Twitch music streamers who take regular requests, subscriber requests, VIP requests based on donations or Patreon subscriptions need an easy way to manage their request queue and to provide a “tiered” system of requests without needing multiple bots.
Non-partnered streamers who use external sources like Patreon need a way to manage in-stream supporter rewards.
RioMusicBot is a small Windows Application that will take multiple tiers of song requests, store them in a database to allow your viewers to see the song queue, and provide a lightweight, user friendly interface to allow the streamer to manage his or her request list.
The creator of RioMusicBot is the streamer Rhiow. We had an opportunity to ask him some questions.
Why did you decide to create RioMusicBot?
Back in late 2015 LtChicken and Richiix27 had a bot in place that had been developed by Orbitusii, a mod and viewer for both of them. He was going into the military and no longer had the time to work on his bot. They had some very cool ideas on things they wished the bot could do. At the time I was fairly new to the Twitch Music scene, I found music back in July of 2015. I loved the music streams and the community, and I was looking for a personal programming project of my own, and felt like this would be a great way to give something back to the community.
It sounds complicated to build a bot. What is your technical background?
I’ve worked as a software developer for the last 20 years. I’m quick to point out that I’m just an adequate programmer. Much of my work revolves around being an industry expert in healthcare in the US, and I happen to be a decent enough programmer to take that knowledge and do some cool stuff with it. My work has all been on back-end transaction processing. The GUI and Web components of RioMusicBot were brand new things to me and have been interesting learning experiences.
Do you have any future plans for RioMusicBot?
In the short term, I want to finish up GameWisp integration and RevloBot Integration so that streamers can attach VIP Requests (priority song requests) to Gamewisp Subs or Revlo points. In the long term, I want to completely re-write the bot as a web application. Currently, there is a Windows GUI that does the bulk of the work, so Mac or Linux users cannot use it. I really want it to be like Nightbot where any streamer can just call it into their stream after some registration and use it without any sort of hassle. I have zero experience as a Web Developer so this would be a pretty big undertaking for me.
Do you want to give a shout out to any favorite streamers?
There are too many. I could list 20 names off the top of my head instantly, and I’d be leaving off 30 more people that are important to me. Shout out to the entire Twitch Music and Twitch Creative communities. The streamers are all so encouraging and welcoming of new community members. The viewers are wonderful people to hang out with. There are so many in this community that I now consider close friends and truly important people in my life.