As much as I’ve wanted to give game-streaming a try, I’m always tentative to jump into the Twitch waters for two reasons: I don’t have a solid background behind my gaming desktop’s chair, which would make it tricky to key out everything but my face, and I don’t have any neat animations that would keep all 10 viewers engaged with my stream.
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There’s always something new to watch on Twitch, whether it’s someone build-gunning their way through a Fortnite match, completing a 24-hour marathon of some classic game you haven’t played since childhood, or showing you all the secrets for that brand-new expansion from your favourite digital card game.
It's no secret that the top Twitch streamers, such as Ninja and Shroud, make bank from playing video games and broadcasting their antics. What remains a mystery is how much they're making. Yesterday, popular Hearthstone streamer Disguised Toast decided to pull back the curtain by not only showing his average income, but using his figures to extrapolate the earnings of other top streamers.
In many ways, Geisha Monroe and Mandy Morbid are typical Twitch streamers -- they're gamers who share their play experiences with an online following. They cosplay, they collect game-related memorabilia, they tweet Overwatch memes. And like most streamers, Twitch isn't their job. But what does pay their bills makes them unusual among Twitch streamers: They're cam performers.
Ten years ago the idea of having a career as a streamer would have been a ludicrous proposition. But YouTubers and Twitch streamers have developed fanbases and profiles on par with some of the biggest celebrities on earth, with millions of viewers and even more millions in their bank account.
But the actual act of streaming, beaming footage from your PC or console to the internet, can be surprisingly tricky. So to help out, here's everything you need to know about streaming.