Brianna Ritchie, better known to her Twitch community as Sh0wtig3r, first heard about Dreamscape Foundation from a friend. It piqued her interest enough to speak to our team and delve deeper into what we’re all about. As she learned about how we strive to make life easier and more accessible for people with disabilities, she volunteered to do a charity stream to help support our efforts.
“The mission that Dreamscape carries on their shoulders inspires me in many ways,” Ritchie said. “I have seen how disabilities can affect somebody’s life and when a group of people get together to help make their lives a little bit easier. How can that not inspire somebody? The amount of hope that Dreamscape puts into those who work with them is what truly inspires me.”
But who is she, exactly? Below we dive into details of how Brianna Ritchie became Sh0wtig3r, as well as what motivates her to stream.
The Origins of Sh0wtig3r’s Twitch Channel
Ritchie’s Twitch handle can be considered a mirror of some of her favorite things, including tigers and her love for the movie The Greatest Showman. Throw these passions into a name generator and voila: Sh0wtig3r was born. As a content creator who entertains her community, the name felt perfect.
Ritchie’s Twitch channel began in November 2018. Her friends urged her to try her hand at streaming, but not because she was great at gaming. In fact, her lack of skill was part of the appeal.
“I started playing some shooter games with my boyfriend and a couple of our friends,” she said. “I was not good at it, but we were having a lot of fun and a lot of laughs.”
She started out playing Fortnite with her friends before expanding into other titles, making her a variety streamer. However, these days her main game is Dead By Daylight. By consistently playing this game on her stream, she was able to build a more dedicated following. Ritchie now has approximately 2,300 followers on Twitch that she affectionately refers to as her cubs.
It’s All About Community for Her
Ritchie says it’s her community that keeps her streaming. The compassion and support of her regular viewers make the effort she pours into her channel worthwhile. They were there when she found out about her mother’s cancer diagnosis, and they rallied behind her to raise funds for her mother’s medical treatments. Her cubs’ empathy and the connections she has with her community over the years give her Twitch channel purpose.
That support isn’t a one-way street. Ritchie cares deeply about her cubs, and frequently promote mental health awareness within her stream. It’s a topic that resonates with her on a personal level, and she strives to remind her community that mental health struggles like depression and anxiety are valid, real, and not something they have to wrestle with alone.
“I want my community to know that they can come to me and talk to me if they need to,” she said. “And to know that they should never push their mental health aside just to a support me or support somebody else. Because in the end your own mental health is the number one thing.”
Join Sh0wtig3r for a 12-Hour Charity Stream Marathon May 22
Tune into Sh0wtig3r’s Twitch channel starting at noon May 22 for a 12-hour fundraising stream as she strives to raise $500 for Dreamscape Foundation’s mission. There will be plenty of ways for you to engage with her over the course of the event. Through your donations, you can make her put googly eyes on her face, gamble her tastebuds with Beanboozled jelly beans, or even get her to don a festive reindeer onesie.
“We have some fun stuff from game unlocks to being able to torture me in some way or another,” she said with a laugh.
There are also plenty of prizes to be won, including DLC, Dreamscape Foundation t-shirts, a tiger plushie, Pop! figures, and more. High dollar donations ranging from $50 or greater will all receive a personal thank you letter from Sh0wtig3r and a sticker.
It’s the “purr-fect” opportunity to support Dreamscape Foundation’s cause while having fun.« PreviousNext »