Let’s Play channels have become incredibly popular on YouTube. If you would like to create a gaming channel of your own and you are not sure where to start, here are some tips to help you on your journey to becoming a successful content creator.
Own the Right Recording Equipment
Before you start your Let’s Play channel, you should acquire the proper visual and audio recording equipment for your gaming setup. If you are using a PC, you will want to download recording software. You will need a PVR device if you plan to record on a video game console.
You don’t have to buy top-of-the-line equipment, but having the ability to record in high definition will give your viewers all the more reason to watch your content over someone else’s.
Pick a Handful of Games to Start With
Though it may be tempting to try out a new game every time you sit down to record, you should start with a small selection of video games and try your best to complete them before moving on. Choose games that you will enjoy to increase your chances of finishing them.
Many viewers will watch your channel to see one specific game and will lose interest if you don’t come back to it. If you finish a game and the viewer likes your content, they might subscribe and visit your channel for other video games you decide to play.
Gameplay commentary will make your video even more entertaining to the audience by giving viewers insight into your thoughts and feelings regarding the game. Spectators who like your commentary may even subscribe to the channel just to hear your comments.
In fact, many successful Let’s Play channels have become famous for their commentary. Game Grumps Dan Avidan and his cohost, Arin Hanson, became especially popular for the colorful and silly remarks they made throughout their videos. Developing your own unique commentary style will help to set your channel apart from those with similar content.
Craft a Let’s Play Schedule
Have you ever gotten into a really good show and eagerly awaited the next episode even though it was a week away? Releasing Let’s Plays on a schedule will keep your viewers and subscribers interested in much the same way. Failing to maintain a consistent upload schedule can be a huge turn-off for potential subscribers and it might cause current ones to unsubscribe. After all, no one wants to watch a playthrough of a game they like only to realize that the content creator does not upload regularly.
For each new series you play, you should create a playlist to make it easy for viewers to watch the next episode. And, if you want to get fancy, you can even add a recap of the previous installment at the beginning of each video to keep your audience up to speed.
Creating your own Let’s Play channel can be quite intensive, but it is entirely achievable. Observing these guidelines will help your new channel survive and thrive. With enough time and dedication, your channel may leave a sizeable impression in the Let’s Play community.