PointCrow Interview: How a materials science engineer took over Nintendo speedrunning

When he was on the fast track to working as a space engineer, ‘PointCrow’ shares with Dexerto how he ended up becoming a professional video game content creator.

Eric ‘PointCrow’ Morino has become a prominent figure on both Twitch and YouTube – but before he became famous for speedrunning Nintendo titles, he was a college student working on a degree in Materials Science Engineering.

Morino started his collegiate journey in 2016, but started his career as a content creator just a year before his graduation. After receiving his degree in 2020, PointCrow faced a choice: He could pursue a secure and lucrative career as an engineer or continue to expand his online audience.

Of course, Morino ultimately chose to play video games rather than make space materials. Here is our in-depth discussion with PointCrow about how he became a Nintendo speedrunner.

PointCrow Interview: Choosing Gaming as a Career

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PointCrow (Twitter)

Eric ‘PointCrow’ Morino is a content creator for esports and NRG.

You often hear stories of someone who has been in a professional field for years suddenly resigning to pursue their passions – but it’s rare to hear of someone setting out in a highly valued field in order to leave before they have even started. Enter PointCrow.

The 24-year-old Twitch streamer and YouTuber has amassed a significant fan base on both platforms while only being in the content creation game since 2019. Morino said: “I had some really amazing stuff set up. [in college]. I worked on multilayer ceramic capacitors for some defense contractors. But I practiced streaming and YouTube as a hobby. “

Although he did not intend content creation to become his career, he says his channels began to gain traction. When he started earning a decent income from his content, Morino said to himself, “If I’ve ever earned as much as I would do on technology, then it would make sense to stream full time.”

Just when PointCrow was graduating, he made the decision to pursue content creation solely. He admitted it was unexpected, but claims he was able to choose between two dream careers. The more entertaining of the two happened to be video games.

PointCrow’s advice for content creators

Although PointCrow streams to thousands of viewers, and his YouTube videos get millions of views, he started with a fraction of the audience he now has. In fact, it took Morino a little over a year before his “big break.”

January 23, 2020 is the date PointCrow connects with its massive growth. A video he had made months before had “hit algorithm” and reached a number of viewers that he was not used to at the time. While many content creators attribute their success to luck, PointCrow claims he knew it would happen in the end.

“One of my videos had to show up at the time,” Morino says, “a lot of people say YouTube is very successful, but it’s more about taking a chance.” He added that if creators make videos that “will be” good, it just takes time for people to eventually capture it, and for the algorithm to capture it.

PointCrow advises that if you want to get into content creation, start it as a hobby. “The moment you start treating it like a job is the moment it stops being fun. So if you go into it and think you want to make this your job, then don’t. “It is really unlikely that you will succeed. But if you want to try, I will be happy to meet you.”

PointCrow on getting stuck in the same content

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PointCrow (Twitch)

PointCrown can be found streaming Nintendo titles and more on Twitch

In addition to his fast-paced running and crazy video game challenges, PointCrow also seeks to break out of this form by trying out IRL content. Creators rarely leave the content that helped them become prominent, or retreat after a failed attempt at something new.

However, PointCrow has proven that repeated attempts at new content can lead to success. Early in his career, Morino made almost exclusively The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild videos. He stated that he felt locked in to just creating Zelda content.

“I wanted to play a Zelda game and it would go really well. But then I would go into something Nintendo-like like Pokemon and the video would bomb.” He claimed his viewers would ask where the Zelda content they subscribed to was and when he would return to his roots.

The way PointCrow overcame this problem was the way he faces content creation as a whole. “You want to be sure that whatever you do is the best in that field. You want to revolutionize that field.” PointCrow does this by releasing high-quality videos that cover content you can’t find anywhere else.

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PointCrow (Twitch)

PointCrow dressed as Tingle from the Legend of Zelda series.

Morino intends to expand its content outside of video games.

“It’s video games to start, but I want to do more.” This is already evident through the two IRL videos he has recently posted, both of which have around 1 million views on YouTube.

PointCrow’s rapid rise to stardom is inspiring, but it’s not without its risks. Either way, playing video games for thousands of viewers is a dream job for many, and Eric “PointCrow” Morino proves what’s possible in today’s content rich landscape.

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