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Interview with Happy | Crossroads

Published Sun Jan 15, 2017 by Ugrilainen
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What does it mean to be a pro gamer? How to move on after one's retirement? Happy explains it all, and gives his point of view on the current state of Warcraft.

I had been asked for a while by the Chinese audience (but also the Russian one), to make an interview of Happy. There is a sense of mystery around him. He has an iconic status among the European WC3 Community. He is part of the rebirth of the Undead race in the modern age, quite unwillingly.

I did not have a direct contact to him at first, and he was known not to really like to make any sort of interview. At least that is what I was told. Happy gave his agreement without hesitation for it in November and we agreed to wait for January, as December agenda was fully stacked.

We sometimes can be puzzled by his decisions, I certainly was when he decided not to play WCA Europe. Happy explains everything here, and makes us realize a little better what it means to be a pro-gamer and how reconversion can be a struggle.  

Hello Happy and thank you very much for agreeing on this interview!



Can you make a quick presentation of yourself?


Hello, my name is Dmitry Kostin. I am 25 years old, ex-professional gamer from Russia, living in Moscow.


I have been playing WC3 for fun between 2005 & 2006, then semi-professionally in 2007-2008, and finally full time in 2009-2010.


I retired from WC3 professional gaming in October 2010, and moved on trying to establish myself as SC2-progamer.


I played SC2 professionally between 2010 / 2016. I stopped being full-time SC2 progamer around March 2016.


Currently trying out myself as full-time streamer, mostly streaming WC3.

Happy in Korea in 2009




As you mentioned, you made your return to playing Warcraft in March 2016 : could you explain what led to your decision to retire from SC2 E-sport Competition?




I decided to retire from SC2 for multiple reasons. First and most important reason is obviously financial.


When I've lost a team sponsorship at the end of 2014 ? I lost a big part of my income. Considering the state of SC2 then, most of reliable teams lost interest in having squad or players in SC2. It was basically artificially supported by Blizzard with its WCS-System (World Championship Series) : there was a huge loss in viewer interest, and therefore in sponsors.




Considering, I've never been a truly top player in SC2, it was pretty much impossible for me to find a suitable team. Obviously I had offers from smaller teams, but, I cant say that I had a lot of interest joining them for small pay, or not being sure if they are going to pay me at all.


Apart from that, it became harder to earn money, because, I also lost travel support, as I had no team. Except certain "paid travel" events, there was basically no option for me to travel and take part in most of tournaments - well, except, if I would pay travel myself, but that would not be financially reasonable.


After I've parted with my team, my results went downhill. Event after event I was doing worse and worse, and, in the end, I could barely qualify for WCS-based season events. WCS is, basically, the most important regional tournament. All this despite the fact that I was practicing more and more.


Of course I was winning some money here and there, but in the end, it was a really small income, considering that I was putting so much effort into practicing.


Here comes second reason why I decided to stop playing professionally - that's more like a bunch of reasons. Considering I was putting so much time in practicing, it started to get really frustrating to not show the results I believed I deserved.


I had to force myself to practice so much at times... Each day felt worst than the previous. I just realized that it couldn't continue like this much longer, and I finally came up to a decision.


I was already thinking seriously about quitting back in early 2015 - but I kept trying and trying, only to not make thing any better in the end. At some point, I just told myself that I had to try one last time, and call it quits if I fail : that's what I did.


Obviously there are many other reasons. I'm pretty old for pro-gamer, so you can say that I've lost some interest in what I've done (competitive play) for the last 7 years.


You can also say that I'm simply tired. Unlike a lot of other "long-timers", I've never really taken a break for longer than a month during my career, except once. I just wanted to try something new, because, being a pro-gamer has stopped giving me any joy for a long time.

Happy WCS 2016 - his last professional tournament (his twitter and stream famous front picture)



Which of the two games would be your favorite to play ? Talking just about fun here.


That's pretty easy to answer : WC3. Simply because I started playing SC2 only as a "successor" game that I have been playing professionally (in other words, for money). I quickly understood in the first two weeks after I made the switch that SC2 was not my type of game, and that I would probably never have same success with it as I had with WC3.


Its not like I disliked the game, but I never enjoyed it even partly as much asWC3.




You played Terran in SC2, is not the Undead -> Zerg transition the most logical? How did you pick up your races in WC3 and SC2 at the very beginning?


I started playing WC3 purely for fun. It was a long time ago, and I don't remember how I ended up with Undead. I probably just liked the race design or something, no idea. I only remember that when I started playing WC3, I was playing Random Team and I was playing Night Elf.


When I transitioned to SC2 I told myself that I wont make same mistake again by picking the statistically weakest race : Undead. So I've asked a few people who moved from WC3 to SC2 for advises. I also checked the tournament results and the amount of players per race on ladder : it makes it easier to find replays. It was quite obvious at the start of SC2 that Terran was imbalanced. So, I've made my choice.


How wrong I was …


Joking aside, I think, I should have picked Protoss. It suits my style more. Also, I've played Protoss during SC2 Beta , but only for 2-3 weeks though.


You keep winning all Online Cups in Europe, would you agree that you are the best player in Europe at the moment? Or would it be Foggy?


Well, I will be honest, there are not that many players in Europe that can provide a real challenge. This is not a surprise, considering the state of WC3 outside of Asia. But no, I do not consider myself best player in Europe. I'm not even considering myself a pro-gamer, I only play WC3 because I'm streaming.


Needless to say, Foggy won the most important non-Asian recent event : WCA European Qualifiers.




Do you follow the Asian scene closely? For example did you watch WCA and GCS in December?


I don't really follow any professional competition events at all since I retired from SC2.


I did, however, watched replays from certain events, WCA and GCS included.


What did you think of the European players performances? Is the gap between Europe and Asia reducing in term of skill?


Talking about skill gap - it is noticeable - mostly because WC3 died everywhere outside of China back in 2010, when Blizzard stopped supporting it in every way.


Hence, even if there are European players that can show certain challenge to Asian players, they are worse, because there is still an interest in WC3 in China and maybe in Korea, so people still practice, play, compete. There's bigger player base. In short - people can practice there, that's why.


Right now "best" non-asian players are trying to improve by playing on Chinese NetEase server using proxy, playing with ping 200-250 at best against ping of 10-50 for players from Asia. It is possible to improve and give them a challenge. However if someone would like to play fairly with players from Asia,  he would need to move there, and play with local players under the same conditions.


Can you tell us about your stream : do you make a profitable living out of it? How many hours a week are you streaming?


When I quited progaming, I knew what I would like to try out : streaming. I had been streaming from time-to-time before, but I had never done it in a way a normal streamer would by entertaining and working for viewers. Before, I had been streaming without commentary, or never interacting with viewers, only running commercials : I do not really consider it as "streaming" but rather as just showing gameplay.


So, basically, before I started streaming full time, I had never done it before in a normal way.


Right now, I'm trying to grow my viewer base, trying to interact with viewers, entertain them. I have more or less strict schedule : I usually stream around 5-6 days per week, for 5-6 up to 8-9 hours a day. Overall, I'm only playing because I'm streaming.


I do earn money off streaming, so technically it's my job. Most of my income comes from donations, there is also smaller income coming from commercials, subscriptions, etc. Also some income comes from tournaments, and I have a minor income outside of streaming.


Even though, streaming is mostly my only income, I cannot say that I am satisfied with what I am earning. Yeah, obviously, I earn more than enough to cover food/utilities expenses, but I'd like to earn more than that.


I would probably not be trying to stream full time now if I did not have the security of the savings that i have made from my pro-gaming career. If i did not have those savings - i would not be doing any streaming .The income is quite low, in my particular case at least.


I can always step forward in any direction like studying, or getting a "normal" work if I would like to. The thing is that I don't enjoy either option at the moment, that's why I am still trying hard being a streamer.

Grubby and Happy, 2 WC3 icons that moved to SC2 and are now full time streamers 



What are your plans for 2017 in term of streaming : which games, any update or new features on it?


Sadly I don't have any long-term plans. I feel like I am stuck with streaming WC3 or competitive games in general.


My dream is to build up a community that would enjoy me as a personality, rather than a player. A lot of people are aware that I am not enjoying streaming pretending a "pro-player" it that much. People rather see me show results, take part in tournaments, beat "top" players, and other stuff like that…


Of course I'd like to stream anything I would like to in general, but, I just cannot do it right now on regular basis, which is unfortunate.


So, I just keep on streaming month-by-month, and I will see how it goes.




Did you ever think of restreaming on Douyu to get more viewers?


Streaming is not about the amount of viewers you get, its about people that form your community. People that will watch you any time, any game, and will follow/support you anywhere you'd like to go as a streamer.


I stream in Russian, for Russian-speaking audience (I could stream In English, but, for particular reasons, I've abandoned that idea). There are literally zero reasons to stream on Chinese platform for me. Needless to say, just like people from China can't stream on Twitch, people outside of China wont be able to stream on platforms like Douyu because of the China Firewall.


And, as I said, I don't really like when I am being watched by 999999 people for how "good" (or bad, whatever) I play.  All those people will leave once I do anything else than show my "skills".


Those are not people who would watch me as a streamer. They watch you today, leave you tomorrow. I retired from pro-gaming, I'd like to work on my stream as an entertainment, not as a show of gameplay.


Just to add : unless you are beyond popular, you wont earn much purely as a streaming pro-gamer, just by showing gameplay.


Sadly, I'm not beyond popular.




If your audience would follow you when you would be playing any game, which one would you like to stream?


None, its not about particular game, its about having an option of streaming whatever i like at any point. That's what i meant. Streaming is about fun and it is not just about reaching the highest amount of viewers possible. A streamer that is not enjoying what he does will never be entertaining.


Sometimes i just wanna stream something completely different. But as i said before - in this case i would probably get not just much less viewers, but also close to no income. Sadly, financial matter is very important, because i do this full-time.




Why did you abandon the idea of streaming in English?


I abandoned it for a couple of reasons. I realize that by streaming in English i might get a bigger audience, because English is by far a more popular language for streams. But at the same time, it would be way harder to get to the top while streaming in English, as the amount of English streamers is greater.


Basically why someone would start watching a Russian speaking English when there's plenty of other streamers who speak English as their native language? Needless to say, my English is fine, but not great at all. I never really studied it, neither do i practice it. I never speak English except on internet or when I'm outside of the country, which happened only when i was attending tournaments abroad.


Also i cannot guarantee even to myself that i can run a stream on fixed schedule, only talking in English all the time. Its kind of stressful mentally-wise, as its not my native language.


Those are the most important reasons explaining why I stream in Russian . Of course, i have a way bigger fanbase among Russian-speaking audience regarding my past progamer activities.




Last year you refused to play WCA Qualifier because you were not allowed to stream. Do you regret it, dont you think you would had major chances of qualifying and performing well in Yinchuan? Could you detail your decision?


You basically named the reason why I didn't take part in the qualifier : I was not allowed to stream my games.


As I said before, I'm a retired progamer. I do not want, or feel like I want to take part in any competition. All I do on stream is purely for viewer's entertainment like in smaller online tournaments that I play as well.


I'm personally really not interested in tournaments or any chances that I might have.  If I wanted to come back to WC3 as a progamer,  I would do it, and I would practice non-stop day-by-day by having a goal in achieving certain results.


I would certainly not be streaming then, because: 

1. It consumes mental energy, 

2. It distracts you, 

3. It simply makes no sense, as, you might get a lot of viewers, but, as I answered in previous question, not likely to give you any significant income (donations, etc). There are full-time streamers with 100-200 viewers for a reason, and people with thousands today, a hundred tomorrow (silent, but "high skill level" streamers)


Therefore, no, I do not regret it. Also, you can also call it some sort of experiment : I've seen how many people were frustrated by me not taking part in those qualifiers. This is what I was talking about : people that will abandon you as a streamer, once you will move on with the game which you are "good" at.


It was a different time anyway, I would probably take part if they would be held like right about now. Thing is, I would probably just lose on purpose, or lose because I would play so badly - as I would play with zero motivation, considering I wouldn't be able to stream. I do not care for results, in short.



Is it still exciting for you to make long travels to participate in offline events? Or you'd rather stick to Online tournaments?


Well, I'm not sure if It would be surprise for most people, but I'm not quite the "party-type" person. I like to be at home, I don't like crowded places too much, and I don't like travelling. Hence, I never really enjoyed travelling anywhere.


Its not like, I feel stressed from travelling. In fact, its easier for me to fly anywhere by plane than, for example, travel by a car on short distances. I just don't find joy in it. Only reason that I traveled was because I wanted to play on tournaments, that's all.


Speaking of tournaments, I've traveled much enough on events all around the Globe. And, considering I've finished my career, I do not want to travel to events anymore, not as a player at least.

Happy in Singapore - IEM 2013




Does that mean you would like to go as a caster, like Grubby or Tod can do sometimes?


It depends on many things, mostly financial of course. If i can work as a caster - i might try it. However, I wont be going to cast events just for fun.




Can you explain why you decided to play GCS International Qualifiers and Ting Warcraft Invitational, as usually you refuse tournaments hosted on Netease and you are retired?


I have played those qualifiers as a courtesy to my viewers. That's the only reason. Cannot say that I regret it, but regardless, it was a mistake.


It makes no sense to play on NetEase vs Asians because they have ping of 10-50, against ping of 200-250 for which you need a proxy, that actually costs money, and can lag badly anytime. It's simply unfair. You will most likely always lose to a player that is even on skill with you, having such disadvantage. Needless to say, to a player that is better than you.


TING had games on NetEase client because otherwise Chinese players would not agree to play in the tournament. They wont play on W3arena/battle.net, of course. I couldn't just withdraw from tournament while it was mid-running, which I also wanted to cast. I liked casting it a lot to be honest.


GCS qualifiers went badly as expected : unfair conditions. Most likely those were last tournaments I've played on NetEase client.

GCS Qualifiers Group : Happy in a tough group but would usually manage to beat Korean players during Gera Cups on W3arena




Do you plan to participate in some more of these International events in 2017?


I don't have any plans in participating in any events as a player. I might take part in particular qualifiers like WCA Europe for example, but I cannot say that I am excited or feel like I have any wish to play in them personally. If I can stream while playing any of those events : I will try to show my best.


It is hard to plan anything considering I only ever play and stream tournaments because that's what my current audience desires. I do not wish to play them myself. Otherwise, I would take a more serious approach and not stream at all.




//Questions from Chinese fans///


Chinese fans from war3er.com submitted these questions from their forum


Chinese fans think that when you play 120, you usually have a big early advantage in the game. Then he would usually catch up with you and win the game most of the time. Is that accurate and can you talk about your games against 120 on ladder?


First of all, 120 is better than me in any way, because he is playing for results and is more dedicated to achieving those results than me. I only care if my stream runs fine, if my viewers are entertained, and how my stream works out for me in the end (schedule, viewer growth/decrease, finances, etc).


I do not care about game results, though, I try to show my best if I can.


I do not know why he is winning against me, I do not think of it. People that watch these games can probably have better clue. I don't think much when I play - what strategy I go, or timings. I just play what I like, simply put.


Not talking about ping issues but skillwise only, who is the best UD in the world?


120 is best from what I am aware (results wise). Second would probably WFZ.


Did you enjoy your previous stay in China? What did you think of the country?


I've been to China like 5 or 6 times (maybe more, I don't remember). Last time was in 2010, I think. It was fine from what I recall.


What do you think of the Netease client services ?


The platform is great. Must be pretty cool for Chinese to have such service that provides ladder-experience, where you can play against best of the best. Especially if you are located in Asian region, ping must be good too.



Do you think Netease ladder is the reason why Warcraft came back strong with many tournaments? If not, what do you think helped get Warcraft back on its feet?


I don't think that Warcraft "came back". If there's an interest in China and partly in Korea, its not supposed to mean that game came back. Its as dead as it gets anywhere outside of China (partly Korea).


I can tell you the same about StarCraft: BroodWar, for example : its only alive in Korea, dead everywhere else, since Warcraft 3 was released.


NetEase ladder is a great thing, but it has nothing to do with state of Warcraft, in my opinion.



Do you have Chinese players you like to train with? Is that true that you help WFZ and Yumiko practise? Who are your best Chinese players friends?


I do not practice, I only play NetEase ladder because my audience desires too. Ok, maybe because w3arena is a bit too easy at times.


No, I did not help WFZ/Yumiko practice. Unless they count ladder games as practice.


I don't think I have friends among Chinese players. Maybe it depends on what a friend is to you. I know some players, but that's rather a person I just know, not a friend.


//End of Questions from Chinese fans///

Which 3 elements of the game would you like to see changed in a future patch? 


1. Blademaster (critical strike) 2. Tanks 3. Sappers


But overall, I think, you can never balance WC3 because of random factor (damage, abilities like evasion/critical strike, item drops, etc).


The key is to change overall balance all the time :  like, every 3-4 months. This way strategies will never be set in stone.


Is there something you wished was asked, or something you would like to say to your fans?


I'm glad to know that I have fans that remember me as a player. I hope you still like my games, even though, I'm not as good as I used to be!




Thank you Happy!


Happy answered with frankness on all questions, avoiding none. He speaks openly about the "negative side" of pro-gaming : long travels, irregular incomes, uncertain life, short careers and sponsorship dependency. How to reconvert after retiring? Which game to play? 

Players usually do not want to speak openly about these issues, because revealing this reality would/could demotivate their audience from following them on their stream. Fans need to believe that their idol is leading the life they dream of, performing in their favorite game and traveling around the world to compete and win the best competitions.

You can follow Happy on twitch / goodgame and be part of the community he wishes to build!

https://www.twitch.tv/yesitshappy

https://goodgame.ru/channel/Happy/







Comments

avril
Comment #1Sun Jan 15, 2017 13:31 pm
good read
Satiini
Comment #2Sun Jan 15, 2017 13:35 pm
The key is to change overall balance all the time : like, every 3-4 months. This way strategies will never be set in stone. AMEN TO THIS
amiracle
Comment #3Sun Jan 15, 2017 14:25 pm
An interesting interview, tired of reading different Asians and Europeans telling things they're supposed to say and always keeping it positive, such interviews are just a waste of time.
Undeadicated
Comment #4Sun Jan 15, 2017 17:07 pm
I do not understand something.Happy's point is :"People must follow their streamer no matter what game he plays" (also Yaws's point).This is impossible.People likes the game, not the players and they watch the best in it.This is the normal way.That's way B2W is succesfull project!I do not watch Grubby when he plays Hots but always his wc3 stream.I think this is the position of the majority.But good interview GG!
SweeT
Comment #5Sun Jan 15, 2017 17:32 pm
I do not know why he is winning against me, I do not think of it. People that watch these games can probably have better clue. I don't think much when I play - what strategy I go, or timings. I just play what I like, simply put" I believe he does know, he is just projecting a 'casual gamer' image now
SweeT
Comment #6Sun Jan 15, 2017 17:32 pm
I do not know why he is winning against me, I do not think of it. People that watch these games can probably have better clue. I don't think much when I play - what strategy I go, or timings. I just play what I like, simply put" I believe he does know, he is just projecting a 'casual gamer' image now
Gohan
Comment #7Sun Jan 15, 2017 18:18 pm
He doesnt seem that "happy" LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL? Nah J/K. Good interview, some interesting stuff. I would never follow a "streamer" for the personality as #4 says. If people dont stream wc3, then I dont really care about their stream
whenstarsgoblue
Comment #8Sun Jan 15, 2017 20:57 pm
I'd totally watch happy if he steramed in english. mb he could consider doing it once a week... dunno
AxingImitator
Comment #9Sun Jan 15, 2017 21:49 pm
guy is trying to make a living as a "full time streamer" yet he is so bad at marketing himself that it's laughable. do you honestly think your viewers want to hear "I don't care about being the best, I don't care about competition, I don't wanna play in tournaments"? How about you try and say the exact opposite, without actually changing anything about your schedule? this is laughable. I am actually wondering if he isn't saying that just to save face and have this "too cool for trying" attitude. You do realize people (at least I do) watch foggy and sonik's stream despite not understanding anything they say, right? As you claim to speak english, maybe you could try to interact in english just a bit on your stream, instead of saying you don't care about these viewers etc. good luck trying to grow a viewer base with these axioms, can't see it happening.
hankk
Comment #10Sun Jan 15, 2017 22:18 pm
honest answers, i like it!
Zeifer
Comment #11Sun Jan 15, 2017 22:49 pm
this guy is very good at this game, but this interview is so frustrating to listen for any wc3 fan , omg all those things about i don't care about results , i hate traveling , etc sound so depressive , this guy plays undead because is joy about life maybe is dead as well?
youcantwin
Comment #12Mon Jan 16, 2017 00:04 am
Depressing interview
youcantwin
Comment #13Mon Jan 16, 2017 00:06 am
The questions were interesting though but the answers kinda frustrating imo :)
MisterFreeze
Comment #14Mon Jan 16, 2017 02:03 am
Great interview, maybe "too much" honest because it's a little bit sad to read him saying that he does not like that or that.. I regulary watch him, I put his stream in my second screen and I do others stuffs. What I like in his stream is : 1. he is a really good player with an impresive micro / macro 2. he has fun to play and it' really communicative 3. he has fun with others players 4. he try to interract with his community, answers to questions.. But if I can say anything I think he needs to correct for his stream : 1. Try to do another things in his stream like "2vs2" or "fun strategy" he did that in the past and it was really funny to watch 2. More interraction with his community by having some break between two games to talk, answer, explain 3. Set a donation list so a donation is not a simple donation and people can win something by giving a donation, like to chose the next strategy, the next race And the most important thing : he should try to do a personnal work about himself and correct his "I don't care" attitude (like we can clearly see in this interview) because this attitude is communicative. He should enjoy the game first, and the community will enjoy with him. He has to be more implicated in this streamer job by trying to having his own personnality I don't watch many streamers but a good exemple is probably Grubby : he has clearly fun by doing this job, he spent time with his viewers and he listens to them. To be simple, when I look at his stream I don't have the impression to watch a guy working, I see a guy having fun and, by extension, i've having fun too. I watch happy's streams and i like them but we clearly see that he is doing that as a job in the first. In this interview, he confirms that and this is a real problem to me
rbr.Shorty
Comment #15Mon Jan 16, 2017 06:14 am
The interviewer's questions were spot-on. However, the answers didn't make much sense. It very much sounds like Happy is in it just for the money, while at the same time he claims he knows he can earn more money doing things differently, but he doesn't do it. Am I missing something? Additionally, a lot of his ideas don't make sense by themselves. For instance, what Undeadicated said above is perfectly correct - the vast majority of the viewers while caring about who the streamer is, cannot care less when that same streamer plays a game they are not interested in. Grubby's viewership changes very drastically when he switches games, and I suspect this is one of the main ideas why he decided to return to Wacraft 3 at least partially. Overall it sounds like he is much more into the money side than into the fun side, which is always a bad thing that leads to negative outcomes, especially when you have no specific plan or when you don't at least try to improve things on the front you are fighting for (money in his case).
SweeT
Comment #16Mon Jan 16, 2017 12:25 pm
Well happy actually always has complaints with 30-50ms difference in W3arena cups/events. In both 3v3/4v4 cups he complained for about 30 minutes about the enemy team having a 30-70ms advantage, when he is supposed to 'not care about results'. This is especially weird, as 3v3/4v4 is less reliant on ping and more reliant on strategy yet he kept persisting on having better or equal ping than his opponents. I thought he was just in it for the stream?
CSW
Comment #17Mon Jan 16, 2017 12:37 pm
Happy can definitely explain why he lose to 120 if he want to. Grubby is also only streamer but he can explain in details any game he played and he do it often. I would like to know what will happy do if he is allowed to stream some tournament qualify such as gcs or wca europe and if he win there will he go to the offline event or no since he is only streamer.
dYeLBraH
Comment #18Mon Jan 16, 2017 15:00 pm
I don't know about his viewers` growth but when Grubby is streaming there are 5000 people watching him. Next is Happy with 300 viewers at best. He is kind of right about personality of the streamer. He needs to change his negative attitude.
Ugrilainen
Comment #19Mon Jan 16, 2017 15:32 pm
#18 he has way more on gg.ru than on twitch
AllanMM
Comment #20Mon Jan 16, 2017 15:36 pm
good job Ugrilainen, nice interview!!! but i think this guy needs to be more "happy" :D
katana-0815
Comment #21Mon Jan 16, 2017 17:32 pm
That's a tough call to want people see his streams not for skill reasons. People just like to see extraordinary stuff, otherwise they could stare out of a window instead. On one hand I consider Happy to be a straight up guy and I think it's respectable when he honestly points out he has no interest in competition anymore. On the other hand indeed he then should not complain about ping issues.
nafowt
Comment #22Mon Jan 16, 2017 21:49 pm
He is comparing it to his prime days i guess with the timings and stuffs, but he is experienced etc so u dont need to be 100% sure about ur timing and behave like u dont care.., I can imagine he doesnt give a fck in certain timings (such as if u see when human starts the tower upgrade and u check the clock immediately and u can make the math when its gonna be finished so u can time ur attack on tower to the greatest timing) but overall he is a progamer and he knows the reasons why he loses to 120 right when the game ends (timing/ping/strategy wise) mostly right after the game is over (IMO)... And it's actually pretty naive to think people will like you no matter what game u stream etc cuz they will appreciate your presence (especially without cam stream and interaction with chat from time to time only etc blabla) I respect and like Grubby but im simply not watching when he plays anything besides Wc3 and I believe a lot of people do the same.
BH.iMB
Comment #23Mon Jan 16, 2017 23:25 pm
happy is just free air for me
Odeyuken
Comment #24Tue Jan 17, 2017 22:34 pm
Interesting interview, thanks for your trouble. Being entertaining is a needed quality to become a succesful streamer, but it's not the only one. You also need to be playing the right game, and WC3 is just not it. I don't think any WC3 player (except Grubby) can make it more than 500/600 viewers on Twitch outside China/Korea. And even if you play the right game, it is now super difficult to break through since there are so many people trying. WC3 is still alive in Asia and initiatives like Back2Warcraft & W3Arena gave the game a breath of fresh air. But sadly, it's now very hard for anyone - players and streamers alike - to make a living with the game. I feel like Happy hit a dead end. I truly hope he finds a way out, because he's an amazing player.
Undeadicated
Comment #25Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:16 am
Do NOT foregt the fact that wc3 is an old game with mature public[I belive most of the public is close to 30 than to 20 or less]This is unique, because most of the games are played teenegares :).I belive wc3 public is richer than others because mature people make more money than teenegers :D.Just it is harder to catch them :D
Undeadicated
Comment #26Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:19 am
So I do NOT think wc3 is the wrong game for streaming.Just the public require more .Rememebr how Remo and Neo achived 3k euro with kickstarter for almost 24h.This is a prefect example how it must be done
JustanotherOrc
Comment #27Mon Jan 23, 2017 13:01 pm
Happy is the biggest hypocrite ever. He emphasizes so hard how he doesnt care and blabla... He is the only player who asks for hosts by names and always argues abount ping... even for 20-30m/s difference. I asked him yesterday at start of our gera cup game politely if I can ask anything... he said he would make me banned out of Gera Cup... he is really an asshole. I dont get how anyone can like him... he has no virtues or morals just a fat and arrogant but good player. and this interview is a bullshit... not because of the interviewer but cuz of happy.
GoFaSt
Comment #28Tue Feb 21, 2017 12:21 pm
pedal :)
EarthFather
Comment #29Sun Mar 12, 2017 01:04 am
I actually think that this interview is a pure example of honesty, and that is a very rare thing to be seen in modern age. That doesn't mean it's bad - quite opposite. He just need experience in streaming, so a little support from community would be nice. I understand what he has meant when said he wants people to stay with him no matter what he streams. For that, people have to know his personality and to like his way of playing the game. Example of this is youtuber Nobbel from Netherlands. He makes videos about warcraft lore mostly, plays WoW, Hearthstone and Hots, but also he played wc3 campaign - both RoC and tft. And what, he has average 50.000 views for every single wc3 campaign chapter, although his skill almost doesn't exist at all. Silly it sounds, but 50.000 is 5 times more views on youtube than even Grubby has or B2W for the same game. He is very entertaining guy, but his biggest quality is - he knows to play a game, to dive deep into it like he is its part. Those people are his audience and they like to watch him playing, no matter is it wow, wc3 or Hearthstone. I've never played wow, but enjoyed many times watching him play, even if i dont understand what he's doing. :-D So, Happy should include streaming in english somehow (it doesn't have to mean he should abandon streaming in russian). There are many people who would like to talk with him all over the Europe, he is a living legend, no matter how good he knows english. He has very nice play style, very high level of playing, people would like to talk with him about his games, to listen him while analizing, to answer their questions about particular match details - in one word, to get know his way of thinking and playing. Afterwards, the story can take multiple paths and new options are opening on every step. So, to conclude.. I don't like to judge people, but i think it is not appropriate to call him depressive or frustrating. It is just not true. He's maybe just frightened, because he started something he was not familiar with before and maybe he fears the outcome of that. How would you feel in same situation? Dont be so harsh to judge the others.My opinion is that community need to help him, constructively, with support, not with demoralizing. Hey people, it's Happy, and he returned! This game is much richer because of that.

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