Today we’re going to discuss the already beaten to death topic: is it too late to start a gaming channel in the ripe old year of 2021 or any year in the future for that matter. Get your popcorn, buckle your seat belts, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride! Or is it?
You see, a lot of YouTubers make videos like this but imo they dance around the question and by the end of the video you’re not even sure whether they answered it or not. By the end of this video you’ll gain a lot of insight on whether or not you should start your very own gaming channel. I’ll even give you an easy to follow strategy to figure out what videos you’ll be making. And yes, you’ll know whether or not it’s too late to start your very own YouTube channel.
Before we get into this video I want to give a quick shoutout to my Twitch channel. That’s where I stream gaming related content. You can find me at https://twitch.tv/spark_sc. I stream there randomly throughout the week around noon-time est, so if you want to catch me live, be sure to follow me over there for more content.
A little history on me first, I started posting gaming related videos here on YouTube about 1 year ago. At first (and for a long while) I focused on Mario Maker glitch compilation videos, but I started branching out to other types of Mario related content about 6 months in. I hopped on the YouTube shorts trend early and I now sit at over 40k subscribers. So, if it’s not too late for me, then it’s definitely not too late for you.
Before we really answer this question, you need to ask yourself, what does “too late” mean for you? Is it too late to be successful? Is it too late to make money? Is it too late to grow a community? Is it too late for personal growth? What are your goals with this? If you don’t care about growth, money, fame, or anything like that. If you just want to play games, put up content, and you don’t care about anything else, then it’s never too late to do anything. That’s called a hobby, and you’re entitled to have whatever hobby you want for whatever reason you have. You don’t need anyone’s permission. Parents, siblings, significant other, friends, no one has the right to tell you what your hobbies should be. It’s your life, it is what you make of it. Your world is a complete fabrication of whatever’s in your silly little head.
As far as we know, we only get one life, and if I were you, I’d do my best to have fun with it. Gaming is a fine way to do that. It’s relaxing, entertaining, challenging, it’s many things. Plenty of people enjoy mindless hobbies like crocheting and they aren’t looking to get anything out of it (except maybe a little peace of mind), why should this be any different? At the end of the day, who cares? If you’re enjoying the activity then rock on. If you do care about those things though (growth, money, fame, views, subscriber count) you should probably keep reading.
You see in my opinion (is it too late?) is a very loaded question. What kind of gaming channel are you trying to create? If your answer to that question is: I just want to play games, upload the footage to YouTube, and be famous, then absolutely it’s too late, 100%. The only way that’s possible is if you have Shroud level abilities in the game that you’re playing, (or if you’re already a celebrity, or if you’re Kevin Hart level hilarious, or if you’re more handsome than brad pitt and jesus put together) even then you’re going to need good editing skills (or a great cheap editor) to chop out the boring parts and stick to the meat and potatoes. Since we’re not all aliens or robots created in a lab, let’s get back down to Earth and continue answering this question.
The gaming sphere is so crowded with everyone and their mom (literally, moms do it too) that if you’re not striving to find a way to differentiate yourself from the pack, then you can’t expect much growth. Most people carry computers in their pockets these days (smartphones) capable of streaming, editing, and uploading videos (and most other things). So since the barrier to entry is so damn low, everyone who’s interested in this can (and usually will) try to start a gaming channel in one capacity or another. One of the most sought after jobs in this day and age is being a YouTuber or influencer, so your competition is stacked with all kinds of different people. Kids used to want to grow up and be a policeman or an astronaut, but nope, not anymore. Now they want to be on YouTube. Honestly, there’s a simple answer here: it is never too late to start anything in life. It’s also never too early.
In real life I teach kids how to wrestle, and I tell them all the time that if I was them I would start trying to figure out how to make money online. Imagine not needing to go to college because you already found your career on your own. Imagine making more money than your parents by age 18. College barely helps you these days. Everyone has some random degree from some random college that they’re not even using, and it cost them a lot of money to get. If you have a smartphone, you have the entire internet at your disposal. There are plenty of kids who made it happen, you have no excuse. The longer you wait though, the more “too late” it becomes. It is more “too late” now than it was last year. It’ll be more “too late” next year.
This goes for anything that you want to start, whether it’s the gaming channel that you’re contemplating, the side-hustle you want to start working on, learning how to play a piano, anything. Every month more and more people are jumping on the bandwagon, sucking up those precious watch hours from other creators. This is morose to think about, but think about it this way: every year that passes, you are one year closer to death. So if you’re ever going to start this thing, if you’re ever going to start anything, the best time to start is now. Like right now. Like, maybe yesterday.
Think of an idea, take steps toward achieving that idea, and get a damn video made and put out already. The real trick is simple: start. Don’t have any inspiration? Start writing down random words and see what comes to mind as you dribble on a page. Bam! Inspiration comes easiest when you’re exercising your ability to think randomly. It’s never too late, it’s never too early, but what you need is a game plan. You can’t wing this thing anymore, you can’t be all willy nilly, you need to draft up a plan of action and then take steps toward achieving your goals.
Your videos need some purpose behind them. What are you trying to achieve? You can’t just put out let’s plays anymore. You need a clearly defined purpose behind each video you put out. And you need to be consistent with it when it comes to the game you choose and the series of videos you’re making. Since we’re in the gaming sphere, I’ll give you a quick way to figure out what kind of videos you should make.
Choose a game that you like. It doesn’t matter what it is. Games with smaller communities are easier to break into, games with bigger communities have more potential. Choose the game that you watch the most and play the most. Figure out what it is about that game you are most interested in watching. This is super important. You need to be genuinely interested in the content you’re about to create. Without that genuine interest, you will burn out fast. Growth is slow, income from this thing is slow. You have to enjoy what you’re doing. It cannot feel like a job. Which, on average, YouTube is one of the worst jobs. You work for months for zero pay with zero guarantees. If it feels like a job, you’ll quit before you even left the starting line.
One of the easiest ways to create content and grow an audience is by teaching something people find valuable. Always aim to provide value. You can provide value by either being entertaining or informative. Learning how to teach is much easier than learning how to be entertaining. So here’s a quick example: Do you mostly watch players who are the best at your chosen game and are in awe of their skill? If so, while you watch them, take notes. You can still watch them because you enjoy it, but watch them with purpose. Try to figure out why they do what they do. Watch every single tutorial they put out. Take more notes. Not everyone is good at explaining or teaching what they’re good at, but listen to them try. Watch any tutorial on the game period that relates to skill. Take more notes.
Learn how to become a better player yourself. Compile a huge list of ways to improve at that game from all kinds of different creators. Practice what you are about to preach. Get good enough at those skills that you understand them and can regurgitate them in your own words. You should be able to explain them without looking at the original video where you found them. Use your own personal flair to explain these skills that you just acquired. Think weird. We all have this weird little world inside of our heads. This is what makes you unique. This is what people want to see. This is also what people are afraid to show. Use this to your advantage.
You don’t have to be a pro at the game, in fact you can use the fact that you’re not a pro to your advantage because you’ll be more relatable. Most people are not pros at the games they enjoy. You’ll be able to connect with your audience better because you understand what your audience is going through. You might understand their frustrations better than pros would. For example: this skill was difficult for me to understand because of blank but I did blank to overcome that. This helps people in a more down to earth and realistic way.
Edit the video together and try to make it as fast paced as possible. No boring parts. Make a thumbnail that’s enticing, think of a title that’s enticing, and put the video out. It should be click-baity but it needs to provide the value that you’re suggesting it contains. No false promises. When you’re done publishing the video, you can post it in places that allow self promotion (like certain reddits), but that’s not necessary. YouTube as a platform does well because its algorithm works. If your video deserves views, it will get views.
Do not go crazy trying to get people to watch your video. Do not be annoying with it. You have to just let it happen. If people reach out to you, be receptive. Answer as many comments as you can. This is how you begin to grow your channel and community. After you put out your first video, start making a second one. Find more tips and tricks, do more research, watch more new tutorials that are being put out, take more notes. Continue to compile tips and tricks until you have enough that you can put out another video. Strive to make each video a little bit better than the last, and repeat the process.
This will take up a lot of your free time. This becomes your life. However, you will become known for that game, for what you are talking about, you will become an expert on the topic over time. That’s what you want, you want to become an expert over time. You will gain this knowledge by teaching it. People will seek you out to ask you questions. If you don’t know the answers, figure them out, and then deliver them. You do not need to be an expert when you start. You can start from nothing and achieve your version of success eventually if this is what you’re really interested in. The internet is not going anywhere. YouTube is not going anywhere. It’s only getting bigger. You have the rest of your life to work on this. Your future self will thank you for putting in the work.
If not, at least you’ll know whether or not you are truly interested in being a YouTuber, or if you just like the idea of it. Plenty of people just like the idea. But the truth is, it requires a ton of time, energy, resiliency, and consistency. Nothing about this job is passive. You’re not always going to wake up and be excited to do it. Don’t get me wrong, I think taking time off is healthy, but you will see your numbers start to fall off as soon as you stop posting. Either way, you’ll learn a lot about yourself in the process. Is it worth it? Absolutely! If you’re learning and growing as a person, then nothing about it is a waste of time.
So the question is, do you still want to do it? If the answer is yes then, what are you waiting for? I’ll see you in the trenches.
Hey everyone, if you want to see more videos like this, be sure to let me know in the comments. Feel free to ask me any question you want, I would love to answer your questions, they might even inspire me to make a new video on the topic. Creating videos like this has always been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. If you enjoyed this video and want me to make more, hit that like button and subscribe to the channel. And until next time, peace out.
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