As it turns out, millions of people enjoy sitting and watching people play games all day. Twitch, a live-streaming site with over 15 million daily viewers, allows these individuals to experience what the site’s 2-million-plus broadcasters have to offer. BIOSTAR has partnered with numerous streamers this year and will continue in 2019, here are some top tips from Anthony, a.k.a Gamesager about streaming on Twitch and what you’ll need to get started.
How did you first get into streaming?
I started streaming because I played competitive Big team battle in Halo Reach. We were the number 1 ranked and placed 1st in every BTB tournament, and I was known in the community due to having the most kills in the world in Reach, but mostly for having the most kills in the world in the Banshee. People told me about Twitch and streaming and that they would watch me, so I decided to go for it.
I kind of had a head start with streaming, since people already knew me and had a decent fan base to start with. I really hit my big break during Titanfall. When Titanfall 1 came out, I was really focusing on my stats for my title, so I was making sure to almost never die. By the time my title was 1000 kills, 20 deaths, my viewers skyrocketed from around 30 to 900. I was able to keep that up for a while and eventually got partnered thanks to it. So a good title, or doing something unique in a game can be really helpful.
What first steps should you take to start a successful channel?
The first thing for anyone who wants to be a gaming streamer is getting a good and decent set of hardware. As a general rule, Twitch recommends having at least an Intel Core i5-4670 processor (or its AMD equivalent), 8GB of RAM and Windows 7 or newer.
Currently this is my gaming PC spec:
- BIOSTAR RACING X470GT8 Motherboard
- AMD RYZEN 2700x CPU
- Corsair Dominator Platinum RAM
- Western Digital Black 5 TB 7200 rpm Hard Drive
- Nvidia Founders GTX 1080ti
- Corsair AX860 power supply
- Samsung 960pro M2 SSD
- BIOSTAR G330 512G SSD
As well as the PC, you’ll need a decent microphone and possibly a camera too. I use a Shure SM7B but I suggest starting out with something more simple until you are ready to make that leap, having clear audio goes a long way, and bad audio almost always turns people off from a stream. For camera, I use a Logitech C922, but most streamers use a C920, you can’t go wrong with either. Next, you definitely need fast internet connection, the faster the better. With my motherboard, I can also use FLY.NET set the bandwidth of my internet connection to optimize it for streaming which also helps. For streaming software, I use OBS Studio and Streamlabs so I can add overlays and alerts during my streams.
What’s the best way to grow an audience and keep them coming back?
Where you are on Twitch’s game directory will increase new people discovering your stream and is one of the main methods of growth on twitch, when I started my channel I would ask my BTB community to watch the stream as well as all my team mates to help raise me up in the game directory.
“The best way to keep people coming back is to just be entertaining. You have to figure out what it is about you that people like to watch. Are you funny, skilled, clever? Whatever it is, figure that out and focus on it.”
Growing your presence on other social media platforms is also very important. I always announce when I am live on Twitter, and my Discord server, so people that are not always on twitch will know that I am live if they follow me elsewhere. Working with sponsors also helps reach more people, as we help each other grow through each others fan bases. Recently, I have been running various giveaways with BIOSTAR and that has helped my channels to grow and having a sponsor promoting you is always a bonus.
What do you think of the RACING X470GT8 motherboard so far?
There are tons of exciting features on this board that were new to me at the time but have been really useful. The board has Dual BIOS so when I was upgrading my PC, I had everything on the backup version which I definitely recommend doing. The board has software features that you can tweak to better fit what you need, and I can prioritize internet bandwidth to my games when I am streaming and of course the RGB! This board has awesome lighting, and you can adjust the effects on the software VIVID LED DJ.
Thanks to Gamesager for chatting to us about how he started his channel. Check out his Twitch channel www.twitch.tv/gamesager. Gamesager is currently streaming Fortnite, Battlefield V, Destiny 2 and will also be launching another giveaway with us this month.