Amassing a substantial Twitch following in such a short time was emotionally challenging for Higa.
Streamers from a seemingly infinite number of niches worldwide flock to the Amazon-owned website to broadcast daily to an audience eager to escape from their own lives into theirs.
According to Twitch, 15 million daily active users spend an average of 95 minutes a day watching everything from pro-level Maya Higa is a streamer who knew little about Twitch until four months ago.
Maya, who is dating grime superstar Stormzy, said of her new job: ‘I’m so happy to be presenting alongside Scott Mills on Fridays. pic.twitter.com/R8NBgv IXZM — Chris Stark (@Chris_Stark) January 17, 2018 As Maya’s career goes from strength to strength, the Cannonball presenter made the choice to do her first and only interview with her beau Stormzy earlier this year, despite previously keeping their love life rather private.
She also tweeted her excitement, saying: ‘I am now OFFICIALLY a @BBCR1 presenter with my very own show every Saturday ? New chapter ❤️ thanks everyone.’ Really excited that @Maya Jama is joining me and @scott_mills on @BBCR1 on Fridays. The couple, who have been dating for three years, spoke to British Vogue and shared the relatable tale of how they hooked up after meeting at Red Bull Culture Clash.
She recalled that going from a couple of people to 100 "was super overwhelming, and I was worried that I was going to say or do something wrong." Higa made friends with some of the other large streamers on the platform including Mizkif, a streamer who started out creating compilations before becoming a personality himself.
With over 188,000 followers on Twitch gathered over 11 months, he plays video games, chats with fans and shares personal details about his everyday life.
When asked Mizkif about the situation, he said that they are "legit" and "might get married in a few years" though "you'll have to tune in to see." (Higa laughed off the implication and denied they are dating, saying "he's such a troll and is just meming.")In early June, Higa traveled to Austin, Texas to visit the house where Mizkif and a collection of other popular streamers live.
It was the first time she had traveled by herself and met people she had met online, which was nerve wracking.
Mizkif messaged Higa after watching her fail to put together a PC on stream and the two hit it off.