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Women in Streaming: Miabyte

26th March 2021

Interview with Miabyte

UK based Twitch streamer.

Name: Miabyte
Pronouns: She/her
Based in: Birmingham, United Kingdom.
Platform: Twitch
Streams: Variety, Narrative Driven Games, Genshin Impact, Dead by Daylight, etc.


Hi Miabyte! Tell us three fun facts about yourself.

Three fun facts about me? Where to start... okay:
  1. I do a lot of voices, impressions, and am currently breaking into the wonderful world of VA.
  2. I've lived in LA & Hong Kong and love travelling to new places. I'd love to visit Japan someday. *is a total weeb*
  3. I'm a transwoman and advocate for trans representation in the gaming industry. It's incredibly important to me.

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

I started streaming on Twitch in August 2016. I had recently started transitioning, was living alone for the first time and had become estranged from my friend group after moving back to the UK from China.

I saw streaming as an opportunity to play video games again and as a way to make friends, and find a place that accepts who I am. Eventually it led to some of the best relationships I've ever had, and now I'm able to stream full time as a Twitch Partner. I'm incredibly thankful for the experiences the platform has given me.

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

I love narrative driven games. Games that tell a story. I like to take my community on an adventure, and share that experience with them. But when I'm not doing that I really love collab'ing with my fellow creators. I'm currently running a play through of Danganronpa 2 where I and my friends in the voice acting industry each play different parts in the cast. Honestly some of the most fun I've ever had on stream.

I'm also one of the hosts of the Gayming Magazine Podcast. It specifically deals with LGBTQIA+ games and being LGBTQIA+ in the gaming industry. I love being able to interact with the diverse range of guests we have on the show, and speak with them about both fun things and the issues they're concerned about. I'm quite outspoken about issues facing minority groups so it fits me to a T.

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

Undoubtedly. There's of course the toxicity which is rampant in the gaming culture where streaming is rooted. A lot of misogyny comes along with that, harassment that effects women disproportionately, etc. The gaming industry is still kind of a 'boys club', and while the industry itself is becoming more diverse, the culture that has been fostered over the last several decades is one that is inherently at odds with women coming into those spaces.

You see a lot of gatekeeping. As well as the persisting incorrect stereotypes that women are worse at video games, or have an easier time gaining popularity in streaming for instance. This is of course incorrect, and not actually backed up by statistics. Yet they remain because of a culture, which has yet to be combated in any meaningful way by the figureheads of the industry. I.e. devs, publishers and the top male streamers. I really want them to do more in the future to create meaningful change. 

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

Don't go in with any expectations of fame or glory. Streaming is fun but it's also a lot of work if you want to turn that passion into an actual business. So decide want you want out of it.

Even though there it's harder for women in the industry it doesn't mean that we shouldn't try. There will be trolls, there will be harassment but don't let it hold you back. It's up to us to change things for the better, and you will meet so many wonderful people just by being you.

You get to foster your own community, what you allow in them will attract like minded people. You will make mistakes but that's okay, allow yourself to change your rules and boundaries as you see fit if something isn't working right. 

Oh and never be afraid to speak out about things. The other women in the industry have your back.

Where can people find you online?

You can find me streaming on Twitch Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays over on twitch.tv/miabyte. I also host the Gayming Magazine Podcast alternating Sundays over at twitch.tv/gaymingmag.


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