Anybody making money streaming video gaming on twitch or youtube?

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Anybody making money streaming video gaming on twitch or youtube?

I just bought a Canon DSLR camera, the Elgato video capture thing, I have a macbook pro and will begin trying to make some side money playing video games.

Are any of you guys successful at making money streaming video games and if so, do you have any tips for me. Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Addams
    Hi, GW.

    I recommend you avoid streaming for now. It takes a great deal of skill to deliver worthwhile streams. You have the tech'; now you need some experience.

    Get your feet wet on YouTube by publishing videos. And, before you do that, make a plan. You're about to dive into the biggest pool on YouTube.

    Cheers,

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  • Hi GW, Tom Addams is right. You need a plan first. Your plan must include what type of live streams you wanna go for, What topics you cover in live streams?. If asked my opinion, I would say chose a niche market and create videos.

    Since you have Mackbook pro, you could also create videos for businesses i.e. Business intros, Marketing videos and etc.

    Fiverr is the best place to show your work. Put up some videos and see . If you get good projects, go on. If not create videos on paritcular topics, for example, you can create videos where you present answers to the questions asked on Warrior Forum.

    Actually, that works.

    Good Luck Buddy.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    Originally Posted by GoogleWarrior View Post

    Anybody making money streaming video gaming on twitch or youtube?

    I just bought a Canon DSLR camera, the Elgato video capture thing, I have a macbook pro and will begin trying to make some side money playing video games.

    Are any of you guys successful at making money streaming video games and if so, do you have any tips for me. Thanks.
    First thing I would do is get something other than a MacBook. Most of the popular games out there do not have versions that run on Mac. You need a Windows PC, and if you are going to be serious about it, I would get a desktop computer versus a laptop.
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  • Profile picture of the author badboy_Nick
    Originally Posted by GoogleWarrior View Post

    Are any of you guys successful at making money streaming video games and if so, do you have any tips for me. Thanks.
    It's VERY competitive and tough, as you won't make any money unless you are physically doing it.

    I believe the trick in this business is to build something that is sustainable without you having to spend time to earn money. You want to earn money while you go to sleep or take a break which affiliate marketing is much better at

    But watching streamers is still fun but from a business model perspective there are less time-consuming ways of earning a buck or two.

    Hope that helps
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  • Profile picture of the author jsmith282
    Hi GW,

    Personally I think that you can do it if you put your mind to it. I streamed on twitch for a little while and was starting to have a little bit of success. I was most definitely time consuming, but I throughly enjoyed doing it so it did not seem like a burden.

    Honestly, if you really enjoy gaming then I highly recommend it. Yes, it is going to take some time before you start to see some money. But, you have to do it out of enjoyment for yourself. If you are in it for just the money you will quit within a week lol.

    But like the others said, I do believe there are better ways to get started like affiliate marketing to get some cash flow in quick.

    I do know a lot about setting up streaming and how it all works so if you need help just hit me up. And I will do my best to get you up and running!

    Thanks,
    Jackson
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  • Profile picture of the author anayb
    You're over-thinking, IMHO.

    If you want to be become a professional video marketer, start learning how to deal with kid flagging, unfair copyright and community strikes by your competitors, and abrupt channel deletion by YouTube.

    What you can do if your channel gets deleted? Any idea how to reach to your old subscribers and tell them about your new channel? How to restore your old videos asap?

    Even watchmojo.com have had trouble getting their account back when a group of kids with bots started to flag their videos because they don't like their channel.

    You can't even think how much tough doing business with YouTube and others until you're hit by a bad luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Addams
    Elgato.

    Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

    First thing I would do is get something other than a MacBook. Most of the popular games out there do not have versions that run on Mac. You need a Windows PC, and if you are going to be serious about it, I would get a desktop computer versus a laptop.
    His setup is fine, Mike.

    He mentions owning an Elgato (it has live streaming functionality). He'll be using his Elgato to capture video footage from either (or both) his Xbox or PS4 and for live streaming.

    Upshot: he'll be using his games console to play the games, his Elgato to capture the footage and live streaming, and his Mac for post (if he goes the publishing route).

    Having said all that, I agree with you in principle: a PC over a laptop and a console. (I prefer the quality and functionality.) To cover a broad market, though, or to isolate segments, it isn't a bad idea to have a diverse setup. You can cover audiences who prefer PCs or consoles or specific consoles. Most game creators run the gamut.

    - PC (base unit) for PC gaming.
    - GeForce Experience (for PC footage)
    - Xbox One X
    - PS4 Pro
    - Elgato (for console footage)

    Cheers,

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  • Profile picture of the author JohnVianny
    If you are good at games and wanna dive in the game niche...

    why don't you build a list of aficionadoes and market to them?

    I mean build a list using your video youtube channel, instead of relying on the unpredictable google's decision: he can shut down your site instanlty without any communication before and without any chance to get it back.

    Build a List. Have an Asset.
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  • Profile picture of the author nicheblogger75
    Originally Posted by GoogleWarrior View Post

    Anybody making money streaming video gaming on twitch or youtube?

    I just bought a Canon DSLR camera, the Elgato video capture thing, I have a macbook pro and will begin trying to make some side money playing video games.

    Are any of you guys successful at making money streaming video games and if so, do you have any tips for me. Thanks.
    My neighbor is big into streaming, and he's doing pretty well at it. He started about a year ago and has a YT channel with a little over 20K followers, which is pretty good for a year, considering the competition is incredible.

    He also streams on Twitch and one other site, which I cannot remember the name of right now. He is still in "hobby" mode, meaning he is not making enough money to quit his job yet. There are a lot of expenses that have come up that he didn't expect when he began doing this, including always having to purchase the latest games.

    I hang out with him a couple of times a week to play some games and chill, so I know a little about what he has for a setup, and what's involved if you want to end up doing this professionally.

    Now, I'm in no way trying to discourage you at all. It's great to want to do something like this and the fact that you are formulating a plan shows initiative.

    I'm also not saying that you couldn't stream with the equipment you have, but you are not going to be able to compete with it.

    My friend has a machine that he built from scratch himself and he knows what he's doing. He knows how to build machines and has connections and sources to get the hardware at the cheapest possible prices, and his tower still cost him close to $1500.

    If you really want to compete, the newest thing is streaming in 4K, so in order to do that you need the proper video card and monitor. Then you are going to need a very high-quality headset. This is just for starters. I also know his machine has 32GB of RAM.

    I mean, when it comes to the technical stuff I freely admit I have no idea what I'm talking about. I just know from what I've seen that there is a lot of expensive equipment involved if you want to have any chance of competing. Generic streaming just isn't good enough. Your stream has to look to other people like you they are watching a 4K television. It has to frow freely and can't be choppy or slow and it has to have excellent audio. This is what people who are hardcore "gamers" expect when they watch a stream.

    Again, I'm no expert, and I'm definitely NOT trying to discourage you. If you want to do this then I say definitely go for it. However, you need to research a little more because the equipment you are talking about using might be alright to get you going, but in order to attract a following and even eventually be considered for sponsorship by the video game companies (which is where the REAL money is), you need to have an incredible setup and a follower base in the six-figure range at least.

    Also, don't forget you will need to set up a social media presence, which includes running your own Facebook page and group, Instagram account, Twitter, etc. You are going to want to "brand" yourself in the future in order to become known. Some pro gamers even advertise on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

    I know that because it's "just video games," people think that this is a simple thing to do. I used to think like that myself, until I saw what it actually entails.

    Anyway, just a few things to think about. I would start with the mindset that you are in for fun, and really have a good time with it. You will slowly improve form there and eventually you will get where you want to go.

    Best of luck to you if you choose to go with it. I wish you all the success in the world
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    • Profile picture of the author Tom Addams
      You make a bunch of great comments, nicheblogger75.

      Originally Posted by nicheblogger75

      There are a lot of expenses that have come up that he didn't expect when he began doing this, including always having to purchase the latest games.
      Originally Posted by nicheblogger75

      It has to frow freely and can't be choppy or slow and it has to have excellent audio. This is what people who are hardcore "gamers" expect when they watch a stream.
      Originally Posted by nicheblogger75

      Also, don't forget you will need to set up a social media presence, which includes running your own Facebook page and group, Instagram account, Twitter, etc. You are going to want to "brand" yourself in the future in order to become known. Some pro gamers even advertise on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
      Originally Posted by nicheblogger75

      I know that because it's "just video games," people think that this is a simple thing to do. I used to think like that myself, until I saw what it actually entails.
      I'll just fill in the blanks on a few issues.

      Streaming in 4K.

      Twitch doesn't support 4K streaming.

      YouTube does indeed support 4K streaming.

      Until average internet speeds increase, absolutely do not even consider streaming in 4K. By all means, PUBLISH in 4K, because viewers on YT have the option to downscale; don't stream 4K.

      The Money.

      You absolutely do not need a 6-figure follower base to get sponsorship. I think you may also be confusing sponsorship with joining an MCN (multi-channel network). If you want my advice, stay clear of networks.

      Game studios make it very clear about how you can monetize their assets (if at all). Before you decide on which games to use, take a look at their studio website and dig up their usage rules.

      To give you an idea of what I'm talking about: Square Enix.

      The Tech.

      Your tech is fine, OP.

      Cheers,

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  • Profile picture of the author DURABLEOILCOM
    You can be very successful at Videogame streaming Twitch TV. You can go two routes 1. High skilled gaming 2. Funny videos.
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  • Profile picture of the author megakits
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    Streaming a game is not recommend for you now...so you can try something different from that...
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  • Profile picture of the author SGFound
    Yeah, stick to youtube for now. Streaming is a lot more difficult than it seems. But either way good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author jackkychen
    great comments, nicheblogger75.
    You can also make money on vimeo.
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  • Profile picture of the author kohosoul
    There is thousands doing this. You had to be in it early, you have to be SUPER good and you also have to be unique. What makes you different from the other thousands of people doing it?

    I would recommend playing a game and getting extremely good at it. Build yourself on top of the leaderboards so that people get to know your name and then that will give them a reason to check your live game play out. (To do this requires endless hours and dedication and skill)

    This time would be better served in building a list etc Imo don't bother with streaming unless you can provide any of the above.
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  • Profile picture of the author GoogleWarrior
    Just finished capturing my first ever game with the elgato and waiting for the video...and then will upload it to youtube...but my face and voice aren't on the upload.
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    • Profile picture of the author Tom Addams
      Originally Posted by GoogleWarrior View Post

      Just finished capturing my first ever game with the elgato and waiting for the video...and then will upload it to youtube...but my face and voice aren't on the upload.
      You need to commentate the video, GW. Aside from the TOS, you'll gather more audience engagement. A lot of YT gaming is about personality. Think Markiplier, Jacksepticeye, Vanoss Gaming, and so on. If you're doing playthroughs initially, you need to inject your personality; otherwise it's just the game. Think about the gaming audience you want to target (which is probably folks like yourself) and think how you can appeal to them: what you show, the humour you use, how you edit, etc, the whole ball of wax. In other news: I'm glad to see you uploading. You'll have a blast!!

      Cheers,

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  • Profile picture of the author Kurt
    If you enjoy gaming, do it. It will take a bit of educating yourself to learn the tech, but you only have to learn it once and then it will be second nature.


    Once you get the tech down, you really don't have much to lose since you're probably playing the game anyway. Learn the basics of YT marketing and give it a shot. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
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  • Profile picture of the author extrememan
    I watched a video on YouTube today from someone who mentioned Angry Joe (a successful youtuber) that is a video gamer reviewer. What I would do is spend time watching big game youtubers and see how they are doing things? The video game niche on youtube is competitive, but don't want to put you off. Just know you will have to put in the work and be extremely consistent.
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  • Profile picture of the author GoogleWarrior
    I know that I need my face and me speaking on the video...but I am just learning the tech now. Today I uploaded my first video which I captured using the Elgato game capture. The quality is 4K. Please check it out. My next video will be better...but you can see my very first vid here
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  • Profile picture of the author GoogleWarrior
    I am also curious to when I can upload my own thumbnail...because of of now it says that I am not eligible to upload my own custom thumbnail. Tomorrow I will work on adding audio, and either tomorrow or Monday I will try to add my face using the OBS studio. Anyways...thanks for all your guys help.
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  • Profile picture of the author jbbryant
    Avoid Twitch at the moment. Youtube is upcoming and so is Facebook when it comes yo video game streaming.
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  • Profile picture of the author andraeking1991
    Heya buddy, This was an outstanding post for such a hard topic to speak about. I look forward to seeing a lot more exceptional posts such as this one. But, Twitch TV would be the best for gamers.
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  • I have a friend who is doing well with Twitch, but he did tell me it took a lot of work to get enough followers to make it worth his while financially. If you build up a loyal Youtube following, you can easily transfer them over to Twitch.
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  • Profile picture of the author skylikemake
    Yes, of course. There are people that are making thousands of dollars by playing videos games on YouTube and Twich
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  • Hi, GoogleWarrior.

    There are different methods wherein you will become a successful Twitch streamers and make money through it. Here are some of the tips that would be useful for you:

    -Twitch Subscriptions
    -Bits
    -Donations
    -Video Ads
    -Sponsorships
    -Affiliate Links
    -Selling Merchandise

    I hope these tips will help you become one of the successful streamers. God Bless
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