Curious to know how it’s like to become one of your favorite game streamer? Here’s all the gear you’ll need to get started with game streaming plus plenty of helpful tips for setting it all up presented by Hubient.
With the rise of the gaming industry for the past decade, these so-called “gamers” are not just playing games anymore. People are discovering that playing games are not so worthless and convert it to make a living. Imagine earning money while playing games and having fun with friends is like a dream job. To help you understand how this whole thing works, you must first learn the fundamentals.
What is Game Streaming?
Streaming is where you go on live through your selected social media platform and you perform things you think your target audience would like such as playing games online or if you just want to talk. The difference between posting videos online and streaming is that one is edited and one is being shown live and authentic. Whatever you do during the stream is already out there and if you decide to record your content, you can still edit and reshoot if there are things you don’t like about it.
Live streaming is now made easier for people who aspire to have a career in gaming. There are a bunch of applications made to use for live streaming categories. Lifestyle vloggers use apps that are easy to use and focus on their target demographic. Beauty influencers use a different platform that they could use to interact with their audience freely. While game streamers have a different one where they only focus on capturing their content clearly so their audience could keep up with them. Game streaming has become so popular that many companies have developed streaming platforms for people who are aspiring to start a career. With it, they made user-friendly applications wherein gamers can only use their phone but of course, you still have to own those proper gaming setups and we’ll get to that later. First things first, you have to answer these questions; Why do you want to stream? What is this all about? Is this just purely for fun or aiming to be one of the top gamers right now?
Why do you stream? Gamers mostly would answer this question by saying “It’s fun!” or “I just love playing games and I would like to share it with my friends”. Yes, it can be your answer as well. It shows your passion and willingness to do this but you need to have a solid plan on how you will be able to execute this. Always remember you need to have proper financial stability before you pursue your dreams of being a game streamer. Just because you have a community willing to support and watch your streams does not give you permission to quit your good-paying job or school and play full time. You will get there, don’t worry. For now, you need to focus on growing as a person and a streamer. It is important to be real and have goals that you can reach.
When all is set and done, your next goal should be planning on how to help your community grow. Think, what would attract more people to view my content? You may try making content that is making noise in the gaming industry. Keep up with the trends. Do not put them all in one stream. The mystery keeps them hanging on to what you plan to do next.
What Setup Should You Get?
There are plenty of gaming setups being released by these huge gaming companies right now but looking for the right one is the problem. You need to look for a computer that has great specs and has great storage space to handle all the gaming software necessities that you’re going to use. Most common Personal Computers run more than one background application, just think when you try one for streaming. You need graphics in their best quality when streaming to flaunt your viewers the AAA release of your game.
Time flies by when having fun, especially when you’re playing games. You need to look for some fine game heaters that can keep your PC’s performance in their best shape. Look out for your onscreen game resolution. They may be different on the actual game resolution and could affect your computer and game streaming. That is why most famous streamers invest in a proper gaming setup once they have a huge community following them to keep on pace with the upcoming games being developed.
Right now, it doesn’t have to be a full-on gaming setup when planning to start. A simple laptop that can handle those is enough. You may even use your game console in streaming without those fancy setups. All you need is a stable Wi-Fi and a wire to connect it to your laptop or desktop to transfer your screen on your computer.
Aside from the gaming setup, you also have to think of what you need when streaming. According to some of the streamers, the basic livestreaming necessity you will need is an awesome microphone to let your viewers hear your commentary loud and clear. A nice headset for you to hear your game’s sound effects and get into the vibe. If you want to have a face reveal you may need an excellent webcam so your audiences can see your genuine reactions while playing. And if you already have a decent gaming desktop, you’re well ahead of the curve. Hubient also made an article about Effective Gizmos in Livestreaming that focuses on your livestreaming needs. Be sure to check it out.
What Platform Should You Use?
You will be needing something that can take your livestreaming and game software together. Social media nowadays are improving their applications for game streamers and vloggers for them to have nice platforms to share their content with and help gain more followers. You have a wide variety to choose from and you can never choose the wrong one. You have to build a community for your loyal viewers just like what Hubient did for their Esports fanatics. They have made a discord server for every gaming enthusiast who is looking for a community. You could join them or host your server for more intimacy and bond with your followers.
To improve the growth of your audience, you have to take time to promote it through your social media. Another way is to have collaborations with other streamers. If you’re playing something that needs more than 2 or more, maybe include and have a connection with your viewers. It makes you look like you’re the type of a person who can be their friend who hangs out and plays some games after a hard day’s work. Being relatable is the key.
It may be for the reason you want to earn by having fun or it’s just really your passion for gaming that pushed you to pursue a gaming career, go for it! If it’s just for the money cause it’s easy, go nuts about it! It really worth your efforts. Nothing makes you happier than fans talking about how cool you are while online streaming.
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