How to become a successful streamer
The trend of game streaming has been observable for several years now. Due to well-known streamers like Gronkh & co the phenomenon has become suitable for the masses. Meanwhile RocketBeans TV has even become a german-speaking television channel on the Internet. For many people, these big names are now serving as role models and motivating more and more people to start a Twitch channel themselves. Although fun is the most important thing for many, many of them ask themselves the big question: How do I become a successful streamer? We want to get to the bottom of this question in this article.
Streaming for beginners
First of all, you should decide what kind of streamer you want to be. You can differentiate between the community streamer and the pro-gamer but of course, you don’t have to choose only one of them. You can also take both elements with you into your stream, but with different values. It depends on your personality, your skill level and your ability to communicate. You should stay authentic and don’t pretend to be someone else, because your viewers will notice something like that very quickly. The goal of both is to entertain your community. That way you build up a community , which is always happy to switch back to your stream.
The pro gamer knows his game like the back of his hand and convinces with his ingame skills. He can either give tips to his viewers and help them master content more easily, or he is part of the type challenger who wants to compete with his community or other players. Basically, you can say that the pro-gamer is kind of a travel guide, who shows his viewers the game and its contents. A very good example for this is Shroud.
The community streamer
Of course the community streamer can be a pro-gamer who knows his way around, but also someone who doesn’t take his game too seriously and sometimes even fails epically. He sees himself as part of a travel group and explores the world with his community. A prime example of a community streamer is Gronkh.
If you want to start streaming, you won’t need the latest computer, but a few minimum requirements should be met. On the one hand, except for the game your PC should be able to run a streaming software and Twitch. Tv without any lags and on the other hand, you should also keep an eye on your internet speed:
|Quality||Internet speed||Streaming rate|
|2160p||25Mbit||not available yet|
Of course, this also depends on your own demands and the game you want to stream. Since your PC is already highly loaded by the game, the streaming software and Twitch, you should have an eye on the number of cores of the CPU, because it is more important than speed. A current “Intel i7” with 8 cores is better than the faster “Intel i5” with 4 cores. Also check if your graphic card can run the game you chose to stream. If it is too weak, your game and stream will be lagging, which will surely not delight your community. If you want to talk to your viewers or explain something to them, you should have a headset with microphone.
Overwatch recommended system requirements (60fps)
|CPU||Graphic card||Memory||Hard drive space|
|Intel Core i5||Nvidia GeForce GTX 660||2 GB VRAM, |
6 GB System RAM
|5 GB free HD-memory|
|AMD Phenom II X3, 2.8 GHz||ATI Radeon HD 7950|
PUBg recommended system requirements (60fps)
|CPU||Graphic card||Memory||Hard drive space|
|Intel Core i5-7600K||Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB||4GB VRAM ,|
8 GB RAM
|30 Gb free memory|
|AMD Ryzen 5-1600||AMD RX 480 8GB|
Every beginning is hard
Right at the beginning of your streaming career you shouldn’t be discouraged by low viewer numbers, stupid comments or technical problems. Nobody is perfect from the beginning and you will learn with every streaming session. Take time to analyze your streams and listen to the feedback from your community.
Giving away goodies right at the beginning can be a big mistake. On the one hand, you have a higher monetary expense and on the other hand, it can happen that many viewers only visit your stream for the draw. If you’ve built up a community, naturally you can reward their loyalty with prize draws, but more about that later on.
The community in the spotlight
From the very beginning, special attention should be paid to providing your community with added value that sets you apart from other streamers.
The interaction with the audience should always be paramount. Greet and say goodbye to your audience, answer their questions in the chat and be yourself, just to name a few examples of community entertainment. Just be authentic! Your community will soon notice whether you are simulating or if you are behind what you say and do.
Now all you need is a game and you can start streaming. At the beginning, choose a game that you like to play and which is close to your heart.
optimization possibilities of your stream
Now that we have dealt with the basic requirements extensively, we will name you a few points for optimization. This will allow you to make your stream even more professional and will make you more successful.
Optimize your public image
Let’s take a closer look at the possibilities you can use to improve the technical and visual appearance of your stream. First of all, about gaming hardware: To get a stable gaming experience without any framedrops or laging, an up-to-date gaming computer is essential. These are especially developed for gaming and therefore suitable for the highest demands and requirements a game can bring with it. You can also get a gaming mouse and gaming keyboard, which will allow you to access a variety of commands and keyboard shortcuts more easily.
You should pay special attention to your Twitch channel. It should be professionally prepared with graphics as well as information about you and the game you play. A guide will follow shortly.
You can upgrade your channel optically by using overlay templates. You can find a large selection of them via the link in our shop.
Also think about the quality of your webcam. Is it enough to show you clearly and explicitly? Don’t forget your background! You have two options for optimizing: Either you work with a green screen or you prepare your room professionally.
Selection of the game to stream
Which game you want to stream depends on your streamer type. If you’re more of a pro-gamer, focus on games where you know your way around and can help viewers. If you think of yourself as a community streamer, you can stream a game you know or try something new and explore it with your community.
As long as you don’t have a community, that does not follow the game but explicitly follows you, you should stay loyal to the genre. This means that you don’t switch to games from other categories (strategy, role-playing, first-person shooter games). Generally, frequent changes are not recommended, so concentrate on your so far streamed games. A possibility for a game change you can use in Alpha-Key and Beta-Key draws. In this way you can stream a brand-new game directly.
Streaming new, unfamiliar games always offers a good chance to attract many viewers, since not too many colleagues should have discovered this for themselves at the beginning. Successful examples of this are TheKller and TwisTonFire, who got famous as a result of the, until then, unknown game “Dead by Daylight”.
It is important for you to set up a schedule with fixed streaming dates and stick to them. It would also make sense to publish the schedule for your community. This way the audience knows when you are streaming and can look forward to it.
Like many other streamers, it is very important that you deal with the social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Discord, Reddit, Youtube) and use them. Note that each individual social media channel requires know-how and active support. If you don’t have the time or knowledge, you should rather keep your hands off the channels, until you can provide your viewers with added value there.
In business life, a large network guarantees success. Streaming behaves similarly. You can increase your fame by organizing guest appearances in popular streams. On Twitch it is part of the unwritten law that it’s not the little streamers who request, but the popular streamers go up to you. A simpler way is to act as caster for a tournament. It doesn’t have to be a world championship, because many smaller organizers often look desperately for commentators, but in this way the whole fan community of the fellow players becomes attentive to your name.
You can increase the quality of your stream, if you invite guests and they bring their community via social media. You can also turn streams into conventions, so you can automatically introduce you to a broad mass of people.
Another way to generate attention is by so-called 24 hour streams. These should remain special events as they are very stressful for the streamer. Plan to have at least one or two days off to get back to the daily rhythm. If you want, you can also plan the whole thing as a charity event by donating the money, or you can enter a draw during the session to reward your fans for their loyalty.
If you want to become a professional streamer, you should first of all check that your community is big enough. Furthermore, you should keep in mind that only very few successful streamers can really live off it alone. It takes a lot of luck to build up the corresponding range. Your long-term goal should be to become a Twitch partner, so that advertising can be placed during your streams, but also other social media platforms such as Youtube can help.
In order to really live off it, you have to have a constant high number of clicks, which of course takes a lot of time. Many large and successful streamers stream for more than 9 hours and even edit their videos later, making it more time-consuming than a full-time job. Apart from advertising, the other major pillar of a streamer is sponsoring, which can guarantee an income through contracts.
In the whole article, we have now dealt with goals to optimize your stream. Especially if you want to reach the monetary goals, you should particularly go through the above mentioned points. They all aim to make your stream successful and professional, making it easier for you to earn money. There is no guarantee for success, but with our tips you now have a good tool at hand to gradually improve your chances.