Do you have what it takes to be a dedicated video game streamer? There’s quite a bit more to it than you’d think. Here’s TheMasterBucks on what you need to get noticed as a content producer. 

What prompted your decision to get into the streaming scene?
After making YouTube videos for so long, I decided streaming was the next step for me. I try to do it as much as I can since it allows me to connect and perform to my audience in a completely different way to making YouTube videos.

How hard is it to get noticed and to start amassing a following?
It can be quite challenging, especially now with so many YouTubers and streamers out there. But I strongly believe that the cream still rises to the top. If you make great content and are doing your own thing well, along with collaboration with others, you can get noticed and start creating something special.

What advice would you give to anyone thinking about starting out in the streaming business?
Just go for it. Get yourself set up, learn all about it; don’t worry about making mistakes or looking silly. And above all else, just have fun! That’s why all the original guys started doing it, so that’s exactly why you should want to do it too.

Is streaming a full-time effort for you? Is it feasible to make a living out of doing something like this?
Thankfully, I am able to make a living off my YouTube channel and my Twitch channel. I currently focus all my energy into it after leaving my old job about two years ago. I’ve had some great jobs in the past, but being my own boss, playing video games and entertaining people for a living is the best.

You use Elgato game capture devices. What makes Elgato such a stand-out as far as game capture cards go?
They are by far the leaders in the market. There are barely any other game capture products out there that match the great standards of Elgato.

What’s it like working with them?
It’s cool. Being able to work closely with a company that is essential for me to do my job is not just beneficial for me, but for my fans. I get to give away Elgatos from time to time which is always great – to give back to my followers.

How easy is it to set up and get started?
It’s pretty simple so long as you have very basic computer skills and know where to plug what into where. The software is very simple to download, set up and navigate. It takes no time at all to learn the ins and outs of Game Capture HD60S.

What is the software like? Is it very user-friendly?
It’s certainly not a difficult piece of software to pick up and learn. It can be as simple as hitting a big, red button once you’re all set up and ready to go for recording. But if you’re interested in some of the other features, like streaming assistance and multi-channel audio recording, they have very easy ways of setting those up too.

How is the Australian streaming scene?
The Australian scene is definitely behind regions like the US and UK who seem to do incredibly well. I think we need more Australian viewers to get behind and support local creators and streamers. There are heaps of us out there who do some amazing stuff! As time goes on, I’m sure we’ll have heaps of big Aussie YouTubers and streamers and a thriving community.