Opening a channel to stream your favorite video games seems to be an apt move, as well as popular. Popular streaming platforms, such as Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook Gaming, are all on the rise, and judging by the most up-to-date stats, they probably won't stop anytime soon.
Many people love to watch live video games during their free time. There are so many that someone could even start watching you, right? So there are some professional strategies on How to make your stream sound more professional.
Don't go overboard with shopping.
Looking at the best streamers in the world, it might seem that cutting-edge equipment and a neat and tidy professional studio are required to stream. But the truth is that no one starts at that level. It is certainly not the production values of your stream that will convince people to follow you, especially if you are starting from scratch and are trying to lay the foundations to create a community. Get the bare essentials to get started and do some test streams before opening your wallet and improving your setup.
Start with the fundamentals.
First of all: the audio sector. Nobody likes to listen to a live broadcast with strange background sounds or a distorted voice. Make sure the microphone is up to the task and minimize the echo in the room by putting some insulation panels or simple curtains/carpets on the walls. If you still think that your audio sector is not good, try downloading Voicemeeter, free software that further reduces echo and interference. Then take care of the webcam: leave the green screen and the overlays alone for now. But make sure that the face is well lit and that there is something interesting to look at in the background.
Check the technical specifications.
Quality streaming requires adequate equipment, so it is good to check the technical specifications before going live, especially if you intend to stream and play from the same PC. The CPU, GPU, and RAM values not only have to run the game decently, but they also have to support streaming smoothly, so do an online search to figure out what the minimum specs are to bring your reference game live. Otherwise, there is always the option of dual PCs. One is specific to gaming and the other streaming, perhaps thanks to the support of a laptop. Or you can choose to play on a console and let the PC only do the streaming via a capture card like the Elgato.
Prepare the software and the reference platform.
There is a myriad of software dedicated to streaming among the most famous we find OBS, Streamlabs, Xsplits, each with free and paid features. Do research to understand which one best suits your needs. We recommend you start with Streamlabs as it is a complete solution.
Then there is the platform issue: Twitch, Youtube, and Facebook are the best options. Twitch is currently the one with a large number of users. But also, for this reason, it is the most saturated when it comes to streamers. You can also consider streaming on multiple platforms simultaneously, but in this way, your community will be more fragmented and difficult to retain at best.
Put your strategy on paper.
Which audience do you want to attract? What kind of personality do you intend to adopt? You don't have to choose everything down to the smallest detail, but having a plan helps you get results. The choice of the reference game is also significant: changing the game at each stream will probably not bring you any benefit, especially at the beginning. But don't feel obliged to play only the most popular titles.
Look after appearances properly.
First impressions matter a lot in life, and your channel will be the business card you will give to users who will somehow come to look at you. Make sure you have a professional or at least decent profile photo, a header that communicates your values, and a minimum of bio to make it clear what kind of content you intend to bring to the channel. Set up a minimal and elegant overlay, alerts, and clearly insert links to your social networks. Looking professional is the first step to becoming professional.
Promote your businesses
While there are billions of people watching content online, there are also millions of people willing to create it. If you want to become a professional, it is not enough to activate the channel and hope that people will find you with the Discovery page: you have to be active on Twitter, make stories on Instagram, share live on Facebook, and the most relevant groups. Activate partnerships with other talents on the web and maybe post the reruns of the live coverage on YouTube. Getting noticed is difficult. And you have to work hard to succeed, but hard work pays off in the end.
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