Gamers all over the world are making a living by streaming themselves playing games on Twitch. This article will take you through how they do it and what it takes to be successful at this business.
So how can you make money by streaming? The most common method is through donations. A good example of this is the Twitch channel Northernlion, which currently has over 100,000 subscribers who have donated a combined total of $1.5 million to the channel. This method of donation is also known as “subscriber” or “viewer” money and in order to get it you need a large number of viewers.
Another well known method is through sponsorships and advertisements, which can be shown in the streaming program itself or in between breaks. The most common place to see this is in League of Legends where professional players will often have sponsor names on their shirts or have a banner ad of their sponsors in the background. The same method is used by amateur and professional players on Twitch as well, where they will often advertise products like Razer or Monster energy drinks.
The third and final way you can make money is through affiliates. An affiliate program works very similar to how it does with normal online stores; you get a percentage of the money that is made through your referral. There are currently several major affiliate programs that Twitch streamers can sign up for and they include:
Amazon’s Affiliate Program: Amazon has an affiliate program exactly like any other normal website and it works by having a special link on your page or in your video description, if someone clicks on the link and buys any product from Amazon within 24 hours you get a small percentage of that sale.
Outpost.GG: A relatively new affiliate program but one that has been working well for many streamers since its launch just a few months ago. It works by having gamers sign up for free and connect their Twitch accounts before then browsing for games they want to buy. When the game has been bought out of all the affiliates connected with their account, Outpost.GG will earn a small commission.
Lootmarket: This is another relatively new affiliate program but one that is already seeing big success among its users due to the fact you can earn up to 20% on every purchase. All you have to do is sign up for free and then share your unique link with everyone.
The final thing you need to become a Twitch streamer is the streaming program itself, which can be easily downloaded from either their website or their subreddit. The most common programs used are Open Broadcast Software (OBS) and XSplit, which are completely free to download. OBS is a much more simple program that will suit most people while XSplit has more advanced features but also contains lots of paid options you can buy if you wish to do so.
With all the necessary tools now in place, it’s time to get started! A good idea before signing up for Twitch is to start off on YouTube and grow your following there first because Twitch does not allow people who have a history of copyright infringement to join. A great way of doing this for new streamers is by making tutorials or playing through a difficult part in a game you know inside out. Once your viewers increase, the donations come pouring in and before you know it you’ll be able to make a living playing video games.
If this sounds like something you want to give a go, then go to our website and create an account today! Exciting times lie ahead for anyone who is serious about becoming the next big thing in streaming.