough to dissuade Evo organizers from including the game in the 2017 lineup.

Tekken 7: Fated Retribution

It's strange to think that Tekken 7, a game that hasn't seen an official North American release, can be making a third straight Evo appearance. Yet here we are. Bandai Namco, the Tekken series' publisher, has done well to drum up interest in the game with its regional King of the Iron Fist tours. That effort will pay dividends on Tuesday, and they'll pay dividends once players can finally get their hands on the game. Speaking of...

 BONUS PREDICTION: Tekken 7 console release date will be revealed

Tekken publisher Bandai Namco has promised to announce a console release date for its much-anticipated fighter some time this week. The company has been coy about exactly when that announcement will come, but Tuesday's Evo lineup reveal show seems to be the most likely choice. With popular figure Mark "Markman" Julio - who has appeared on the reveal show in each of the past two years - now working with both Evo and Tekken in official capacities, this appears to be a no-brainer.

King of Fighters XIV

The King of Fighters series is always a favorite among international Evo viewers, so it would be incredibly shocking to see the recently-released King of Fighters XIV left out of the 2017 lineup. 

Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- and BlazBlue: Central Fiction

Evo has historically had one unwritten rule for "anime" games: they only get one spot in the lineup. That rule was broken in 2015 when both Guilty Gear Xrd and Persona 4 Arena Ultimax were included in the event, but only Xrd returned last year. I feel that this year will see that rule broken again, as the BlazBlue series has a strong new entrant in Central Fiction to join Guilty Gear Xrd's still-strong -Revelator- update.

Killer Instinct

This may be the toughest call on the list. With the amount of developer and community support shown for the game four years after release, Killer Instinct is the type of game you want to see succeed. Microsoft is now backing the competitive scene in a big way as evidenced by the upcoming $30,000 Killer Instinct World Cup in March. I feel that momentum should be enough to see the game make the cut again despite being the game that had the fewest entrants at Evo 2016.

Will not make the cut

Pokken Tournament

It's tough to imagine a game going from over 1,100 entrants at Evo 2016 to not even in the 2017 lineup, but that's the fate that I believe Pokken Tournament will face on Tuesday. The game's community has shown up to events in force, but so have many other communities. Pokken felt like an odd choice last year, but with so many other games in contention,this year it feels like the odd one out. 

Mortal Kombat XL

There is precedence for Evo including two different NetherRealm Studio games at one Evo - both Mortal Kombat 9 and the original Injustice were a part of Evo 2013. But with so much crossover between players from the two series, along with the abundance of potential choices at Evo's disposal, I think that we've seen the last of Mortal Kombat XL at Evo.

Ultra Street Fighter II and ARMS

The Nintendo Switch will likely have at least two fighting games available by the time Evo rolls around, but don't expect to hear the name of either game on Tuesday. Many tournament players love Super Street Fighter II Turbo, but its re-release as an "HD Remix" was not particularly well-received by most of that group. It's doubtful they would be more receptive to Ultra Street Fighter II, a game that appears to be an HD remix of HD Remix. And as fun as it would be to see players like Justin Wong and Daigo duke it out with motion controls, there are far too many 'legit' fighting games in the running for a spot in the lineup to take a flyer on ARMS.