Since I’ve been streaming games for 5 months, I think it’s about time I took a breath and shared with you some of my streaming experiences. So, here are my noob confessions, thoughts on streaming, and some helpful tips for anyone thinking about starting to stream.
So, why did I stream in the first place?
Popularity of Streaming
There are more and more people streaming all kinds of games through Twitch and even now through Facebook. Knowing how popular streaming is becoming and watching streamers I enjoyed made me curious about what it’s like being a streamer.
Overwatch Closed Beta Timing
When I started playing the Overwatch closed beta, that’s when I really got it into my head that I wanted to try to stream myself. I figured that with me being in the closed beta of a highly anticipated game, that would give me a leg up on getting people to watch my stream who were interested in the game before it came out. This did actually help, but it took me so long to get set up with streaming that the closed beta nearly finished by the time I was set up.
Being a Female Gamer
I also figured that being a female would help me to get viewers to come to my stream, which has also turned out to be the case a little bit.
Lastly, I wanted to set my mind to something that I wanted to achieve. If other people can stream, I want to give it a shot and see if I can also accomplish it. I want to bring my gaming experiences to other people who are interested.
When did I start streaming?
I started streaming on April 3rd, 2016. The way I know the exact date is that is the first day I sent a Twitch message to someone who came by to view my stream, thanking them for stopping by my stream. Since you’ve stuck with me this far, I hope you don’t mind if I stick my shameless plug for my stream right here 🙂 www.twitch.tv/zariyavera
What program do I stream with?
First, I researched online just by searching how to stream. There were a couple programs mentioned, and I started with Xsplit which sounded like an easier one to begin with. However, Xsplit did not have the flexibility or the features that streamers really need. So, I asked other streamers that I watched on Twitch what they use, and they all use OBS (Open Broadcaster Software).
OBS is definitely less approachable initially for a lay person, however it is chock full of flexibility and features. If you put your mind into learning and get help from others, then you’ll be able to set up your stream successfully with OBS and then start adapting it to what you want to do.
How am I becoming a better streamer?
- Getting help from others – asking questions of other streamers and of friends who are familiar with games, streaming and computer programs.
- Watching other streams to learn – watching, listening and participating in other streams. I’m learning what kind of things I respond well to as a viewer and can pick and choose what to incorporate into my own stream.
- Not being afraid to try – I can’t stress enough how important this is.
- Setting up my stream to look cooler – adding scrolling text, adding recent follower and recent tipper call outs, adding Twitch chat onto the screen, adding a webcam.
Funny/cool things I’ve experienced while becoming a streamer
- “What the hell is Kappa?”
- Looking up online what the Twitch people’s faces emoticons mean and where they came from.
- Talking with and getting to know people from New Zealand, Denmark, Peru, Canada, other parts of the USA (including the city next to me, and meeting up with that person), and all over the world.
- Getting to know more kinds of gamers.
- Seeing new games that I’ve never seen before.
- Making my stream more cool looking.
- Getting a webcam, which led to a message from my very first creeper… O.o
- Joining the streaming community.
- Meeting awesome people and supporting one another by watching each others streams, playing games together, and sharing the love of games with as many people as possible.