Hello, everyone. Welcome to a BlueStacks Streamer Academy video. My name is Koopa, and today we’re going to talk about how long should you stream for? This is a good question because time is the most valuable thing that we have. It’s so precious. There’s nothing more valuable to you and me than time.
This actually goes back to something we’ve talked before in other videos is consistency. You want to be consistent with your stream times and with your schedule so that you can kind of build a pattern of when your viewers think you’re going to be streaming if you don’t have a set schedule. If you help make a schedule it kind of establishes how long you should stream for. I would say at least four hours. I feel like that’s the bare minimum. If you’re a full-time streamer, you don’t have to do eight hours. Eight hours, that’s a lot of time to stream every day. I don’t care what they say about, “Oh, I got to work 8:00 or 9:00 to 5:00, you got to do an eight-hour stream.”
Try streaming eight hours a day every day, try it, try it. I did it. It’s very exhausting. Set a goal at four hours. If you can do that, you can handle that, and then try six hours. Then find the balance somewhere between like six and eight. I would say that’s very healthy. Some days you’re going to go longer. Some days you’re going to go shorter and just try to have that consistency of that time span of when you’re going to be streaming. You start at 3:00, you go till 7:00. You go longer than that, yay, it’s a bonus for everyone.
There are exceptions when you’re trying to decide how long you should stream. That’s when new games launch. Look at Resident Evil 7 right now. It’s 147,000 viewers. Monday nights is when new games launch and so when their new game launches and you get to stream it on Twitch, it is hot. As you can see here, Sodapoppin with a lopping 36,000 viewers, maximum was 17K. Gold level was 7,000.
A lot of these streamers, they already have lots of viewers. Hands down, these guys get it to thousands of viewers all the time but when a new game launches, you’re going to see other streamers benefit from that too because the community is currently developing for a brand new game. If it’s [inaudible 00:02:13] thing like Overwatch is a really good example, sometimes these games last for a long time.
If you jump in on it and you stream hard enough, when some of these guys that are jumping on for the bandwagon to try and stream it as hard as they can just for a little bit, there’s going to be viewer that want to stay in this community and watch it for long periods of time depending on the lifetime of that game. If you’re trying to jump into a community and you’re trying to jump on the next big thing when a game launches, you need to take the time and stream as hard as you can, as long as you can, as much as you can.
Now, within your dashboard while streaming, you can use the time broadcast feature to kind of see you know, how many hours did I stream last month. To evaluate yourself and your progress as you go to identify how long did it actually stream, could I be streaming more? This is my December 2016 time span broadcasting and it’s the holidays. It is, time is all over the place. It is very erratic. We’ve got some days over 10 hours. We’ve got some days that are only five hours. The ups and downs just when you’re offline and online, and the ones that connect are the days when it kind of goes past midnight.
Then you see some streams are longer, some are shorter, and some days, there’s a day off. That’s going to happen. It’s the holidays. The number in the bottom right, 137, that is how many hours that you broadcast in a month. If you’re trying to compare yourself to someone that works full time, they work about 40 hours a week which is about 160 hours. If you’re averaging anywhere between 120 to 160, I would say you’re doing a good job. Anything more than that, you’re going extremely hard. Anything less than that, depending on what else you’re doing on top of streaming, you might be okay. Try and stay between 120 and 160 range.
Oh, man. Look at the first month I ever streamed. As you can see, I was addicted and streamed a ton, and did multiple 24-hour streams because I was just so excited. 211 hours. Now, if you’re looking for extreme amount of boost to your channel especially if start streaming right when there’s a new game, this is what you’re up against. Some of these streamers will stream crazy amounts of time and if you’re not willing to put in that time, especially jump on new games or new update, it’s going to be tough for you to build your communities when you have other streamers that are willing to put in that time and develop their own following.
If you’re ever planning an event with a company or an event with a large developer where they do some kind of cross-promotional agreement with you to give you a boost in viewership or approach your channel within that game, that’s going to be the perfect time to try and do the biggest stream ever done or stream a ton and just be well equipped and well prepared. Eat prior. Go as long as you can, as hard as you can. You can sleep afterwards. This is an example of when Clash Rail promoted my stream and we knew about it. They were going to do in-game shout out for one of the tournaments celebrating or pre-celebrating the tournaments that were to come later in the game.
In that stream alone, we had a peak of about 50,000 viewers and we concurrently kept between 40 to 30,000 viewers, and then it ended up fizzling out around 10,000. When you’re in that situation where you have some collaboration from a developer, that’s when you want to stream as much as you can.
Some people don’t want to stream full time. A lot of people on Twitch, they have their job, they work for a living. You have your regular 9:00 to 5:00. You’re brand new to streaming. You’re trying to make it. You know what, if you can only stream for two to four hours, that’s fine. Just be consistent with your start and stop time and then go from there because this is what happens most of the time. No one just starts on Twitch day one and they have 12 hours to spare every day to stream. Most of us, we have jobs. We only have a few hours where it’s like man, I just got home. I’ve got to have dinner. I got to do this. I got to go to the gym. Then I just need some time to watch a Netflix movie or whatever. You only have a few hours to play around with.
The biggest thing if you’re in that situation, which you probably are, be consistent with your time. Start between in our time span 5:00 to 6:00 start, and then go for as long as you can, two to four hours. On the weekends, hit it hard on your days off. When you have leave, you take leave to stream. Then if it’s meant to be, it will happen. If you find that you’re able to make enough money to be equivalent to your job, you did it. Congratulations. This has been another BlueStacks Streamer Academy video. My name is Koopa. We’ll see you in the next video.