Gear Guide: How To Stream Like A Pro Gamer

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Asus PB287Q


During the broadcast of its championship match, League of Legends, one of the most played video games in the world, typically attracts more than 30 million viewers. That audience is more than triple the 8.3 million who tuned in to the MTV Video Music Awards last year. So it's not surprising that, the most popular video-streaming platform for gamers, attracts more than 1.2 million broadcasters per month.

With top Twitch personalities earning six-figure salaries via paid subscriptions and ads, many talented videogame players are beginning to consider streaming a viable source of income. But the community is tough to break into. If you’re ready to get involved in professional gaming, you’ll need the right gear on your desktop.

This article originally appeared in the January 2015 issue of Popular Science under the headline "How To Stream Like A Pro Gamer".

Siberia Elite Prism

Noise-isolating earcups and Dolby 7.1 simulation make these headphones a must-have for hours of streaming. $200Steelseries

Asus PB287Q

This 28-inch 4K UHD monitor displays content at a 3840 x 2160 resolution. $565Asus

Corsair Vengeance K95

Programmable LEDs beneath the keys give this keyboard 16.8 million possible looks. $189Corsair Promotional Video, Screenshot Via YouTube

Razer DeathAdder Chroma

Five programmable buttons make this mouse great for fast-paced games. $60Razer

Elgato Game Capture HD

Flashback Recording allows you to retroactively capture gaming footage. $140B&H

Falcon Northwest Tiki

With an optional NVidia GTX Titan Z GPU, this microtower PC is powerful enough to drive multiple 4K displays. $1,950Falcon Northwest

Origin EON17-SLX

This laptop supports dual-graphics cards and an Intel Core i7 quad-core processor. $2,008Origin promotional video, Screenshot via YouTube