Before the invention of the internet, if you wanted to play games with your friends, one of you had to have a console and a TV. The person whose house it was usually got the first controller and his or her friends would get the others. If there weren’t enough to go around, you just had to watch your friends play and wait for your turn. If they were good, you could be waiting for quite a long time. However, things are different now and thanks to sites like Twitch, you can watch people all over the world playing the video games that you love and describing them for you at the same time. It is a diverse site, and you can watch people play games like chess (check out the chessbrahs, for instance) or overwhelmingly popular streams that focus on games like League of Legends or Dota 2. Not only is watching streams fun, but it must also be a lot of fun to have to be able to play games all day and make money doing it.
It may seem rather incredible that a person can sit in their room playing their favourite game and actually make enough to support themselves, but it is true. The money comes from lots of different places. First, if you subscribe to a stream there may be a $5 charge, part of which goes to the streamer. There is then money from ad revenue, and if the streamer manages to attract sponsors, they can advertise their products or services in return for a fee. However, since these sorts of streams are becoming so popular (the trend is sometimes referred to as ‘let’s play’), many of the streamers will also be paid to appear at gaming conventions and other events where their fans might be. It probably has its own stresses, like every job, but if you want to start your own stream, here are a few things that you’ll need:
First, you will need a great set up. While it may be technically possible to stream from a standard laptop, it will probably not be as good as you’d hope and with so many people using state of the art technology, you will quickly be left behind. Investing in a gaming computer can be expensive, but it is certainly worth it, not least because you can use it when you are not streaming too. If you do get lots of fans though, you should also make sure that you have protection against potentially unpleasant things like malware (check out this malwarebytes coupon). Otherwise, you’ll need the games that you intend to play and a webcam and microphone. You should make sure you get the best available because nothing is more off-putting than poor quality video and sound.
Streaming while running CPU intensive games can quickly take a toll on your gaming computer so that is why some people use two. This sort of setup requires a capture card as well as the software that actually lets you broadcast what you’re seeing on your screen (such as Xsplit).
Becoming a successful streamer takes money and hard work, but it is a great way to have fun and share your unique perspective and sense of humour at the same time. As Heraclitus said: ‘no man ever steps in the same stream twice, for it is not the same stream and he is not the same man’.
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