Another Q1 2019 release from EA, another game to monetize your stream!
The long awaited Anthem video game is here! EA, and developers Bioware, have finally unveiled their latest offering.
Development on the game began in 2012, the first teaser was dropped in 2014, then another in June 2017. The release date was expected to be in Q4 2018 but it got pushed back to Q1 2019.
All the build up has created a hell of a lot of interest. And with that comes a critical eye. The next days, weeks and months will tell if Anthem has staying power. Will it catch, and hold, the imagination of gamers and, more importantly, streamers around the world? If Anthem lives up to expectations, could it be the next big thing in the video game sphere?
And, with Anthem being a completely new game, the road to becoming a pro might just be paved with gold for he (or she) who dominates.
1. eSports Tournaments
Though these are not yet in the calendar; if Anthem is a popular game you can bet your best javelin exosuit that very soon there will be pro eSports tournaments with pools of prize money!
If you have the time, the gear, and the skills to get to the top, it could be a very lucrative decision.
2. Make money streaming on Twitch or YouTube
If you can be a Freelancer that other players want to watch, whether it’s your skills or a combination of skill and personality, then start streaming! Typically if you are consistent with your streams and build up your hours then you can expect to start making money streaming after about 100 hours.
The streaming industry is developing. Not only are there the top 1%, there are also casual players making a bit of money on the side. Depending on how much you want out of streaming depends how much you put in. As the industry keeps growing there are more and more ways to make money streaming. Check out these 13 tools we recommend.
1. Make money with cost-free donations tools
Within the array of tools that you can use to monetize your stream, one of the easiest to get started with is Rechaaarge.
Start earning cost-free donations from your loyal audience when they try out a free app or game. It’s a great way to interact with viewers that otherwise could not support you financially.
To get started is easy:
- Connect your Twitch or Youtube account with one click to activate your profile
- Share your personal Rechaaarge link on social media and during your streams
- You’re all set and ready to go!
Rechaaarge gives you a gamified dashboard where you can follow your progress, create goals to better interact with your viewers, customize your OBS and much more.
2. Use paid donation tools
Twitch Bits (or Cheers) are Twitch’s own currency that can be bought through Amazon and donated to streamers. In order to qualify you need to be a Twitch Affiliate or Partner. Twitch takes about 30% of the revenue from donations.
SuperChat is YouTube’s donation feature that allows the viewer to pay for a personalized message within your live stream chat so they can get some special attention. Like Twitch, YouTube takes about 30%.
Streamlabs OBS and Streamelements are both stream management tools that have been widely popular among streamers to setup donations. They support the main payment methods and both don’t take any of your revenue.
Muxy is a tool dedicated exclusively to Twitch. It, of course, adds personalized alerts on screen, with a modern and cool design.
3. Subscriptions or channel memberships
If you’re a streamer the holy grail of income is a stable monthly paycheck! On top of that list is subscriptions (Twitch) or channel memberships (YouTube).
Once you as a streamer have clocked enough hours and views to be eligible for either Twitch’s Affiliate or Partner programs, or YouTubes Partner program, you can receive subs from your core viewers.
Both platforms will take their share of the revenue – Twitch takes half, YouTube takes 30%.
Another option that does not require you to meet any eligibility requirements is Patreon. This is a popular platform for many streamers and creators from other professions. On top of that Patreon only takes 5% of your revenue.
No matter which one you decide to go with, the most important thing is to make sure you maintain your golden goose of regular income! To do this you need to create exclusive content for your subscribers. This can include all number of things but typically there are special emotes, subscriber only video content, early bird access etc..
4. Advertise on your stream
Another income stream that you can access once you become part of either the Twitch or YouTube programs, is showing ads on your stream.
To make a lot of money with ads you will need a ton of views. Even if you don’t get enough views to make a huge sum of money from ads, if you think of it as a passive income stream it’s absolutely worth setting up. Ads are still the most popular way for content creators to monetize their content.
Both streaming platforms have their own ad setup. YouTube uses AdSense and Twitch has Twitch Advertising. Again, a big chunk of your revenue goes to each platform. YouTube takes 45% and Twitch takes 50%.
5. Affiliate marketing
If you’re a gamer and a streamer then you will have a lot of gear, plus you will love your gear. Cue a perfect opportunity to earn a bit of cash through affiliate links on your channel.
When your viewers click through these affiliate links and make a purchase, you earn a commission.
There are over 40 affiliate programs for gamers to choose from including Amazon Associates, NewEgg, GearBest, Zavvi and GameSeek.
6. Getting and finding sponsors
Who doesn’t want to get paid by or get free stuff from your favorite brand?If you have an audience that advertisers or brands want to engage with, then your stream is hot property! Depending on how things go, you may either be approached by brands or you can get yourself on the books of an agency.
Fans love stuff, and if you’ve done your job well, by now they love you! Convert their enthusiasm for Anthem and their love of you into dollar bills by selling physical products.
Streamlabs Merch and Teespring are good options as they can handle the process of merchandising your personal brand from beginning to end. If you already have your own design head over to Merch by Amazon and they will handle everything else. Also check out Design by Humans who have a Twitch extension so viewers can go to your store without ever leaving your channel.
Remember: if you want to include elements of Anthem, be careful not to violate any copyright laws.
Only time will tell if Anthem will join the likes of LoL, Fortnite, COD and Dota2 at the top. As a growing industry with growing appeal and recognition video gaming is attracting audiences and brands from around the world. If Anthem has hit the right cord, investing your time as a player has never had more possibility of reward.