To join YouTube, you need a Google account. This is a great chance to use a gamer tag Gmail address. If you didn't create one, you'll want to do that before joining YouTube. Your Google account is your YouTube account.
Comparing YouTube with TwitchMany esports content creators prefer YouTube to Twitch. The reasons for this preference center on a few key points:
- YouTube videos are not usually live, though YouTube does allow for streaming. Still, the focus isn’t on live content.
- Most YouTube videos are edited and then uploaded to be accessed on demand, according to user choice. This approach allows people to edit and craft the specific video they want to put into the world without being listened to live.
- YouTube’s ways of monetizing are different, and YouTube gives more rewards for likes and subscribers than Twitch does.
- YouTube has existed longer than Twitch, so some users have a huge base already installed there.
For the esports fan and player, YouTube offers a massive library of material. From legendary moments like the Wombo Combo to the finals of almost every major tournament ever, YouTube holds a staggering amount of esports content. And that content increases so quickly that you could never watch all of it. You would never have enough time!
According to a 2017 Think With Google research study, gamers love YouTube for the following four main reasons:
- 48 percent of YouTube gamers watch more games than they play.
- 56 percent of YouTube gamers use YouTube to connect to their community.
- 74 percent of YouTube gamers watch to get better at games.
- 66 percent of female YouTube gamers watch so that they can hear someone they can relate to.
Video is the heart and soul of YouTube, but the comment sections below videos can be as active as any other discussion forum, and reputations can be made, friendships built, and strategy shared in those chat spaces. As with the other sites described in this chapter, you want to use a name on YouTube that’s similar to your gamer tag. You use that name when you post to comment sections, and when the time comes for you to upload your own content, that will also be the name of your channel. You need to build a bit of content and gather some followers before you can edit your name on YouTube, though, so early on, your channel ID will be a string of numbers. Don't worry. Everyone starts like that.
Remember, again, that you are on the Internet. YouTube comment sections can be filled with trolling, so don’t take what someone says too seriously, and if you see a set of comments going bad, remove yourself from the discussion. You’re here to have fun! Don’t let anyone ruin that for you.