How to Start A Game Streaming Channel

Hey, I’m Pete and I wanted to share this with you because it’s something that I’ve been working on for a while now. The idea behind my game streaming channel is to show other people how easy it is to start your own. In this article I’ll be providing with all the steps to provide you an insight into how to start your own and most importantly, how to make it big!

I started my stream about 3 months ago and I was playing League of Legends, at the time. I was completely new to streaming and when I started out, my focus was primarily on the game itself; but not really getting anything out of it besides seeking viewers. With time though, I became more knowledgeable with what streamers had accomplished previously and things that work in general.

If you want to start your own channel and get it off the ground, follow these steps:

Choose A Game to Focus On

Decide on a game to stream: To start off I would advise that you pick a game that is easy to pick up and play as opposed to something that requires a lot of skill, and time. Some choices could be League of Legends, Rocket League, Counter Strike Global Offensive(CSGO) or any other game that you may enjoy.

Whichever game you choose, make sure you do your research on the amount of viewers that such a game has. If you pick up a game like Rocket League for example, which has great viewership but is also extremely difficult to play, it would be almost impossible to get a viewership if the standard of games are high enough. You could use GameGrumps or see which games have Twitch integration as an idea in what kind of games to choose and which games don’t have enough viewers.

Choice of Streaming Software

Live Game Stream

There are a lot of streaming software available to use and most of them are pretty easy to use, with some being more popular than others. The two most used streaming software are Xsplit and OBS. I personally use OBS, but you might choose to go with Xsplit instead if you find that it works best for your needs. If you’re having a hard time deciding which one to go with, go with OBS.

Choose Your Streaming Platform

There are several great platforms available to stream your gaming content. From the ever popular twitch to other alternatives such as Restream and Periscope. By far the most popular and best way to grow your viewers is on Twitch. If you have the chance, go onto Twitch and watch some streams to see how great Twitch can work for you.

For simplicity, I will focus the remainder of the article assuming you are using Twitch.

Setup Your Channel and Streaming Software

You will want to focus your channel design on your overall gaming activity. If you are focusing your channel around a single game, design your profile, banner and everything else with a similar theme of the game. If you do not know how to create banners, Canva is a great resource for predesigned templates. You can also find a variety of tutorials detailing the best Twitch banner size and channel best practices.

Game Streaming Tips

When you have decided on the streaming software, it’s time to get the streaming keys and plugins needed for your stream. First off you will need your stream key. The stream key is provided to you by Twitch upon making an account. You need this for your channel page and for the streaming software that you are using.

Next you must get the streaming software that you are going to use. If you are using OBS, the download can be found here. You need to download OBS Studio first and then continue with the installation by downloading Open Broadcast Encoder.

Finally, you must add plugins to your streaming software. You need one plugin for each of your required source and display plugins. For example, if you’re using a webcam and microphone to broadcast yourself, add a source plugin for video capture and another one for audio capture.

Focus Your Content and Delivery

Let’s say you’re playing League of Legends and you’re not a very good player, but you get viewers purely from the fact that you play League of Legends. Instead of going for the basic game streaming channel, I would advise that you go for something more unique and engaging. In addition you want to use quality equipment such as a great headset and keyboard to keep visitors engaged.

You can set up your channel to have a chat where viewers come in during the game to talk about what happens during it or even interact with you. Let’s say you make some bad calls, the viewers call you out on it and you interact with them in return. It really adds to the experience of your channel and makes it more entertaining for everyone in the chat.

If you’re going for a content based approach, then what’s even better is to keep your channel up to date with new content and interact with the viewers. Now, you might be thinking to yourself “I’m not really funny or entertaining”, but that doesn’t matter. You can make a video tutorial on how to play League of Legends, add a bit of commentary and possibly break down any game mechanics involved. If you are entertaining and engaging your viewers, it means that you are more likely to get views.

If you’re going for a game based approach, such as I did with my business model, once you have built up some sort of following and get some viewers from your channel; then the next step is to use affiliate marketing or advertising to monetize your stream. I personally use Twitch Affiliates and I’ve been making money through it for a while now. For tips on using Twitch, you can see our latest guide here.

Conclusion for Tips on Game Streaming

To wrap things up, this is how you can get started on streamlining your channel to bring in viewers, increase your organic content and make a profit. I hope these tips help you setup and grow your gaming stream and I wish you all the best in your future streaming endeavors. If you have any questions about how to setup and run a stream, feel free to reach out to me in the comments below. Good luck and happy gaming.

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