Here’s the hard part. Anyone with the right equipment can stream, but in order to gain a following or stream something that's worth watching, you need to do more than just play. We asked Marcus “djWHEAT” Graham--a world-famous StarCraft II personality who currently hosts multiple shows and has been doing livestreams professionally for years--what kind of advice he would give to beginners. Here’s a summary of his suggestions:
A webcam makes the experience more personal: After talking to djWHEAT he highly recommended installing a webcam if you want to build an engaged audience saying, “Most people would rather watch a human element behind it, than just watch gameplay,” he says. “[The webcam is] a wildly popular addition to most everyone’s stream. You have this intimacy with the broadcaster because they put the webcam there.”
Use social networking: You have to start somewhere, so tap into your social network. Twitter, Facebook, and even the Twitch site itself allow you to branch out and connect with people. Reach out to communities, and go to different websites, especially those concerning your games of choice. It takes a lot of legwork, and the hardest threshold to break is your first 100 viewers.
You don't have to be a good player but be entertaining: Not sucking at your game certainly helps, and if you’re funny and interesting, people will want to watch. Bring a guest on from time to time and engage the audience. Ask them to be a part of your stream by telling you where to go or what to do.
Be consistent: Consistency is key. It will get you viewers regardless of how long your stream is. It’s much easier to follow someone who has a set time when he or she will go live. Also, label your stream correctly so people know what they’re about to watch.
Don’t be AFK: Just think of what you’d want to watch. No one wants to watch a stream when no one is there. Don’t go live until you’re ready.
Those are the basics to get you started. Let us know how your streaming goes in the comments. If you're a streamer already and have other suggestions on how to get better, share below!
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