Four tips before you start streaming

So you did you try streaming a bit from your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One? Great, then there are still a couple of things you need to know before you continue on doing so! Here are four simple tips.

Starting up your own stream is simply not for everyone. There are a lot of things to take into account and it does in fact require a lot of time to get things rolling. Here are some simple tips that will help you out as a starting streamer. These tips might state the obvious for you but it’s never wrong to read them again.

1.    Stream for fun

It is true some people in the world earn their living just by streaming but it should never be your goal when just starting out. There are in fact a lot more streamers that don’t earn anything by streaming and you will start out as one of those. It will take a lot of time and effort to get there. A friend of mine recently managed to get a Twitch Partnership after streaming 2-3 nights a week for 2 years straight. This requires a lot of dedication but it might be worth it in the end. If you don’t enjoy streaming you won’t make it. Your viewers will eventually see through your acting if you are not enjoying yourself. Only stream if you enjoy it!

2.    Get a quality mic and webcam

You have a badass desktop and are able to stream in 720p or higher? That’s great and the quality of the gameplay you stream is very important however it’s also important to compliment this with high quality commenting by voice. Perhaps you want to show yourself to the world as well? Using a webcam makes your stream a lot more personal. If the quality of your gameplay is really good but the audio quality of your mic and the output of your webcam aren’t you will lose viewers. People don’t stay to watch a super quality stream while listening to a bad representation of your voice or watching you sit on a blocky chair. If you want to start streaming seriously you should really get a quality mic and webcam to compliment your stream with. My next blog will go more in depth of hardware requirements.

3.    Interact with your viewers (even when there are none)

Interaction with your viewers might be the most important part of become a successful streamer. You should try to entertain them and make them a part of your experience. By doing so you will soon get some returning viewers as they want to support you. The most important part about this is that you have be enthusiastic all the time when streaming. Even if nobody is watching you! You should always be saying something during your stream because you never know when someone starts watching you. It takes some time for Twitch to adjust the amount of viewers on your stream so someone could be watching without you knowing it. Watching someone sit on a chair playing a game is never fun. Viewers will leave before you even noticed they were there.

4.    Don’t neglect your streaming channel

When you are not streaming your gaming experience to the world your profile or channelpage is what people will look at. It is important that you don’t neglect this. A professional looking channel and profile will set you apart from all the streamers that didn’t really pay any attention to these details. Get a nice offline screen, upload a small logo, also get yourself a Twitch-banner and don’t forget those nice panels for the information below your stream. Getting this ready will give you a head start over others.

So what do you think? Do you agree with my tips? Do you have any tips to give to starting streamers? Let us now in the comments below!

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  • Shadow-Link

Nice tips! :)

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