There was a point in Whippy’s life where he knew he would “sum nothing up.” At the time, the Australian streamer — still years and years away from a 486,000-strong following on Twitch — could see nothing but living in rural New South Wales, paying a large mortgage, and working a job he hadn’t done. love.
That Whippy, and the one who sat down with Dot Esports late last Wednesday before the evening of his buffer Twitch signing announcementshare one thing — no one can fully believe how far he has come since he originally took office all those years ago.
On May 29, the now-Brisbane-based star announced his new, exclusive deal with Amazon’s titanic streaming platform, Twitch. The broadcast deal, like many we’ve seen over the years, has kept Whippy tied to the purple-marked website for several years. The contract would be a huge moment in any streamer’s career, but for Whippy it symbolizes something more — he has finally made something out of his life.
“I can’t believe it,” he said. “And I’m very, very grateful for everything.”
Whippy, that is also signed with Click Management, knows he was a little hyperbolic when he says he will “never add up to anything” in another life, but until recently, he carried that fear, deeply. At school, he was dubbed “the stupid kid” and didn’t get much of a chance to prove otherwise. That stayed with him.
When he finally decided that streaming was something he wanted to deal with, it wasn’t as easy as clicking a button and dragging thousands of Twitch spectators as well.
In the early days, Whippy, now 22, played out of a shed. The main ornament was a wooden pole holding the whole structure together. The windows were taped to rubbish bags that barely kept out of the sun — a must for Whippy because he often slept through the day for hours — and there were no temperature controls; if it was hot outside, it boiled inside. Is it cold? The shed froze.
The American hours he was aiming for also damaged his life. Whippy finally decided for a Twitch a streaming schedule that saw him live from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. That hit a strong U.S. audience, he says, but it cost him almost everything.
“Sometimes I wouldn’t see the sun for days,” he confessed.
Add to that the Australian NBN internet launch did not even arrive in rural New South Wales at this stage. Whippy found himself stuck paying around $ 1 AUD per gigabyte to stream, a price he simply had to pay. Costs quickly piled up.
“That was my life for the first two years. Start at 10 o’clock [in AEST hours, that is, which translates to around 5am on the U.S. west coast], ends at eight. It was, honestly, ruining my life. “And, worse, his audience didn’t really grow.” I was in the wrong time zone, I had the wrong internet. Everything was wrong. “
The first 24 months were the hardest, Whippy continues, and they left him in the lurch — accept what he had or go for bigger fish in a whole new time. He had built an Aussie audience in the late hours Down Under and had others flowing through the early American timesbut stagnant numbers and declining mental health from his situation were unsustainable.
Whippy went for it.
And, as it turns out, the GTA a star timed it perfectly.
It took some planning — the famous No Pixel role-playing server, famous for that its streamer-guided Grand Theft Auto theatrical adventureswas refreshing in “3.0” in February 2021 and Whippy was part of the review.
GTA role-playing was already good for Whippy. He forged a following around his central characters, drug-addicted gang leader Irwin Dundee and “the most insignificant cop” on the server, Crocodile Steve– both Australians, of course. Li had the fame (or notoriety, depending on which character he played) may make a time change and join a new one GTA adventures.
So, since No Pixel relaunched, Whippy did just that.
“I was very lucky, but it was the best thing I could do,” he said.
“Exchange [times] was one of the biggest games I’ve ever played. It really was a gamble. Just a total risk. But I was lucky — the GTA community has continued to support me, and with the exchange, I have found that I can reach new fans as well. “
With the 3.0 update also came more success. The whole GTA role-playing scene exploded on Twitch and the platform’s biggest stars soon created characters join the chaotic world of Los Santos. Whippy found out — through Dundee and Steve — that he was soon playing with major stars like xQc and Sykkuno (the latter of which then went to YouTube) and build an even larger audience.
Figures have dropped a bit now in 2022, with just over 4,000 eager viewers tuning in ever to watch Whippy bring Dundee and Steve to life in Los Santos, but he still maintains about 6,000-7,000 subs every month.
And, despite living the wave railroad, he still can’t quite believe it.
“Look, I’ll tell you, if you had told me a few years ago that I would get such an audience, such a community, I would have laughed at you. ‘Yes, that’s right!’ I would have said. But I’m so glad they’re there. It means so much to me. Even now I sometimes think that everything could go away.
“I’m very grateful to have them,” he added. “I have one of the most amazing communities, followers on Twitch. They are extremely loyal and I love them all to death. ”
That loyalty is what has kept Whippy on Twitch now.
There were options for the 22-year-old, but the Australian star tells Dot Esports that he basically considered only Twitch. After half a decade of building his fandom on the site, it would have felt “disloyal” to leave, he explained.
“You can certainly still be successful on other platforms, there is no doubt in my mind about that, but my priority is my happiness. I’m happiest when I stream on Twitch with my chat. For me, my chat is my best friend. It just feels like home. It would be wrong to flow elsewhere. “
Whippy promises to be beyond GTA now he’s signed up for Twitch — racing cars, cooking, and IRL adventures are all on the menu — but he really just wants his Twitch fans to know that he’s not going anywhere soon.
“Twitch is the funniest place to stream,” he said. “I’m here to stay.”
And, the ice cream on the cake, Whippy’s huge Twitch announcement comes just days after another, quieter celebration; after years of flowing, he was finally able to pay off his mother’s mortgage. It was a goal of his, flying away at the bottom of his mind, as Whippy first began to find his feet in the flowing world. On the eve of his re-signing announcement, he finally hit that final goal.
“Thank you very much for that,” he said. “I don’t know where I would be, where we would be, without flowing, but I know it wouldn’t be here. I did something with my life. ”