What You Need to Start A Gaming YouTube Channel

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Gaming videos on YouTube are one of the most consumed contents on the internet. Not only are there gaming channels with a huge following, but there are also thousands and thousands of YouTube channels dedicated to gaming. So if you’re looking to start a gaming YouTube channel, I have two things to say to you:

  • It’s going to be super difficult and will take a lot of effort
  • There’s unlimited potential in this niche, go for it!

There are a lot of big names like PewDiePie, Ninja, Mumbo Jumbo, etc with a huge and loyal following. They have amassed billions of views and the count is not slowing down. Mr Beast’s gaming channel is about to hit 28 million followers as of writing this article. And it didn’t take him that long, not to imply that it’s easy. He obviously had a lot of things going for him when he started his gaming channel. So, Should you start a gaming YouTube channel at this point?

In our opinion, yes. 

If you’re a passionate gamer and are adamant about developing a gaming channel on YouTube, you’re going to need a few things to get started. Let’s dive in and take a look at what they are!

Find Your Voice

While it might seem like there’s not much space in the niche of gaming channels, it’s not true. Every creator brings something of their own to their content, something that stands out yet resonates with their audience. That’s the first and most important thing you’ll need, your unique voice. Don’t worry if at first, you can’t find it. A lot of it, in the beginning, is going to be hit and try. Whatever your audience likes and responds positively to, try and repeat it. 

Choose Your Weapon/Game

If you’re like me, you would think that starting with a wide variety of games and making your content around all of them is definitely the way to go. Well, like me, you’d be wrong!

Also, it might be tempting to go for games like Fortnite and Minecraft, given their popularity, but if you’re not a really good player in either of those games, do not give in to your temptations. 

What do then? 

You should choose a game and stick with it. According to data provided by vidIQ, it’s the right move to make. Over the years, YouTube’s algorithm has gotten so sophisticated, that you might even find it on a dinner table eating with the Queen of England. Jokes aside, the algorithm has actually gotten very good. If you keep posting videos around one game, let’s suppose it’s GTA V, YouTube will identify that you make content around GTA V and will push your content in front of viewers who are most likely to watch content made around GTA V. 

Pick Your Equipment

Well, this one is a bit of a no-brainer. 

If you’re looking to create a gaming YouTube channel, chances are you’re already a gamer and thus have your equipment of choice. By that I mean, either a console or PC. 

Now that the obvious is out of the way, you really need to figure out what software and hardware equipment will work best with your style and setup. Because you’re going to want to have as few distractions as possible – all focused on the game is what you want to be. On top of that, you have to be present for your audience as well, so when you have so much going on, nothing else should be on your mind. 

Aim For Success

Right from the beginning, have the attitude like you’ve already made it. Choose a name, you have a world of options here. Don’t sweat too much over this, because you can always change it later. 

Now that everything is set up, how about we figure out what you’re going to be filming with? You don’t need to go into the specifics of camera model, mic manufacturer, etc. Just make conscious choices about where everything has to go. It can be done anywhere, even in your bedroom. 

If you’re looking for the simplest setup, just get a green screen and a set of lights and you’ll be good to go. 

Make A Schedule 

If you’re looking to succeed, you have to have consistency. Make a schedule and follow it at all costs. Depending on the types of videos you’ll be creating – walkthroughs, competing against someone, or anything in between – you’ll have an idea of how many videos you can actually consistently post on YouTube. 

Once you have this number, try to stick to it as much as you can. I’ll say it again, consistency is key, especially in the early days of your gaming channel. 


Whenever you post a video, always add a detailed description to it. Try and make your title as searchable as you can. Do this with every video and your channel’s SEO will get better over time. 

Create high-quality thumbnails, something that you would want to click on. Study YouTube channels that post videos with great thumbnails almost every time. 

Community Building 

This one is for the long term. 

You probably already have a few favorite YouTubers or creators that you follow and adore a lot. Think about it, did it happen overnight? Or did it happen over several weeks or even months? 

To build a community, you have to provide great value to your audience. You have to be consistent and attentive. Why attentive? Because when you’re attentive, you see what’s working and what’s not. When you’re attentive, your audience feels heard and comes back for more. 

That’s the relationship you should be trying to build with your audience. Where you both care about each other. 

Lastly, if doing all of it seems a bit hectic and scary, that’s because it kind of is. And if you’re looking to take some of the load off, we’d happily take it off your hands! We’ll take care of everything after you’re done shooting. Just send everything over to us, and you can focus on your next video. 

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