Our latest series, Tips for Streamers, gives you a behind-the-scenes look into the setups of top streamers on Twitch. This week, A-T sat down with Portland-based streamer GoldGlove, who’s made a name for himself in the streaming community with an impressive 1.2 million followers on Twitch and 1.3 million subscribers on YouTube. In this exclusive interview, GoldGlove spills the beans on why he prefers late-night streaming, his favorite streaming equipment, and more.
Can you provide a list of your top 5 to 10 video games of all time?
- Gears of War – The first true multiplayer game I played online. Fell in love with playing against other real human players. Gears quickly became my favorite game ever and the game I started content creation with.
- DayZ Mod – DayZ Mod was unlike anything I’d played previously. It was the first open world survival sandbox WITH zombies. It was terrifying and amazing all at once. The player interactions and engagements were different than anything I’d played before.
- The Last of Us – Fantastic story, fantastic gameplay, fantastic game. From beginning to end, probably the best single-player experience ever. On top of that, the multiplayer was super fun as well.
- Heavy Rain – The first pure story-driven game I played. The different characters and different outcomes were unlike anything I’d seen. A great story that any gamer should play.
- Grand Theft Auto V – I spent so much time playing this game that it has to make the top 5. I bought it on every system, I replayed the story multiple times, and I’m sure I’ve done just about everything there is to do in GTA V So many countless hours with friends in that game. One of my favorites of all time.
What gear is most important when starting a channel?
The most important gear for streaming probably has to be a great microphone and a high-performance PC. No one wants to hear a poor-sounding stream or someone’s mic cracking over and over. On top of that, a stream that is smooth and easy to watch is very important.
What kind of microphone is best?
I personally use an AT2035 microphone and absolutely love it coupled with my 12-channel mixer with a built-in condenser.
Is there any specific software needed?
Open Broadcaster software is probably the best software to use for streaming. It’s pretty straightforward and gives you all the tools that you’ll need to put on a great live stream.
What’s the best way to grow your audience?
Building an audience is all about consistency and being personable. People like to hang out with people they feel connected to. Let people in on your life, be yourself and you’ll attract like-minded people. Have fun with what you’re doing! If you’re having fun and have a good vibe about you, viewers will notice. Great moods are infectious!
Is it better to stream from a PC or console?
If you’re just starting out and want to test the waters of the streaming world, then you could probably get away with streaming from a console for a while. To take streaming seriously, I 100% encourage any streamer to stream from a PC. Quality, more tools, customization, etc. Streaming from a PC is much more reliable, steady, and professional.
Are certain games more popular to stream than others?
Yes. There are certain games more popular to stream than others. Some games have larger player/viewer bases. Play the games YOU want to play. Don’t worry so much about others. Focus on building a community based on the games that you’re truly interested/invested in.
Is there an optimal time to stream?
I am a horrible person to answer this question. I’ve always been the late-night streamer. I’ve never been one to hold a schedule too long but I do think that having a rough consistency is important. So, if you stream around 2 PM every day for a month and you build an audience, you’re more than likely going to want to continue to stream during those same hours. I’m a late-night streamer and I’ll probably always be the late-night streamer. Find what works for you.
What’s one thing you wish you knew when you started streaming?
Nothing. It’s been an incredible adventure and I wouldn’t change a thing. The experience itself has been invaluable.
Any other tips for aspiring streamers?
It’s not an overnight thing. Success on Twitch is earned over the course of a long amount of time, at least for most broadcasters. Stream because you love it, stream because you want to, keep grinding and stay positive.
What do you think of GoldGlove’s favorite video games and setup? Let us know in the comments below!
[Images courtesy of GoldGlove]