Gaming is one of the biggest niches on YouTube. In fact, many prominent YouTubers, such as Dan and Phil and Joey Graceffa, have gaming channels alongside their main channels. Whether you already have a channel or you’re still getting started, creating a gaming channel can help you reach thousands of viewers and share your love of gaming with the world.

Here’s everything you need to start a gaming channel, aside from your games, of course.

Invest in a computer with plenty of RAM.

Making gaming videos requires a relatively powerful computer. It has to be able to handle running the game, recording your screen, and recording your audio at the same time. Therefore, it makes sense to invest in something with plenty of RAM and plenty of storage. You’ll also need a quality Graphics Card for better play-throughs.

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Consider investing in a gaming laptop you can use to run your editing software as well. 


Get a high-quality microphone.

For many viewers, the main draw of a gaming video is the creator’s comedic commentary. Not only are you teaching them how to play the game, but you’re also entertaining them while you do it. Since the sound is so important, you’ll need a high-quality microphone.

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Don’t rely on your computer or camera’s built-in microphone. Instead, go for a lapel mic or another unidirectional microphone.

Make sure you’ve got a camera set up, too.

Many gamers like to include a video of their reactions in the corner of their videos. This video can be captured through an external camera or even a webcam. Whichever you choose, make sure the picture is good enough to blend seamlessly with the quality of your overall video.


Download a screen recorder.

In order to record the game you’re playing, you’re going to need a screen recorder as well. You can download a screen recording software online. There are options you can pay for, but there are free versions as well.


Have a lot of digital storage space.

Because you’re separately recording your screen, audio, and camera, every gaming video will result in a ton of files. Therefore, you’re going to need a lot of digital storage space.

You can use cloud-based digital storage such as iCloud or Google Drive. Alternatively, you can use an external hard drive to get your files off your computer. Just make sure to label all your files and keep them organized.

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Gaming channels have launched many vloggers to internet superstardom. Follow in the footsteps of Jacksepticeye and Markiplier by creating a gaming channel of your own.


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