How to Stream Your Gambling Session
Playing video slots is always fun, but for many folks out there, watching other people play slots is also a great source of entertainment. This is a phenomenon that has carried over to iGaming from mainstream video games in recent years.
With the rise of video platforms like YouTube, Twitch, and Mixer, many gamers have started uploading their gaming sessions online. With popular live streams, the “performers” often make money through methods like ads, donations, and paid subscriptions.
With gambling games, this provides a double incentive - you can open new ways to earn cash while always hoping for that next big win! Here are the many ways you can stream your gambling session online in 2020. Let’s start with the basics:
Choose your platform - Twitch, Youtube, or Facebook?
If you are looking for an online platform to stream slots and other casino games, these 3 are your main options. Out of the three, Twitch is probably the biggest with a dedicated audience of hardcore gamers. It also has some of the best features for streamers.
But if you seek an older audience without any focus of gaming, which gamblers often are, YouTube might be a better option. If you want to stream mobile gambling games, it is generally considered better than Twitch, due to the better mobile app with in-built “broadcast” feature.
Both Twitch and YouTube offer you different ways to monetize your stream if you want to go that route. Another new platform for game streaming is the good old Facebook. The main advantage of social media is that you could potentially find tons of new followers quicker.
Basic PC/ Mobile and Internet Requirements
Though streaming online casino gambling sessions on your mobile phone is doable, there is one major obstacle to entry - for live mobile streams on YouTube, you need to have at least 1000 subscribers to your account. Until you hit that mark, you can upload saved gambling sessions.
For pure live streaming, a PC is the best option. Ideally, you want a decent rig with tons of fast RAM, at least 8 Gigs or more. A strong multi-core processor like the Intel i7 series or the AMD Ryzen 3600 is also recommended for smooth performance. Or you can also use a reasonably powerful laptop or Macbook to get the job done.
As for internet, it all depends on the resolution you are gunning for your video stream. For 720p HD resolution, you will need at least 5mbps internet connectivity, both on downloads and uploads. For higher resolutions like 4K expect the requirement to be five times that base limit, or around 25mbps.
Audio-Video hardware - Mics and Webcams
If you want to attract more views, you might want to consider adding some colorful commentary during the gameplay. This requires a high-quality mic, one that reduces audio aberrations and echoes. Many streamers prefer Blue Ice mics for their excellent performance at a reasonable price point.
If you want to show your face during the live stream (optional), a good quality Webcam is necessary. A laptop often comes with this on-board, but usually of inferior quality and resolution. For 1080p resolution, you will need to buy an external webcam from quality brands like Logitech or Razor.
What is OBS and why need to learn it to become a streamer
Regardless of whether you choose Twitch or YouTube for your live streaming casino game sessions, you will need some essential software to handle the video capture, audio capture, and streaming.
Open Broadcaster Software, commonly called OBS, is considered one of the best options out there for all streamers. You can find versions of this software for Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems.
OBS is popular due to the huge set of features it puts at your disposal. Worried about it costing you a lot of money - fear not, because this software is open-source, meaning it is completely free to download and use!
But there is a downside - you will need to invest some time to learn the interface and all the controls and features. Thankfully, you will find plenty of videos and guides on the subject online. Incidentally, if you have an active plan to monetize your videos and earn money through donations etc, you might want to start with a version of OBS offered by Streamlabs (also free).
The basic steps to stream your gambling sessions
Once you have set up all the hardware, installed OBS and learned how to use OBS, it is time to start streaming! You will need several accounts to get started. A casino account is pretty mandatory if you want to stream real cash wagers.
Look for a licensed online casino with the latest video slots - streams featuring brand new slots from big brands like Netent tend to be more popular. If you are streaming, it is highly recommended that you officially join the Casino Affiliate program as a streamer to earn extra revenue through link placements and ads.
Along with a casino account or two, you will also need accounts on YouTube and/or Twitch. Since they are both free to set up, there is no harm in trying out both platforms. Remember to use the same branding for both - very useful if you want to stream simultaneously on both platforms.
Use your Twitch and YouTube account info to log into OBS and set up the live stream. If you plan on using a Webcam, ensure that the output is properly lit and clear for your audience to see all your facial reactions - a huge factor when playing casino games where you might win big and want to share your emotional experience with viewers.
These are the basic steps involved in creating a new casino gambling live stream in 2020. Hope you have fun while building a successful streaming account playing your favorite slots! In parting, here are some useful tips to help you along the way:
- Be polite, honest, and genuine while dealing with your viewers and subscribers.
- Beware of trolls - ignoring them is the best option.
- Be punctual - have a routine and stick with it to keep your followers.
- Get some moderators to handle the chat traffic once you build up a sizeable audience.
- Keep an eye on your gambling budget when streaming - don’t go broke online.