Creator Spotlight - LDSylvr
Helmsman, crewmate and runner of one of the most talked-about women-led PvP events on the Sea of Thieves, this pirate is at home on the helm or cannons of any ship. Best known for his competitive antics, inventive ways of playing the game (we’re looking at you, Nightmare mode) and all-American BBQ cooking, LDSylvr is the bold pirate stepping into our latest Creator Spotlight!
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[Q]: What was your introduction to the world of games?
[A]: Definitely at a very young age. The original Nintendo was released in 1983 and I had one at the age of six. I can remember playing Duck Hunt and Super Mario Bros. with my older brother. I primarily played RPGs like Secret of Mana and the Final Fantasy franchise, but some of my best memories are having sleepovers with friends hosting Mario Kart and GoldenEye tournaments.
[Q]: How did you become part of the Sea of Thieves community?
[A]: I’ve always been a fan of the ‘pirate’ genre. Television shows, movies, games... if it has pirates involved in it, I’m there. My brother sent me a text one day and told me about Sea of Thieves and I have been addicted to it ever since.
[Q]: How did creating content become your ‘thing’?
[A]: Before Sea of Thieves, I never knew that Twitch even existed. YouTube was the only gaming platform that I knew of. I watched MixelPlx on YouTube and when I found out about Twitch, I found Pace22. Watching those guys really made me want to become a content creator myself, but it wasn’t until I stumbled upon BoxyFresh that I knew streaming was my thing. He really pushed me and made me believe that I have what it takes to be successful in the business. I owe a lot to him and I’m grateful to call him one of my closest friends.
[Q]: How do you decide what kind of content to create?
[A]: Sea of Thieves is so unique and has so many different play styles and personalities that I like to change things up throughout each week. Some days I’ll server hop looking for a fight. Other days I’ll decide to do a Pirate Legend grind in a single-stream sitting, loot stack or maybe even just science things in the game that people are curious about. This game is the only game I have ever played that allows you to do so many different things that capture the attention of so many different viewers.
[Q]: What are some of the challenges you’ve faced while creating content?
[A]: I’m a very passionate and truthful person. Sometimes too truthful. I would have to say, aside from the dog digging up the internet cable in the backyard and chewing through it, that my biggest challenge is maintaining my composure. Sometimes I fail at that and that’s what makes me human. But it’s the mistakes we make that we also learn from.
[Q]: What different channels do you have?
[A]: I have both YouTube and TikTok that are regularly uploaded to. I also stream 5-6 days a week on Twitch and I create all my social media posts on Twitter and/or Instagram.
[Q]: What’s been your most memorable Sea of Thieves moment so far?
[A]: Not to sound clichéd or anything, but it would have to be when I was invited into the Sea of Thieves Partner Programme. It was an achievement that was sought after and meant more than getting Twitch Partner, and this community was (and still is) absolutely amazing with its continued support and love. I have never experienced anything like the community this game has built.
[Q]: What do you enjoy most about the game now, and what are you looking forward to in future?
[A]: The different player interactions are definitely what I enjoy most about the game. There is no limit on what you’ll come across out there. As for the future, I would have to agree with TruEdits on a fully integrated ‘Last Ship Standing’ mode and a fully customizable Custom Server option to make hosting events much smoother and easier.
[Q]: What’s something you’re particularly proud of accomplishing in gaming?
[A]: Creating something that a lot of people know and recognize me for: ‘The Boomer Games’. That event was probably the most talked-about and hyped event during 2021 that wasn’t hosted by Rare.
Also in late 2022, I introduced a new solo Sloop league titled ‘Captains of the Sylvr’d Waters’. I want this event to mean something more on a personal level than Boomer Games. Season One highlighted some of the top women competitors and content creators within our community and brought the spotlight to them. Season Two, which will happen later this year, will be focused on the artists and editors within the Sea of Thieves community. The goal of the event is to bring attention and awareness to those that you wouldn't typically have heard of or seen any other way.
[Q]: How did you come up with your channel name?
[A]: KEKW... with the help and advice of a Rare employee to change it from its previous name. We’ll just leave it at that!
[Q]: What do you like to get up to when you’re not streaming?
[A]: Grilling/smoking meat on the pit and spending time with my wife and children. I grew up in a broken household with divorced parents, so I aspire to give my children the life that I did not have growing up.
[Q]: What advice would you give to a new content creator?
[A]: Be yourself. No matter your age. No matter your personality. Be yourself. Also, be patient. You need to realize and understand that everything isn’t going to fall directly into your lap. You need to work hard at it. You reap what you sow. If you’re passionate and dedicated enough about it, you will be successful. And here is a bonus tip... find the perfect moderators because they make a HUGE difference within your stream.
[Q]: What’s one thing you would advise a content creator not to do?
[A]: Don’t compare yourself to others within the industry. Everyone is unique in their own fashion and there is an audience out there for you and your personality. Comparing yourself and your content to other creators out there is only going to discourage you. Just be yourself. Also, don’t pay attention to your viewer count. Doing that can lead to frustration. This is the same advice Boxy gave to me. Just vibe out and do you.
[Q]: Could you give us one more random fact about yourself?
[A]: I have survived being hit head-on by a tornado. I was in the house that was in the direct path of one. When the roof was ripped off the house, I was sucked out like a vacuum and tossed 30 yards in the opposite direction. After a couple of surgeries, I was whole again but the scars I have on my body are daily reminders that you should live your life to the fullest each day and make it count.
Thanks to LDSylvr for taking the time to answer our barrage of questions! We’re always keen to see what he gets up to next and find out if he ever does master Nightmare mode and hit Pirate Legend without dying. Hopefully there are no more severe weather conditions in the near future either…
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