Streaming superstar Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins released his debut book “Ninja: Get Good” on August 20, and here are five helpful tips we learned from reading it.
Boasting a ton of tips to share about how he rose to the top of both the streaming and competitive gaming scenes, let’s dive right in and take a look at some of the best ones he revealed in his new book.
1. Know the importance of good equipment
Ninja wants everyone to know that having the right monitor, mouse, keyboard, headset, etc. are all important to keep in mind.
Not every mouse is a one-size-fits-all type deal, so you’ll need to find what’s right for you. He explains how a high-refresh rate monitor will be key for competitive games like Fortnite, so if you’re taking your career seriously, you’ll want to invest in one.
2. Plan practice sessions
If you plan on taking your gaming career to the next level, it’s important to get a lot of practice in. Instead of jumping into the action right away, maybe consider a few warm-up rounds.
“Play a match,” he wrote. “Have fun, but use it to get into your practice headspace. Remember: you’re not just playing, you’re working, too.”
3. Making money streaming is the least important part
Ninja explains that of all the reasons to start streaming, hoping to make money out of it should be the least of your concerns.
“Of all the reasons to stream on Twitch (or wherever), this one is the least important,” he wrote. “If your metric for success on Twitch is getting rich, you’re going to end up disappointed.”
4. Interact with other streamers
When you stop streaming, the work doesn’t end there, as you’ll have to continue fostering relationships and networking when you aren’t live.
“Beyond building new friendships, it will also help you create your community,” Ninja said. “Seek out other streamers both offline and online. Hop on to their streamers somethings (and be sure to invite them to yours). Doing so will expose you to new audiences and new streamers to play with.
5. Have a comfortable setup
Building off the importance of having good peripherals, you need to make sure they are set up in a comfortable manner for you.
Ninja says your monitor should be at eye level and you should be sitting one arm’s length from it. Your desk should be one that can fit your knees under comfortable, but low enough that your arms are parallel to the ground when they are on your mouse and keyboard.
All in all, it's a solid read for anyone looking to get into streaming or trying to figure out how to take their gaming career to the next level.
You can pick up "Ninja: Get Good" at every major bookstore or online retailer.