I Already Added Cheerleader to My Resume
This weekend was the Western Clash. While NA wasn’t able to pull out a win, I was able to do my part cheering them on in hope of the upset (GFE almost made the finals! Yay, NA!). My HGC Cheering experience was a positive one. Sure, it’s an easy target for jokes and in some ways has increased spam in the chat with bright, moving emotes alongside numbers. I hear you. Maybe you even think chat is worse now, which is a pretty low bar to sink under. I never participated in chat either. This weekend though, I was right there, cheering along NA and, begrudgingly, dropping my accolades for the winners.
Way More Than Just An Emote
Cheering for your favorite HGC teams during Western Clash isn’t just supporting them with an emote and some bits. Team-specific emotes add a bit of weight to your cheers. Using them last weekend added a collective sense that I wasn’t alone in supporting my team. It was a unique experience in Twitch chat where you rarely ‘converse’ with more than one line questions or chat commands in between a barrage of nonsense. My cheers, or cheermotes, stood out in the chaos of Twitch chat. Along with the rest of the NA hopefuls, cheering meant we were in this together. The cheers are backed up by bits which are backed up by cash. A ‘big cheer’ says something without the looming Kappa of insincerity, making Twitch chat actually something I wanted to be a part of. Seeing all the cheermotes for your team after a big wombo combo was an awesome feeling. A definitive sense of “We’re kicking ass, together!”
It’s worth noting that the cheermotes do sort of create their own version of high visibility spam. If chat is saturated with cheermotes there’s that much money and support flowing to HGC players. A cheermote filled chat isn’t any different than our normal, beloved, spam filled Twitch chat except now it’s positively contributing to the HGC. Most importantly, it’s contributing to the players. We’re not alone at HeroesHype wondering if this is real life but it feels good (man) to be a part of it. The genius at Blizzard who figured out how to turn Twitch chat’s endless energy into a positive force definitely needs a raise.
Give it a Go
One Twitch user described buying the starter pack “to give it a go.” It’s pretty agreeable, despite Twitch being free, $10 that supports the team and players I love over the course of such a big weekend is a cheap price for admission. For the Conor McGregor/Mayweather fight, people will spend close to $100 for one night of boxing that, very likely, will be one sided. Twitch user Jonts18 said “Why not?…It supports my team and grows the game.” The only complaint I hear was from Oogalicious “It might be nicer if a slightly larger proportion went to the team (55/45).” Personally, I really enjoyed the experience. Watching the Western Clash was overall a better experience and for once, a day I never thought would come, Twitch chat was fun to participate in.
Don’t forget it’s a two-way street too. While just sending money to our favorite teams would be cool on its own, you, the viewer, are on the receiving end too. WrathV_ESG said “I love the HGC Cheers. I get cool Twitch emotes, in game loot, and I am helping support the teams and HGC.” So if there was any doubt left, spend the next $10 you set aside for a skin on some bits. And start dropping some of these!