Thinking about launching your own stream? Here at Louisburg College Esports, we not only operate in the competitive sphere, but content creation is a huge part of what we do here at Louisburg College. If you've ever thought about launching your own streaming channel, here are a few tips from those of us on the other side.
Tip 1. Don't Buy Into the Hype
Don't buy into all the hype about buying the world's most powerful computer, but you do need something that can handle the game plus the power it needs to handle the stream all at the same time. Look for what we call a quality mid-tier computer to get started. That will run you around $1200-$1500. Most people will tone down the graphics quality during a stream anyways, so, again, you don't need the IBM super computer to stream. If you're looking for local partners in the North Carolina region, check out Silver Knight PCs
Tip 2. Find the Right Platform
The world is absolutely flooded with streaming. How can you hope to make your mark? Or, even do this for a living? Well, you could go to college and let us train you in person. That would be my preferred option! But, if you're looking to get into this on your own, start by not streaming on Twitch. There are multiple platforms to stream on, and unless you've already made a name for yourself or are part of an organization, it is extremely difficult to gain a following from scratch on Twitch. Use other outlets where you either have a following just on social, like Facebook, or start to build your bio links so people can find you easier through apps like Willow.
Tip 3. Find Your Niche
Streaming isn't all just about how long you go live. The right content can put you on the map much faster than just being a consistent streamer. Yes, absolutely, being consistent is important, but unless you have content that people want, it doesn't matter. Don't just be another Apex Legends streamer. Understand who you want to reach, and come up with a plan to reach them. Do you enjoy playing new and exciting games? Try doing some walk throughs to show people how to play. Can you make crazy random faces? Do reaction videos, but make sure you find popular items to react to that your audience might recognize. The world is changing fast. There are new ideas for content all the time. Take a step back, and put together a plan for your stream. Follow through with, and see what results you get. Don't worry if you don't break the mold on the first try. It can take up to 6 months before you have a steady audience.
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