Hello and thank you for your interest in becoming a RetroBlockParty organizer! Before we send you off to the application page, we’d like to talk a little bit about what it means to be an organizer!
As organizers, we believe in being a part of something greater than ourselves. Most of us sacrifice our blood, sweat, tears, stomach linings, sleep schedules, personal hygiene, food, livers, and interpersonal relationships, all to make RBP the best damn event it can be! We don’t do this for recognition, but because we all want to make Twitch, the retro community, and the world a better place! If you are willing to help us do as much good as possible, then read on to see what it takes to be an organizer!
So what does an organizer do?
During the event, organizers prep streamers for their segment, intro, and outro them, and just generally keep the flow of the show as seamless as we can. We get them ready, hype them up, make sure that their audio levels are appropriate, and that their layout is set up correctly. This means we need to be familiar with the ins and outs of the different streaming software that people use and at least have some rudimentary technical support ability, at least insofar as to be able work with someone in troubleshooting any issues. Any problems must generally be resolved in less than 30 minutes, per our requirement that a streamer arrive 30 minutes before their segment. We must work quickly to keep the show flowing!
While the event is running, we actively moderate chat, talk with the viewers and the streamer, and generally try to keep the mood of the stream positive and fun for everyone. We hype up donations and other events that occur during the stream. We queue title changes, prep tweets, and field any necessary changes or crises that may arise. An organizer is expected to be familiarized with the chosen charity for the event, especially if they have a segment! We must be able to provide information to the viewers as it is requested.
As many of you know, there’s a lot of behind the scenes shenanigans that sometimes spill over into the stream. We try to keep things lighthearted and fun. This is to create an environment where we can not only stay active, but also sane(somewhat) and awake! We run a fully staffed event in shifts, morning, midday, evening, and night. That means we like to keep at least three, preferably more, staff on at a time to maximize our effectiveness.
So once the event is over, what do we do?
We don’t just stop being organizers once the weekend is done. There are graphics to be made. Talent to be scouted. Calls/emails to be made. Codes to be written. Tweets to be penned. Applications to review, and a whole new schedule to be made! As soon as we’ve finished an event, we’re all actively thinking about what we can do with the next one and the one after that! Offline, we’re chatting and coming up with new ideas to expand RBP. An organizer’s work is never done!
So what exactly are you looking for?
Be over 18
Be a Twitch affiliate/partner or active member of the RBP community
Be able to spend long hours in front of a computer(8+ hour shifts preferred)
Be able to multitask and take initiative
Be willing to learn new things
Have good interpersonal/communication skills
Be able to work under pressure/time constraints/in a stressful environment
Be able to take on a task and follow through
Have adequate/reliable internet access(20mbps or higher)
A working microphone
Be familiar with one or more of the popular streaming software (OBS - any forks, Xsplit, etc.)
Be familiar with Twitch, Streamlabs, Stream Elements, Twitter(Tweetdeck a plus)
Not required, but encouraged:
Horaro(Our scheduling platform)
Image editing (Photoshop,Gimp,etc.)
Video Editing(Vegas, Premiere, Youtube, Twitch Highlights, etc.)
Google/Office Services(Drive, gmail, word/docs, excel/sheets)
Coding(Literally any kind, Java is most frequently used by us for on stream elements, but if you know C++, Lua, even BASIC, it’s a plus)
If you are an artist willing to lend your services or a twitch partner willing to lend us some clout please note that in addition to the application
Senior organizer staff will provide training to new staff in the use of most major platforms/tools we utilize, as needed. However, any familiarity with the above elements will greatly aid in your training.
I’m in! Take me to the application!
One final note before we take you to the next page, if you are not accepted as an organizer, please do not take it personally. We review every application one at a time and carefully consider each person as a group. Please feel free to ask us as to why, perhaps something was missing from your application, perhaps we missed something. We are always open to chat! If we turn you down, you may apply again in the future. Please note that the organizer position is an entirely unpaid position. We are all volunteers who give our free time to the event. None of us receive compensation for what we do. Thank you again for your interest in becoming an organizer for RetroBlockParty! You can follow this link to the application page.