Do you really like to play games, but everyone around you calls you a lazy person and advises instead of playing games to do something that brings money? There is a good news for you – please find below key advices how to become a streamer from scratch.
That is, how to make money by playing games.
What is a streaming?
Streams – in simple terms, are video broadcasts of how you play the game. The broadcast usually comes from your computer, smartphone or game console.
You play, and a lot of people watch your play and give you money.
The most popular questions for beginning streamers are:
- what is needed to earn money on streams?
- who is suitable for this profession?
- how much can you earn by streaming?
How to become a streamer from scratch in 2020?
Today streaming video games has become so popular that professional streamers are trained and able to do their job in a very beautiful and exciting way.
However, to become a really good streamer (no matter on Twitch or YouTube or any other platform), you need to know and have a few things.
What does it take to become a successful streamer?
Powerful PC or laptop
First, you need a powerful gaming computer: PC, laptop. Without good device streaming of the gameplay process to the internet will not work.
Even if you have a cool console or game tablet, you still need to connect it to a video and audio signal capture device. And it works with a computer.
The more powerful your computer configuration – the better:
- SSD hard drive,
- RAM (8-16 GB),
- Top-end GeForce video card
- Processor not lower than Core i 7.
Streaming video games without your face is possible, but highly not recommended as your face is your brand.
This means you need a good, professional camera, capable of providing with a high quality picture.
Video capture device
If you are streaming not from a computer, but from a console or tablet, you will need an additional video capture device.
The better sounds the streamer, the more pleasant it is for the viewers to be on his stream.
You need a professional studio microphone – either stationary or a professional headset. The best option would be a USB microphone. It is easy to connect, it is inexpensive, it gives high-quality sound.
Why do people watch streams?
Today, not everyone has the desire or ability to play. Especially “big” and new video games. They are expensive, it takes a long time to download, install, run them. You’ve got to have modern computer as well.
Usually, people watch the so-called “playthrough”. This is a recording of the game process on video platforms like YouTube.
Just watching is one thing – but participating in the process, even as a spectator, is quite different one.
People come to the streams for communication with the streamer, to see his emotions and reactions and for communication with the other viewers.
Streaming – is a rather time and energy consuming profession
It is evident that making money by playing video games nowadays is a dream of any teenager.
And often these teenagers have enough free time and a huge amount of energy for streaming.
After all, to earn a lot of money in an evening, you need to spend a lot of time on streams and preparations.
For example, you need to be streaming for a five-hour period (it is very difficult, even with a comfortable chair, and without being distracted by relatives).
And even more time you need to spent in games outside the streams to be able to play well.
But there are also things that teenagers do worse. For example:
- to be able to do your own management
- conclude contracts with sponsors for advertising
- work for the audience
- adhering to the stability of streams and their quality
Streams require stability, because the audience loves when their “star” comes often and plays for a long time.
It turns out that streaming is never entertainment, but a very hard work.
And it differs from professional radio or television only by different format: no need for proper TV language or proper TV look.
To make good money on streams, you need to invest not only money, but also time, and efforts, and your attention. This is not an activity for teenagers, but for adults.
How to start streaming
At the end to be sure that you can become a successful streamer you need to answer honestly the principal questions about yourself:
- To be able to tell people stories. If all you can do is cursing, you are unlikely to make a good streamer.
- To have a sense of humor. It will help out if there is any unforeseen situation on the stream, and will allow you to keep the audience.
- Work regularly and stream at least three times a week, and preferably more often at a strictly defined time, when your audience has the opportunity to hang out with you.
How to become a streamer: conclusion
Streaming is becoming an increasingly serious business with every year. And it is not just teenagers who want quick and cheap fame for a short time. Actually, it is not so cheap. And not so fast and easy activity.
Streaming games in 2020 is a profitable pursuit, especially if it is approached wisely from the beginning. A lot of money is involved here, adults are engaged in this, which means you can also try it.