Are you ready to share your passion for video games but don’t know where to start? Before you can start live steaming there are few things you need and a few things you should know. If live-streaming is strictly a hobby it will be much more fun. However, if you’re wanting to become a paid streamer, you’ll need to be consistent and game a ton. According to paidmonkey.com the average gamer that plays 40 hours a week makes roughly around $3,000 to $5,000 a month. Other streams of income (pun intended) would be from the number of subscribers or views. Now that you have that little bit of background let’s jump into what you’ll need.
If you’re looking for something budget-friendly, you can easily use the camera on your laptop. If you have the extra money to spend, the LogitechC922 Pro Stream Webcam and the Razer Kiyo are two of the most popular cameras used among streamers. The Logitech comes with two cameras and a stand. The Razer Kiyo is another great choice and this camera comes with a built-in lighting ring. Both cameras start at $99.99 on each of their sites.
When it comes to headphones you’ll want to invest in a great set with great sound quality. While in-ear headphones will get the job done, they can also lead to deafness caused by loud noise if you use them for a long period of time. Over-ear headphones are a better option as far as your hearing goes if they have an open-back to relieve pressure off of your eardrum. On-ear headphones are the best for your own hearing but let in the most background noise out of all three.
Accessories for gamers such as gaming grips, mouse grips, and controllers are a way to add your own personal touch to your gaming experience. Controllers are obviously a must when playing with a console. However, adding gaming grips in your signature color or design is a way to add your own personal flair and a conversation starter for your viewers. Grips also allow you to play and stream for a longer period of time keeping you comfortable.
Every streamer knows that a microphone is a must. However, which microphone to choose can be tricky since microphones tend to be a little touchy and everyone’s gaming setup is a little different. For example, if your setup allows you to use a mic stand, then the Shure MV7 Podcast Microphone would be a good option if you can splurge. If you don’t have the space for a mic stand, the Elgato Wave 3 is a good choice and less pricey. With so many microphones on the market it’s best to do your own research to make sure you make the best decision when it comes time to purchase.
Nothing is worse than sitting uncomfortably for a long extended period of time. Gaming chairs have gained popularity among serious gamers not only for the comfortability but also because of the features that some are designed with. For example, the AndaSeat Kaiser 2 comes with lumbar support and a neck pillow. The more expensive ones even come with built in speakers.
Now that you have your list of basics it’s time to set up your gaming area, your Twitch account, and your gaming schedule. Remember, consistency is key when it comes to increasing your views and subscribers. Have fun!