‘Don’t focus on money – focus on a project that you enjoy’.
Tom Syndicate is a gaming vlogger. To sum up what he does, he says ‘I film every day of my life and post it on my YouTube’. How modest for a guy who has over 2.5 million subscribers!
When the access team headed to Insomnia Gaming Festival in April, we managed to catch him for a quick interview. Syndicate managed to break away from the hundreds of screaming fans wanting to meet him and get their hands on some signed merch!
Given his jam-packed schedule, we asked him the two most important questions!
Our games design students want to create the next big thing. What would you say makes a good game?
To make a game that I want to play it just has to be something new and something creative. Everyone can make a shooter game. If I knew what the next big game is going to be: one, I wouldn’t tell you because I have my own game company in LA, so I’d probably take it there; two, the best games are the fresh ones that the audience just take to. So many people try to follow the set trend, which is nothing different. Look at what’s working and see how you can adapt it. Improvise and take risks! If you don’t do something different, it won’t be your own unique game. More importantly, just have fun with it!
What advice would you have for people who want to do what you do?
Education is important – go to college and stay focused on it. That’s your primary focus. On the side, do YouTube, do streaming, but don’t think it’s going to become your life and dropout of college. You always need to have a back-up plan. If you want to be a Twitcher, or a streamer, it is possible, but always have a back-up plan. Do it as a hobby and if it takes off anywhere else, you’ll be set.