Youth development non-profit organisation *SCAPE and streaming platform Twitch have signed a partnership agreement on Tuesday (22 Sep) to develop streaming in Singapore.
As part of this collaboration, both *SCAPE and Twitch will roll out a series of workshops to support more than 300 young, aspiring content creators in SIngapore. The collab will involve Gateway and Pathway, both which will help budding and experienced streamers alike to learn about content curation, audience engagement, growth, and other ways to improve their streaming.
The masterclasses will include basics such as lighting and audio, as well as tips on monetisation and analytics. Participants will also get mentoring sessions with Twitch streamers such as Deborah “Wolfsbanee” Sim, Andrew “Sombrero” Philippou, and Andrew Fidelis.
“Twitch has grown to become a highly-engaged global community of millions who come together to experience the next generation of live, interactive entertainment, whether it’s gaming, music, sports, or art,” said Sunita Kaur, Senior Vice President of Twitch, Asia Pacific.
“We’ve made a commitment to growing in Singapore, and we’re excited to play an active role in Singapore’s community,” she added. “We’re looking forward to working with *SCAPE in order to spark creativity in Singapore’s youths, and provide them with a service to find communities and form lasting bonds with like-minded people.”
The Gateway to streaming
To kick-start the partnership is Gateway, a one-day complimentary workshop programme. Scheduled for 26 Sep from 2pm to 6pm, Gateway will feature representatives from Twitch, as well as local and regional speakers, including Fidelis, Philippou and Sim, as well as Gareth Reynolds, Product Manager at XSplit. They will educate youths about Singapore’s streaming landscape, the hardware and software required for set up, and how to engage the audience.
The Pathway to streaming
Meanwhile, Pathway is a Talent Development Programme to support the development of aspiring streamers in Singapore. Aimed at aspiring local youth streamers, it consists of a series of masterclasses, 1-on-1 mentoring sessions, content review sessions, as well as community meetups, and sharing session by the mentors.
The programme aims at providing an opportunity for the trainee streamers towards a “Partner” status on Twitch and equip them with the right digital skills to venture further into content creation.
At the press conference held on Zoom on Tuesday, panel participants shared how the partnership will help aspiring young streamers in Singapore.
*SCAPE’s Kenneth Teo noted that the programmes will help youths, especially those who are afraid on what to share, or oversharing, while streaming. He said that the programme’s mentors will guide them through streaming, offering feedback such as like “‘this week you shared too much about yourself”.
“All this is part of the handholding process we want to bring our youths through,”added Teo.
Sunita also added that as a moderated platorm, Twitch has methods in place to help keep streamers safe. “That’s incredibly important for us,” she said.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the urgent need to accelerate digital skills development,” said Ivy Lim, Executive Director of *SCAPE.
“Through this partnership, we aim to equip youths with the relevant digital skillsets,” she added. “This ensures that our youths are ready in a post-pandemic world and gives them the confidence to become content creators. After all, youths want to be heard, and that is why many are big on producing their own content today.”
You’ll be able to find out more about the Gateway and Pathway programmes on the official page here.