Once you decide you want to start livestreaming games, you need to decide which platform you’re going to use. It’s important to first make sure you’re adequately prepared though. You’ll need to buy routers for streaming as well as a good microphone to deliver commentary. After that, you can consider the pros and cons of each platform. Don’t choose a platform just because your favorite live streamer uses it. Different platforms cater to different types of live streamers and what works for other might not work for you.
The most popular streaming website is without a doubt Twitch.tv. There are numerous advantages to using Twitch. They have a lot of users and you’ll be more likely to draw a big audience. On the other hand, you can’t monetize your streams unless you’re a partner. You can only become a partner by consistently streaming to a large audience. This might take a while to achieve, meaning that you won’t be able to monetize at all during the first few months that you must stream a few times a week. It will take a lot of your time with little to no rewards at first, but if you do manage to become a partner, it can be very lucrative for you.
The other popular choice is YouTube. YouTube has a lot of advantages as well, even more than Twitch. Firstly, you can upload regular videos on the same channel as your livestreams. This allows you to build an audience with your well edited videos. People rarely want to watch livestream of somebody they aren’t familiar with, they’ll be much more interested if they are already fans. Another bonus is that you can monetize your videos without any fuss. YouTube has even more users than Twitch, making it the overall better option. The only downside is that there is a lot more competition on YouTube.