The advent of the coronavirus pandemic has had many people rethinking their career choices and for those who lost their jobs, seeking ways to make money online.
Anyone might have come across making money through live game streaming on Twitch. Twitch streaming is among the legit ways of making money which means you have to put in the work.
Certainly, to start streaming on Twitch you will need the following.
1. Internet connection
There is gaming on one hand and there is live streaming on the other. Both of which require a fast internet connection individually.
This means that your internet should be extremely fast and reliable to support both live streamings and guarantee you a great gaming experience.
The question is how much internet connection speed do you need to do this? These are some of the key things to look for in internet providers and to keep in mind when scanning through your options;
- Fibre internet connectivity is the best type of internet connection for twitch streamers
- Cable internet is a reliable option.
- DSL and satellite internet is not recommended because it’s slow and affected by distance and weather.
- Preferably rely on wired connection instead of Wi-Fi because wired internet connection has low latency compared to wireless.
- Upload speed is more important than download speed
- Streaming at 1080p will require at least an upload speed of 6 Mbps
2. Streaming setup
You probably already have seen how top game streamers have set up their streaming Studios. Some setups are jaw-dropping which leaves you wondering how much they had to spend to build such a setup.
The thing is it may cost a lot less than you imagine. You can build a streaming setup for less than £1000 if you know where to look.
The first place I would suggest is reading through reviews about gaming stores, furniture brands in the UK, electronic and gadgets shops to get a rough idea of what to look for and their pricing.
Engaging with customer reviews will help you know whether you are getting products from the right stores, whether they are worth it, and most importantly whether it is value-for-money.
3. Streaming software
Next, you have to consider the software you need to use for broadcasting on twitch.
Some features worth considering when looking for streaming software are.
- Excellent encoding features
- Ability to multi-stream across other social media platforms.
- Simple controls and easy-to-use software
- Flexible and intuitive user interface
- Engagement features
When it comes to streaming software, you have to consider the price. You can find free streaming software but as you already know, many free softwares often unlimited in terms of features and may come with issues.
You may have to spend a little extra money to get good software but do not go all in and spend your money on overpriced ones.
Remember, Twitch takes a 50/50 split on streamers money, and you want to ensure that you’re getting Returns on Investments if you’re in it for the money.
Next up is your gaming PC. Gaming PCs are not like regular office computers. They demand high-performance processes and power to keep them running.
It is an option to get a prebuilt PC but for the best gaming experience, it is recommended that you build your gaming PC.
The reason why you should build your PC is that you can be able to upgrade to better versions at any time, it can be cheaper (again, if you know where to look), you will get the exact features you want, and it is simple.
The main things to look for when building a gaming PC are the processes, the monitors, the graphic cards, the motherboard, RAM, storage, quiet cooling system, overclocking, display, and the sound system.
Cameras come in a wide variety of options. all of these are dependent on how much you want to spend.
I mean, if you have money to burn you can get a camera with the highest resolution possible.
It is possible to stream using a webcam DSLR mirrorless and cam recorders. What sets them apart is also the pricing.
Webcams are better than cam recorders in terms of video quality but mirrorless cameras produce more compact image quality and DSLR have excellent image quality but are pricey.
6. Headset/audio accessories
Lastly, for live streaming, you want the best audio output quality. It is therefore recommended that you have a dedicated microphone and do not rely on built-in microphones from headphones.