Streaming has been around for ages, but in the past few years, viewership has skyrocketed. We’ve all heard the stories about streamers making millions a year by playing video games for an audience. At some point in every gamer’s life, we all dream of playing video games for a living. What about those who are actually serious about it? In the age of major streaming giants, breaking into the content creation world can seem daunting. Have no fear, Gamercraft is here to bring you the top 10 ways to become a successful streamer!
1. Pay attention to smaller games
This is generally the most slept on rule of streaming. Most streamers want to play big titles such as DOTA 2, League of Legends, Hearthstone, and Fortnite. The problem with smaller streamers who play these games is that unfortunately, they have to compete with a ton of other creators for viewership. If you’re just starting out, picking a title that has less of an audience, can actually help you in the long run.
2. Invest in Quality Equipment
We totally get that gaming equipment is expensive and since you’re just starting out, you probably don’t have the funds to buy top notch gear. Don’t worry, technically all you need is a gaming headset to start streaming. However, it is recommended that once you gain more of a following, you upgrade your equipment as soon as possible! Remember, something is better than nothing! You can always buy your gear one piece at a time, before you know it, you’ll be set up just like the pros!
3. Engage with your viewers
Time is one thing you have that the big streamers don’t. With a smaller following, you can take the time to engage with individual viewers and get to know them on a more personal level than streamers with large followings are able to. A little conversation goes a long way and you could potentially end up with a dedicated fanbase!
4. Stick to a Schedule
Pro streamers make gaming their day job, they game anywhere from 5-6 days a week between 8-12 hours a day! If you’re just starting out, you probably can’t dedicate that much time. That’s okay! Whatever your streaming schedule is, stick to it! Make sure to let your viewers know the next time you plan to stream!
5. Network with Other Streamers
Many streamers have shot to prominence just by being in the right place at the right time! Some of the smartest advice you could ever take is this: just say yes! That may sound cheesy, but getting your name out there means collaborating with others! You never know the answer, unless you ask!
6. Build a Brand
Successful streamers are ones who build an entire brand around their gameplay. Ninja wouldn’t be Ninja without his gear, logo, and merch. Being a streamer means embodying who you are, which brings us to our next topic: Uniqueness.
7. Be Unique
These days, streamers are a dime a dozen. So, to put it plainly, what makes you any different? Be true to who you are, if you like talking to people, capitalize on that! Be charismatic! Find a niche and exploit it! Some people alter their personas on camera, while this can seem gimmicky, it sometimes pays off with major followers!
8. Be Patient
Remember the old saying: “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” Gaining streamer fame is exactly the same! Attracting followers and building a brand takes time, the worst thing you could do is quit. Remember, 99% of successful streamers game because they truly love it.
9. Have a Contingency Plan
One thing to remember when building your streaming empire, is that things in the gaming industry can change in the blink of an eye. A game’s popularity can come and go. So, it’s important to branch out and play a variety of titles, instead of sticking to just one or two.
10. Branch out to other Social Medias
This ties in a lot with building a brand. Don’t stick to just one platform. Many streamers play on Twitch, Mixer, Youtube, Facebook, and more. Make sure you have specific social media accounts for your stream, that way you can make announcements and engage even further with your viewers.
Do you have what it takes to be a pro streamer? What other tips and tricks should up, and coming streamers follow? Want to learn more about the lives of pro gamers? Check out these Gamercraft articles!
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