There was a point in Webby’s life where he knew he “would get nothing”. At the time, Australian Streammer – who was still a long way from 486,000 followers on Twitch – couldn’t see anything other than living in rural NSW, paying off a big mortgage, and working a job that love didn’t.
That Whippy, who sat down with Dot Esports late last Wednesday Eve Signature announcement on Twitchhe shared one thing – neither of them can believe how far he has come since he was originally living all those years ago.
On May 29, the star, who is currently based in Brisbane, announced his new and exclusive deal with Amazon streaming giant Twitch. The streaming deal, like many of the deals we’ve seen over the years, keeps Whippy tied to the purple-branded site for several years. The decade would be a great moment in any streamer’s career, but for Webby, it symbolizes something more – he’s finally made something of his life.
He said, “I can’t believe it.” “And I am very, very grateful for all of that.”
Webby, who is it I also signed with Click Management, knows he was a bit hyperbolic when he says he “wouldn’t measure up to anything” in another life, but until recently, he carried that fear, deep inside. At school, he was nicknamed the “stupid kid” and wasn’t given many opportunities to prove otherwise. This stuck with him.
When he finally decided that streaming was something he wanted to follow, it wasn’t as easy as clicking a button and extracting thousands of Twitch viewers either.
In the early days, Webby, now 22, was playing outside the fold. The centerpiece was a wooden pole that held the entire structure together. The windows were covered in rubbish bags that barely blocked out the sun – a must for Webby as he often sleeps all day to hit the US hours – and there were no temperature controls; If it was hot outside, it was boiling on the inside. the cold? The shed was freezing.
American hours in which he aimed to wreak havoc in his life as well. Webby eventually settled on a Twitch The broadcast schedule he saw goes live from 10 PM to 8 AM. It hit a huge American audience, he says, but it cost him almost everything.
“Sometimes I don’t see the sun for days,” he admitted.
Add to that, bring up the Australian NBN Internet Not even in rural NSW At this stage. Webby found himself stuck paying around A$1 a gigabyte for streaming, a price he simply had to pay. Costs accumulated quickly.
“That was my life for the first two years. Start at 10 [in AEST hours, that is, which translates to around 5am on the U.S. west coast]It ends at eight. He was, frankly, ruining my life.” Worse, his audience wasn’t really growing.” I was in the wrong timezone, and my internet was wrong. It was all wrong. “
Webby continues that the first 24 months were the hardest, and they left him in a big bind – accept what he had or go buy a bigger fish in a whole new time. he had Build an Australian audience in the late hours of Down Under And they have others Flowing through early American timesThe stagnant numbers and deteriorating mental health of his condition, however, were not sustainable.
Webby went for it.
As it turns out, the GT The star timed perfectly.
It took a little planning – the popular role-playing server No Pixel, the famous driven by a streamer grand theft auto Theatrical adventuresI was Recovery to “3.0” in February 2021 Webby was part of the overhaul.
GT Role playing was really useful to Whippy. He has faked followers around his central characters, Drug addict Irwin Dundee And the “Most Petty Cop” in The Server, Crocodile SteveBoth are Australian, of course. he is He was famous (or shame, depending on which character he played) for the possibility of exchanging time and joining a new one GT adventures.
So, with the relaunch of No Pixel, Whippy did just that.
“I was very lucky,” he said, “but it was the best thing I could do.”
“exchange [times] It was one of the biggest gambles I’ve ever made. It was really a gamble. Just a complete risk. But I was lucky – GT The community kept supporting me, and with the exchange, I found that I could reach new fans as well.”
With update 3.0 came more success as well. All GT Role-playing scene Exploded on Twitch And the The biggest stars of the platform quickly created the characters To join the chaotic world of Los Santos. Webby found – through Dundee and Stevie – that it was He soon plays with top stars like xQc and Sykkuno (The last of them Since then he left for YouTube) and build a larger audience.
The numbers are down a bit now in 2022, with just over 4,000 viewers eager to tune in anytime to watch Whippy bring Dundee and Steve to life in Los Santos, but He still maintains around 6000-7000 subscribers Per month.
And even though he lived on a rollercoaster, he still couldn’t quite believe it.
‘Look, I’ll say it, if you had told me a few years ago I was going to get this kind of viewing, this kind of society, I would have laughed at you. ‘Yeah right!’ I had said. But it makes me so happy they are there. It means a lot to me. Even now I think sometimes everything can just go away.
“I am very grateful to have them,” he added. “I have one of the most amazing communities, followers on Twitch. They are very loyal and I love them all to death.”
That loyalty is what keeps Whippy on Twitch now.
There were options for the 22-year-old, but the Australian star told Dot Esports that he mainly considered Twitch only. He explained that after half a decade of building his fanbase on the site, he would have felt “disloyal” to leave the site.
“You can definitely still have success on other platforms, there is no doubt in my mind about that, but my happiness is my priority. I am very happy when I stream on Twitch with my chat room. For me, my chat room is my best friend. It feels like home. It would be a mistake to broadcast anywhere else.”
Webby promises there will be more after that GT Now he’s signed to Twitch—streaming racing cars, cooking, and IRL adventures are all on the list—but he really just wants his Twitch fans to know he’s not going anywhere anytime soon.
“Twitch is the most fun place to go live,” he said. “I’m here to stay.”
And Whippy’s huge announcement on Twitch comes just days after another, quieter celebration; After years of broadcasting, he was finally able to pay off his mother’s mortgage. It’s been a target for him, swinging far in the back of his mind, ever since Webby first started finding his feet in the world of streaming. On the eve of the re-signing announcement, he finally achieved this ultimate goal.
“I am very grateful for that,” he said. “I have no idea where I would be, and where we would be, without flow, but I know it wouldn’t be here. I’ve done something in my life.”