Hey there, I’m CheekyVisuals, a development streamer. Over the past year I’ve been doing programming streams almost every single day on Twitch. Before this, I was developing but was not really known for my work. Twitch transformed that and has blessed me with an incredible community. I’m here to talk about why I believe more people should embark on this incredible journey and stream their development. I don’t just mean developing with music during your streams, I mean using a face cam and a microphone and building meaningful interaction with a community.
This could be you!
Streaming development provides a plethora of incredibly useful benefits.
While you stream development, you will get tons of people asking you to “make their game”. I don’t mean these people. While streaming development, teams have an opportunity to see your thought process and workflow first hand. I actually found my two current jobs that make up the majority of my income through streaming! Streaming allows for incredible networking and really helps you know other developers on a more meaningful level than Twitter follows.
Learn from Others
Development streams attract a lot of developers (obviously). Some of these developers may know more than you! I’ve learned far more than I would have without streaming thanks to viewers providing incredibly useful tips and sticking around as I program a system. Conversely, you can spread your knowledge to others!
If you are working on a game, streaming development of it and interacting with your community is a great way to build hype. As you build a fanbase, you will have a group of people willing to play anything you release, helping your current and future projects!
It can be hard to work hours on end without people noticing your effort. Streaming provides a motivation boost as viewers cheer you on and you’ll naturally want to impress them! It also keeps you on task, since development is what viewers came to see!
The Twitch Affiliate program allows you to make money off of your streams. This should not be your motivation, but it can help with income while you work on a project! Twitch makes up a large percentage of my monthly revenue.
Streaming is still a lot of work. Some cannot handle both having to entertain a chat and getting work done. If you wish to stream development in a way that allows for growth, you must be willing to sacrifice a small bit of productivity to focus on communicating with your chat. Make sure they know what you are doing, answer any questions, and be funny! (I’m pretty bad at the last part…)
This sounds great! How do I get started?
So, I’ve convinced you. You want to start showing the world your development skills! Here is a basic guide on how you can get started broadcasting development.
Some items you should have:
- Microphone - Required to talk to chat, not having one will not grow your streams.
- Facecam - Not required, but helps to build personal interaction and grow streams!
- Open Broadcaster Software - The program used to stream your development!
OBS Tutorial - Use this to set up Open Broadcaster Software
I really hope I was able to convince more people to stream development. It’s an incredible community that people have hardly tapped into. I’ve built my entire community through streaming and I have no regrets about doing it that way. There are incredibly talented individuals in this forum who deserve to have the world see their creativity in action. Growth won’t come instantly, but with effort, time, and patience, you will reap the benefits of development streams.
I’m seeing a lot of people worried about people stealing/exploiting their code and I want to debunk this. In my personal experience, none of my 40,000 unique viewers over a 1-year span have ever done such a thing. Secondly, if you code securely and use the server (don’t invoke client!!) then you do not have to worry about this. People overestimate the lack of effort these exploiters will put into watching your stream. If someone exploits your game, you patch it! Program securely and you will be safe.
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If you currently stream development, let us know in the responses!