For many of us, especially in quarantine lately, we tend to all want to play games, stream them, or watch streams. Twitch has long been the main platform for streaming but a lot of us wish we had the 1 million dollar dream setup for streaming - and while that would make streaming possibly easier and more accessible to you, it's not impossible to achieve a quality stream and interact with your community for little to no extra money at all.
In this post, you will learn how to find alternative and creative ways to create a great quality stream without spending thousands of dollars on nice cameras, huge computers, and professional grade microphones.
When you stream there are really 4 basic things you absolutely need in order to get started. You need some sort of console. That could be a computer, an Xbox, a PS whatever, or even a semi-powerful smartphone! Yes I know, it's hard to spend less than several hundred dollars on one of these, but it is necessary if you wish to stream games. However, I have seen plenty of people just go to a friends house and stream together. Sharing resources is a great way to get started! Side note: Streaming to twitch these days actually doesn't even require a console - plenty of people just use it for podcasting, DJ'ing, and straight up just live streaming themselves talking to their community!
Let me start off by saying if you own any smartphone, you own a camera already! There are plenty of 3rd party apps that will allow you to connect your smartphone to a laptop or desktop to use as a camera. Let me also say that if it's an iPhone or new Android - chances are they will actually be better or equal quality than a $90 webcam from Walmart! That being said, it is nice to have a dedicated camera - and I would suggest once you start to make a lot of money your end goal should be a DSLR or some sort of professional grade camera. However, nobody will ever know you are using your phone as a webcam - unless of course you get a text and you have to answer it...
Check out this article on how to use an iphone as a webcam: https://www.digitalcitizen.life/how-turn-iphone-ipad-webcam-windows-pc
3. Streaming Software
I am not even going to recommend anything better. Stream labs OBS is the best, it's free, and with a 5 minute youtube tutorial you can start using it immediately. There are no better options. If you aren't planning on using a computer to stream, I'd recommend getting a capture card. This works great on the Switch, PS4, Xbox and many more. Check out this article on picking the best one for you: https://www.gamesradar.com/best-capture-card/
By far the most important (and most inexpensive) on this list is having a good personality! Nobody wants to watch a boring stream where the host is just isolating themselves in the game. They want interaction, to talk to the community, or to be recognized as an important part of the process. Simple things like keeping up with communication, and responding to the chat - it will go miles for you! The best streamers on Twitch will find ways of talking about themselves and their lives to share with you, and make you feel (as the viewer) that you belong there. Thank people and mean it, tell them you are happy they are here! And ask questions! Get people engaged in conversation. "What games are you guys playing?" "How is everyone in chat doing today?" These questions will open up that 1 view you have into a conversation. When other people enter a new chat the most important thing for them is to see interaction. If you are just mindlessly playing a game and not talking - sure the game might capture their attention, but if they came to just watch someone play a game... There are hundreds or thousands of other streamers playing that same game. So you aren't unique enough for anyone to stay unless you build a community. That is what streaming is all about!
I hope you enjoyed the blog! TTB is now paired with a few up-and-coming Twitch Streamers!
Please go check them out and show them some love!
DSMO4Life - Gaming and Funny Personality. His raging is the best and he's really funny!
Wreckingball95 - New Streamer. He is just getting his feet wet, go help him out!
Discosleaze - Live DJ sessions and a great little community there! Awesome to just relax and have in the background when you are doing work, chilling, etc.