If you’re eyeing Twitch as a side hustle, whether you aim to hit it big or just fund the hobby, it’s important to know what to expect early on.
We’ve all seen the click-bait. “How I got 1,000 followers in my first month!” “How to make money fast on Twitch!” or similar. But, for most of us, even after following the best advice to a T, the reality doesn’t quite live up to the hype. The truth is, Twitch is competitive, saturated, and–an all-around gigantic place.
But, there’s good news! You CAN make it, and you CAN make money! But it will take some work.
I took to Reddit last week to get straight to the source and learn what other streamers experienced in that first year and how the most successful streamers got where they are. I got over 200 responses (!) across the streamer spectrum, from those doing it “just for fun” to those who hit Partner within a few months.
Here are the most common and important insights on what new streamers can expect when it comes to building a community, reaching Affiliate and Partner, and ultimately making money.Continue Reading
If you’ve ever admired the intricately designed world and city maps in your favorite games, it’s possible Francesca Baerald may be behind a few of them.
Like many aspiring artists, Francesca started off drawing for the love of it. But soon, through the power of social media, self-marketing, and honing her skills through an intensive art education program, she caught the eye of major board and video game developers who began clamoring for her work in their games.
In this interview, she talks about how she went from doodling in class to being the map artist for some of the video game greats.Continue Reading
Jessica Osborne’s love of gaming and tabletop roleplaying helped her break into the world of video game voice acting.
She’s here this week to tell us all how she got started and landed her first major role in SpellForce 3. Plus, she offers some practical tips on how YOU can get started as a voice actor or voice-over artist too.
Watch the interview above (or on YouTube), or keep reading for the text transcription*:Continue Reading
*Text has been edited for readability. Check out the full video for all of the candid, uncensored banter!
So you like gaming. But chances are you have some other interests or areas of expertise too. Maybe you’re a great cook. A fitness freak. Have your Master’s in psychology. You have a soothing voice and a penchant for storytelling.
You get the idea.
This is all fuel that you can use to build a successful gaming YouTube channel.
Why? Because anyone can turn on their camera and play games, with the common differentiating factors being your personality and/or skill level*. BUT. Add another ingredient into the mix, and you’re something wholly unique, with a much higher chance to stand out and find success.
*Nothing against Let’s Play-ers! I love you all! But let’s admit, it’s competitive as heck out there.
- Less competition (you’re one of a kind!)
- Higher value content (it’s unique!)
- Longevity (people will keep coming back to watch it!)
Here are a handful of YouTubers who are killing it in their respective niches and have created huge followings by combining their love of gaming with something else they love or are good at.Continue Reading
Green screens are great but can be difficult to set up and can take up a ton of space in any room. Set up a beautiful Twitch webcam background scene to keep your space functional and look as good or better than any green screen setup.
Here are some ideas taken from real Twitch streamers and YouTubers to inspire your own custom streaming background.Continue Reading
Right? I wasn’t sure it would be possible either. I didn’t know how to get a job in video games, or if it was even possible. But, here I am, a game industry veteran with a liberal arts degree and absolutely no former industry experience.Continue Reading
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