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Best Platform for Streaming

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by SilentChaos, Mar 14, 2016.

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  1. 27SilentChaos

    27SilentChaos Active Member


    So i became interested in streaming recently and would aspire to start streaming one. Definitely i'm looking to apply to be a Razer Sponsored Streamer. But while the guys at Razer are reworking their program. I would like to hear your opinions to get a few things off my mind.

    1) What's the best Platform to stream?(Twitch, Youtube Gaming,& etc.) Why?
    2) What are the things i need to have when streaming?(mic, webcam &etc.)(not necessarily needs to be Razer product, although i recently bought a seiren xD)
    3) Is it necessary to show your face on webcam during a stream? How does this help?
    4) Must a streamer be specialized/focused on 1 game or can it be for others as well? (will this affect viewer's interest?)
    5) What are the things the viewers look at in a streamer?
    6) Must the streamer be good/pro at the games played?
    7) How longs must the streams be?
    8) Must the streamer respond to comments by the viewers? (cause many loves to spam and sometimes chat gets toxic :/)
    9) Do streamers really need extra music while playing the game?

    That's all for now but feel free to add on your own questions or respond to them. Hope this also helps as a guide for future streamers :D

    EDIT: New Questions:
    18/3/16 - Is it okay if i constantly change playing my games? (e.g mon is dota 2, wed is MGS?other games depending on mood). Would viewers be irritated by this?
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2016
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  2. RScrub

    RScrub Active Member

    1) What's the best Platform to stream?(Twitch, Youtube Gaming,& etc.) Why?
    Start off on Twitch and get semi big before going on Youtube. A lot more people view the small guys on Twitch and search for a stream to watch by game not subs.
    2) What are the things i need to have when streaming?(mic, webcam &etc.)(not necessarily needs to be Razer product, although i recently bought a seiren xD)
    You need a mic, webcam obviously. I would suggest a capture device like the El Gato capture card. It also helps to have a green screen and good lighting. You also obviously require a platform to stream on. You should aim to stream a lot, so having a good chair and Gunnar (designed by Razer :)) glasses help. You also need some streaming software like open broadcaster.
    3) Is it necessary to show your face on webcam during a stream? How does this help?
    Not necessary, but a lot of people like viewing your reaction to the game. Just look at how many reaction channels are on Youtube and how many people would rather watch you play the game instead of actually playing it or watching a video with you.
    4) Must a streamer be specialized/focused on 1 game or can it be for others as well? (will this affect viewer's interest?)
    No. A lot of people like having a brand or streamer they are dedicated to. If they like you already and then you start playing a game they like it is a bonus for them.
    5) What are the things the viewers look at in a streamer?
    They look for someone to be funny and regularly engage them. Make them feel included.
    6) Must the streamer be good/pro at the games played?
    It helps. People like to root for the streamer and get angry when they lose. Also, they sort of look to it as a tutorial.
    7) How longs must the streams be?
    That depends on how you like, but I would aim 2 hours upwards a day.
    8) Must the streamer respond to comments by the viewers? (cause many loves to spam and sometimes chat gets toxic :/)
    Not the bad ones. You can just choose to ignore those.
    Final note: You should also not be too young. There are way too many middle/high schoolers streaming and if are prepubescent many people get annoyed by you.
  3. Destrok

    Destrok Well-Known Member

    1. Youtube and Twitch both have their advantages, and there are a few other streaming services for niche cases, but for the most part I agree with @tbnrtboner about it being easier to start streaming on Twitch, especially since it already has specific settings you can use with programs like OBS to get things going easier.
    2. Capturecard or software of some kind, a mic definitely, camera isn't necessary but I think it helps.
    3. No it is not necessary, but I think people like being able to see who they are talking to. I think, well without already having an established character at least, people prefer not to interact with a faceless voice and persona. That and it allows you to interact with viewers in other silly ways. It seemed weird to me at first too, but I think people subconsciously prefer it.
    4. This depends on what you are doing. When you are already well established it is easy to jump around from game to game. If you already have a good group to work with going game to game is just fine. You can do lets plays with your group of people you play with, or do things like community playdates, etcetera. However, if you don't already have any kind of established viewer base focusing on one game can help. People that really like that game will latch on to your stream, and if you are entertaining/helpful enough, tell their fellow gamers and friends about it. Eventually they will tell you if they want to see something else. But basically consistency is key.
    5. A reason to keep watching. Either be very entertaining or be informative and helpful.
    6. No, but it certainly helps. People like watching something they enjoy at its highest level of play. And if you can teach them something all the better. However, this is not necessary at all if you are simply entertaining enough. Just don't be cringeworthingly bad.
    7. Consistency is key. Usually a few hours just so you are up for enough time to grab some viewers. If you only stream for 30 minutes, your followers may not get the email notification right away. Shoot for 2 to 4 hours.
    8. Well, I would. If you stream because you are simply amazingly good at the game, maybe you don't need to, but most people do. You really should as much as possible if they are actually trying to engage wirh you and not just trolling.
  4. 27SilentChaos

    27SilentChaos Active Member

    I see. Thanks for the advice! Do i need to do this every day :eek: or can it be weekly?
  5. 27SilentChaos

    27SilentChaos Active Member

    Thanks for the advice! I agree that some people likes to see who they are talking to. Maybe all i need is confidence for it xD But yeah, i think to me the most challenging part is interacting with viewers ><
  6. RScrub

    RScrub Active Member

    If you are just starting up and plan on twitch streaming, daily. When you start Youtube, you can just have one day of a 9 hour recording session and division it into multiple videos.
  7. 27SilentChaos

    27SilentChaos Active Member

    I see. I plan to do a twitch streaming first. Haven't planned on doing console streaming yet and recording it. Just wanna do step by step :D
  8. Destrok

    Destrok Well-Known Member

    As far as frequency goes, consistency is what is most important. You don't have to stream every day. It helps, but you don't have to. But if you are gonna stream three times a week, stream three times a week on a consistent basis and in the same time slot.
  9. Twitch is the largest streaming platform for gamers. Azubu and Youtube Gaming are also streaming platforms. I recommend Twitch.
    I recommend using OBS (Open Broadcaster Software). It's free and easy to use.

    You don't have to be a god at CS:GO to stream, or a challenger in LoL to stream. I would say that most people watch streamers with a unique personality (or they're a pro player). You don't have to focus on one game. I know that IncredibleOrb plays a ton of games during his streaming hours.

    If you're going to be a streamer, you have to realize there will be people that are rude, racist, haters, etc. Don't let any of those people get into your head while you play!

    It also helps if you have a YouTube channel. That way, people can see montages, vlogs, or stream highlights.

    I was planning on having a stream (3 years ago?) back when Call of Duty was popular. Then it died down so my plan never happened. :slightly_sad:
  10. GSSGaming

    GSSGaming Well-Known Member

    1. It comes down to personal choice. Each have their pro's and cons. So lets start with Twitch.
    Twitch is a dedicated streaming site, so people go there to watch streams. Other pros include exclusive areas for all popular games, better Ui, and payed subscriptions.

    On the other hand, YouTube is great for people like me who have a fan base. This is because people looking through their sub box will see my stream up top, which is far easier to find than a Twitch page. You also get more subscribers this way because if they like you its one click. However, people don't go on YouTube and try and find streams. This is fixed however, because of YouTube gaming which shows up more streams.

    2. The things you need to start streaming... This is going to be a list so get ready.

    1. Good mic. Audio quality is ESSENTIAL! You will not grow if your audio is just plain up bad.
    2. Good internet.
    3. You need a good headset. If you stream with speakers on then you are doing it wrong.
    4. Second monitor. You can't have the best stream if you are on a single monitor. You need at least two monitors so you can see chat, view counts, and everything else.
    5. Good enough PC to run a stream.
    6. Quiet environment to stream in. We don't want to hear your dogs, or anything else in the background.
    7. Streaming software.

    3. It is not necessary to use a webcam. However, the advantages are there. Your emotions are being shown as you play through, you are able to talk to your audience. And your just there. I suggest watching a streamer but some how blocking off their webcam and see if its the same.

    4. You can play different games. However, people will either watch you because of you or because of the game you play. For example people watch Pewdiepie because he is funny which allows him to play grass simulator without it being something I don't want to watch. However, if your a pro esports player we don't want to see you playing grass sim. It can be hard to understand but people subscribe to me for one game so I give them what they want. You will get a wider audience if you stream more than one game but it may be inconsistent.

    However, some of the best streamers do multiple games so do as you will.

    5. The things that viewers wan't in a streamer are the following.
    1. Quality. Quality of stream and game play. No one wants to see your -9999999 KD :D
    2. Relate able traits. You need to be someone that the audience can relate with to some extent.
    3. Physical appearance. Sometimes this can matter. Just make sure you look presentable while on stream. Also getting into legit physical appearance idk how to say this better than, hot women can get more views then men.

    6. Not at all. If your doing something like a let's play its not that bad if your not the best because people can help you out. HOWEVER, if your stream is you dying over and over in CS:GO then people won't watch you. So be good where it counts.

    7. Stream lengths are up to you. I think a good length is one or two hours. Long enough so that people can get their fix but not long enough so as you lose everyone.

    8. You should be responding to comments. DO NOT ignore your audience. If you do what is the point? When it gets chaotic then you simply can't talk to everyone. Just talk to people the best you can.

    9. No they don't. However, it is up to you and your style.

    I really hope this helps you out! I would be happy if you read this entire thing. Good luck!
  11. Recklessarcher6

    Recklessarcher6 New Member

    Strictly from the prospective of a viewer...
    1) I prefer Twitch. I'd rather watch a live stream there,and see offline content videos at YouTube. I use Youtube for a "quick dose," and because I can jump through multiple videos that are related.
    2/3) Double monitors are a must. You have to be able to actively interact with the audience and monitor your stream. I think Mic and webcam too...the only reason I say webcam is because I do think it's very hard for me as a viewer to connect with you without it. Take Gosu for example...he could get away without both because he could make it at an LCS level his play is so good. However, that being said the amount of questioning who he was, gender, etc did add something to it. I think it's easier to be mysterious if you're really good. While I like AnnieBot, he has very low viewer stats unless he's being hosted, and I rarely watch his stream. I mean I get you play Annie, you have a bit of a personality, but what do you look like when someone I flaming you as a troll????
    4) I think if you want to do multi games, YouTube channel is a better way to get into it. Having multi videos that will auto play when I'm watching your channel is better than you playing multi games on twitch. I site TheOdoRe, he play LoL and then something else everyday. I like his LoL, but am generally not interested in his off games. I really pi**es me off when I tune in and he's not playing LoL, but under the LoL heading. Now he doesn't change game heading because it causes a leadership loss. However, if you want to set a schedule and do x one day, y another great...or play x while in question for y, super.
    5) I'm looking for personality, and engagement. Don't focus in on the troll, flame, or toxicity of chat (get a mod to control it). I don't care if your dog, cat, or kids make noise. It all gives me in site into you life, IMAQTPIE, HENGEST or EPICNAMEBRO for example
    6) I don't think you have to be good. It just depends on the brand you're making for your channel. People will watch for many reasons, all of which is entertainment. You could be a complete troll, NICKTRON. The problem you have with some games like LoL if you aren't good you have low leadership even if you have a good brand. That specific game succeeding relies on being able to play off other users viewer's, as does HoTS. If someone sees you succeed on QTs stream multi times, they'll look for you...
    7) at least 2 hours. The biggest thing is having a set schedule.
    8) yes!
    9) it helps. There will always be a down time when you aren't talking, or acting. Having that music helps the viewers experience. It also tells me something about your personality...
  12. 27SilentChaos

    27SilentChaos Active Member

    Wow! Thanks! This is real great advice! Well the Seiren is my first mic and i'm very impressed with the quality so far. I'm not sure whether i have the budget and space atm for a second monitor? is it really necessary for starters? I haven't considered a headset but currently i'm using an audiophile earphones and my free Adaro Stereos xD
  13. 27SilentChaos

    27SilentChaos Active Member

    Great advice! Thanks! I'm still not sure whether i have the budget to spend on a second monitor atm. I guess i plan to play multiple games. I mean i like Dota 2 but i'm still bad at it i just play for fun. Unless some people are interested in my getting owned for my noobness is another thing. But i guess, i would like to play multiple games(story content). Twitch sounds ideal but like you said, it can be disappointing if they don't change the header. If i change my header constantly when i'm playing games, would you as a viewer be okay?
  14. 27SilentChaos

    27SilentChaos Active Member

    Got it! Will keep that in mind! Thanks a lot! :D

    I guess so. Hopefully it will be a good exposure to stream :) Well it's never too late to start now ;)
  15. Destrok

    Destrok Well-Known Member

    Multiple monitors are the best thing ever, and they make streaming significantly easier.
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