It’s no secret that Rocket League continues to rise as a game and an esport.
As we saw in Madrid, RLCS Season 8 set new records for the number of concurrent viewerships. 280,000 people watched the tournament, a number that excluded secondary streams.
There are different reasons for why this happened. For one: a Grand Final in any esports going to Game 7 in overtime would peak interest levels.
We’re starting to see more quality video content too. There is no doubt that the big YouTube creators of Rocket League (Jon Sandman, Sunless, FLuuMP, Musty, Mertzy, Linkuru, Lethamyr and others) focus on more creative videos than pure gameplay.
Just like any sport, these videos help players watch and be inspired to learn about the stories behind the game, from guides to mods, to esports drama to
create openings blueprint videos. It’s a different perspective and hugely entertaining for so many of us.
Space for more Rocket League content creators
Being able to watch several well-produced and entertaining Rocket League videos is exciting.
Different creators will show a different perspective on any given topic and that is why viewers enjoy watching. The personality is often more than just the content itself. That’s why opinions are demanded as soon as a big announcement is made.
The more creators entering the space will mean a more diverse and rich viewing experience for us as viewers. Imagine only hearing one opinion on Psyonix being bought out… or on YouTube Rewind. You get the idea.
Wayton is the new kid on the block
Back in May 2019, Wayton uploaded his first video on YouTube. It was an entertaining scientific test of how much time should be spent in warming up and how many games to play before things that to go downhill.
This style of editing, memes and well-communicated thoughts was the recipe for how many more of his videos would be produced.
I managed to ask Wayton a few questions to get a better idea of his background and plans for the future.
What made you start YouTube?
I grew up watching YouTube when the platform was still really small. I watched it grow to what it’s become now and I always wanted to make videos of my own because it looked so fun.
I’m very easily inspired so I guess that’s a gift for me. However, I didn’t actually get into editing until junior year in high school (August 2017) where I took a media class and got a pc that next Christmas so I could edit at home.
From that point on, I started making really bad Rocket League montages of me and my friends for fun. They started out looking horrible but with each video, the quality progressed and I started to actually get decent at it.
However, until May of 2019, I was only editing a video once every couple of months. This changed when my internet speed started getting really inconsistent and not reliable enough to play Rocket League competitively which is what I enjoyed most at the time.
Because I couldn’t play Rocket League online, I decided to make a video essay about Rocket League on a brand new channel. It got a good amount of attention for it being on a fresh channel and everyone loved it and encouraged me to do more. So I did, and I still haven’t stopped.
What are your plans for 2020? What sort of videos will we see?
In 2020, the quality of videos will only progress. I’ve got some great new ideas for tip videos, video essays, and possibly some collaborations with other creators in the future.
Are there other YouTubers do you look up to?
Like I said, I’m easily inspired. I look up to so many people. The main creators that I look up to are SunlessKhan for his amazing visuals, FLuuMP for his awesome storytelling ability, and Musty because he’s my age and has already had tremendous success.
Any advice for those also thinking about creating content for Rocket League?
If you want to have success with YouTube, don’t shortcut anything, do your research, and be patient. I had a year and a half of editing experience before I started my channel.
If you’re not having fun with what you’re doing, you won’t last long. What’s most important when you’re first starting out is that you’re enjoying it.
Keep an eye on Wayton in 2020
I’m excited to see creators like Wayton progress over the next year – here are some of his more popular uploads to his channel:
Remember that as Rocket League continues to grow we will continue to see more content creators, and can only be a good thing for the community.