How to Start a Gaming Channel on YouTube

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Want to know how to be a gaming YouTuber? Starting a YouTube gaming channel is easy, but it does take some planning, especially if you want your YouTube channel to be successful. This wikiHow teaches you how to start a YouTube gaming channel.

Research other YouTube gaming channels. There's no shortage of gaming channels on YouTube. You'll need to do a little research if you want to compete. Check out the most popular and up-to-date YouTube gaming channels to see what others are doing. Ask yourself the following questions and try to find the answer:

What games are trending on YouTube?Who are the most popular YouTube gamers?What are their personalities like?What is the format of their content?What type of videos to they produce?

Figure out what game you want to cover. After you figure out what the most popular games on YouTube are, decide which of those games you want to cover. If you really want to attract more views to your channel, the best thing you can do is pick one game and produce content around that game. This will establish you as an authority on that game in YouTube's algorithms and recommend your channel to more people. As your channel grows, you can branch out to other games that are similar that will still interest your viewers. How to Start a Gaming Channel on YouTube

When picking a game to cover, it's worth thinking about which games will produce the most unique content. Games like Call of Duty and Fortnite already have hundreds of thousands of YouTube channels dedicated to them. Can you really do something with these games that hasn't been done by other YouTubers? Is there a similar game that you can cover that isn't as well known?

Come up with a name for your channel. Before you can start a YouTube Gaming Channel, you need to know what to call it. Think of a name that is unique, interesting, and easy to remember. It should fit your personality and format.

It's not a bad idea to do a search for whatever channel name you decide on. Make sure it's not too similar to what somebody else is doing.

Create a new Google account. Your YouTube account is tied to your Google account. You can sign in to YouTube using your Google account and start uploading videos. Even if you already have a Google account, you should create a new one specifically for your YouTube channel. You can create a Google account by creating a new Gmail account. You can also use a non-gmail email address to create a Google account.

Go to and log in. To log in to YouTube, go to YouTube in a web browser and click Log in in the upper-right corner. Then log in with the email address and password associated with your YouTube channel's email account.

Create and upload your YouTube channel banner art. The channel banner art is the image people see across the top when they click on your channel. The image file you upload must be a maximum of 2560 x 1440 pixels and a minimum of 2048 x 1152 pixels. Parts of the image may be cropped when viewed on smartphones and tablets. It's recommended that you download a template and use it to make your YouTube banner art. Ensure that all the text, logos, and relevant artwork are within the 1546 x 423 safe area in the middle. Use the following steps to upload your YouTube banner art:How to Start a Gaming Channel on YouTube

Go to in a web browser.Log into the Google account associated with your YouTube channelClick your profile image in the upper-right corner.Click Your Channel.Click the pencil icon in the upper-right corner of the YouTube banner art area.Click Edit Channel Art.Click your channel art image to select it.Click Open.

Familiarize yourself with the YouTube Community Guidelines. Before you start uploading videos to YouTube, it's a good idea to make sure your content meets the community standards. Content that contains shocking graphic violence, sexually explicit content, threats or harassment, fraudulent information, encourages dangerous behavior, or private information, or copyright material may be removed by YouTube and possibly get your channel deleted.

If your gaming videos do include any sexual content or graphic violence, it's a good idea to put a warning in the description and metadata so that people are aware of it going into the video.

Familiarize yourself with YouTube's ad-friendly guidelines. If your goal is to make money on YouTube, you'll most likely need to rely on ad revenue from the YouTube Partners Program (unless you are able to find your own sponsors for your videos). Not all videos uploaded to YouTube are advertiser-friendly. Videos that contain bad language, sexual or violent content, controversial topics, or use of drugs, tobacco, or firearms may be demonetized, which prevents you from receiving ad revenue from those videos.

Edit your video. After you've recorded your gameplay footage, you don't just want to upload everything that happened. If you are getting bored spending hours level grinding, or trying to solve a puzzle, chances are your viewers will get bored too.. Look for highlights of your gameplay footage. Look for you best reactions, unexpected events, or things that are relevant to what you want to talk about in your video. Include voice overs and reaction shots. Take the time to craft a good quality video that is entertaining to watch.

Create a custom thumbnail image for your video. The thumbnail is the image that appears next to video titles when you do a video search in YouTube. When you upload a video, you can select a frame for your video, or you can upload a custom thumbnail. It's recommended that you make a custom eye-catching thumbnail. Make your thumbnail colorful with the title of your video in large letters. You can also include a thumbnail of yourself.How to Start a Gaming Channel on YouTube

Upload videos often. YouTube's algorithm favors channels that upload new content all the time. Schedule a time to upload new videos and hold yourself to that schedule. If you can, upload videos every day. Add a category and search tags to your video, as well as an end card and video cards. You may even want to add subtitles to your video.

Promote your channel. YouTube gaming and streaming is a huge and competitive market. Don't be surprised if your channel doesn't grow quickly. It takes time and energy to grow your YouTube channel. You should be spending about as much time promoting your channel as you do filming and editing videos. Post your videos across as many social media platforms as you can. Stay up-to-date on YouTube's algorithm. Check the analytics in your YouTube Channel dashboard to see which videos are performing well, and do more of those types of videos.

Add New Question

Is it possible to have a good gaming channel without using a microphone?

Yes, but it is definitely preferred that you use a good quality mic because people will be able to hear you better and easier.

What if I don't wish to show my face? Possibly never. Is it possible to become semi-successful? What if I'm not that great at commentating? Is it possible to learn how? And if so where can I learn?

First of all, you can have a very successful channel not using your face. For example, Sunset Safari is a Roblox YouTuber with a million subscribers who has never shown her face. Commentating is something you can learn; try practicing before recording or writing a script.

How to Start a Gaming Channel on YouTube

This article was written by Travis Boylls. Travis Boylls is a Technology Writer and Editor for wikiHow. Travis has experience writing technology-related articles, providing software customer service, and in graphic design. He specializes in Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, and Linux platforms. He studied graphic design at Pikes Peak Community College. This article has been viewed 12,195 times.

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1. Research what other YouTube gamers are doing.2. Decide which game you want to cover on your channel. 3. Decide what kind of content you want to produce. 4. Create a new Google account for your gaming channel. 5. Add a profile picture to your Google account. 6. Log into YouTube with your Google account and upload your channel art. 7. Add an "About" section to your YouTube channel. 8. Purchase the gear you need to record gameplay footage, webcam footage, and audio. 9. Get decent video editing software. 10. Record your gameplay footage. 11. Use the best gameplay footage in your video edits 12. Create a thumbnail for your video. 13. Upload videos often.

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