While video game streaming has only been around for a couple of years, it has exploded in popularity recently. In fact, Twitch (which is the largest video game streaming platform) gets over 15 million unique visitors every single day. In addition to millions of visitors, there are also thousands of streamers who make money by playing video games in front of others.
Because of how many people love and play video games, there are likely millions of people out there who would love to stream video games and potentially get paid for it. However, getting started isn’t always easy. There are a number of items and technologies that you need in order to be a successful streamer, and there is also a lot of competition. With that in mind, this article is going to take a closer look at a few important things you should have before you start streaming video games to help you be as successful as possible.
A Solid Computer
First and foremost, in order to be able to stream successfully, you need a decent computer. You need one with enough RAM to handle both your game and stream, while also having a processor and graphics card that are up to par. Thankfully, Twitch makes it easy to know the specs your computer should have. They have a quick and easy online guide which can help you get started and know what you need in terms of a PC.
Many large streamers will even use a 2 PC setup. One they will stream from, and the other they will use to game. Of course, this isn’t required but can definitely make for a more professional stream if you can afford it. Generally, a desktop is better to stream with, but plenty of people stream from a laptop, especially when just starting out.
This is without a doubt the most important piece of software in your arsenal. Without some type of streaming software, you will be unable to stream yourself. There are many different options when it comes to streaming software and the most popular are OBS (Open Broadcasting Software) and XSplit. OBS is free, while XSplit requires a paid subscription. We recommend taking some time to find out which you prefer.
Thankfully, setting up your streaming software is often less difficult than you might think. You simply need to pick sources (such as gameplay, monitor, webcams, etc.), customize your layout and add any banners or other on-screen additions. From there, you will simply sync your streaming software to your Twitch account and you are ready to start streaming!
The Right Equipment
Now, while streaming is possible with just a computer and streaming software, there are many more pieces of equipment that can improve your streams. These include things such as a comfortable gaming chair, good lighting, a webcam and more. The webcam and lighting can make your stream appear more professional, and the chair will keep you comfortable during the longer sessions.
You should also look into finding the best gaming mouse and keyboard for your needs. Having the right type can greatly improve your skills in any given game, which can help you get more viewers. Other things you should look to have in your setup are a headset, a microphone, and potentially a capture card. Of course, there is no need to purchase all of this gear up-front, and many people will elect to slowly add the different equipment when they have the time or money.
Hopefully, this article has been able to help you find out the things you need to start streaming games.