Creator Spotlight - Kaidawrath

Taking the helm for shenanigans in this Spotlight is a pineapple-plundering privateer!

Lover of all things loot, burner of all things pineapple – taking centre stage in this Spotlight is none other than Kaidawrath, known far and wide for her haul-hoarding shenanigans. Time to take a deeper dive into what got this hard-grafting seafarer sailing the Sea of Thieves and streaming for her friends, and how things grew from there…

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

[A]: The earliest game that I can remember playing was DX-Ball or playing on my dad’s old Nokia phone with the first Snake game. Growing into my young rebellious stage, I would sneak onto my brother’s Xbox 360 and steal some game time on their Diablo games. Wasn’t the most popular of my choices when they noticed someone had saved over their save and their own game was deleted, I was so young, how would I know! Yet they never really figured out it was me. Oh boy, what my poor parents had to endure with us kids.

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

[A]: Honestly, I didn’t even know SoT was a thing until a month or two before release. Some friends wanted me to try it out and it didn’t appeal to me at all. I had never played a sailing game before and I was mostly involved with MMO games. I am the kind of person that tends to stick to one game where I place all my time and focus. I am not good with doing things halfway in games, that just stresses me out.

For 2-3 years I struggled finding a game to settle down with and to grind, I struggled a lot with depression and was missing having a game that I could stick with. Then SoT released… may God help my soul. Four years and 7000 hours of gameplay later, I still have no plans on stopping any time soon. Cheesy as it sounds, I’m simply home.

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

[A]: I had a friend who asked me to co-stream with him. I didn’t think I would do anything but stream for my friends, anything else seemed far-fetched. Then I had my first raid from someone named Beemeron and had my first subs from his community, and later I got involved with SoT and had my first big raid from Beardageddon with 70 viewers. I never panicked so much in my life. I remember after his raid, that’s when I decided, I’m going all-in streaming every day.

My community knows my background with my health situation, without going into details about it since I don't want this to be a pity post, I was not able to work for seven years and I had my first lot of income from streaming in the seventh year! It was just barely above 100 dollars but that was like winning a lottery. It might sound weird and not much to be happy about for a whole month’s income, but it gave me hope that maybe streaming could work.

Far-fetched as it was, I am here today a little over halfway to being able to stand on my own legs with my own income. I’m now a Twitch Partner and a Sea of Thieves Partner. I have an AMAZING community in which viewers build bridges between other communities. I know, realistically, I still have a very long way to go and being a streamer comes with so many great challenges, disappointments and tough decisions, but I am on my way. I know there are many people in the same boat as me, unable to work due to health issues or disabilities. If I can, you sure as hell can too.

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

[A]: I don’t know if I ever decided what content I wanted to create, I just followed the direction of what I enjoy, which is games, and what my community enjoys. This is also mostly me suffering from their banter and poor memes (lol).

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

[A]: I would say the most common and even the greatest challenge of being a content creator is dealing with people. I don’t recommend becoming a content creator if you expect everyone on the internet to be good eggs. There will be challenges and I see many creators dig their own grave deeper by fuelling the trolls that try to poke the bear. Thick skin is very important and having a strong mod team to guide you right is key.

[Q]: What different channels do you have?

[A]: I stream on Twitch but I am about to start up YouTube shorts and videos.

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

[A]: Definitely defeating the old Skeleton Fort using snakes only with Foxdle and co., which then evolved to defeating the Gold Hoarder with kegs only at the Shores of Gold. It was the beginning of shenanigans.

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

[A]: Right now, I really enjoy stacking treasures and making it look nice on the boat. It is so satisfying and makes encounters with other crews even more exciting since you have so much more to lose. Of course, we do sink now and then, but it’s important to look at all your other successful moments so you don’t lose yourself in the sea of salt. Imagine the joy the other crew will experience in seeing so much treasure floating up from the waters after being victorious.

Oh, I also enjoy burning pineapples in Sea of Thieves and making people mad with questions because of it. My counter is definitely not at 4000+ burned pineapples since new year 2020. Tough love.

One thing I look forward to/hope to have a bigger part in Sea of Thieves is more depth in PvP. Not just PvP events, but ways to learn deeper weapon mechanics and practice those mechanics to be better and grow. A lot of it is also down to awareness, I wish for example wallbanging was brought back into the game but with some changes. Make the bullets do less damage by going through the floor or thinner objects. This would make a huge difference in learning players’ movement, to think ahead, be tactical and predict the next play of your enemy.

I do understand this is not a pure FPS or PvP game, and I don’t want Sea of Thieves to be only PvP either, but I wish for the more competitive side of the game to have more freedom to grow.

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

[A]: Sinking Foxdle KAPPA EXDEE! Having an Easter egg in game and all the crazy challenges I’ve been part of with amazing people!

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

[A]: I can have an explosive personality and my favourite mythical creatures are dragons. Kaida means little dragon (female), so Kaidawrath it is.

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

[A]: Wait, there is a life outside streaming? I love animals so I spend my remaining time with my fam, Akira (dog) and Tk (parrot). I also love cooking and am hoping one day I’ll figure out how to properly do some cooking streams.

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

[A]: Thick skin, growth is slow and the toughest in the beginning. Numbers fluctuate all the time so don’t let that get you down, focus on those you have in your chat and not the ones who are not there. Have a chat filter, this is very important. I know it’s tough starting off with 1-10 viewers but keeping one bad egg out of desperation to grow might cause more viewers to move on if one person is making it uncomfortable.

I would also recommend having a friend to play with to keep conversations flowing if chat is empty or having a pause. It’s a good plan B if you find it awkward just sitting there waiting for people to appear, it makes them feel like there is a reason to interact or take part in a conversation. Positivity and being welcoming is key! Oh, and burning pineapples.

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

[A]: Don’t let growth fuel your ego, and most importantly, don’t talk about situations/things you are not involved with or have the full context on, either on stream or your social media. You influence your community and what you say matters. You might cause a lot more harm towards others and yourself by saying the wrong things or making a feather into 10 hens. Whispers are scary and you don’t always hear it right. There are times to stand up for one another, but know what you are fighting for.

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

[A]: I don’t need a soundboard; I am my own soundboard. I love growing herbs and vegetables, making food and especially eating the food! I have a background as a dog behaviourist.

And that fact blast just about wraps up another Creator Spotlight! Our thanks to Kaidawrath for taking the time to answer our questions, though we’ve probably spared her crew a burnt pineapple or two…

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