There are so many horrible gaming channels on YouTube. It's just the truth. Starting a gaming channel is pretty easy, and because of that, the market is flooded with horrible content and bad creators who just don't care behind the camera/microphone. Luckily, you've got this article, which is going to show you how to start a gaming YouTube channel, in order for you to have a great foundation for the future success of your YouTube channel.
How To Start A Gaming YouTube Channel
Step 1) Start Off With Good Equipment
Equipment is one of the biggest parts of starting a YouTube channel. It is the upfront cost other than the time needed for creating videos. Below, I've outlined the best starter equipment for getting your YouTube channel going. It's going to be different depending on if you are wanting to make PC gaming videos or console gaming videos, so I've outlined them both.
The PC Itself
You're going to need a good PC. There is no doubt about that, and if you want to record modern games, you'll need at least an i7 Processor and a graphics card with at least 4GB of VRAM. The more the merrier on the VRAM however, and for just normal RAM, I'd shoot for 16GB in order to get the best results recording modern PC Games.
Step 2) Be Entertaining!
Make sure you actually sound like you want to be making a video. This shouldn't be too difficult as if you're getting into YouTube, you should want to make videos. Stay upbeat, positive, and happy. People typically don't want to watch people that are monotone and seem like they are done with the day. Thus, make sure you don't sound this way. Put some inflection in your voice, keep a smile on your face, and make sure you're awake. Otherwise, people will assume you're boring and don't actually want to be making videos, so keep it fun and upbeat!
Extra Tip: Smile before you hit the record button. It will subconsciously make you feel better and happier when making a video.
Step 3) Get Graphics & Brand Yourself
Branding is extremely important on YouTube, and it's one thing that many new YouTuber's completely ignore. If you don't have a name, logos, channel art, and thumbnails for people to recognize you from, a lot of your work will be pointless. It is said you have to get in front of someone 5-7 times in order to sell them something. Believe it or not, this is true with gaining subscribers as well. Usually, people need to see 5-7 of your videos before they will subscribe to your channel. The more people see you, the more they will be willing to subscribe. That's why it is important to have a cohesive brand. That way everytime someone sees even your video's thumbnail, they'll know it is you. Keep all your graphics in the same form and look. That will become your brand identity and people will know you for it!
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Step 4) Figure Out What Will Set You Apart
Let's get real here. There are millions of different gaming YouTube channels, and it's naive to think you can do exactly what everyone else is doing and actually stick out and make it. You have to have something that sets you apart from everybody else. It can be as simple as you are funnier than everybody else, or it could be crazy in that for every video you make you dress-up in a crazy costume. I don't care what it is, but you've got to have something that sets your videos and your channel apart from everyone else. Back in the day, I wanted to outwork people. I posted one video every single day with absolutely no excuses. This hustle is what got me my first influx of subscribers. After that, I started striving to be the best teacher of gaming and tech on YouTube something else that set me apart from the crowd. Find your unique thing, and stick to it!
Step 5) Make Sure You Would Subscribe To You
This is something I've harped on for a long time. I feel like so many people who post gaming videos on YouTube wouldn't even subscribe to themselves if they stumbled upon their own content. How can you expect someone to subscribe to you if you won't even subscribe to yourself? Thus, whenever you're about to upload a video, watch it. Ask yourself, “If I randomly found this video on YouTube, would I subscribe to this channel?” If the answer is no, DON'T UPLOAD THE VIDEO! It isn't good enough. You have to love your own content. If you don't, you can't expect other people to love that content. This will be difficult at first, and you will probably throw away a lot of videos. The truth is, however, practice makes perfect. Overtime, you will start posting high-quality, amazing videos every day.
And there you have it. You now know how to start a gaming YouTube channel. These 5 things will set you apart from the rest of the new YouTuber's by leaps and bounds. If you've got the right equipment and right mindset when starting your channel, it will follow you throughout its lifespan and help you be the best YouTuber that you can be. These tips and principals are what allow many YouTuber's to turn YouTube from a hobby into a very profitable business, and you can do that too. You've just got to get the equipment and start making videos. Seriously, what are you waiting for? Go make some content!