How to become a successful gaming youtuber / streamer and what to talk about

 

How to become a successful gaming youtuber / streamer and what to talk about

Commenting on and streaming video games is not an easy task, and it can take a lot of time and effort to record, edit, select the right material or set up the broadcast. What separates a good commentator from a bad one is the hard work and passion that they put into their words.
 
If you are interested in content maker just for the fame, the money, and treat it like something to do in your free time, this is probably not for you. However, no one can stop you from doing what you want. 
 
Perhaps this material will help you get better, or at least give you some insight into the profession. 
 

Use high quality video

Use high quality video


High quality doesn't necessarily mean good resolution. Although, of course, 720p or 1080p is a necessary minimum that everyone needs to follow. However, to make a high-quality video sequence, you should not rely on only one picture. 
 
Nobody wants to watch you go through training, read instructions, or spend hours figuring out the basics. Make sure you understand the controls before you start commenting on anything. You'd be surprised how many people focus on these little things. 
 
Among the famous streamers, there are many former esports players or simply skillful players. This makes it clear that viewers are looking for people who understand what they are talking about. The exception is that you shoot entertaining material and know how to make humor out of your failures and ignorance. 
 
Use a capture card to record video from consoles that do not support streaming. 


Enthusiasm and speech

Enthusiasm and speech


Find enthusiasm when you comment. A common mistake many beginners make is they are either too quiet or too loud. Don't try to blow your listeners' eardrums. Your task is to let your audience know that you are seriously into the game and care about what is happening on the screen. 
 
According to statistics, most people decide to leave or stay within the first 30 seconds of a video. Of course, there are many other determining factors, but this one is the most important. You only have 30 seconds to wow your viewer with content they haven't seen before. 
 
Another factor that people pay attention to is timing. If you publish 45 minutes of unedited material as your first video, people are unlikely to watch it in full. Keep videos short, accurate, and to the point. Create a theme and follow through. Don't stretch. 


101 topics or what you can talk about

101 topics or what you can talk about


Don't know what to talk about? Feel like your tongue was swallowed? Print this list and keep it handy. After all, the main thing is not to be silent!

  1. Why did you want to become a streamer
  2. Stories about work or school
  3. About science
  4. Current events (can be found on news sites)
  5. Goals and ambitions
  6. Other streamers
  7. About love (eternal theme)
  8. Thoughts and opinions about everything / about everyone
  9. People you know
  10. Childhood stories
  11. Where do you want to be in 5 years
  12. What inspires you
  13. Your game system
  14. What to expect from your future work
  15. Allow me to ask you questions (helps to communicate with people)
  16. Answer questions
  17. Give advice on what / what not to do
  18. Talk about celebrities
  19. Where are you from
  20. Please comment on what you are currently doing in the game
  21. Highlight / tag your favorite part of the material referred to in the video
  22. If you are a person with humor, make a joke
  23. Discuss consumer products
  24. Move the camera and discuss what you are wearing (very interactive)
  25. Tell us about your first game
  26. Talk about sports
  27. Talk about society
  28. Chat with other players (this gets a lot of attention)
  29. Holidays (if any are approaching or have just passed)
  30. Sing it (this may look silly, but it can also be quite funny)
  31. Local service
  32. What you eat
  33. How did you get to where you are now?
  34. friendship
  35. Relationship Council
  36. How did you get your in-game name?
  37. Game events (TGS, E3)
  38. MLG Competitions
  39. League Play (for the best players)
  40. Parents and their attitude to games
  41. Favorite video games
  42. Low-grade games you will never play again
  43. Favorite films
  44. News from your life (weekly, monthly, yearly)
  45. Your kids / family (for more mature players)
  46. Messages you received in your inbox (funny or threatening are always funny)
  47. About game achievements
  48. Consoles / Console War
  49. Product thoughts
  50. Check your recording program, equipment and other technologies
  51. Tell us what you do when you edit your videos
  52. Sound problems (we all know this ..)
  53. Glitches / exploits in the game
  54. What items do you dislike in games
  55. Who do you play with
  56. What games are you waiting for
  57. Statistics and ranks
  58. Clans / Groups you are a member of
  59. Opinions about clans and groups
  60. Let's talk about gaming sites (like how guides were banned on Coop-Land)
  61. Tips, tricks, methods
  62. Strategic ideas
  63. How you led your team to victory
  64. When you received footage (live or recorded)
  65. Comment live and talk about what is happening at the moment
  66. Hobby
  67. Musical interests
  68. About psychology
  69. Tell us about your talents (or better show)
  70. Talk about influential youtubers (people will be interested)
  71. Anything that worries you
  72. About relatives in the fifth generation
  73. The best pizza in the world
  74. Recipes (surprisingly interesting)
  75. Modern requirements for streaming
  76. Who inspires you
  77. Who / what do you despise
  78. Play with words
  79. Intriguing movies you've watched recently
  80. Your presence on social networks (VK, Twitter, Instagram)
  81. Introduce yourself
  82. It's about nothing
  83. The connections you have (gaming companies)
  84. Illegal activity
  85. Drugs and opinion (but don't advocate)
  86. What kind of person you are
  87. Biography
  88. Comics / Superheroes
  89. Junk food / candy (do not eat while commenting, this is unprofessional)
  90. Editing and sharing funny / awesome clips
  91. Top 10 (huge presence on our website)
  92. Host a competition
  93. A well-known fact
  94. Interesting facts (about the game or something else)
  95. Post from some blog
  96. Ask if there are people willing to play with you
  97. How to contact you
  98. Images
  99. About your brightest parties
  100. About the broken routine of the day
  101. Anything. Enthusiasm and passion are the essence. There is always something interesting, you just need to plug your head in a little!

Invest in quality sound

Invest in quality sound


Sound quality is just as important as good gameplay. YouTuber Adam Montoya is a prime example of high quality sound. He appreciates high quality sound the most, and personally I think it's great! If he is not 100% sure that his content is fully disclosed, he will not post it. It should be so.
 
Of course, I'm not saying you need to run to the recording studio. Explore various microphones, software, and other hardware before actually buying anything. My personal recommendation is Blue Snowball (about $ 50) or Blue Yeti (about $ 130). More expensive is usually better. 


Play quality games

Play quality games


It is important to play high quality and popular projects. For example, these include AAA games and fanbase favorites like Minecraft or Call of Duty: Warzone . These franchises have no shortage of audiences and can be useful for getting your first subscribers. 
 
Only then, as you achieve some success, you can move on to games that better suit your needs. G2A offers the latest and greatest video games at discounted prices. The Epic Games Store gives away a lot of projects for free. And if you have enough money for Xbox Game Pass, then you can forget about the frequent purchase of games.
 
New items are quite popular. If you start streaming on the day of their release, it will increase the chance of getting additional viewers. 


Network and partnership

Network and partnership


Networking is the process of communicating and partnering with another channel / person / network to receive free advertising. This means that you are present in their videos, on their channel and in other places that provide advertising, and are also responsible for the service. There are many enthusiasts looking for partners and friends to communicate!
 
Determine if second-person involvement is helping you and what impact you provide. Some commentators feel that their best content comes out without any interference. This often turns out to be true. If you are one of those people, it is better to remain a lone wolf. But you have to understand that it is much more difficult to promote videos this way.

Personal space

Personal space


Make sure you have a quiet recording spot and free time. It is unlikely that a grandmother who accidentally entered the room, who was going to hang your panties on the battery, will contribute to your popularity. The more content, the better and even more viewers! Think of the number of videos you have as an advertisement. The more videos, the higher the chance of attracting new subscribers.
 
None of this will happen if you don't have room to record, time to record / edit, or a PC, a console to play on all the time. If you do not have one of these components, you should not claim anything more. When the setting is right, broadcast and record videos as often as possible! 
 
How you feel about editing, what headlines you come up with, what time you post it on the web, what picture on the cover - all this affects your views and your fan base. The better the video, the more subscribers!
 
Finally, you need audience participation. Whether it's live streaming or playing with your viewers, any means are good. Plus it's a great way to make new friends!


Don't quit!

Don't quit!


A small number of viewers or subscribers can plunge you into despair. The main thing is not to quit! Start as an entertaining commentator and work your way up to something bigger. Try to get pleasure from the process, not from the result. 
 
If you leave, you will never know if you will be the next PewDiePie or maybe even a little more popular. Throwers never win! That's why you have to fight controversy and promote your videos, glorify your name, and interact with anyone looking your way!
 
Instead of quitting, try taking a break. If you have already stopped having fun at an early stage and perceive commenting as work, it is worthwhile to draw up a broadcast schedule and slow down to a comfortable level. 

Perhaps you should diversify the routine - maybe it will be Minecraft once a week or a guide to achievements every other day. Whatever it is, be sure to time it correctly.
 
People quit less when they know what they are doing. If you are unsure of what you are doing, there are tons of videos / tutorials (including this one) that can help you solve any problem. Before you quit, try to change the situation first.


Share your content online

Share your content online


Forums, chat rooms, gaming sites and many other places are great tools for posting your video. You should refrain from advertising your content in other people's posts, although if you seriously think you have something useful, this could be a good way to promote your video!
 
Here are some websites where you can share game content:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Reddit
  • Youtube
  • Twitch
  • TikTok

Don't expect to attract viewers by not promoting your videos. You will not become famous overnight, and it will take time. The more you post, the more likely it is that someone will notice you. 
 
Also, if someone likes your content, they may be interested in similar material. To showcase your best content or streamline existing content, don't forget to create playlists!


What do you think of being a streamer or a YouTuber? Whether it's live streaming, video editing or podcasts, what are the prospects for the gaming industry? Perhaps you have already gone this way?

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