Creator Spotlight - NateaCuiki
We’re back again with another sensational Spotlight, this time taking our questions to new and exciting shores on a visit to the wonderful NateaCuiki! Find out where this Spanish pirate’s passion for Tall Tales began, and what sparked her journey to overcome stage fright and sail the Sea of Thieves with a community of her own.
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[Q]: What was your introduction to the world of games?
[A]: I discovered the world of games when I was a little girl. My first console was the Nintendo NES and since then I have been through many others, such as the Game Boy Advance, on which I discovered one of the games that I have loved the most: Harvest Moon - Friends of Mineral Town, which is the reason why I love Stardew Valley as well.
[Q]: How did you become part of the Sea of Thieves community?
[A]: Back when the game was announced at E3 it caught my attention, but I didn’t know anybody who played it. It wasn’t until early 2019 when I mentioned that I liked the pirate theme a lot, one of my friends told me that he tried the game and he would give me a one-month Game Pass subscription to test it together, and my love story with Sea of Thieves has continued since that day.
The Spanish-speaking community for Sea of Thieves is much smaller than the English one, but it is a very passionate family. It does not only encompass Spain but all the people who live in Latin America. Often the time difference makes it difficult for the Spanish audience to get to know you. I am quite nocturnal, so I do my streams at 8:00pm and sometimes I finish at 3:00am! That schedule has allowed me to connect with the Spaniard community as well as the Latin American one.
I can say that I feel very fortunate to have met so many wonderful people through my streams and Sea of Thieves, a community who now support each other and share Voyages together.
[Q]: How did creating content become your ‘thing’?
[A]: I started streaming on Twitch to show my friends the graphic adventure genre, among other games. I never believed that I would end up liking streaming so much, as I had always been a person with stage fright. Through streaming I’ve learned to develop my capabilities, fight my insecurities and show myself to other people. Now I love what I do, I feel deeply fulfilled and loved alongside the community that I have formed. It is an amazing sensation and a beautiful interpersonal job.
[Q]: How do you decide what kind of content to create?
[A]: I am organized and spontaneous at the same time. I plan what I’m going to do, but I always have the capacity to go with the flow. Sea of Thieves is a game with which I feel very comfortable making content, whether it be Tall Tales, lore, the variety of missions or moments of action in naval battles. That’s why it became my main content. However, I also decide my secondary games according to what I like the most at that moment, as that way I feel I can give the best vibes to my community.
[Q]: What are some of the challenges you’ve faced while creating content?
[A]: Defeating my insecurities and fighting against impostor syndrome. I think that sometimes the courage it takes to turn on the camera, put yourself in front of an audience, try to be entertaining, manage to be a good communicator and show yourself as you are is underestimated.
[Q]: What different channels do you have?
[A]: As my main I have my Twitch channel on which I do my regular streaming, and I am also very active on my Twitter account through which I give my opinions, share news that I like and announce my upcoming content.
[Q]: What’s been your most memorable Sea of Thieves moment so far?
[A]: I’m of the idea that each moment shared with my crew is unique and wonderful, but one that stands out is the first time I discovered the Tall Tales and how excited I felt when I completed ‘Shores of Gold’. That moment in which you finish hearing Ramsey’s speech and leave the area with the song ‘Becalmed’ in the background made me feel like I was in a movie, coming out victorious and returning home after a great adventure. It was amazing.
[Q]: What do you enjoy most about the game now, and what are you looking forward to in future?
[A]: Something that I really like about Sea of Thieves is that it evolves over time. I really like games with a story and it has always caught my attention that a sandbox game such as this one has such interesting lore and narrative evolution. In my free time I have written stories and I love exercising literary creativity. My in-game sessions are typical: I enjoy the missions and do a lot of PvP, but I truly love feeling that I am part of a universe that moves forward alongside me.
That narrative passion always makes me want more Tall Tales or content that is really immersive, in which you talk with the characters, things happen to them and you get to live the adventures with them. I would like there to be more of this kind of content, and especially complexity to the characters/narrative: that there are not only ‘good’ and ‘bad’ guys. I love stories where there are characters sitting in the middle!
[Q]: What’s something you’re particularly proud of accomplishing in gaming?
[A]: I am really proud of what I have accomplished on my Twitch channel. I was too insecure before so I never imagined that I would end up livestreaming, and certainly not achieve the reach I have so far. I feel very loved by my community and it makes me happy to see that I can connect with other people, make them smile, share hobbies, entertain them and above all else be there after an exhausting day, when they can watch my content to help take their minds off their problems for a while.
[Q]: How did you come up with your channel name?
[A]: The name of my channel is composed of two words: the first one is ‘Natea’ which is the nickname I’ve always used on the internet, and ‘Cuiki’ which is a self-invented spin on the word ‘cuqui’ – which is a way to say ‘cute’ in Spanish.
[Q]: What do you like to get up to when you’re not streaming?
[A]: When I’m not streaming I play other games that are not part of my channel’s content. I love the cinema and consuming audiovisual content, I also do amateur photography with my reflex camera. I sometimes create stories for my roleplaying characters in the universe of World of Warcraft. I am also very passionate about the world of hardware, for which I participate in forums on that topic; I’m up to date with new technologies in PC parts and I assembled mine a year ago. I love to travel. I like cooking and tasting Asian/South American fusion food!
[Q]: What advice would you give to a new content creator?
[A]: I would recommend that you start with no pressure on yourself. Give yourself the time to find your own worth and qualities, and do not worry about making mistakes because trial and error is crucial to learn. Above all, create content that you truly enjoy as it will give the same vibes to your audience.
[Q]: What’s one thing you would advise a content creator not to do?
[A]: Do not compare yourself with other content creators. If you have to compare with somebody, let it be your past self.
[Q]: Could you give us one more random fact about yourself?
[A]: I love Star Wars! I also have a special relationship with horses. When I was a girl, around 9 years old, I was at an equestrian facility in which they worked the human bond through the contact and care for horses. I learned horse riding and how to jump fences with them too! I have very fond memories from that time during my childhood.
That’s another Spotlight in the bag, and massive thanks from us to NateaCuiki for taking the time to answer our pressing questions – be sure to drop in on her socials and catch her during a chill evening stream if you haven’t already!
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