At 36 Alexclick is now one of the most famous video game streamers in France. Very popular online, whoever plays Miguel in the GTA game defines himself as entertainer. The Nantes native is also hyperactive, for whom the designs are endless. Service.
Alexclick, today you are a streamer. What was your experience before you started working on Twitch in particular?
I had a dual career: on the one hand, my passion for acting. I organized the first solo show, which was more than mediocre! On the other hand, I studied communication. I worked in several companies, then created my own. When I arrived in Nantes, I was offered a job in communications at a telecommunications company, but first I worked on the telephone for six months in order to better understand the job. I lived six months in hell and ended up with nothing. Psychologically, I broke down!
I took a break and started making small videos online where I commented on video games with a friend. This was almost ten years ago. At that time, there were not many people on Youtube. Today we are migrating more and more to Twitch. Initially, it was purely a hobby to take a break from work.
You are now on Twitch with GTA RP (RPG). Describe your job as a streamer…
Video games are still the best-selling entertainment product in the world. So there is an entire economy behind it. Twitch has revealed a lot. There was an explosion during Covid because people were sitting at home and doing nothing. But people don’t necessarily come for video games. To tell the truth, I’m very bad at video games, people come to see me for the animation, for the entertainment side. Some people tell me, “Watching RP is my best life.” Today, I also accompany companies on Twitch live streaming. I also do product placement in my life. I don’t hide it. It’s like an ad on a TV channel.
But suddenly, what is a streamer really?
That’s six or seven professions! I stream 25-30 hours a week. But this is not asking, putting on a microphone, cameras and that’s it. You should already know if you are here because you are good at video games or because you entertainer. It’s a lot of work to stay with your community. I make money from people who subscribe to my channel. But above all, this visibility allows me to sell products on the side. I also have my own clothing brand. I was very careful not to make these clothes look too provocative.
What do you mean, too “geek”?
I hate the fact that we just see a geek through glasses, with a skewed t-shirt, who can’t express himself and who doesn’t have any friends. Because this is not right. On the Internet, people have lives, families, professions.
In particular, you play with your character Miguel in GTA. How do you envision your character’s story?
I use everything I learned at the base as an actor and then as a screenwriter. When I created Miguel, for example, he had a whole bible, a story, like when creating a series. Miguel already existed in my head, I had to write him down later, create a complete dossier on him. You then play that character live on Twitch. On my server we play with 700 other people. So you don’t choose everything because there are people in front of you. And it’s great!
At 36, do you feel like a benchmark for streamers?
I think I am one of those with the oldest communities. I’m a little atypical, not in the frame. And then I have a lot to do, it’s hard for me not to have a lot of projects. Because my first job is not to be a streamer. So, in the beginning, I also had to catch up with the video game culture that I didn’t have. I had the basics, but…
One of your extra activities was making a comic about Miguel…
The comic came out in February last year. I take on projects as they come and the way I like them. Now I don’t know how long it will last. The first year I performed at the Angouleme Festival. It was a little crazy!
Streamer, father, entrepreneur… Are you hyperactive?
Yes, completely! I have also worked as a volunteer firefighter in the Nantes region for three years. I am very proud to belong to it, even if I have to suspend this activity for a year. I’m tired of it because it’s a real passion for me. And then it allows you to stand firmly on your feet, no matter what kind of work you do. My little problems on Twitch are nothing when I find myself momentarily in intensive care.
Do you have other ongoing projects?
I am currently working on acquiring a new studio to start a new life. I would also like to start a series on the dark side of Miguel. This is the project that I promised during the Z Event, and I am trying to fulfill all my obligations. I am also working on the second volume of the comic. I’m more free here than on Twitch, where I’m in pure theatrical improv all the time. But playing Miguel is fun!