Over a hundred million people watch people play video games on Twitch.com every month. To put that in perspective, Twitch is the fourth largest website in the United States, right behind titans Google, Apple and Netflix.
With other outlets like live media streaming on social media services, Livestream and YouTube of course, the ways in which to highlight your skills are wider than ever before. Considering that just a decade ago, people had to pay to have their content streamed to nowadays being compensated for streaming should be encouragement for anyone with a passion to get started. Before you begin any endeavor, being aware of the market you’re entering is the best first step.
When starting the journey of earning from gaming, knowing what to do to potentially get you the most streamers is important. As of March 2020, these are the 10 most watched games on Twitch.com:
1.Leauge of Legends
4.Counter Strike: Global Offensive
- Grand Theft Auto 5
- Escape From Tarkov
- DOTA 2
- Apex Legends
- World Of Warcraft
Choosing a game that has a wide viewer base will give you the chance to attract more fans. At the end of the day, it’s your decision to choose a game that you are passionate about, which leads to the next commitment you should decide on, consistency.
“NumotTheMummy” is a popular streamer whose focus is on Magic The Gathering. Starting out, he would stream every so often, getting a few hundred subscribers. With a passion to transition out of his job stocking shelves at a grocery store in the evening, he embarked on a 365- day challenge where he would live stream every day. He explained the difficulty, managing work with his streaming, finding time to sleep and even just finding the motivation to do it every single day. Taking the leap of faith was definitely something that didn’t come lightly. Today, however, he earns more than he did working full-time and is one of the most subscribed to Magic The Gathering Streamers.
Being aware of the market and sticking to the commitment it takes to see results, are the first big steps to entering into the space of making tangible money from gaming.
The next step is the creation of content. A lot of people get stuck at this point, deciding how they want to game. Streaming is an obvious option, but adding in live gaming tournaments, tutorials, and private lessons are all feasible ways to earn extra income off of gaming. The key to this is being as authentic as possible. Showcasing your humor, giving insights on your life and interacting with your audience are all great ways to grow your fanbase, while simultaneously keeping your established audience around.
Be aware of the process, and it’s only through continual push and growth that your viewership will increase. As you start to grow, and money begins to trickle in, a good tip is to reinvest in yourself and your audience. Why not take your first hundred dollars earned and do a giveaway to thank your viewership. Showing appreciation for the people who help you get to where you want to go goes a long way on your journey of making a career.
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