As a game that is now twelve years old, the popularity that Minecraft retains to this day is nothing short of astounding. It’s estimated that 130 million people play it every month. And with the popularity of online streaming, it should come as no surprise that many viewers enjoy watching their favourite gamers stream Minecraft and build and break blocks on the internet.
With the likes of Twitch and YouTube at the forefront, anyone can broadcast their diamond-collecting adventures to a worldwide audience. If you’re interested in joining the ranks of hyper-successful Minecraft streamers, it’s important that you equip yourself with the right tools. So, without further ado, here’s how to stream your games like a pro.
How to Stream Minecraft
Find Your Platform
The question of where to broadcast your streams is usually answered with Twitch or YouTube Gaming. Both have their benefits. For example, the former website tends to be easier to manage and facilitates deeper interaction between you and your fans, whereas YouTube is more suitable for players who are concerned with outright streaming.
That said, chances are you’ll find more success on Twitch, as it’s purely centred around gaming and has amassed a large community of Minecraft players. Plus, integration with the platform is built directly into earlier versions of said game.
Choose Your Software
While Twitch integration is available for Minecraft versions 1.9 or older, you’ll need to install one of the numerous mods available for this purpose to stream directly on a newer build of the game.
There are a few additional programs worth considering, including OBS (Open Broadcast Software) Studio. It’s free to use and offers a range of features dealing with aspects such as audio and visual configuration. You can also design custom layouts to give your broadcasts a unique look. Streamlabs OBS, xSplit and vMix are good paid alternatives to look into.
Invest in Proper Equipment
Aside from fast internet and a capable computer, you will likely need a decent microphone and an hd webcam to deliver quality broadcasts. Blue Yeti, HyperX, Shure, Razer and Logitech are among the most popular brands here. The last thing you want is laggy, inconsistent or otherwise shoddy streams, so investing in reliable tools should be a priority.
Determine What to Stream
Perhaps your biggest challenge will be to figure out what content to stream. There are already many big streamers out there, so you need to find a way to stand out. Fortunately, the game in question offers endless possibilities. The sky’s the limit here and it pays to get creative.
Remember that unlike with gameplay videos, you won’t be able to edit out the boring parts when streaming live. It’s vital that you keep viewers engaged, be it with exciting PVP battles and mini games, or interesting creative or survival builds coupled with entertaining commentary. Be sure to consider ideas in the multiplayer sphere as well.
As with any work in the entertainment space, the best results come from doing it because you truly enjoy it and not just for the money. Hard work and dedication to your fans is bound to pay off.
Avid gamer in Minecraft, COD and GTA.