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Using Video Content to Help Grow Your Gaming Stream

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When you started your gaming stream, you probably imagined hosting a bustling, vibrant online community with thousands of regular viewers who enjoyed watching you play the day’s hottest games. 

But, as you’ve probably learned, growing a gaming stream is extremely difficult. Not only do you have to provide high-quality gameplay, but you also have to engage with your audience to earn repeat viewers and subscribers. Even then, the competitiveness of platforms like Twitch and Facebook Live means that you aren’t guaranteed viewership. 

As an aspiring streamer, you have to pull out every trick possible to grow your audience and gain momentum in the streaming scene. While there are plenty of algorithm-busting cheat codes available to you, producing and posting video content is the single best way to draw traffic to your stream. 

Why Video?

There are dozens of methods that you can use to increase traffic to your stream, but none beat well-produced video content. That’s because 1.2 billion people watch gaming content worldwide, and the demand for high-quality gaming content is always growing. As a streamer, you need to leverage video content to claim a piece of the viewership pie for yourself. 

As well as being popular, video content is easy to produce and relevant to your streaming goals. You can quickly download and edit gameplay from the same PC or console that you use to stream, and you’ll never run out of original content as long as you go live regularly. Viewers who find relevant video content on sites like Youtube or Tik Tok also make for quality commenters, as they already understand your particular niche before they tune in to watch a live stream. 

Video content also increases your exposure, and gives you a chance to “go viral.” However, it is important to understand that going viral isn’t all that it’s purported to be, and one well-performing video doesn’t lead to a fortune in ad revenue. Nevertheless, if you have a few videos that catch the algorithm’s attention, you’re sure to see a bump in viewership (so long as you provide clear links to your stream and schedule). 

To increase your chances of going viral with video content, try to play new games that rank highly amongst YouTube searches. For example, Elden Ring was launched in February of 2022, but it reached its peak search popularity on YouTube in early March. The demand was so great that streamers like Dr. Disrespect and StoneMoutain64 switched from their usual FPS content to Elden Ring to reach an audience that wouldn’t usually be interested in their stream. You can follow in the pro’s footsteps by streaming content related to newly released games and posting to YouTube in the form of tutorials. 

Headache-less Editing

Producing video content always seems like a good idea until it’s time to capture, edit, and post your recordings. Most video editing software is either expensive or needlessly complex. This can lead you to lose endless hours balancing audio and attempting to overlay graphics. 

Instead of dropping a bomb on professional-grade editing software, try starting with easy, free video editing sites. You’ll still be able to narrate, add music, and overlay text, but you won’t get lost in the weeds of video editing. 

When editing your stream, avoid the temptation to post content that runs over 20 minutes. While you might think that more is better, audiences on YouTube and social media are unlikely to view a video that is too long or is shabbily edited. Instead, choose a key moment from your stream that is particularly engaging and trim it down to the minimum. 

You can also take advantage of short-form video content which can be posted on YouTube’s Shorts, Tik Tok, and Instagram. These short-form videos shouldn’t last more than a minute and aim to catch people while they’re scrolling. As a general rule, you’ll want to start with Tik Tok as it offers the most intuitive editing program and a wide audience demographic. These short-form videos allow you to put out a higher volume of quality content and can help improve your brand image and visibility. 

Consistent Brand Image

Providing video content is a great way to boost your stream’s viewership. However, you’ll still need to post high-quality, consistent content if you want to make a lasting impression on would-be viewers. 

You can create a consistent brand image by running your stream like a business. This means you’ll need to reinvest your profits into things like microphones and cameras. You should also aim to cut out visual background “noise” that distracts viewers by creating a professional, consistent background for your gaming room. 

As a final word of caution, be sure to clearly identify your target audience and cater to them across all platforms. This will ensure that your social media presence aligns with your stream content and will bring the “right” people to your stream — you do not want your stream to be flooded with toxic comments because of an off-brand video. 

Conclusion 

Creating video content can help grow your gaming stream and give you valuable skills to prepare you for the workforce. You can wet your feet in video editing by utilizing freely available software that helps you provide consistent, high-quality content across all the platforms you post to. Just remember to track your videos with analytics so you can see which content is driving the most traffic to your gaming stream.

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Evaluating Fallout 76’s Value in 2024

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If you’ve been keeping up with the new Fallout show on Amazon Prime, chances are you’ve been relying on PS Plus Extra and PS Plus Premium to access and enjoy one of Bethesda’s legendary RPGs. We decided to bypass the highly acclaimed Fallout New Vegas and Fallout 3, opting instead to explore the vast landscapes of West Virginia in Fallout 76. Infamous for its initial reception, Todd Howard’s “Fallout with Friends” has evolved significantly over the past six years. However, does that imply the game is of high quality? Is it worth playing in 2024?

As we ventured out of Vault 76 for the very first time, we were determined to find the answers to those burning questions. Recalling our escapades on the Push Square YouTube channel, we encountered quest-giving NPCs—a feature that was surprisingly absent upon release—awe-inspiring bases built by fellow players—and an abundance of loot that could easily burden us 76 times over.

In the midst of the vast array of open-world online experiences, we found ourselves quite enthralled by the combination of 50s classics playing in the background as we obliterated the heads of ghouls. And to top it off, we were able to enjoy all of this with our friends. Exploring the wasteland in the company of a ragtag band of survivors adds a unique element to Fallout 76, setting it apart from other games in the series. However, does it manage to prevent us from uninstalling and transitioning to one of the mainline entries in the series? To discover more, be sure to watch the complete video!

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The cast of the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 film has added an exciting new addition with the inclusion of Shadow, who will be voiced by the talented Keanu Reeves

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After a long wait, it appears that the search for a capable Hollywood actor to bring the brooding Shadow the Hedgehog to life has come to an end. Keanu Reeves, a renowned actor known for his iconic roles in film franchises such as The Matrix and John Wick, as well as his involvement in the highly anticipated game Cyberpunk 2077, has officially been cast for the role.

Speculation has been running wild lately, but The Hollywood Reporter has officially confirmed the casting, citing reliable sources in the know. News of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 being showcased at Cinemacon has quickly spread. Reeves is sure to bring his own special touch to the role, but it’s uncertain how well he will mesh with the mustachioed Dr. Robotnik, as Jim Carrey is set to reprise the character.

What are your thoughts on Keanu Reeves being cast as Shadow the Hedgehog in Sonic the Hedgehog 3? Please avoid sharing fan art in the comments section below.

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Get ready for a metaphorical rollercoaster ride with ReFantazio Livestreams!

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ATLUS has just announced their latest event, the “ATLUS Exclusive: Metaphor: ReFantazio” broadcast. Fans can look forward to an exciting 30-minute showcase of never-before-seen gameplay from the publisher/developer. How exciting is that to anticipate?

According to Gematsu, director Katsura Hashino will serve as the host of the broadcast, which will debut on YouTube on April 22. The English version will include dubbed audio and English subtitles, and we have also expanded the list of timezones available.

  • North America: 3 pm PDT, 4 pm MDT, 5 pm CDT, and 6 pm EDT.
  • UK/Ire: 11pm BST
  • Europe: 12am CEST / 1am EEST
  • Asia/Oceania: 7am JST, 6am AWST, 8am AEST.

Additionally, there is a scheduled stream for the next day, April 23rd, with the specific times listed below. Get ready for the “ATLUS Exclusive Debut Commemoration Special—Metaphor: Stalkers Club Final,” where fans can indulge in the captivating presence of hosts Mafia Kajita and Tomomi Isomura. They will thoroughly analyze and delve into all the information disclosed during the initial broadcast. Sayawaka, a visitor who is the author of the associated manga’s story, will be with them.

  • North America: 7 am PDT, 8 am MDT, 9 am CDT, and 10 am EDT.
  • UK/Ire: 3pm BST
  • Europe: 4pm CEST / 5pm EEST
  • Asia/Oceania: 11pm JST, 10pm AWST, 1am AEDT

What are your thoughts on the influx of information about Metaphor: ReFantazio? Are you planning to watch any of the upcoming broadcasts? Share your authentic thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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