Some things you need to know about game streaming
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Hundreds of thousands of viewers are attract by live streaming of online video games, impressed by personality of the presenters, the skill or the quality of the games. Anyone is allowed to dive in and start hosting their own stream, but if you want to draw a particular audience, it is needed to stand out from the competition. For that purpose, you want to choose your streaming setup very carefully.
First of all, you need to decide between the two platforms: YouTube or Twitch. Concerning the procedure of uploading, you won't find many differences—both of them can host a video game stream equally well. The pro-Twitch, gives you more control over your stream, including the possibility to set moderators for comments, because of what creators are getting more options for monetizing content. On the other side, YouTube allows anyone with more than 10,000 views to earn an advertising revenue, unlike Twitch users, who can monetize their streaming even after being invited to the Affiliate or Partner Program. YouTube, generally, has a larger reach, but Twitch is more attractive when it comes to gaming streaming—meaning that Twitch users can get a much higher following rate.
Your choice between YouTube and Twitch might be determined by the gadget you play on—the brand of console, computer, or the smartphone that you use. For instance, Android devices are better supported by YouTube Gaming (probably due to Google's involvement). So what is best for one user doesn’t necessarily mean that will work well for another.
Live stream from a computer
Even if you’ve upgraded your computer for the biggest titles in gaming, streaming at a consistent frame rate requires more processing power. Therefore, Twitch recommends your computer has at least:
• An Intel Core i5-4670 or an AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) processing unit with equivalent ability
• 8GB of RAM
• Windows 7 Home Premium or later
• A graphics card running DirectX 10 or above
YouTube, on the other hand, doesn't require minimum standards, but it can't hurt to aim for the same baseline equipment.
Essential for the streaming is an internet connection with a fair upload speed. A minimum for the best quality is somewhere in the region of 3 Mbps. Head to Speedtest in case you are not sure about the upload speeds your Internet Service Provider gives you.
Except for your computer, you will also need equipment that allows you broadcast your own commentary and face (if you want to add them), and encoding software that can capture the actions and send them to YouTube or Twitch.
Source: Popular Science