The 15 Best YouTube Gaming Channel Tips

youtube gaming channel tips

In this article, we’ll be giving you our best YouTube gaming channel tips.

In mid-2015, YouTube made waves by releasing YouTube Gaming. To many, this may seem odd, especially since YouTube Gaming hasn’t changed a whole lot about YouTube and how it works. Many subscribers to the biggest gaming YouTubers don’t bother using the separate platform at all.

However, it was launched for a very good reason. This is because gaming content is the most prevalent content on YouTube, and with huge streaming services like Twitch, gaming content is bigger than it’s ever been on the Internet.

So what makes a channel a gaming channel?

What’s a YouTube Gaming Channel?

YouTube gaming channels can be loosely-defined as any channel that covers gaming, but that’s a bit too general a way to describe a diverse array of content creators. YouTube gaming channels do all kinds of different things: some create gaming-inspired comedic skits, others focus on in-game commentaries, others dive in deep with criticism and analysis, others speculate and theorize about a game’s lore, others serve as tutorials…

It’s a fairly wide spectrum. Most YouTube gaming channels can fit into one of the following categories:

  • “Show” channels are a diverse group, but typically focus on a personality and share common themes. Videos are presented as part of a series, and sometimes multiple series exist on the same channel.
  • Commentary channels. These channels are focused on gameplay content with background narration. This is a flexible format that can crossover with others, but these channels usually have commentaries discussing the game itself or the creator’s personal life.
  • In-game comedy channels. Some channels will create comedic skits within the constraints of the game and its tools. This is especially common with titles like Team Fortress 2 and Grand Theft Auto V: two games with in-depth replay/cinematic editors.
  • Out-of-game comedy channels. Meanwhile, other channels will make comedic skits about games without using the games themselves. This includes the popular video game-themed raps and “in real life” skits.
  • Informational/trivia channels. These channels focus on Did You Knows about video games, video game consoles and their development. Content like what you find on these channels can be found on others, too, but channels hosting exclusively this kind of content are becoming more popular.
  • Tutorial/raw gameplay channels. These channels host either tutorials on game mechanics/improving with those mechanics (this can crossover with commentary) or raw gameplay. Raw gameplay channels are a rarer breed, however, since without commentaries or significant editing it may fall outside the range of “fair use”.

Our YouTube Gaming Channel Tips

15. Produce Regular Content

To stay relevant on YouTube, you have to produce content on a regular basis. Due to the way that YouTube’s algorithims work, you become more popular based on the amount of time people spend watching your videos. Focus on high-engagement videos that can be released relatively regularly- smaller channels can start at a weekly pace, but as a channel grows it’s a good idea to release two or three pieces of content per week.

14. Focus On Audience Engagement

By nature, gaming is an interactive medium. By extension, this entry in our YouTube gaming channel tips is about utilizing that. Your viewers will regularly comment on your videos and attempt to contact you through social media outlets or YouTube itself. Respond to user comments on your channel, and pay close attention to the words of your loyal subscribers.

13. Consider An MCN

An MCN, or Multi-Channel-Network, is an easy way for YouTubers to gain access to helpful resources for their growth, as well as ad revenue, YouTube partnership and copyright protection. We wrote an article about this topic over here. MCNs are their own beast, and that’s a little too much to cram into this article on YouTube gaming channel tips.

12. (Or Learn Your Rights)

MCNs aren’t the only option for getting partnered as a gaming channel. By properly studying Fair Use on YouTube, you can enjoy posting gaming content while receiving one hundred percent of your own ad revenue through Google AdWords and YouTube RED. Even if you choose to go with an MCN, it’d be wise to learn the rules, as an MCN doesn’t protect you from a copyright strike if you’re in blatant violation.

11. Get Custom Channel Art/Profile

Think of it like this: you dress up for a job interview because you want to get the job. This is called presentation, and this YouTube gaming channel tip is all about that. Gamers enjoy great-looking graphics in their games, and video purveyors are used to tight editing and slick graphics. Your channel should have a nice avatar and banner that fits you and your content.

10. Consider Intros/Outros For Your Videos

Intros/outros are popular on YouTube. In general, you want intros to be short title cards that include your name and imagery related to the video. Outros can continue on for 10-20 seconds after a video ends, plugging annotations for your other videos and perhaps playing a catchy tune of your choice.

9. Mind SEO

SEO is short for Search Engine Optimization, and SEO is God for all kinds of content creators, YouTubers included. For YouTubers, this is mostly about properly titling and tagging your videos. Be sure to include the name of the game, the type of content you’re doing and other vital information in your tags. These tags are what people will be using to search for and find your videos.

8. Choose Your Niche

Niche has quite a few definitions, but the one that’s most relevant in this context is one referring to products/services succeeding by being sold to particular groups of people. In gaming terms, this means focusing on a particular kind of content, or a particular genre/series of games. Niche channels may not have the widespread popularity of the biggest ones out there, but working in a small niche is advantageous for initial growth and collaboration with other YouTubers within that niche.

7. Work With Other YouTubers In That Niche

This wouldn’t be a list of YouTube gaming channel tips if we didn’t encourage you to work with other YouTube gaming channels! All the biggest channels on YouTube take advantage of collaboration, and gaming channels are no exception. Some particular channels are simply hubs that people from all over gaming YouTube work together on to promote their own channels!

6. Always Listen To Feedback

To improve as a content creator, you have to listen to your audience. You can’t please everyone, but you should take into consideration their opinions and feedback so you can learn how to improve. Remember what we said earlier about being engaged with your audience? Your audience will typically praise or criticize your videos, and you need to focus on both of these forms of communication.

5. Bring Friends/Co-hosts

Something you don’t see often in YouTube gaming channel tips is the idea of working directly with your own friends on your channel. This is baffling, since many big channels are popular for this reason. In general, most channels can’t be carried by a singular personality, especially not show channels. Having a co-host or group of friends you play with regularly in your videos can help your viewers feel like they’re personally a part of your friend group.

4. Use Social Media To Your Advantage

Gaming channels don’t typically benefit from making videos for every little thing going on in the creator’s life. Videos should be reserved for your main content or important announcements: for everything else, plug your social media outlets in your descriptions and encourage your subscribers to follow you there.

3. Consider Streaming

Streaming alongside YouTube is a great way to grow your gaming channel. There are two main streaming services for you to use: Twitch and YouTube Gaming. Twitch is better for growing your following and exposing it to new viewers, while YouTube Gaming is better for engaging with your current following on YouTube. Either method is a great way to engage with your audience.

2. Prioritize Yourself Over The Games

Games are, in truth, only the initial draw of most YouTube gaming channels. This is another one of our lesser-known YouTube gaming channel tips- people come for the games, but they subscribe and stay for you. They come because you’re covering a game they’re interested in, but you get likes and subscribes when they enjoy your presentation and style.

1. Establish Your Own Voice

Elaborating on the previous point, this is very important. Even if you share a niche with other YouTubers, you want to be unique enough to stand out. Remember: there is no one exactly like you. It’s important to learn and take inspirations from other YouTubers, but at the end of the day you need to be unique enough to earn loyalty of subscribers and viewers.

How We Can Help

Here at Grin, we’re focused on helping you grow as a YouTuber. Our goal doesn’t stop here with YouTube gaming channel tips: it continues with our coverage of YouTube’s biggest earners, the benefits of collaboration, and more.

Stay tuned to our blog here on Grin for more informative articles like this one. We also offer services designed to help you grow as a YouTuber on the Grin Platform.

  • Soner Argın

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  • Nilesh Chaudhari

    what if I’m not good at commentating, but still want to create a gaming channel? I love playing the games, but I’m more of a silent guy in real life and don’t have the eccentricity to lure in audiences. Also, presenting a gameplay for sport games like cricket (DBC 14) is seeming a bit difficult, as the 4 day games in career mode are bit long to make an episode of a single match.

    • Leo Vujcich

      Try to play with friends or other people on the game and talk with them. You don’t have to make it like your talking to the people watching your video

    • Madison

      I have a few suggestions for you.

      Seeing as commentating may not be your strong point, you can lure in viewers and subs by either being really great at a game or being really bad. If you’re amazing at a game, you get more comments asking for tips, and if you’re really bad at a game or have little knowledge about it, there’s always “know-it-all’s” giving you tips and criticism (i’m a know-it-all, that’s why it’s in quotations). This attention is always good, even when the comments are negative and somewhat hurtful (the really bad ones have gotten to me in the past, and once lead to me deleting a whole YT channel. I’m just starting to set one up again after a year). This is because any sort of comment calls attention to you. When it comes to YT, there is no such thing as bad publicity, unless you do sht like disrespect a whole culture and make suicide jokes like Logan Paul. Then, there’s bad publicity.

      You can also think about making friends with potential viewers. For example, when I was 13 and had an IG acc w/ 5k followers, I would make a mutual “friendships” with a bunch of people in the same boat (I was even in a few gcs) and ask these people to turn on my post notifications or like and comment on each post when they could (and I would return the favour). More often than not we all were under a mutual agreement to do exactly that. I do know that you can find twitter gcs specifically for this now, so you don’t have to go creating your own from scratch.

      Honestly, i’m willing to subscribe to your channel and give you views and likes whenever available. I don’t mind. And if you need to chat with anyone, I’m also really easy to talk to. I mean, I don’t do much during the day so i’m readily available *almost* whenever (i do online schooling and I have like, 1 friend in rl, whom is p much always busy w/ work and school. My schedule is p flexible after that). If you find yourself to be interested, you can contact me on Twitter (bloodyhellmadi) or on instagram (itsamadsun), and I might give you my Skype later on.

    • Reality YT

      you can play games and just add music to the background, thats what i do

  • Javan Smith

    I just started posting games on my channel but my voice is terrible when speaking in a microphone. Do you have any suggestions that can help improve my channel?

    • Hellfire0449

      What do you mean your voice is terrible? Like the quality is bad or you just think you dont have a good voice? I am a new Youtube Gamer as well and one of the things i learned early on is to upgrade to a better mic for recording. I went back and listened to myself in earlier videos when i was using a headset mic and compared to now (using a blue yeti) its’s a world of difference.

  • Raed nouira

    If I focus on my personality more than the games and présentes à very unique personality Will I be unique enough to make random viewers loyal subscribers

  • Ascended Cheetah

    I’ve been looking at many articles to figure out the best way to promote/grow a gaming YouTube channel. I have people telling me my videos and livestreams are great but it seems as if people are losing interest. Not to mention I had some people sub to me when I played a certain game but I didn’t find it overly fun so I stopped playing and thus they stopped watching. But now a lot of my other viewers have stopped watching as well and I’m covering new and different games but it doesn’t seem like anything is working. From what I’ve come across on a bunch of articles is that I need to be consistent with uploads, collab with others, and so forth which is all the things I’m doing. I’ve been pretty patient but now it seems like my channel is dying out so I wanna try to revive by getting new people to view and subscribe, what could I be doing differently?

    • Eesyam Ridzwan

      Have you watched again the video that gain a lot of attention to see where’s the appeal in it? You have to learn to know your target audience, what piqued their interest in the first place and try to keep up with it. Just uploading regularly and collab is not enough. Try watching other similar channel as yours to see if you can learn a thing or two on their success. Just my 2 cents.

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    I have had my gaming channel for about a year now and had minimal growth. I am really having trouble in publicity, and i am unsure why. Besides my inconsistent uploads (due to the nature of my editing style and my academic life), id greatly appreciate it If anyone can give me suggestions on what i could improve on. Here is a link to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3YDLaE5jyO4KmF1ziN1fdA

  • Zhaaligkeer

    I’m looking for more technical tips on this subject, does anyone have a suggestion? Types of camera, microphone, headset, lighting tips, that sort of thing.

  • Gamezone

    nice tips I will try to follow them
    THANKS 😀

  • Raphael Simons

    Please I’m a teenager and want to start my own youtube gaming channel but how do i do this

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    • Indy Plays Games

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    Hello,

    I just started a youtube channel and been trying to improve on it. I am thinking of a few ideas like creating contests or change the style all together.

    Any advise would be great. 🙂

    https://youtu.be/Xpd_kaGSPjI

  • Alex Orsi

    Hi! I want to create gaming channel and also monetize it, anybody can give me a hint about what should I do, I know nothing about it

  • Gaurav Ratnu

    I m having a gaming channel.. I don’t wanna use commentary butbwanna improve… https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSg6AgTGX-jypWD123FetKg…. Can anyone help me for improving my channel

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  • PhenAstGaming

    So I have a channel and im actually looking for other gamers to play with. So if you’re interested, let me know.. send me a link of your channel…
    Here’s my channel
    https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCgfM4EGQs-ySHWuuTQ0Jz1g/featured

  • Indy Plays Games

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    Leave links and I’ll check yours out to!

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    • kushagra S

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      • https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHJ-WNABuchcwtduUA7WEpA TechFun Gaming

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  • Blood Titan

    I just made a channel with some custom art (made by me, but it looks kinda nice), I got my software, I’m ready. What should I do now?

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    Hi guys, started my channel about 3 months ago, but started to keep on uploading videos almost on a daily basis not too long ago, please come visit at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD2kMT_py7uTED0SaWvYzpg you all can leave a comment so I would know but not a spam type comment and will definitely return the favor, thanks everyone and more power to us gamers who stand firmly by creating our own gaming channel.

  • KooKooKenny

    I too, have started a youtube channel, of Zelda BOTW, probably not the best, but I’m just 13. Also don’t forget to hit the subscribe button 😉

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOOLTZ8h4UKqfq-OX45KYRQ

  • Magkayu Magaso

    i need am gamer channel

  • Andy B. Haman

    IMHO, personally just create a gaming channel that suit your personality. I have a youtube channel and I uploaded at least once a week. FYI, I work 5 days a week as an educator but I create my content during weekend. So its like a hobby to me.

    below is a link to my latest video and channel. Enjoy!!!

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  • Syed Ahsan Raza

    I have started a youtube channel, i hope you will enjoy the game:::
    https://youtu.be/KXMA2VXEw-8

  • gsahota

    I am planning to start a gaming channel . I play games with my friends oftern. If I use the videos with my friend playing with me. Who will have the copyright of that video.Or if my channel becomes popular after few years , can any of my friend turn up to claim his share on the money earned by the videos that has his voice. How can this be sorted . Pl suggest

  • HBGPH

    We’ve been in YouTube for two years now. Trying to make something out of playing video games and more. We’re thinking of also doing vlogs but we’ll get there soon!

    By the way, we just created a blog site and shared our first YouTube video!

    See it here: https://homeboyzgamingph.wordpress.com/2020/05/05/first-video-on-youtube/

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