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Streaming Video Games as a Hobby while Earning some Extra Cash

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It’s hard to find a cheap pastime, especially if you enjoy playing video games. In short, if it’s any fun, it will cost you money. Buying every awesome new game that comes out can make your wallet drafty and your eyes teary when you think about it, but you can’t rely on your parents to keep funding your hobbies forever. So, is there a solution?

Make money streaming on Twitch

There are several ways to make money on Twitch. If you make a good impression on your online audience, you can even make a living out of it. What is required is that you deliver genuine experience to your viewers, to entertain them, give them tension, excitement and something to talk about. Twitch has its own subculture, which is much younger than say, Youtube’s, and it just loves memes. You need to keep a constant contact with the audience, preferably by having a second monitor just to watch the chat. Call them out by their nickname and be friendly with everyone. Invite them to play with you on special occasions and you will make new friends too!

Attract the crowd

If you have a fun, outgoing personality, you will have no problems gathering a large audience. Although the competition is fierce, there is room for everyone. To actually make money, you can use one of the following three options. The first and the easiest option is to accept donations. You can simply create a Paypal account and ask people to donate whatever they feel like. The second option is adding a subscribe option, which means that people won’t be able to use the chat and some other functions unless they pay for it. This is a way to get solid amount of money without any extra effort, but it requires that you already have a following, or there will be a ghost town in your chat channel. Also, in this way you cut down on spam, because people will act more civilized. The third option is getting a sponsorship deal and placing their ad within your stream. No matter what you decide to do, it all depends on your ability to play a game and make it fun to watch.

“Are you not entertained?”

Some streamers, such as Kripparrian and Athene, have a team of loyal players that help them out achieve greatness. This is a good idea and you too should strive to form a team that will lend you a hand whenever you get stuck, whether in a game or with real life problems. Invest some money into buying a decent microphone, so the viewers don’t get irritated by poor sound quality and buy a proper streaming program, such as Xsplit. An alternative to Xsplit is the completely free Open Broadcast Software aka. OBS.

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