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Women in Streaming: Lauren Radford

8th March 2021

Interview with Lauren Radford

The Netherlands based Twitch streamer.

Name: Lauren Radford
Pronouns: She/her
Based in: The Netherlands
Platform: Twitch
Streams: Story games such as Mass Effect, God of War as well as a mixture of Indie games, puzzle games and chilled games.

Hi Lauren! Tell us three fun facts about yourself.

Hi! Three fun facts about myself...
  1. I have 5 rescue cats.

  2. I once presented an award with Tom Daley when I was a teenager.

  3. I once spent a week studying birds on an Island where I got to hang out with Puffins and 2 week old chicks.

When did your streaming journey begin, and what inspired you to start?

I started streaming towards the end of 2015, I had only a couple of years before fallen ill with ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia. I was stuck at home the majority of the time and had turned to Twitch for entertainment and social interaction. I was able to sit up at my PC and play games sometimes to give me something to do, so after having so much fun as a viewer, I decided to give streaming a go.
I never really had a plan for any of this, I just wanted to interact with people again. I'm really, really happy I did this.

What's your favourite game/content to stream/share? What do you enjoy most about it?

My favourite content to stream is often the silly, or the weird, or the really OUT THERE games, Indie or AAA. Paradigm, The Procession to Calvary, Grim Fandango, Monkey Island … those have been some of my favourite game and stream experiences. Being able to laugh at the ridiculousness of what's happening on screen and getting to share that with (in my biased opinion) the best community on Twitch has been wonderful.

Do you feel like there is a stigma for women streamers in the industry?

I think there's stigma for all women in this industry. If you're pretty, you're using sad lonely viewers for money. If you're fat, you're told you're disgusting. If you're disabled, you're told you're faking it or you should hide it. If you're a POC, you get subjected to a lot of racism. If you're a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, you get bigotry thrown at you.

This is of course not a guarantee as everyone's experience is different, however I don't know a single women in this industry that has had no negative comments/abuse. I truly hope that changes.

What's one piece of advice you'd give to women who want to begin streaming?

I would say have your boundaries set right from the start, you can only stream when you are comfortable. Figure out what works for YOU and set that as the standard. Your community will be as nice or toxic as you allow, so set rules, be nice, have fun. It's not all about growing as fast as possible, it's about growing in the best way for you.

Where can people find you online?

If you did want to spend some time with me and my community, you're more than welcome to find me at:

I look forward to talking to you there :)

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