Streamer Room Setup: Everything You Need to Know

Streaming is one of the biggest trends to enter the entertainment industry over the last decade. Not only are streams a bit more engaging than other forms of content, but they’re also highly interactive. Streamers are able to easily communicate with their subscribers, creating a never-before-seen virtual relationship between creators and followers.

Unsurprisingly, the boundaries of live-streaming content are constantly expanding. In fact, though the concept of live streaming took off with the game streaming platform Twitch back in the early 2010s, it’s now a diverse domain. For example, even poker professionals are now turning to Twitch and YouTube to capture new followers, including names like Lex Veldhuis.

For Veldhuis, streaming allows him to dive into some of the more niche aspects of the card game, engage with his followers, and uncover what sorts of content they want to see. Though poker isn’t a traditional video game, it’s played online by millions worldwide—which has helped Veldhuis build his career in both poker and streaming.

Beyond the realm of gaming, streaming has even pushed into the retail world. For example, live-stream shopping has taken off in countries like China. Followers are consuming content from their favorite fashionistas—but they also have the chance to purchase items in real-time, combining streaming and sales. Similar to gaming, fans of fashion aren’t shy about spending big on their next big purchase.

The New Gaming Room

Unsurprisingly, thousands of creators and leaders are looking to set up their own streams to capture new fans. But streaming requires quite a bit of thought and attention to detail—especially in terms of setting up a streamer room. While home designers were once focused on creating gaming rooms for the whole family, the focus is now on aesthetically pleasing and branded streamer rooms.

But what do you need to think about when creating one of these spaces? Are there any special considerations to look out for? Let’s explore.

Functionality

There are a few key ingredients that make up a basic streaming setup. These include a camera (which could be a smartphone), a laptop or PC, streaming software, and a microphone. Anyone looking to launch a multistream across various channels should be looking at pricier and more robust hardware, as these types of streams put a bit more strain on your tech.

This rudimentary setup will allow any streamer to get the job done. Extra gear, from green screens to capture cards, are more advanced items that you can target later. For now, keep it simple—and don’t forget about the advice below.

Comfort

For a streamer setup to be functional, the basics are pretty straightforward. But don’t forget about comfort. Poker players like Veldhuis and e-commerce live-streamers might spend hours doing their thing in front of the camera. In such cases, having a comfortable chair is of the utmost importance—along with other things like an ergonomic desk and, if gaming is involved, a functional keyboard and/or controller. You may want to consider other things like a mini fridge to keep supplies like water and snacks within reach.

Aesthetic & Branding

Anyone who is launching a successful stream needs to think about their branding. Similar to advanced hardware like capture cards, it’s okay to slowly evolve and develop branding organically. However, it’s important to create an aesthetically pleasing setup so that followers are more engaged. To do this, consider elements like lighting, color, décor, and even specialized equipment like headphones and keyboards. If you’re a streamer who will focus on certain games, then consider decking out your space with related merch.

Privacy

Lastly, every streamer should think about privacy before they launch their next big idea. Live streams are designed to take followers behind the scenes and into the same ‘space’ as streamers—in other words, streams are about social connection just as much as entertainment. They’re viewed as virtual communities. However, it’s important to draw the line in terms of privacy. To ensure privacy, remove any information that shows your home’s address or location. Similarly, many streamers use software that can help protect their private data.