Streaming has blown up over the past couple of years thanks to services like Twitch.tv offering gamers the equivalent of cable TV for video games. Not only is it great to watch the latest tournaments and highlights from new games, it’s also like reality TV and you get to follow your favourite internet personalities as they play games, socialise, or even eat food live.
However, growing a stream isn’t an easy task and everyone seems to be jumping on the broadcasting bandwagon in an attempt to make it big. Top streamers can get over 50,000 viewers on a good night playing a new game. It’s also common to get sponsorship deals to play specific games if you’re popular. In addition to getting tonnes of ad revenue and deals, viewers can also purchase subscriptions to support their favourite streamers. Streaming has become an increasingly popular way to make money from gaming. If you’re lucky, you’ll also get huge donations—some streamers have gotten donations of over $10,000 before!
Play Flavour-of-the-Month Games
If you want to get noticed, you won’t do it by playing whatever you like from the beginning. Many top streamers focused on specific genres and games before they were able to become “variety” streamers and play whatever they want.
One of the quickest ways to get a bit of extra attention is to play games that are popular at the time. If there’s a new and upcoming game, invest in a copy and play it when you’re broadcasting. Even niche games work. When the game “Five Night’s at Freddy’s” came out, many unknown streamers got tonnes of viewers because people wanted to see gamers scream and shout at the jump-scares. Those viewers then turned into regulars, and it helped to kickstart many channels.
Do Something Funny
Viewers will remember specific streamers for silly, ridiculous, or funny things that they did. Some streamers broadcast themselves outside playing Pokemon Go, some have painted or drawn live for their viewers, and there’s even a social eating category where you can just eat on camera and speak to your audience.
One of the most popular things for streamers to do is gamble online. Just head over to netentbigwins.com and start broadcasting yourself playing, and watch the viewer count grow! If you’re lucky, you’ll even get a couple of donations from entertained viewers asking you to place bets.
Be Skilled at Specific Games
Viewers will watch you for one of two reasons: you’re either skilled and informative, or you’re ridiculous and funny. If you don’t have the personality to draw in crowds, then you can still get tonnes of viewers by being informative and smart. For example, playing Hearthstone tends to draw in lots of people because they can watch someone and get insight on how to play the game. It’s also the reason why games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends have so many viewers—people want to learn from the good players.
It’s even better if you can specialise in a specific hero or champion at a game. Some streamers are known for their excellent gameplay at specific League of Legends champions, such as HotshotGG in the past with his Nidalee play, or BoxBox with Riven.
Do a Giveaway
Advertising your stream via giveaways is a double-edged sword. A lot of people will come to your stream and stay for the giveaway, but they might get really upset if they don’t win and start to rant in your stream’s chat. It’s a method of trying to “buy” viewers, and sometimes people will see it as a negative and they won’t look at your stream. However, it’s almost guaranteed to get you a boost in viewer count, and some of those people might stay for the long-term if they enjoy your content.
Host Tournaments and Events
People love to interact with streamers. Hosting a tournament or event is the perfect way to attract some attention. You could try to advertise a long stream, such as 12 or more hours, and play loads of games while interacting with your viewers. A long broadcast will attract a lot of people, but make sure you can withstand the long gaming sessions and don’t neglect your viewers no matter how tired you get, otherwise you could end up making a fool of yourself!
Tournaments are also a great way to get started in the streaming world. Perhaps you could host a local tournament of a popular game, or try get to in touch with tournament organisers and offer to broadcast the games for people to see. People love to watch competitive matches of video games no matter what game it is, and organisers love the extra bit of attention.