With no end to our own personal hell, a.k.a the world’s longest lockdown, more and more people are turning to creating online content in the hopes of becoming the next big Twitch streamer. Twitch is a live streaming platform that has steadily become the preferred site for that purpose. Built on creating audiences, streamers and their viewers are able to communicate easily through its interface.
Here’s a little crash course on how to turn those stream dreams into stream means. So keep reading to know how you too can stream on Twitch.
Begin with the end in mind. Ask yourself why you’re streaming. Are you streaming because you’re bored? Do you see it as a potential source of income? Or are you streaming because the activity’s become a coping mechanism?
Asking these questions will guide how you want to develop your stream and grow your brand.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to be a gamer to stream on Twitch. Many other people stream themselves cooking, or painting, or playing an instrument. Twitch is like a massive talent show that’s based for your skills and talents. Share what you’re good at, and/or what makes you happy.
If you’re streaming PC games, you’ll need the following:
6 core, 12 thread CPU
At least 16GB of RAM
GPU with video RAM north of 4GB
If you’re streaming console games, you’ll need to hook up your console to a router, or get a capture card.
If you need a webcam you can check out the highly rated no brand webcams on e-commerce sites. But if you’re looking to splurge, I recommend the Razer Kiyo which comes with a ring light, or the Logitech C920 which doesn’t.
And of course, if goes without saying that you’ll need to have a pretty decent internet connection to stream. So don’t forget to pray to the internet gods before each stream.
Come up with a catchy Twitch handle and feel free to customize your page in a way that shows the Twitch world who you are and what kind of content you stream.
Connect your Twitch account to your streaming software of choice. To do this, you can go to your Twitch Account Settings, find and copy your Primary Stream key which you will then input into your chosen streaming software. I recommend either OBS or Streamlabs.
Consistency is key! Stream on the same days and the same times so you can build your audience. You can set up a calendar on your Twitch account that lets people know when you’re going live, and when to expect your streams.
Remember to manage expectations. You might not get a thousand views on your videos in your first month or even year. And that’s okay! Like with all good things, building viewership and a community takes time.
Be sure to do some test drives if it’s your first time streaming, to make sure that you’re not panicking on the day of, in case you encounter technical difficulties. Remember, it’s all part of the learning process.
Prepare talking points. Crack those jokes and let your personality shine.
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