If you have been on Facebook recently, you might have noticed their new Facebook Gaming Streaming page. It’s like Facebook Watch, but for gaming and streaming content. Personally, I have been recommended a ton of GTA V streamers who have added mods to their game that make it almost beyond recognition. I thought, “Maybe this is because the eye-catching mods are promoted through Facebook’s algorithms, and a lot of viewers who normally wouldn’t watch a game stream are being introduced to the concept.” Whatever the case, it made me want to investigate. Join me as I take a look into the vibrant underground gaming community full of insane graphics, unexpected consequences, and the far stretches of Rockstar Games’ code.
Looking at this screenshot, you’re probably wondering why Naruto, Tony the Tiger, the Terminator, and other characters are all together in one place. If something like this doesn’t catch your attention while you’re scrolling your Facebook Feed, I don’t know what will.
Konner from Kaptive Gaming is a wild streamer that goes through some strange GTA V mods and while doing jump and ramp challenges. For him, as well as for other GTA V Facebook streamers, it seems the weirder the better to get more views. While these mods don’t do much besides make the game look different, there’s something eerily satisfying and dreamlike about watching a mash-up of familiar characters from all types of media run around Los Santos destroying stuff or doing impressive feats.
Take this video of Woody from Toy Story doing a helicopter parachute jump Kaptive put onto TikTok:
These kind of WTF moments keep viewers engaged and new eyeballs coming in. And if you are interested in more insane clips like this, look no further than Kaptive’s TikTok account, where he highlights all the insane modded moments he can find.
Sometimes Kaptive even mods himself, streaming as a wolf! One thing I have noticed about Kaptive is that he spends a long time in the beginning of his stream shouting out all the viewers who give reactions on Facebook. I believe this is partly due to the fact that more reactions means more views for his stream. This is evident in Kaptive’s follower count across all platforms: Facebook 533k, TikTok 50.6k, Instagram 5.3k, YouTube 647, and Twitter 268. I believe that Facebook might be trying to lean into the success of weirdness that made TikTok a global sensation and GTA streamers are capitalizing on it.
Another intriguing part of the GTA V streaming community has been the Role Playing servers, where players literally engage in the most high-tech version of cops and robbers. The players aren’t allowed to use information they didn’t learn outside of the game to their advantage and must ‘play by the rules’ in a departure from what most of us know of the GTA series.
Breezy’s World is a GTA V role play streamer that plays on the Five M Subversion RP server on the side of the police catching the criminal players. Breezy isn’t exclusive to Facebook streaming and also streams on Twitch, but only has 218 followers there, compared to his 60.8k followers on Facebook.
In a recent role play stream, Breezy received a call to a jewelry store that was being robbed with a hostage inside. Breezy showed up and started talking with the criminals like a typical hostage negotiation… except he soon began talking with the criminals about their dating life. Back-up was late due to crimes going on elsewhere in this server, and the “dating life” segue was a tactical move to stall for time. The scene continued with the criminals releasing the hostage and running away to escape with the loot. While most were captured, one of the criminals actually got away. This wasn’t a truly cinematic experience like a movie, but was incredibly fun to watch.
While these are just a couple streamers in the Facebook Gaming ecosystem, their recommendations show just how powerful the algorithm is. These creators have tens and hundreds of thousands of followers on Facebook and minimal presences on other social media platforms. Facebook Gaming might not be Twitch, but there is certainly a hungry audience for content nonetheless.