Streaming has become widely popular among people that believe they have something worthy of sharing. On Facebook, it’s common to find people live streaming a fun dance performance or exciting sports competition. Gamers even stream themselves while they are playing their favorite games.
In fact, millions of people have caught on to the trend of streaming their games. In a recent report, Twitch, a video game live streaming platform, has 140 million monthly active users. Successful streamers finding a niche within the streaming industry, such as poker or first-person shooter (FPS) games, actually enjoy this new hobby while making some extra cash on the side. Starting a gaming stream isn’t easy, but if you want to learn, we’re going to outline exactly how to get going.
Choose the Right Content
Setting up your gaming stream begins with one crucial element – your content. Choosing the right content is important because it needs to be popular with viewers so that you’ll attract a good audience, which is vital to your success.
It’s easy to understand how popular games get plenty of viewers. For example, the FPS game PUBG had 22,000 viewers join their live video streaming events back in April 2022. If you possess skills in FPS games, then this might be your niche. There are millions who play poker online, and that’s another good audience base that is ripe for streaming content. If you’re talented at Texas Hold’em, this might be your corner of the market! While it is entirely possible to develop an audience without being an absolute pro, people usually enjoy watching skilled people win because they can learn a few things and even gain inspiration.
Therefore, you should choose a market that has a large audience and a niche that you are particularly good at.
Use Powerful Components
One essential component you’ll need is a good camera to record you while you play. Something that’ll get the job done without breaking the bank is a webcam. They connect via a USB port, are easy to install and can be placed anywhere that is convenient to how you want your setup. But if you have a little extra cash, you can invest in better quality cameras, like DSLRs. A DSLR will greatly enhance the video quality as your audience watch you, and all you need to do is find the live streaming software that supports your DSLR model.
Another component you’ll need is a powerful CPU. If you want your set up to be as efficient as possible, it’s not going to be cheap! Keep in mind that your PC will be doing a double job, so it must be powerful enough to handle the games you’ll be playing, as well as performing the live streaming – thus, your CPU must be extremely fast! To make sure your processor can handle both gaming and streaming, we recommend going with a premium Intel Core i7 or Core i9. If you’re an AMD type of person, go with a Ryzen 7 or Ryzen 9 CPU. These CPUs are designed with the most advanced technology so you can practice your multi-tabling poker strategy or loot weapons and supplies from every location – all without lags or glitches!
Streaming gameplay is a new trend that thousands of players are doing on the side to share knowledge, skills, strategies, and become famous (for some). With these tips, we may soon be watching your gameplay, live on our screens as well!
We hope you’ve enjoyed learning about streaming, and for more articles like this one, please check out our tips on starting an entertainment blog.