With the era of esports and gaming upon us, it's so easy for passionate game streamers to fade into the background. But for long time gaming enthusiasts like Michael "KLAGER" Alejandro, being behind the scenes provides a fresh new perspective into what makes the industry special.
Klager has been an avid gamer for years, having been influenced by an uncle to start console gaming at an early age. But he only started dabbling in video content in 2016, after being encouraged by friends who would watch him play games in typical computer cafe setting.
We sat down with Klager to talk about his experience doing creative content for gaming as well as how tough the competition can be.
In the Philippines, the gaming community is as active as they come, and content creators are a dime a dozen these days. However, it didn't always start that way. Klager recalls being influenced by pioneer League of Legends caster Kajo. With a ton of opportunities now paving the way for a new generation of eager gamers, keeping that fire burning can be hard. For him, it doesn't always have to be a bad thing.
"I'm happy that it went like this", he says. "I remember organizing tournaments for local computer shops where players just want to participate for the fun of it. It was just a monthly thing then. But now there are tournaments every week and there are tons of online events. Even brands you least expect are now getting involved in the esports scene."
How does one set himself apart in an industry full of passionate and creative minds?
One trend Klager noticed was how new streamers or influencers would focus on just one platform to grow their brand. Last year saw a rise in Facebook game streamers since the social media empire launched its very own "Gaming Creator" program. With the rise of various streaming platforms, he believes in utilizing each one to his advantage.
So far, Klags uses three different platforms, each featuring various types of content and catering to a specific audience. In Facebook, he says, he would host tournaments or stream new and trending games. Youtube is where he would showcase local events or live matches. He also maintains an Instagram account to show his followers a glimpse of what he does behind the scenes.
It truly is difficult to set yourself apart when it comes to being a gaming content creator. However, making use of every tool under your disposal can make all the difference.
Being a Silver Slam influencer
The Mogul tournament platform provides fresh opportunities for passionate and even competitive gamers to indulge into what they love most! Klags has been using the website's Esports Elite feature to stay informed with what's happening in the competitive scene. He says it is a fun way to vote for his favorite teams and rack up on Razer Silver in the process. With the Razer Silver he has earned so far, he says he is anxious to save up enough to buy himself the Razer DeathAdder Essential mouse and the Seiren X microphone. Both gears can help him create better content as a streamer and content creator.
With the Silver Slam event coming up, Klager is just as happy to get into competitive League of Legends gaming! For him, the tournaments create wonderful chances for players like him to test their skills - and to have fun while doing it!
These days, it's a lot easier to get into the scene because of the great opportunities in esports that are now coming out. Some people may say it can be oversaturated at times, but honestly what's so bad about that?