How to Start Streaming Your Video Games

How to Successfully Start Streaming Your Video Games

Video game streaming has blown up in popularity recently. More and more gamers are not only watching streamers online, but becoming video game streamers themselves! Video game streaming is a great way to connect with other gamers and the gaming community and you can even make money streaming your playing! People are quick to judge gamers, saying there’s no way to make money by playing video games. Recently, that’s been completely turned on its head. Streaming is a massive industry, with thousands and thousands of viewers and streamers alike! If you’ve been wondering how to successfully start streaming your video games, this guide is for you.

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What is video game streaming?

Before we start the guide, you need to understand the ins and outs of video game streaming. Before the 2010s, video game streaming was a foreign concept. In the mid-2010s, sites like Twitch and YouTube blew up as more video game streamers took over the stage. Now, Twitch alone has more traffic than other popular movie and TV services, demonstrating just how powerful the video game community can be.

Video game streaming is what it sounds like. Streaming your playing and your commentary over a streaming website or service. From there, these popular streamers can gain popularity as other users follow them. It’s easy to get started, and you don’t have to be a particularly great player as long as you have enough personality (or good looks!) to make up for it!

What do you need to get started streaming?

Getting started video game streaming is easier than ever. First, you need a strong and reliable internet connection. If you’re streaming your game play in real-time, you can’t have your equipment faulting out because of a failed internet connection. From there, you need a gaming system. Popular systems like XBox and Playstation come equipped with streaming software and recording capability so you can easily capture your gaming experience.

If you’ll be recording yourself playing in addition to the on-screen action, you’ll need a camera. Your computer likely comes with a decent camera, but if you’re serious about streaming you’ll need to invest in a HD webcam. Similarly, you need a great microphone. Your computer or even your gaming headset will likely include built-in audio recording technology, but you’ll need to pay attention to the quality of your audio output.

If you’re using a PC or gaming computer, you need a capture card. A capture card is hardware that is able to convert any digital signals like your livestream into easily recorded data which you can quickly post online. Click here to find the perfect capture card for your live streaming device.

It might seem like there’s a lot of set up equipment needed to get started live streaming your video games. That being said, if you expect to make money streaming, you need to put in some money. Nobody wants to sit through poorly recorded video and audio, and that defeats the purpose of streaming your play. If you’re a serious gamer, you probably already have a lot of this equipment around your house!

How do you make money streaming?

Your next big question might be how you actually start making money by video game streaming. While new video game streamers probably don’t make much money, the larger personalities with a big following can make a startling amount of cash! Because game streaming is so popular, there are a lot of advertisers looking to take advantage of this exposure. Websites like YouTube and Twitch feature advertiser content and streamers get a bit of this cash themselves depending on how many viewers they have.

Twitch also lets followers donate to their favorite streamers, and if you have a big following this can translate into a large amount of income! You can even offer different subscription options to followers if you have enough followers, and this is a steady source of income.

The top video game streamers have a lot of flexibility when it comes to building income. They often launch successful products or merchandise that they can sell to their followers. They can even host brand sponsorships or larger advertising deals. It all comes down to building a strong audience!

How do you get noticed as a streamer?

Once you’ve decided to start streaming, you might realize it’s harder than you thought to get noticed. With so many video game streamers out there, it’s easy to get lost in the chaos of the big platforms. You need to learn how to market yourself!

First, hone your craft. Nobody wants to watch a boring video game stream. They want to see a performance, and they want to see your personality. This shouldn’t be your average game play! Make things exciting for viewers and they’ll eagerly come back for more. Connect with your audience and interact with viewers whenever possible. If people are taking the time to comment on your stream or follow you, be considerate and build a rapport that keeps them coming back!

If you’re struggling to build an audience, you might need to choose a specific niche. Is there an audience you connect to more than another? What kind of persona are you trying to create? Really discover your internet personality and decide what it is that makes you different from other game streamers!

Don’t forget about the power of social media! Encourage your viewers to follow you on your social media channels and stay present so they get to know you as a person. Don’t feel like you can’t spread out your account to multiple platforms. You can and should use both Twitch and YouTube to reach a larger audience. You’ll be monetizing your account in no time!

Become a successful video game streamer!

If you’ve got the right tools and you’re willing to put in the work, you can start making good money playing video games in no time! You don’t have to be a great video game player, but you do need to be a smart cookie. Knowing how to market yourself as a gamer is almost more important than knowing how to play the game yourself! Most of all, stick with it! Popular players don’t get that popular overnight! Put in the time to build your audience from the ground up, and you’ll create a strong community you love to be a part of.

How to Start Streaming Your Video Games was originally published on GeekySweetie.com – Geeky & Kawaii Anime, Tech, Toys, & Game Reviews & News

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Tumblr Seems Pretty Spiffy – Oh and We’ve changed our Tumblr URL

To create better brand awareness going forward, we have changed our url from GamesGirlsPlay.Tumblr.com to GeekySweetie.Tumblr.com – Please update your links accordingly – Of course, if you’re already following me on Tumblr, Tumblr will handle that for you <3.

This blog actually began as a Tumblr Blog… years ago…. But I never really embraced Tumblr the way I had envisioned. — Back then there were few and far between customization options and few and far between free templates. I had already been accustomed to wordpress and self hosting my blogs and spoiled by the thousands or hundreds of thousands of free themes and plugins which made customizing the site, fast, free, and fun.

So in the end, I ultimately made this site here, and the name GamesGirlsPlay was already taken for .com domains at that time, so I had to think to myself, how can I effectively market the fact that I blog about games for girls. I came up with the screen name and .com domain GeekySweetie.com at that time and began remarketing myself online as such.

But when I first envisioned wanting to do game reviews, I had chosen to dabble in Tumblr, and most of my original posts (from circa 2013-2014) are originally published over there before later being copied over here.

My name there was GamesGirlsPlay and I focused ONLY on gaming reviews. I had other (still have but inactive) “sub” blogs, like for asian balljointed dolls, or anime reviews, etc.

But nowadays I spend a lot of time trying to get this site here: http://geekysweetie.com which is a menagerie of all things geeky or girly off the ground and gain readership here (as opposed to Tumblr) (which I had abandoned, aside from automated content fed in by syncing my other social media accounts).

But now I’ve spent the fair portion of today rethinking this. There’s a nifty wordpress plugin that will crosspost all of my content here to my Tumblr blog, automagically.

There’s more customization options on Tumblr now than there was just a few short years ago, more free themes, and admittedly, I have very few readers here, and a better chance that people will actually SEE and maybe even comment on what I write on Tumblr as opposed to my self hosted wordpress site.

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As for SEO, as far as I know, the original source (in this case, that’d be http://geekysweetie.com) does not get “dinged” by google. Imagine the chaos people could cause by copying their competitor’s content all over the web to lower their page rank. Since Tumblr would be the one “reposting” the content, then that would mean that my blog here should not be affected by crossposting all of the posts to Tumblr, since the entry date for the original article on http://geekysweetie.com would be earlier than the entry date on GeekySweetie.Tumblr.com

So I see no reason now NOT to use Tumblr…. Also saw some cute stuff while I was there from people (and companies) that I recently began following, and that makes me want to read more Tumblr blogs and see more cute things. I also like that some of the layouts for the Tumblr blog can showcase your “Likes” and “Follows” which makes it super easy to share cute things, while giving credit and traffic back to the original authors. YAY.

I’m a little bit late on this Tumblr Party, but I do see how it can be addicting.

So yeah ^-^ Follow me please? Give my Tumblr some lovin’ at http://GeekySweetie.Tumblr.com. Or continue to follow me here at http://geekysweetie.com

My Tumblr is a little bit less focused since it syncs with all my social media accounts so it sometimes has random pics of myself, my friends, family, pets, and LOTS of screenshots from apps and games that I’m playing lol. While GeekySweetie.com is more of a clean and focused read without the extra stuff. But you might miss out on some cute stuff I may reblog from time to time on my Tumblr as well – so it’s best to follow us in both places. YAY.

Also off topic, but I also joined Medium.com today. And you can find me at http://medium.com/@GeekySweetie

Tumblr Seems Pretty Spiffy – Oh and We’ve changed our Tumblr URL was originally published on Geeky Sweetie

Tumblr Seems Pretty Spiffy – Oh and We’ve changed our Tumblr URL

To create better brand awareness going forward, we have changed our url from GamesGirlsPlay.Tumblr.com to GeekySweetie.Tumblr.com – Please update your links accordingly – Of course, if you’re already following me on Tumblr, Tumblr will handle that for you <3.

This blog actually began as a Tumblr Blog… years ago…. But I never really embraced Tumblr the way I had envisioned. — Back then there were few and far between customization options and few and far between free templates. I had already been accustomed to wordpress and self hosting my blogs and spoiled by the thousands or hundreds of thousands of free themes and plugins which made customizing the site, fast, free, and fun.

So in the end, I ultimately made this site here, and the name GamesGirlsPlay was already taken for .com domains at that time, so I had to think to myself, how can I effectively market the fact that I blog about games for girls. I came up with the screen name and .com domain GeekySweetie.com at that time and began remarketing myself online as such.

But when I first envisioned wanting to do game reviews, I had chosen to dabble in Tumblr, and most of my original posts (from circa 2013-2014) are originally published over there before later being copied over here.

My name there was GamesGirlsPlay and I focused ONLY on gaming reviews. I had other (still have but inactive) “sub” blogs, like for asian balljointed dolls, or anime reviews, etc.

But nowadays I spend a lot of time trying to get this site here: http://geekysweetie.com which is a menagerie of all things geeky or girly off the ground and gain readership here (as opposed to Tumblr) (which I had abandoned, aside from automated content fed in by syncing my other social media accounts).

But now I’ve spent the fair portion of today rethinking this. There’s a nifty wordpress plugin that will crosspost all of my content here to my Tumblr blog, automagically.

There’s more customization options on Tumblr now than there was just a few short years ago, more free themes, and admittedly, I have very few readers here, and a better chance that people will actually SEE and maybe even comment on what I write on Tumblr as opposed to my self hosted wordpress site.

As for SEO, as far as I know, the original source (in this case, that’d be http://geekysweetie.com) does not get “dinged” by google. Imagine the chaos people could cause by copying their competitor’s content all over the web to lower their page rank. Since Tumblr would be the one “reposting” the content, then that would mean that my blog here should not be affected by crossposting all of the posts to Tumblr, since the entry date for the original article on http://geekysweetie.com would be earlier than the entry date on GeekySweetie.Tumblr.com

So I see no reason now NOT to use Tumblr…. Also saw some cute stuff while I was there from people (and companies) that I recently began following, and that makes me want to read more Tumblr blogs and see more cute things. I also like that some of the layouts for the Tumblr blog can showcase your “Likes” and “Follows” which makes it super easy to share cute things, while giving credit and traffic back to the original authors. YAY.

I’m a little bit late on this Tumblr Party, but I do see how it can be addicting.

So yeah ^-^ Follow me please? Give my Tumblr some lovin’ at http://GeekySweetie.Tumblr.com. Or continue to follow me here at http://geekysweetie.com

My Tumblr is a little bit less focused since it syncs with all my social media accounts so it sometimes has random pics of myself, my friends, family, pets, and LOTS of screenshots from apps and games that I’m playing lol. While GeekySweetie.com is more of a clean and focused read without the extra stuff. But you might miss out on some cute stuff I may reblog from time to time on my Tumblr as well – so it’s best to follow us in both places. YAY.

Also off topic, but I also joined Medium.com today. And you can find me at http://medium.com/@GeekySweetie

Tumblr Seems Pretty Spiffy – Oh and We’ve changed our Tumblr URL was originally published on GeekySweetie.com – Geeky & Kawaii Anime, Tech, Toys, & Game Reviews & News

Youtube to Begin Gaming Live Streaming Service to Compete with Twitch TV And You Can Sign Up For Early Access

Youtube to Begin Gaming Live Streaming Service to Compete with Twitch TV And You Can Sign Up For Early Access

YouTube Gaming is built to be all about your favorite games and gamers, with more videos than anywhere else. From “Asteroids” to “Zelda,” more than 25,000 games will each have their own page, a single place for all the best videos and live streams about that title. You’ll also find channels from a wide array of game publishers and YouTube creators.

 

Keeping up with these games and channels is now super easy, too. Add a game to your collection for quick access whenever you want to check up on the latest videos. Subscribe to a channel, and you’ll get a notification as soon as they start a live stream. Uncover new favorites with recommendations based on the games and channels you love. And when you want something specific, you can search with confidence, knowing that typing “call” will show you “Call of Duty” and not “Call Me Maybe.”

Source: http://youtube-global.blogspot.com/2015/06/a-youtube-built-for-gamers.html

I’m excited about the collection aspect. It gives you a way to show off and keep track of your favorite games, and the new recommendation system will help gamers discover other great games as well.

It also helps gamers to find content more quickly by filtering out non-gaming related search results.

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They have a long road ahead of them though if they want to take on Twitch TV which is owned by Amazon. Google had expressed interest in acquiring Twitch as well but was beat by Amazon.

The problem is that Twitch already has a huge following of gamers, both those streaming their screens, and those who wish to watch others playing the games.

Youtube has also been victim to false DMCA claims lately which has the community concerned in how music from their gaming streams would be handled in the new gaming streaming service.

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Youtube is set to unveil it’s new project this summer.

In the meanwhile, you can sign up to receive an email to be notified when the service goes live at https://gaming.youtube.com/coming_soon

Youtube to Begin Gaming Live Streaming Service to Compete with Twitch TV And You Can Sign Up For Early Access was originally published on Geeky Sweetie

Youtube to Begin Gaming Live Streaming Service to Compete with Twitch TV And You Can Sign Up For Early Access

Youtube to Begin Gaming Live Streaming Service to Compete with Twitch TV And You Can Sign Up For Early Access

YouTube Gaming is built to be all about your favorite games and gamers, with more videos than anywhere else. From “Asteroids” to “Zelda,” more than 25,000 games will each have their own page, a single place for all the best videos and live streams about that title. You’ll also find channels from a wide array of game publishers and YouTube creators.

Keeping up with these games and channels is now super easy, too. Add a game to your collection for quick access whenever you want to check up on the latest videos. Subscribe to a channel, and you’ll get a notification as soon as they start a live stream. Uncover new favorites with recommendations based on the games and channels you love. And when you want something specific, you can search with confidence, knowing that typing “call” will show you “Call of Duty” and not “Call Me Maybe.”

Source: http://youtube-global.blogspot.com/2015/06/a-youtube-built-for-gamers.html

I’m excited about the collection aspect. It gives you a way to show off and keep track of your favorite games, and the new recommendation system will help gamers discover other great games as well.

It also helps gamers to find content more quickly by filtering out non-gaming related search results.

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They have a long road ahead of them though if they want to take on Twitch TV which is owned by Amazon. Google had expressed interest in acquiring Twitch as well but was beat by Amazon.

The problem is that Twitch already has a huge following of gamers, both those streaming their screens, and those who wish to watch others playing the games.

Youtube has also been victim to false DMCA claims lately which has the community concerned in how music from their gaming streams would be handled in the new gaming streaming service.

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Youtube is set to unveil it’s new project this summer.

In the meanwhile, you can sign up to receive an email to be notified when the service goes live at https://gaming.youtube.com/coming_soon

Youtube to Begin Gaming Live Streaming Service to Compete with Twitch TV And You Can Sign Up For Early Access was originally published on Geeky Sweetie

Watch Puppy and Kitten Bowl 2015 Online

Kitten Bowl 2015

Kitten Bowl 2015

Did you watch the puppy or kitten bowls? If not you can find them online to watch

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Kittens here: http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/kitten-bowl/videos/kitten-bowl-2015

Puppies here: http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/puppy-bowl/

Watch Puppy and Kitten Bowl 2015 Online was originally published on Geeky Sweetie

Watch Puppy and Kitten Bowl 2015 Online

Kitten Bowl 2015

Kitten Bowl 2015

Did you watch the puppy or kitten bowls? If not you can find them online to watch

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Watch Puppy and Kitten Bowl 2015 Online was originally published on Geeky Sweetie