Do you like watching gaming streams? Though, maybe you are even interested in creating your own stream? I mean, why not? It’s pretty easy to set up and lets you enjoy your gaming time with others. Also, you might make a little cash if you get famous enough. That always has a nice ring to it: making money just playing video games. Ahh, the comfortable life. I’m just kidding, nothing is ever straightforward. The hard work involved with being a gaming streamer is promotion and personality. There are tons of others out there trying to make some money streaming gaming sessions, and you have to stick out from the crowd in some way or another to gain viewership. If you can’t, kiss goodbye to making any money! Even if you make no money though, it could still be a fun hobby to further increase the joys of gaming.
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Now, Twitch is the most popular and biggest video game streaming site. However, YouTube is the largest video viewing site in the world. With that in mind, YouTube has decided to take on Twitch and offer a similar way to make money streaming your gaming sessions.
You may or may not be familiar with YouTube Gaming. I know I haven’t heard it mentioned all that much, but it has been around a couple years. YouTube Gaming is its own site, an offshoot to YouTube itself and completely integrated. What it offers is live and on-demand game content. It offers a sleeker web page, with a black background that’s easy on the eyes. A streaming video is featured on the top of the homepage, along with a bunch of recommended videos underneath it. At the very tippy-top of the page are tabs to take you to certain videos–including only currently live ones. Check it out here.
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Now, as mentioned, YouTube Gaming has been around for a little while. What is brand spanking new is the sponsorship ability. It’s about time too, if they actually planned to compete with Twitch. Twitch offers subscriptions. Which means that a person can pay a little to subscribe to their favorite streamers. YouTube Gaming is offering “sponsorship,” which is exactly the same thing. On YouTube Gaming, you pay $4.99 a month to sponsor a gamer. The benefits of doing this include being able to directly buy digital goods from the gamer’s channel, and also a custom emoticon and badge. A sponsor will also gain access to an exclusive chat and will be able to chat as much as they want, even if the channel’s chat normally has a limit to how many messages you can send at a time.
YouTube Gaming sponsorship just started, but even in beta is was doing exceptionally well. That is why YouTube is starting to offer it for the entire site, not just Gaming. However, as of now, it’s on an invite-only basis. That means a YouTube channel cannot implement sponsorship unless they are invited to do so by the YouTube gods. What this results in is the dissolution of “paid channels”–which was something YouTube began offering in 2013. However what still remains is Super Chat. Super Chat is a service that gives viewers the option to pay a little money to pin their comment in the live chat. This is similar to “cheering” found on Twitch.
Go ahead over to YouTube gaming and check out the videos and live streams. They even stream professional league games. Though maybe you are ready to start your own streaming? Well if you’ve got a gaming computer, webcam, and mic you are ready to go! Let me walk you through the steps on starting a stream on YouTube Gaming.
First things first, you will need a verified YouTube account. This is usually (always?) done by inputting your phone number and them sending you a code. You input the code on their site, and you are ready to go!
The next step involves first going to your account’s Creator Studio. On the left-hand side, there is a drop-down menu called Live Streaming. In that drop-down menu, you will find “Stream Now.” Click it! This is where you put in the details of the streaming channel you are making. Things like a name, a description, and if you want your videos public or private.
Okay, so your stream is set up. Next, up is setting up the software to record yourself and your games. Here is a list of supported programs. One of the most popular ones is Xsplit Gamecaster. I’ve used this program myself (along with a few others). You can download it from here. After downloading you can input your YouTube Live account in the program. They will make you verify it, the same way YouTube made you verify your account with a mobile number.
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The last thing you want to do before starting to record is making sure everything is set up correctly. That means, make sure your mic and camera are facing the right way, and also checking out your setting in your recording program.
Okay, so you are ready to start! Open your game and if you are using Xsplit Gamecaster then press “ctrl” and “tab.” That will kick start the program to start where you will see the bottom to stream. Click stream and a pop-up window lets you adjust some things (like the videos name, description, and public/private setting). Fiddle with that then click “Start Broadcast”!
Yay, you’re streaming your gaming session!