Becoming a gaming streamer might seem like a daunting task, especially when you look at the popularity of stars such as Ninja, Dr. Disrespect, and JackSepticEye, but we’re here to help put you on the road to Twitch stardom. So whether you’re thinking of showcasing your battle royale skills or just looking to showcase the story of your favourite games, here’s what you need to know when it comes to getting started in your streaming career.
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1. Decide what you want to stream
This might sound like a simple question, but there’s a lot of things to consider. Will you be streaming console or PC games? If you’re streaming from consoles, like the PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One, you might want to get specific equipment such as such as a capture card, which sends the footage of what you’re playing through to a PC.
Then there’s the games themselves. Will you a stream a variety of games or focus on one in particular? If you decide to focus on one, let’s say Fortnite, then you’ll want to consider how you’ll stand out. One of the reasons Ninja’s streams exploded in popularity is that he is very, very good at Fortnite. If you decide to focus on a variety of games, look at streamers such as JackSepticEye, who have a personality that their audience loves.
2. Grab the equipment that’s right for you
We briefly mentioned capture cards, but there are some essential tools you’ll need if you want to stream your games. First is a PC that, at least, will be able to handle running multiple programs. If you’re thinking of streaming a console games, you’ll want a PC that can handle running programs such as OBS and an internet browser.
If you’re thinking of streaming PC games, then look up the required specs of the game you’ll want to play and invest in a PC that can handle it comfortably. At GAME we have a great range of pre-built PCs that will help get you started.
On top of that, you’ll also want to invest in a webcam, microphone, and headset. A good webcam is important for showing you on screen, while investing in a microphone will make your voice sound as clear as possible. However, if you’re looking to play team games on your stream, investing in a headset that has a noise-cancelling microphone will let you chat with your squad and viewers without sacrificing audio quality.
And if you want to take your streams to the next level, look at investing in a Key Light, which will help make you look clearer on streams, and consider investing in multiple monitors. You’ll make your streaming life a lot easier if you separating programs across two screens instead of switching between different windows on one.
3. Decide where you’ll broadcast your streams
You’ve got all your equipment, and you’ve decided what game you’ll stream, now you’ll need to set up a profile on a streaming service. There are a few options with Twitch, YouTube, and Mixer some of the most popular. You can stream directly from your Xbox to Mixer, and similarly, you can stream directly from your PS4 to Twitch. Find which site works best for you, create an account, and then start to figure out how you’ll build a community.
4. Focus on building a community
You’re streaming for an audience, so make sure you know what your audience wants. Set up a discord channel so you can communicate directly with your audience, as well as other social media profiles so people can get in touch with you as quickly and as easily as possible.
This also counts for your streams. Interacting with your audience will keep them watching and will take your streams in a direction you might not have originally thought of.
5. Stick at it
One of the most important aspects of streaming is setting a schedule and sticking to it. Let people know when, where, and what your streaming, and then make sure you follow through on that plan. You might not see instant results, but if people know when you’re streaming, they’re more likely to return at those times as well.
But the most important thing to remember is to enjoy yourself! If you’re having a good time, so will your audience. So good luck, and we’ll see online! And if you want the latest news, features, and deals from GAME, sign up to our newsletter today!
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