So, why would you want to start streaming? Fame for one thing—since this entertainment medium became popular, thousands of average bedroom-based gamers have become veritable superstars with millions of followers.
Obviously, with that sort of influence comes the inevitable advertising and paid-promotion dollars which can make you financially self-sufficient. Lastly, there's the priceless sense of satisfaction that comes from being able to say that you get paid a ludicrous amount of dosh to sit on your butt and play video games. It never gets old.
All that being said, there's a bunch of hardware you're going to need to get started. Depending on which platform (and gaming niche) you're looking to cover on your stream, the costs of your equipment can balloon out considerably. You can go from an initial outlay of a few hundred dollars to thousands in no time at all.
So before you fork over any cash, let's chat about your ideal Twitch setup, how to actually get started streaming, and a few other tidbits you should know before you get started.