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Published on Aug 22, 2015
If you are looking to start a successful YouTube Gaming Channel, you are inevitably going to have many questions. Here are the most fequently asked questions I've answered out of the thousands that I've received in the years I've been doing Certified YouTube Coaching for Gaming Video Creators.
I'm YouTube Certified and have spent the last two years researching the best ways to start, build and grow a YouTube gaming channel. During that time, many of you have asked many great questions. Here are my answers to those questions.
What's the first thing I should do when starting my channel?
Answer: Instead of asking "what?' Ask "why?" Why do you want to start a YouTube Gaming Channel? Do you want to entertain people? Encourage people? Earn a living? These are all awesome goals and you should determine why your channel should exist and further, why viewers should care. This is called your value proposition and it's very important that creators who want to grow establish and communicate it well on your channels Remember, people don't rally behind what you do, they rally behind why you do it.
I want to start a gaming channel, what gear do you recommend I purchase?
Answer: Before you worry about gear, start with mapping out why you want to run a YouTube channel, like I said above. Once you know that, you'll have a good foundation for how you want to build your content and what you actually want to create. Once you know what you want to create, THEN you can focus on researching and buying gear to support it.
Here's what I use as a reference point:
Consoles: PS4, Xbox 360, Wii U, PS3, PS2, GameCube, NES, SNES PC: Intel i7 Quadcore CPU - GTX 760 GPU Capture Softwares: Open Broadcasting Software (OBS), FRAPS, El Gato Game Capture HD, Nvidia Shadowplay Capture Device: El Gato Game Capture HD Digital Audio Workstations: Audacity, Garageband Video Production: Adobe Premiere Microphones: SHURE M57, MXL 770 Pre-Amp: M-Audio Mobile Pre USB
How do I contact developers and publishers directly? And what do I say to them when I do?
Answer: I use GamesPress.com - but I'm also a member of the media. Before I started using Games Press, I used to scour developer and publisher websites for email addresses or contact forms. I recommend the same if you cannot get access to Games Press. You can see a sample of the email I use here.
Can I upload gameplay videos if I don't monetize them?
Answer: Maybe. Watch this video as I say it way better than I can type it here. In short, monetizing and uploading are two separate issues. Your videos have to meet certain requirements whether you monetize them or not. YouTube's policy for uploading and monetizing without explicit permission is found here.
Can I use copyrighted music in my gaming videos?
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