Becoming a slots streamer is about becoming a slots affiliate marketer
Affiliate marketing is where you make money from being an ‘affiliate’ of another company – which in slots streaming, this is the slots house (or online casino) directly.
From each slots house that you play at, you’ll get certain codes that other players will use to get deals at that slots house. Each time that code is used, you will get a kickback. This may be in the form of a share of the players lifetime earnings at the slots house, it may be a one-off payment for their sign up and first deposit, or it may be more money for you to play on the slots. Some streamers even get to earn a salary just for playing with a particular company, or you might find a slots house looking for streamers to play on their dime.
Similarly, some games give better deals, so taking a look into particular games at particular slots houses will lead you to the best games to play for return on your play time.
With this in mind, it pays to research which slots houses have the best affiliate marketing deals on offer. Make a spreadsheet and get to researching!
Get the right equipment
This is the first item that you’ll need to check off the list. To become a streamer you’ll need to get the right equipment. Your laptop’s webcam simply won’t do the trick, and you better have a good upload/download speed on your network to be able to keep up the pace with live streaming.
Streamers generally use two screens to help manage their channel at the same time as playing games: playing on the one screen and checking in with how the channel is going (audience reactions, stats, etc.) on the other screen. Since online slots aren’t CPU or GPU heavy, your regular laptop with usually be fine for playing on, you just need to get a second screen.
What you will need to invest in is a quality webcam and microphone. It’s recommended to do your research on the best of both. PC Gamer currently highly recommends the Logitech StreamCam for your camera and the Blue Yeti X for your mic.
Thinking about your backdrop – whether it’s a cool room in your house, or a green screen type affair with a background scene (or slots deals) – is also an important part of the equation.
Practice talking to yourself playing slots
This may sound a bit stupid, but you want to be able to have your self chat down to an art to make it as a streamer. You can be funny, or full of great facts, or just be yourself if you’re known for being the life of the party.
As a streamer, you’ll be playing for hours on end, so being able to chat to yourself for long periods of time is essential. The other option is to grab a buddy and do it together – having someone else to bounce off is far easier when it comes to good conversation. Do remember that you’ll also be getting people that chime in on your chat which you will (hopefully) be able to bounce off, too. This way you’ll be able to do audience shout out questions so that you have something to go off.
Figure out what platform you want to stream on
The main platform of choice for slots streamers presently is Twitch. Twitch is also the largest gaming streaming platform, although this may not always necessarily be the case.
People are increasingly wanting to stay on-platform, in online ecosystems they are already accustomed to. This is why YouTube Live is increasingly being used for streaming slots (check out Brian Christopher Slots on YouTube for example), as is Facebook Live.
Carving out an audience is slightly different on each platform, so you’ll need to study up on how to build traction on each platform individually.
Study the competition
Want to know how to be the best – or at least at the top of the game when it comes to slots streaming success? You will need to know what the rest of the slots streamers are doing – and even other non-slots streamers, too. Studying the competition you will be able to see what you like about certain streamers as well as where you think you could be doing better.
By looking further afield than just slots streamers you will be able to ‘borrow’ ideas from super famous or interesting streamers and apply them to your own slots streaming practices. You can also check out the differences between streamers on other streaming platforms to see which styles are more popular where.
Getting started streaming
Before kicking off your streaming career you’ll want to create another spreadsheet. This one should include items like:
- Time of day you started streaming
- Audience levels across your stream
- What deals you had going
- Which houses and games you played (and at what times)
- What you talked about
- What amount you made from the stream
This way you can keep track of all the streams that you do to gauge effectiveness and what perhaps attributed to the success or failure at various points across each stream. Most platforms offer fairly comprehensive stats for each stream, but you may have to augment them with individual data points specific to you.