Watching a livestream, be it YouTube Live or Twitch, has become an entertainment staple in this day and age. This is especially true for youths who are used to on-demand content, ones with a more personal touch. Although streaming may not be for everyone, here are some tips to get you on the right track.
Do note that we will be looking specifically at streaming on PC as it continues to be the preferred platform. For reference, we used the ASUS ROG G21 Huracan, the ASUS ROG Strix Fusion 700 and the ASUS ROG SWIFT PG248Q gaming monitor in this guide to piece our experience and relaying the basics.
When you think about it, watching someone playing games isn’t all that strange. Many older players grew up in a time where consoles and computers were a rare luxury, so taking turns at the controller wasn’t all that unusual. It is this idea -- of friends gathered together and watching someone play -- that makes livestreaming so appealing.
Meanwhile, today’s younger audience have ready access to technology, with many consuming YouTube more than they do traditional TV. Most YouTube content revolve around personalities and small groups, who also spend time personally engaging with their audiences through comments, social media, and even meet-up events. Active participation is something they’ve grown used to, and it translates well to live streaming platforms such as Twitch.
Mix those reasons together, plus a booming esports scene, and you’ve got an audience large enough to birth a new industry.
Now that we have a better idea of why livestreaming is popular, let's look at how you can get started. In this particular instance, a Fortnite streamer, as Epic Games’ online survival-shooter is incredibly popular and home to a massive fanbase, spread across all major gaming platforms. The game itself lends well to reactions and commentary too, so you get to use this large test audience to find your style.