Hard Mode Stream Team Spotlight - Olibeau (PC/EU)

You can find Olibeau streaming on his Twitch channel, making endgame ESO PvE content on his YouTube channel and you can also engage with him for ESO Logs reviews on his Patreon!

How would you sum yourself up as a content creator?

Most people come to watch my streams either because they want to learn more about what it takes to be involved in endgame PvE raiding, or they just enjoy my laid-back easygoing attitude, and my dry sense of humour.

What's your history with video games?

I think my first experiences of video games would have been playing Super Mario on Nintendo 64 or Pokemon Blue on a GameBoy colour. I have a brother who’s 6 years older than me, and I can distinctly remember watching him playing video games, stuff like Grand Theft Auto, and occasionally I’d get to have a go too.

My brother and I always had playstation consoles too, so we played lots of stuff like Gran Turismo, WWE Wrestling (my brother was a huge fan), Jak & Daxter, Assassin’s Creed.

I also played lots of PC games too when I was growing up; Age of Empires 2, Civilization 3, Baldur’s Gate. For as long as I can remember, I've always enjoyed playing video games in my spare time.
My first experience with MMOs was playing Runescape. This is around the time I got my username Olibeau too, because one of my teachers at school said to me “If your parents named you Harry, you could have been called Hari-bo”, so I used Oli-Beau as my nickname (my 1st and last names put together).

I also played a lot of World of Warcraft as a teenager, starting around the time of the Burning Crusade expansion, also playing through Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, and recently some of Battle for Azeroth too. I mostly played a Warrior tank, and also did a fair bit of raiding in Wrath of the Lich King, so when I started playing ESO, I made a Dragonknight Tank, because I felt that would be the role I'd be most familiar with.

Why did you turn to streaming?

I dropped out of University in 2014, after being terrible at coding, and I tried finding a job with computers that would put me on the right path. I ended up working doing “data entry”, but it was mostly moving huge heavy aircraft parts around a dusty old warehouse, sticking labels on them, and putting their location into a computer. I rage quit that job after a few months, which was around the time I started playing Elder Scrolls Online. I spent the next couple of years playing ESO, whilst also staying at home and looking after my elderly grandparents, who I've lived with since I was a teenager. In 2019, after becoming quite experienced in the endgame raiding community, I decided to start streaming, as it was a way I could socialise more, and maybe earn a little bit of pocket money whilst also being able to stay close to my Grandparents and look after them, and that’s what I'm still doing.

Tell us about your content and your community!

The content I do is mostly hard mode raiding, on PC EU. Very occasionally either before or after a raid, we might do some PvP or housing, but the main focus for me is sharing with people the joy of hard mode raids, and trying to maybe teach people a little bit about mechanics and how to play PvE. My community comes from all over the world, and many of them are people I've also played with in game. Everyone I've met has always been super positive and polite with each other, and they’re always helpful in giving advice to other members of the community, and generally being really supportive of each other and me.

What's your favorite musical artists or pieces?

Growing up I've always loved heavy metal, and when I was at University, I had the chance to go and see lots of my favourite bands; Slipknot, Korn, HIM, Lacuna Coil. I love Nu-Metal, Grunge, and Goth-rock. Those genres of music are what inspired me to start playing the guitar.

I do love lots of other kinds of music too. I’m a big fan of Old School Hip-Hop, stuff like Wu-Tang Clan, NWA, Jedi Mind Tricks, there’s some beautiful poetry in there.

At the moment though, I’m really obsessed with Doja Cat and Saweetie for some reason… I can’t stop listening to them. Something about strong,smart, independent women, is such an inspirational vibe, every song they do is a bop.

What are the challenges you've faced as a content creator?

For me, the main challenge is motivation. I’m pretty lazy, so i’ve been exploring different ways to try and motivate myself. I’ve found that when people are super generous to me on Twitch, it makes me feel like I owe them some quality content, and not just my usual nonsense that I talk about constantly. This is why I've also recently made a Patreon, where I’m making ESO builds. I’m hoping that with enough support, it will motivate me to make more builds, and eventually start doing more YouTube content too, and who knows what the future could hold.

What are some things you've absolutely enjoyed since you started?

The sense of community in ESO is great. Everyone I've met through streaming, even the big streamers and the people working at Bethesda; have all been great, and incredibly supportive. The Elder Scrolls community has to be one of the nicest ones out there, and ESO really has something for everyone. Whether you’re into housing, fishing, PvP, dungeons or raiding, there’s a huge wealth of content to get involved with, and it’s all really accessible and easy to get into.

What are some things you've absolutely enjoyed since you started?

I think the best advice for ESO players is to try everything, and not to rush. I know lots of players I speak to, are asking me for optimised build advice for hardmode trials, but they only have like 200cp. Explore the world! Enjoy all the great overland content that ESO has to offer (whilst you’re still enough of a newbie to find it challenging). Once you’ve got a bit more experience, and you’ve made some friends in-game, you’ll be prepared for trying out the endgame stuff together. Trials are definitely more fun with friends, so look for a social guild or a training guild, and start there.

For upcoming creators, the best advice I can give is to just be yourself, and be genuine.I know it’s cliche, but this is really the best way to show something unique about yourself which gives you something different from the other streamers out there.

Also, even if you only have like 1 or 2 viewers when you’re streaming, just keep talking, even if you think nobody is listening. Otherwise, nobody will get to know you, and if someone does come across your channel and you’re just sitting there staring at the screen looking grumpy, they probably won't hang out for very long. I know it’s awkward to start off with, but it’s a good habit to learn early.