Creator Spotlight - BBXH

This latest Spotlight is all about a multifaceted pirate luminary!

Another month, another Creator Spotlight! This time we’re lucky enough to sit down with a pirate who needs no introduction, and one we were surprised to find we hadn’t featured already: the marvellous BBXH. Whether it’s secret hunting, live presenting or horse riding, join us in learning a thing or two about what inspires this content creator both on and off the seas!

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[Q]: What was your introduction to the world of games?

[A]: When my brother and I were in elementary school we got a Sega Genesis for Christmas one year! That’s where it all started. Once we got a computer, that’s when I really got into gaming. I played EverQuest, Diablo and Diablo II, The Sims, Age of Empires and so many others!

[Q]: How did you become part of the Sea of Thieves community?

[A]: I started playing when this game was in Beta. I played it on and off after it was released. I always loved the graphics, that’s what drew me to play it. I started streaming it as my main game eventually. I would say I truly became part of the community when I competed in the Battle for Orlando at GuardianCon 2019. Another Sea of Thieves streamer, MerlynJC, and I formed a team (with MagicAttacker and Nepath) at the convention and got top five! I got the opportunity to meet other wonderful Sea of Thieves streamers, players and some of the dev team.

[Q]: How did creating content become your ‘thing’?

[A]: I started streaming as a hobby, back in March 2016, streaming a mobile game. I worked full-time, so would stream on evenings and weekends. I eventually started getting more involved with esports casting and hosting. That’s what pushed me into content creation full-time. I was out of leave time at my job but had these travel opportunities for tournaments. It forced me to make a choice, in a way. I made my choice to work in gaming full-time and that’s when it became my thing!

[Q]: How do you decide what kind of content to create?

[A]: I primarily stream gaming content. Once in a blue moon I’ll do a cooking stream, or something else unique, but I usually stream the game I am enjoying most at the moment. However, I do still look at it as a business since I do this full-time, meaning I try to stick to one particular game as my main content. I have found that works the best for me.

[Q]: What are some of the challenges you’ve faced while creating content?

[A]: It can be hard to find a life balance. It’s not like my office job where, when I walked out Friday afternoon, I didn’t need to think about work at all again until Monday morning. Content creation is always going. There is always something I can work on. Always something I can post, update, etc.

I do feel like content creation thickened my skin as well. When I started, I got my feelings hurt by rude comments people would make in chat sometimes. Putting ourselves out there can make us feel vulnerable, so I had to learn that I am in control. Of my chat, my emotions, my feelings.

[Q]: What different channels do you have?

[A]: My Twitch channel is my main platform but I also use Twitter, Instagram and TikTok.

[Q]: What’s been your most memorable Sea of Thieves moment so far?

[A]: My most memorable moment was sailing with another Partner, AL3X, and our crewmates. We found a few other random players on our server and all ended up in the same area. I always think about how there are still undiscovered things in Sea of Thieves. I had the idea that maybe we could create a whirlpool if we had all of our ships sailing in a circle, that maybe it would unlock some world under the sea or something epic?!

We pitched the idea to the other crews, and they were down to try! We had around four or five ships all sailing in a circle to see what would happen. One pirate kept accidentally ramming into other ships, I couldn't stop laughing! We were all hopeful that something would happen and were all having a great time. Needless to say, nothing happened... it was such a fun time though! One reason I love this game so much is the interactions you have with others. You never know what or who you’ll run into! I just loved that everyone was game to sail in a circle and see.

[Q]: What do you enjoy most about the game now, and what are you looking forward to in future?

[A]: I LOVE that the Shrines and Treasuries have recently been added. For the longest time, having some kind of mermaids to fight with an underwater city to go to was my wish. I was blown away by them, each Shrine is unique and beautiful. This game’s graphics are undeniably amazing. In the future, I’d love more different types of scenery. The devs have been expanding. For example, there is a swamp in the Sea of Thieves: A Pirate’s Life Tall Tales and a city… I’d like to visit more of those places outside of the Tall Tales!

[Q]: What’s something you’re particularly proud of accomplishing in gaming?

[A]: My proudest moment was hosting the Crown Championship World Finals. It was a live tournament series with the finals at the Copper Box Arena in London. It was such a huge deal, as I had never been to London. I had the full prep: hair, make-up, wardrobe! It was a big WOW moment for me. It was something I had always dreamed of doing, I was so proud and honoured to be hosting it!

[Q]: How did you come up with your channel name?

[A]: My husband, Josh, used to run a Minecraft server called XHcraft. His gamer tag had been Someonexh for a long time, you might recognize him now as another Sea of Thieves content creator. When I started streaming, I wasn’t sure if I wanted my name or anything previously tied to me to be public. Josh and I called each other “bb” so I just made my name BBXH. Looking back, I think I would have done something more fun, but BBXH is me now!

[Q]: What do you like to get up to when you’re not streaming?

[A]: My passion outside of gaming is fitness, I like to do anything active! I play in a few adult, co-ed soccer (football for my non-US peoples!) leagues. I like snowboarding in the winter and riding my bike. I go to the gym regularly and started competing in bodybuilding competitions back in 2018. It’s turned into a hobby for me and feels like it pairs well with being a content creator. Meal prepping is great when you’re a streamer, trust me!

[Q]: What advice would you give to a new content creator?

[A]: Try to get involved in any way you can. Do co-streams when you can, play in tournaments or community events, or even host those events yourself! Getting your name out there by simply hitting the ‘Go Live’ button can be a challenge, but finding other ways to spread the word about yourself and your content will help!

[Q]: What’s one thing you would advise a content creator not to do?

[A]: Try not to have a random schedule. Even if you can consistently do an hour a week, try to do it at the same time. It’s no different than a sports game. If you enjoy it and know when it will be on TV, you can plan to watch. If the TV company said it would be on “sometime this week” it would be hard for a viewer to plan to watch it! Streaming is the same, let your audience know when they can watch you so they can plan to be there for you!

[Q]: Could you give us one more random fact about yourself?

[A]: When I was a child, my family lived on a small horse farm. I grew up riding, never competitively, but we would do trail rides through the woods. I grew up in the country, so we had plenty of places to ride. We’d ride back through cornfields to these old, abandoned homes that were from the Civil War era. It was really neat to go into them and explore! I always enjoyed it, and do it whenever I get a chance now, though it isn’t often.

And there you have it, another piratical portfolio perused! Thanks to the brilliant BBXH for giving us some more insight into the bustling world of content creation. If you haven’t already, be sure to follow her on one of her many social channels and we’ll see you again for the next Creator Spotlight!

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