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Streaming 101: Getting Started

Streaming 101: Getting Started

My local area recently got upgraded to fibre internet, which means that I’m now able to begin streaming.

There is plenty of preparation that can be done before you even start streaming, and I thought I would write down my journey as a short guide to others who are wanting to start streaming.

What is streaming?

Streaming is when you broadcast your game or creative activity right from your desktop to a streaming service such as Twitch.tv, or YouTube Live for example.

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Why stream?

Streaming is fast becoming a form of mainstream entertainment, and the best streamers in the world are making a reasonable living by doing so.

Why would anyone want to watch me?

Streaming is a way of reaching potentially millions of people around the globe. It’s usually a fun and interesting way of keeping up with friends around the world who also enjoy gaming and other creative activities.

Watching ‘pro’ gamers on stream can also be informative, and you can learn new tactics from people who are more experienced than you. There are many contests and even world championships being streamed live, making it a far more interactive form of entertainment than simple television.

Anyone can be a streamer, but not everyone can be a successful streamer, and in my experience, the streamers who continue to grow their audiences by being friendly and community orientated are the ones who end up becoming successful.  Streaming, even with only a handful of viewers, in my opinion (since I’ve not had more than 30 simultaneously yet, lol!) is still a lot of fun, and interacting with people while playing, adds a new level of enjoyment to gaming for me.

To start your streaming journey, you should ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Can my internet connection handle streaming?
  2. Can my computer handle streaming?
  3. Do I have games and activities that I want to share?
  4. Am I fully prepared with graphics for streaming?
  5. Do I have software that will enable me to stream?
  6. Am I prepared to stream regularly and build a community in order to become successful or will I just stream casually?

If you’ve answered yes to those questions, then you’re ready to get started!

In my next post, we’ll look at the minimum internet requirements for streaming.



About The Author

Artenesse

Artenesse specialises in digital graphic design, and has been a creative professional since 2006. Blogging since 2004 and gaming since before the internet was actually a thing.

2 Comments

  1. Lex_Lopez

    Very good post. I started to look into streaming and I was faced with many of these. I specially noticed that my core i5 processor, was not allowing me to stream wow, run OBS and have twitch logged in another screen to see chat. :O

    @Lex_Lopez
    http://www.LexLopez.com

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    • Ness

      Thank you Lex, I was interested to learn that processors are just as important if not more important than your graphics card in terms of being able to handle hi-res gaming, AND streaming. Naturally lots of RAM is also important. I’m hoping to cover hardware/software in an upcoming post, I just need my resident geek to confirm the technical details!

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