If you are passionate about video games and want to share your gameplay with others while earning money, you should consider a career in streaming.
If you want to learn how to become a professional streamer, check out the suggestions below.
Choose Your Platform
Choosing a proper platform is the first step to becoming a professional streamer. There are several platforms, such as Twitch, YouTube, Mixer, and Facebook, available for streaming. If you are on a PC, making a streaming account with any of these platforms is easy. For console gamers, your options for streaming directly to these platforms are more limited. You can use a capture card to stream through a PC, or to Twitch for both Xbox and Playstation. Xbox also allows you to stream to the Mixer platform that is owned by Microsoft. Making an account on these platforms is completely free, but you may have to meet certain criteria before being allowed to stream or to start earning money.
Choose Your Streaming Software
Streaming has gained so much popularity that you don’t have to work too hard to get good streaming software. Many streaming programs make streaming easy, such as Open Broadcasting Software (OBS), Gameshow Live, Bebo, Wirecast, and XSplit available online. Each piece of software has its strengths and weaknesses. You will need to try each out or contact a streamer to see how they run their setup.
Along with this, you will need an audio-visual device, such as a webcam and microphone. All of this will need to be wired together so that everything is synced and can be controlled without much hassle. Not only can this be expensive, but it also requires some technical knowledge. You can find tutorials online for putting together and running your setup.
Check the PC Configuration Before You Start Streaming
According to many professional streamers, it won’t be very easy for you to stream your gameplay at 1080p and a full 60 FPS if your computer doesn’t have the overhead to handle both capturing and uploading footage and playing a game at the same time.
For streaming, a CPU with a lot of cores, more than 8 GB of ram, and a powerful GPU will make your stream higher quality and smoother. Thankfully, building a good PC doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, you can get a decent build for around $600.
The one consideration that is likely out of your control is a fast internet connection. No matter how powerful your computer, if your local internet provider doesn’t offer enough bandwidth or puts caps on data, you may not be able to stream.
Try To Stream Regularly
You can’t be a professional streamer unless you build a community of followers. Your viewers are your audience and will determine your success. Your personality, how often you stream, and the games that you play will be a factor into whether you can be successful. While some streamers now get away with streaming around 40 hours a week thanks to having developed a loyal community, many others stream 12 or more hours a day, every day of the week, in the hopes of reaching more people.
Many streamers also have day jobs, which limits how often they can stream. So before you start streaming, be mindful that for every one person that “blows up” and becomes popular in a very short amount of time, there are a hundred others who stream for months or years with limited success.
Stick to A Single Game
Many casual gamers stream different games, but that is a bad strategy. If you want to make your fan base strong, you have to stick to one or two games initially. After gaining some popularity, you can try other games, or you can ask your viewers which game they want you to stream. Along with this, you have to make your gameplay interesting as well as entertaining so that the viewers can adhere to your stream from beginning to end.
Having to play a single game for hours on end, or playing the games that your community wants, can quickly become tiresome. What initially felt like something fun and exciting can quickly become a chore, and some streamers burn out when they realize that they can’t change games without losing too many followers.
So, these are some steps that you should follow to become a professional streamer.