With gaming, and with the Internet and video streaming becoming explosive markets for modern entrepreneurs, many gamers get the idea to stream their gameplay for fun and profit. Some seek stardom while others just want to see what kind of residual fame (and maybe money) they can make. One thing’s for sure: you’ll need more than a crappy computer and a basic Internet connection to get the job done. At the same time, overspending on Internet speeds beyond what you need can eat into your budding business’s budget. Before running to the most expensive package or trying to stream on a store-bought computer, take the time to understand the dedication needed.
Don’t Play On A Potato
The term “potato” is thrown around the gaming world for many reasons, but it’s also used to describe any sufficiently crappy piece of technology. Many gamers are the only beacon of technology in their area and may not be aware of the higher qualities of computer gameplay out there. It isn’t uncommon for a poor-quality game stream to hit the Internet, which does more to hurt reputation than gain an audience.
Game streaming is intensive work for the computer. You’re not only playing a game that uses significant resources, but creating a video with nearly the same quality of your gameplay. This means that your video card is working almost twice as hard to make streaming happen.
To prepare for game streaming, you’ll need to nearly double your computer’s computing capacity. This is because you’ll want enough free resources to still have smooth gameplay and even open up a few other programs while playing. Multitasking is critical for online game streaming in order to interact with your fans, keep an eye on game news and manage other parts of your gaming business.
Your Internet Needs To Be Powerful
When you stream a game, you’re basically uploading a movie of your gameplay to the Internet–constantly. The size of the information being uploaded depends on the quality of the video and the actual visual depth of the content, which can change depending on the game.
Many streaming software sites dedicated to game streaming have a feature that measures what you’re capable of streaming and what you need to move into higher qualities. If the software doesn’t have that information, there is usually a support forum or community ready to discuss the type of Internet connection you need.
If you’d rather get the information straight from Internet providers, contacting a local, fast Internet service provider (ISP). They can assess your streaming needs and pair you with a service plan that fits your streaming goals. Get your gaming ideas in line and speak with a local ISP today.