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If you want to start an exciting venture, are looking for lucrative opportunities, and love video games – you’re in luck! The video game industry is growing and opportunities are endless.
One of the best opportunities within the video game industry is to become a gaming YouTuber.
Gaming YouTubers are influencers within the video game industry. They are seen as an authority in the industry and for their work can rake in lots of money.
So, are you convinced?
We’ve put together this guide on how to become a gaming YouTuber.
The Guide On How To Become A Gaming YouTuber
The first thing you need to do is to prepare your space. Make sure you have a reliable computer that is made for gaming. You also want to invest in a great pair of gaming headphones, a high-definition video camera, and a high-quality microphone for recording audio.
We also suggest you invest in a great chair. As a gaming YouTuber, you will spend hours seated at your computer. You want a comfortable chair to make your work more enjoyable. We suggest looking at Clutch gaming chairs.
Once your space is prepared, here’s what you need to know to become a successful gaming YouTuber:
1. Find Your Niche
If there’s a disadvantage to becoming a gaming YouTuber is that the competition is fierce. You need to make sure that you don’t copy other gaming YouTubers. You can learn from them and what makes them successful. But you should avoid trying to emulate them entirely.
As a result, you need to find your niche. For example, is there a particular genre of games you will focus on? Maybe you will only focus on games made by a particular company such as Electronic Arts, Rockstar Games, or Blizzard Entertainment?
Maybe you will focus on retro games such as Pacman. If you own any arcade games or have continuous access to a gaming arcade (where you can film) you can make videos on this.
Also, you should think about what you will do in the video – apart from playing video games. Are you only going to comment on the games while playing? Will the video consist of you playing the game without any added commentary?
Will you give reviews on video games and perhaps interviews with industry experts and video game designers?
Plan a strategy before you start on what your niche will be. This can change as your channel grows but you should have a blueprint beforehand.
2. Learn How To Create A Video
Next, you need to practice how you create your videos. Once your space is prepared you should film a few test videos. You want to check that the lighting illuminates the room properly. You want to make sure that the audio quality is good.
You should upload these test videos to YouTube and make them unlisted. Share the links to the videos with a few trusted friends who can give you honest feedback on what needs to improve and what you did right.
To show the game you are playing, you will need to find great screen capture software. Test out different options until you find the right software for this.
As a side note, you want to make sure you have lots of storage space on your computer (or that you record while connected to an external hard drive) as screen capture will take up lots of storage space.
You also need to learn video editing. While there are gaming YouTubers who only focus on live streams and don’t edit their videos, we suggest that you learn the basics of video editing.
Editing lets you perfect your videos and add effects to them. You can trim out any excessive parts that a viewer might find boring. When sharing your videos with your test audience, make sure you ask them to comment on your editing skills.
3. Creating Your Channel
Before you launch your channel, you want to design it. Make sure you come up with a great name that users will remember. You want something unique that isn’t easily forgettable. You might want to check if a domain name and social media handles are available with this username.
Design your channel with graphics and post a description in the ‘About’ section before uploading any videos. The more information on your channel, the more professional you look.
Your channel should also have ‘trademark’ expectations. This will include having an intro and an outro on each of your videos. This can be pre-recorded and then spliced into each of your videos during the editing process. Your videos should always have a description of the video followed by a standard ‘About This Channel/About Me’ text.
There should be hashtags on each of your videos so that users can find it through their keyword searches. Once your channel is designed, you are ready to start uploading videos and making it public.
4. Promoting Your Channel
This is an action that you will always have to take. But its especially important to start promoting your channel even before you launch it. This is one of the biggest mistakes new YouTubers make – they only start promotion after they’ve uploaded a few videos.
Inform your friends and family that you are starting a gaming channel. Attend gaming events, such as conventions, and share information about your gaming channel.
You should stop by your local gaming stores and talk to the staff about your channel and if you can strike up a promotion deal with them.
If you have created social media handles for your gaming persona, start sharing this as well. Any opportunity you have to share this information you should take. Even if you haven’t uploaded a single video, promoting your channel before launch lets you build the hype around it.
Play The Game!
Now that you know how to become a gaming YouTuber, you are ready to launch your channel. Be sure to follow these 4 tips to launch a successful gaming channel.
As your channel grows, make sure you pay attention to what your audience responds to so you can determine your future channel strategy.
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