Getting into game streaming is easy. Making it look good, not so much.
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You don't need thousands of dollars of equipment to stream your gameplay. If you're a heavy gamer, chances are you already have a respectable computer to run broadcasting software (that's the easy part). The hard part is making your stream look and sound good.
Twitch.tv is a rapidly growing social video platform. With 100 million viewers each month, everyone is looking to become the next big broadcaster.
As the audience has grown, so has the competition. Viewers have come to expect better production quality as more and more broadcasters flood into the scene.
Live streaming isn't easy and not everyone will be able to make money out of it or gain a huge following of fans. But if you believe that you have the personality for it, increasing the quality of your stream goes a long way to gaining viewership.
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This is a good example of a stream layout.
It's really easy to to have an affordable setup that works for you and your audience. DansGaming is a popular streamer. His videos are a good example of what a standard stream should look like.
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