It's obvious this year sucked pretty bad for most people. The Rust team was very fortunate to have already been set up to remotely keep "business as usual" throughout the pandemic. We've made a ton of changes, added new content, and released a few DLC packages all without skipping a beat. We try to stay humble but this last week the Rust scene has been buzzing and I feel like we can give our horn a little toot.
There's no denying Rust is a fairly hard game to stream. More so if you don't know all the tips and tricks to minimize stream sniping which is obviously something you learn over time and by communicating with other content creators.
We had a big week over the Christmas break. If you're not familiar with OfflineTV
(OTV) it's a group of some of the biggest streamers that all live together. Last week they all decided they were going to give Rust a try with a private server. Folks like that don't get the luxury of playing on normal servers without complete chaos blowing it up for them and severely altering gameplay. 25 nakeds outside your base screeching down their mic kinda kills the vibe.
Anyhoo, they put up their own server to minimize infiltrators. Unfortunately, the server info was leaked and things got hairy. At that point we reached out and offered to help set up a proper server and educated them on how to hide the info. Turned out to be a huge success! Rust quickly became #1 on Twitch for a few days in a row. We were basking in the spotlight for a minute :)
They ended up inviting hJune
and he was an amazing mentor to them. Shroud
put together a video of Valkyrae
doing Oilrig for the first time and it's tons of hilariously confused screeching and team kills.
With that said we do acknowledge some areas we can improve on for both gameplay and streaming. Back to work!
Oh we also made Steam's 2020 list of both "Top Sellers" and "Most Played" ;) TOOT TOOT!