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Want to Make Money Streaming Video Games? Run It Like a Business

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The pandemic changed the landscape of streaming forever. Before the pandemic, the largest concurrent audience on Twitch was just 3.9 million. That record was shattered in 2021 when 6.57 million viewers tuned in at the same time. 

In response, thousands of gamers have started streaming and are attempting to make serious cash from their favorite hobby. 

But getting started in the streaming industry is tough. However, one thing is clear: if you want to make it as a streamer, you have to start running your stream like a business — here’s how. 

Finances

Almost all businesses require an initial investment to get off the ground. Luckily, starting a stream requires almost no money: all you need is a camera, an internet connection, and your favorite game. 

Over time, you should upgrade your offering by improving your stream quality. Here are a few investments you might consider:

  • Improve your mic/camera quality
  • Upgrade your gaming system to get better frame rates and improve the viewing experience
  • Add lighting to professionalize your on-screen presence
  • Modify your background and build the ultimate game room

However, you can’t just start spending and expect your stream to remain profitable. 

Instead, you need to have a clear understanding of personal finances that details your income and expenditures. This will show you exactly how much you have made from streaming and will help you save towards upgrades that help you land new partnerships.

Partnerships

Partnerships are to streamers what Poké Balls are to Ash Ketchum — you simply must land partnerships go full time as a streamer. 

There is no “quick” way to land a partnership. You must show that you have a quality, professional offering before any business will associate their name with your stream. But, you can make it a little easier to get spotted and sponsored by registering with sites like PowerSpike and WeHype

However, to be considered a good investment for these businesses, you must put forward an engaging, well-made stream. You can work towards this by making small, marginal gains every time you stream. 

Marginal Gains

The idea of marginal gains really caught on during the 2010s, when business leaders took inspiration from the successful British Cycling team. The British team dedicated themselves to making 1% gains every day, and these marginal gains resulted in Great Britain winning 7 out of 10 gold medals. 

To make marginal gains as a gamer, you should take an honest look at your current offering and identify areas of improvement. It can be difficult to make this assessment, but you should start by organizing your thoughts with a mind map. Organizing your thoughts is important as it allows you to visualize the way you work and crystallize your objectives. 

Every few weeks, you can return to your mind map and evaluate the changes you made. For example, did it improve engagement with audiences? Did your background change result in a longer average-watch time from viewers? Did a change you made to your music positively affect your audience’s retention? 

By making small changes every day, you can improve your offering and start working towards bigger partnership contracts. 

Find Your “Thing” 

Niches are overrated in the world of gaming and streaming content. Very few people will find your stream if you only ever play unpopular games, and fewer still will stick around if you decide that your niche is more important than audience engagement or a consistent offering. 

This can feel a little dissuading, but it shouldn’t stop you from trying to deliver a unique, engaging experience for viewers — you can still discover your particular “thing” while playing popular games that attract viewers. 

Take, for example, Broxh. He splits his stream into two approaches: gaming and woodworking. His woodworking draws in a large audience for his stream and he routinely plays popular games like Valorant and Super Smash Bros. But, his “thing” which draws repeat viewers is simple: he is extremely friendly and strikes an authentic chord which makes audiences feel comfortable and happy. 


So, when you next go live, try to consider what your “thing” is, and build on it over time. 

Conclusion

Making money from streaming feels impossible at first. You should start by treating your stream as a business that requires time, money, and effort. After your initial investment, you should seek to make marginal gains that improve your offering and increase your chances of being spotted by brands that are looking for professional, engaging streamers like yourself. 

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The developer of Stellar Blade is currently working on implementing a Photo Mode feature for the popular PS5 game, Hit

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Stellar Blade is an exceptionally aesthetically pleasing game, and we are not solely referring to the attractiveness of the protagonist, Eve, and her various outfits. The campaign features several visually captivating moments, which is customary for major PS5 titles, and fans are eager to capture them all. Thankfully, the developer Shift Up is currently working diligently on a Photo Mode, which is expected to be the next significant addition to the game after the recent Boss Challenge update.

Director Kim Hyung-Tae informed the Japanese magazine Famitsu that his team is diligently working on the feature at maximum efficiency, aiming to surpass expectations with its implementation. “Regrettably, immediate delivery is not possible; however, we are keen on implementing it,” he stated. “If we decide to proceed with the implementation, we are committed to ensuring that it is of excellent quality. Therefore, we are currently engaged in the process and kindly request your patience for a short period of time.”

Photo modes have experienced a surge in popularity over the last ten years, with inFAMOUS: Second Son being the pioneering game to introduce this feature. These modes enable you to temporarily suspend the progression of time, granting you the ability to precisely capture and structure gameplay according to your preferences. Subsequently, you have the option to incorporate a multitude of effects and filters to customize your images.

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Frostpunk 2 offers a thrilling combination of post-apocalyptic survival strategy and intense political maneuvering

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Frostpunk 2 is the follow-up to a morally challenging strategy game that has captivated players, and it appears that even more difficult decisions await in the sequel. The game is set to release on PC and Xbox Series X|S on July 25th, with plans for a later release on PS5. Thanks to IGN, we were treated to an in-depth preview of 11 Bit Studios’ dark and gritty survival city builder.

Players are faced with the challenging task of making difficult decisions in order to endure the impending storm. They must carefully navigate through various ideological technology trees to reach their inevitable outcomes. Considering the shortage of manpower, are you planning to employ underage workers to fulfill the demand? What is the most efficient method for controlling a rebellious population: using brute force or employing religious manipulation?

In Frostpunk 2, players are transported to a world 30 years after the catastrophic global weather event that challenged their survival skills in the original game. The world remains frozen, with the most pressing danger now coming from fellow survivors vying for scarce resources and the growing democratic nature of your own people. Take a look at the trailer below to get a taste of what makes the series truly exceptional.

Can you handle the challenging decisions necessary for your survival? Are there any boundaries you refuse to cross? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Baldur’s Gate 3 had a more manageable development process compared to Larian Studios’ previous RPGs

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According to Swen Vincke, the founder and CEO of Larian Studios, the level of crunch on Baldur’s Gate 3 was lower compared to their previous games like Divinity: Original Sin 2. Crunch, also known as “crunch culture”, refers to the overtime that many developers are often expected to work when production deadlines are approaching.

According to GamesRadar+, Vincke was questioned about the challenges that emerged during the game’s extensive development and whether the studio had to work under intense pressure. Vincke mentioned that they are investing less in BG3 compared to their previous projects. We definitely did. We encountered unforeseen events.

Vincke highlights Larian’s global studio setup as a method through which the developer alleviated the pressure. This structure was established to guarantee round-the-clock coverage, specifically designed to prevent individuals from having to put in additional effort to resolve late-night issues. The Belgian developer has expanded its reach by opening a seventh office in Poland.

According to Vincke, employees who had to work long hours were compensated with overtime pay. He also mentioned that after 8pm, the offices would be nearly empty, and weekend work was a rare occurrence at the studio. Expanding on the topic, he clarifies: “We didn’t excessively push ourselves, but we did have to put in some extra effort.” And I believe, honestly, there will always be a sense of anticipation when you’re working towards completing a project, particularly when there are numerous intricate elements that need to be integrated.

Did you know that the development of Baldur’s Gate 3, with its immense size and scope, involved developers working tirelessly to meet the deadline? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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