Game streaming has become a popular way to share gaming experiences, to share tips and even to offer advice. Gamers can deter from following their luck in their zodiac sign and start their own channels and even get paid for their experience or advice. Monetizing their games and giving watchers and other enthusiasts the opportunity to get in on the action in some way allows gamers to engage with their audience better.
The exact dictionary explanation of streaming is such: “A method of transmitting or receiving data (especially video and audio material) over a computer network as a steady, continuous flow, allowing playback to start while the rest of the data is still being received.” Hence the word ‘streaming’ such as a stream of water flowing continuously.
So, how do you get started in streaming driving games?
It doesn’t matter if you want to stream your driving games to your friends or if you want to build a community of followers, you still need to know the ins and outs of how to get started, how to build a community of followers and how to keep those streams coming so that your audience remains engaged in your game.
First, if a person is going to start streaming their driving games, they have to face the reality that this isn’t an instant money-spinner, like telling fortunes or getting paid to know the zodiac. On the contrary, you would have to market yourself in a unique way to keep your audience engaged, not to mention if you want them to pay and remain interested in your games.
Furthermore, having the right software and a PC powerful enough to handle the live streaming is key to being successful in this regard.
Playing at full HD, such as 1920 by 1080 resolution, or 1080p is recommended by professional game streamers who are already entrenched in the trend, who advocated that 1080p is easier on your computer to help “push” your game streams. So, this is what you need to bear in mind when considering the correct PC for ultimate success in streaming.
The CPU needs to be strong enough and it requires a high-quality graphics card to help stream a clear graphic quality, with an Nvidia graphics card still punted as the best to use for streaming purposes, and you need to ensure your processor is also strong enough to handle this.
Many gaming PCs are still being sold with premium Intel Core i5 processors and while a Core i5 with 8 Gigabytes of memory can run streams, it would be better to consider Core i7 or even Core i9. Granted, you will have to pay more, but you would get 16GB speed as opposed to 8GB and will have much better and faster streaming quality with one of these higher-grade processors and a top of the range graphics card.
There aren’t many streaming services available at the moment. Twitch is still strong in the market but Facebook Gaming, for example, does not have a large following for some reason and Microsoft closed its own gaming platform, Mixer, in June 2020.
While there might seem to be limited platforms on which to host the streaming of your racing games, YouTube Gaming remains popular and two lesser-known platforms than Twitch, namely Mirrativ and Hitbox.tv also allow you to broadcast yourself playing video games online.
Since YouTube remains popular in most ways, here’s how you could set up a YouTube Gaming channel and garner followers fairly quickly, depending on your marketing strategy.
It’s easy to setup your YouTube Channel because it remains as a tab in your YouTube interface, so it is not necessary to download any kind of an application in order to stream. If you have a YouTube account connected to your Google account, your all set to start. You will, however, need broadcast software to run in conjunction with your YouTube account.
You can find multiple open broadcaster software applications to aid you in broadcasting your games, such as XSplit, Wirecast, Nvidia Shadowplay, Lightstream and more. Streamlabs OBS comes highly recommended as it is fairly easy to use and holds up well. Unfortunately it is limited in some ways, such as streaming to multiple platforms at once, but at the same time it is powerful enough to handle your livestreaming requirements.
Then, you also have to have ‘scenes’ set up so that you know what you are going to show your audience and there are actually many things you can do in each scene, such as add subscription alerts, include a webcam feed, and many more elements that can be added to make viewing more fun. You can add microphones and adjust the volume accordingly and Streamlabs also has an Alertbox widget that pops up to tell you about new followers, subscriptions and donations.
So, it’s time to get streaming those driving games and also to make money with these ‘easy-to-get-started’ tips.