5 Tips for Twitch Streamers In 2019
Once upon a time, little boys dreamed of becoming footballers when they grew up. All right, that might still be true for many little boys, but the nerdier ones amongst us dream of becoming Twitch streamers – And why would they want to be anything else?
Twitch Streamers get to spend their days sitting in their pajamas, playing their favorite games and talking to a camera, which all sounds great, right? Except maybe that last part. Nerds aren’t always the most socially confident people, and if you want to attract an audience, you need a way to let that charismatic personality of yours come across.
A little cliché, but if you’re serious about becoming a twitch streamer, then you need to make sure you’re as true to yourself as you can be. People come to Twitch for a few reasons; The first is to watch pro players play League of Legends so that they can get better themselves, the second is to laugh at people they find funny, and the final reason is to feel a human connection.
Two and three are often connected, take Tyler1 for instance; His entire career as a League of Legends Twitch Streamer has been him tilting at the tiniest things. He’s not known as a witty person, yet his bouts of rage are seen as funny by many people, and the reason for that is because it’s relatable – How many of us have lost our cool while playing League of Legends? Tyler1 is an exaggerated version of that.
You might think that no one could enjoy watching you because you’re grumpy, but there’s a consumer out there for every form of content. Although, we’re not saying don’t have an online persona. Everyone tries to put their best selves onto the internet, but make sure it is YOUR best self, and not someone else’s. If you’re not naturally bubbly and excitable, then be sarcastic and cynical. Believe us, there’s a market for sarcastic and cynical.
Do What Other People Are Doing (But Don’t)
We apologize for the confusing header, please allow us to explain; If you’re serious about streaming, you need to find something new. For instance, League of Legends is an incredibly popular game, but you’re going to have a hard time competing against the likes of Faker and Gosu. However, if you pick a game that’s a bit more niche, then you have a chance of attracting some serious viewers. For instance, why not give older games a try? Many people out there are nostalgic for the days when they could get home from school and grind out Doom for a few hours, or Runescape. You can give them that.
The trick is to find a niche that is common enough that it won’t feel alien to viewers, but rare enough that it’s interesting. You have to mix the foreign and familiar if you want to get anywhere, although don’t be afraid to lean toward the foreign. After all, Youtube channels where a man dissects gummy animals and where someone blends iPhones can get views, so why not whatever peculiar thing you’re into?
This doesn’t mean you can’t play your favorite games though, but try to find an interesting and fresh way to so. Perhaps you like horror games, so why not get your parents to join in with you now and then. People enjoy watching older folks play video games for some reason. Or maybe you could decorate your room to fit the mood; Dark tapestries and soft candlelight can help give an eerie feel to the game, but this only works if your camera is decent, by the way, that’s a biggie.
Invest In Quality Equipment
If you want people to take you seriously, then you have to take yourself seriously. No one’s going to care about your authentic reactions if you’re a blurry mess, and if your microphone transforms your crisp voice into a tinny mess, then you’ll be lucky to hit more than one viewer.
The price of a decent camera and microphone might be intimidating, but if you want to be a Twitch streamer then you probably already play with online friends anyway – those friends would probably appreciate it if your voice was clearer. Perhaps you think we’re exaggerating the importance of good equipment, but if you open Twitch right now you’ll see that all the most famous streamers are crystal clear and sound excellent – Except Tyler1, he’s screeching into his microphone.
Be Consistent and Disciplined
If you put a video out whenever you feel like it you’re not going to gain a serious following, because how are viewers going to know when to expect to hear from you? If you tell your friends that you’re going to play games with them every Friday but then constantly bail, they’re going to stop inviting you. Streaming is the exact same, so create a schedule and stick to it. Aim for a few hours each day, but if you live a hectic life then go for once per week, just let your audience knows when you’ll be around.
What many people fail to realize is that Streaming requires a lot of effort, after a while of playing video games it can start to feel like, well, like a job. It might be a very good job, but it can turn your hobby into a grind, and fun times playing League of Legends isn’t something we’re all willing to sacrifice.
If you only take away one thing from this list, then it should be this; Put content out on a regular basis, there are people out there who spend much of their free time streaming, and if you aren’t willing to do that then you’re never going to be where you want to be.
Keep Things Civil
You will have people call you a piece of garbage, but do your best not to lose your cool at them. Not only will your audience respect you more for it, but you’ll save yourself a ton of stress. Stay polite, smile a lot, always thank people for subscribing, they’re paying to watch you have fun after all. Oh, and don’t take yourself too seriously, people will feel like they’re back in school if you’re strict, and no one wants that.
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