Everyone else already addressed the baseless accusation of star-eyed optimism. My goal for LotS is entirely realistic based on past coverage and the continued buildup of community interaction through consistent coverage of events. Ideally, as casters develop synergies with one another and people covering events get more comfortable with streaming, community interest in events increases. Then, there will be room to do more efficient scheduling where players can cast for a select hour or two and then rotate out in order to maintain a high level of hype that doesn't eventually simmer out. Everything is planned to be improved and I intend for it to improve.
With regards to sponsors and real metrics, I've worked with external organizations that have wanted to collaborate with FAF. I have no interest in going into depth on my communication with them related to events but they have a team that manages their own sponsors and they have given me guidance on how to reach out to organizations. So I'll give a general overview instead.
For one, I don't really get why I would care about you reaching out to bloggers or companies. I have no idea what kind of communication you did nor does getting an article written about a game compare to sponsorships. Entirely irrelevant.
Second, FAFLive is not "just" a random Twitch Channel that covers some niche game. It's the tip of the spear that focuses on large scale community events for a community that manages 20k users a month and has tens of thousands of users across Discord. It absolutely has leverage that would interest sponsors, I've seen much smaller Twitch channels and much smaller communities manage it with competent administration.
Third, even if FAFLive was some random channel, it is still well into the range where things like small scale sponsors would be interested in working with the account. Twitch has several tertiary pages focused on giving assistance to smaller affiliate channels and connecting them to small sponsors. FAFLive is well into partnership territory, a bar orders of magnitude more difficult to reach, and only fails to get there due to a lack of regular scheduling. Often these sponsors look for channels in the 100-150 CCV, which is right where FAFLive currently falls into and will hopefully only continue to grow.
I do not plan on explaining everything out because I consider this a competitive advantage of mine. I put in the dozens of hours to work out how to grow FAF externally, you can elect me if you want that knowledge to work for FAF.
I do not make bullshit statements. I have 3 years of realistic goals and I have accomplished just about every single one of those goals in those 3 years. I will continue to do so.