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Pro tips on how to create a successful gaming channel

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Standing out from the crowd as a gaming content creator requires more than just epic gameplay. Today’s successful gaming enthusiasts are a blend of entertainer, strategist, and community builder. Here’s what it takes to thrive in this ever-evolving landscape.

Gone are the days of generic “let’s plays.” Identifying a niche, whether mastering speedruns, delving into lore analysis, or offering hilarious commentary for specific genres, allows you to cater to a dedicated audience.

“‘Identify your unique niche and create a content strategy that sets you apart from the competition. Experiment with different formats, such as gameplay walkthroughs, game reviews, tutorials, and Q&A sessions, to engage your audience and showcase your expertise,” says Cristian Ovidiu Marin, the CEO of free online gaming platform OnlineGames.io.  

Marin, a game developer with over 10 years of experience and inventor of games including Masked Forces, says budding gaming content creators should “invest time in crafting a visually appealing and cohesive brand identity, complete with a memorable channel name, engaging profile, and eye-catching graphics.”

What makes certain gamers rise above the rest?

Let’s look at three of the most popular influencers – Pokimane, Jacksepticeye, and Tyler “Ninja” Blevins – to see how they’ve each carved their own niche for success.

Pokimane: Queen of Chill  and Content Diversification

Imane “Pokimane” Anys is known for her chill demeanour and infectious positivity. Her streams often showcase a variety of games, but she’s not afraid to branch out into vlogs and lifestyle content. This diverse approach keeps things fresh for her audience, while her relaxed personality fosters a welcoming and inclusive community. Pokimane’s success hinges on her ability to connect with viewers on a personal level, making them feel like they’re part of the fun.

Jacksepticeye = Enthusiasm!

Sean McLoughlin, better known as Jacksepticeye, brings an electrifying energy to the table. His signature catchphrase, “Top of the mornin’ to ya laddies!” sets the tone for his enthusiastic Let’s Play videos, comedic sketches, and vlogs. Jacksepticeye’s genuine passion for gaming is contagious, drawing viewers in and making even the most mundane moments of gameplay entertaining. His infectious personality and willingness to experiment with different content formats keeps his audience engaged.

Ninja: skills + building excitement  

Tyler “Ninja” Blevins rose to fame with his mastery of Fortnite. His energetic commentary and exceptional skills created a captivating stream experience, perfectly suited to the fast-paced action of the game. Ninja’s success lies in his ability to build hype and excitement. He isn’t just playing the game; he’s on a thrilling adventure, taking viewers along for the ride. This infectious enthusiasm, coupled with his impressive gameplay, made him a must-watch for Fortnite fans.

What makes a winning formula?

While each of these influencers has their own distinct style, some common threads tie their success together. They all possess a genuine passion for gaming, which translates into engaging content. They also prioritise building a strong connection with their audience, fostering a sense of community that keeps viewers coming back for more.

Here we share some more tips on building your gaming content creation business:

What platform should you post gaming content?

Marin suggests choosing a platform that aligns with your content and target audience, whether it’s Twitch for live streaming or YouTube for pre-recorded videos. While giants like YouTube and Twitch remain dominant, creators are increasingly exploring diverse platforms. Short-form video platforms like TikTok and Instagram Reels are gaining popularity for bite-sized gaming content, while dedicated streaming services like Facebook Gaming offer unique opportunities for audience interaction.

How do you build an income as a gaming content creator?

You should go for a monetization mix. That means considering from brand sponsorships and affiliate marketing to merchandise sales and fan subscriptions. However, you will need to find out more about your audience and tailoring your offerings based on what they like and where they shop. What will bring them more joy? Better gaming skills and engagement with other players should help build your community and revenue streams.

Marin says, “Investigate platform-specific features like Twitch subscriptions, YouTube AdSense, and sponsorship opportunities. Diversify your revenue streams by offering merchandise, hosting live events, or providing exclusive content to your most dedicated fans.”

Building a successful gaming content creation career requires unwavering dedication and persistence. Marin says, “Remember, success doesn’t happen overnight; but with a strategic approach and a genuine passion for your craft, you can turn your gaming dreams into a thriving reality.”

Collab: Join forces with other creators

A thriving community is the lifeblood of any successful channel. Fostering interaction through live chats, polls, and social media engagement goes a long way.

Marin notes, “Actively engage with your viewers by responding to comments, hosting interactive events, and encouraging discussions around your content. Leverage social media platforms to connect with your audience, share behind-the-scenes glimpses, and foster a sense of community.”

Collaborations with other creators can also expand your reach and introduce you to new audiences. bringing you into content with like-minded people who could become lifelong friends. 

Attend virtual or in-person gaming events, participate in online communities, and reach out to fellow creators to explore potential partnerships, guest appearances, or cross-promotional opportunities.

What tech gear should you invest in?

High-quality audio and visuals are no longer optional. Investing in a good microphone, capture card, and editing software is essential. Take tutorials on analytics tools to understand your audience’s preferences and getting the content in front of them.

Embrace the Grind

Building a successful channel takes time, dedication, and consistency. Regularly uploading high-quality content, staying up to date with gaming trends, and continuously refining your craft are vital for long-term success. Try new things out and offer your opinion and tips.

What’s your X-factor?

While the technical aspects are important, it’s your personality and passion that truly resonate with viewers. Authenticity, humour, and an infectious enthusiasm for gaming are what will keep audiences coming back for more. Avoid being insulting or arrogant as that could turn people off your channel. You can’t please everyone, and that’s OK. Your community will love you for you, even if that takes time. All good things do.

Things to think about

Remember, the road to becoming a successful gaming content creator may be challenging and time-consuming, but for those with the right skills, dedication, and a dash of entertainment magic, the rewards can be substantial. It’s not just about the games you play, it’s about creating an engaging experience that your audience can truly connect with.

That said, do not let it take over your life. Get out of the house! Meet up with friends, and fellow game enthusiasts. Take breaks, stretch and get exercise because gamer neck is real (and painful). Plus, you could use getting out of the daily grind of building a gaming channel as part of your content – you, just in a new environment. You don’t have to reveal your entire story to everyone either, you can keep parts of your real life and gaming life separate. This will be important when you need to switch off.

But in the meantime, enjoy the journey – learn from the ups and downs – and see where it takes you.

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