How to Start a Youtube Gaming Channel Like PrestonPlayz
Articles Blog

How to Start a Youtube Gaming Channel Like PrestonPlayz

August 26, 2019

– Hi, I’m Preston Arsement. Gamer, businessman and creator of PrestonPlayZ, TBNRfrags, PrestonRoblox and PrestonMinecraft. I know, so original. Honestly, I wish I knew
exactly when I realized I was a successful creator. But YouTube just moves so fast. Because of all the hard
work and the hundreds of all-nighters I’ve pulled
everything is a blur. A happy, fun blur but
I’ll do my best to explain because this is my creator journey. ♪ vidIQ ♪ ♪ vidIQ ♪ ♪ ♪ long before I got into the YouTube business I was
always an entrepreneur. I was a lifeguard, I worked
for a painting company that my family knew and
I would do any odd jobs to earn money. Even at 11 years old I was mowing lawns and knocking on our neighbors
doors to drum up business. My first channel TBNRFrags
is focused mainly on first person shooters, and geared towards a
slightly older audience. I started that channel simply because I saw one guy
uploading Call of Duty videos and thought I could do the same thing. It might seem a little bit conceited but most 16 year olds are, we’re a little conceited right? I was a PC gamer and I saw
a YouTube creator named xJaws who you might remember. He made Black Ops 1 content and I thought to myself
heck, I can do this and I’m on PC so it’s
gonna be even better. Of course in the beginning it
wasn’t as easy as I thought, I was scrutinized by a lot
of Call of Duty community as every creator was
especially because of my faith. The community was not the nicest so I had to build up some thick skin, had some motivational chats
with my mom to keep me on track. It’s difficult to get berated
by thousands of people daily. I remember wanting to
quit at 30 000 subscribers but of course, my mom
convinced me otherwise. She knew I really didn’t wanna quit and I think deep down inside I knew I didn’t wanna quit as well. But sometimes, it’s
just really hard to deal with the backlash that you
get being on a platform with so many eyes always on you. If you wanna be a content creator this is definitely something you are going to have to be aware of, and you’re gonna have to
build up that thick skin. It was hard to build an
audience so I transitioned to doing more zombie game play. The audience was bigger
and I love zombies. Plus, since I was killing zombies instead of other players I could
engage with my viewers a whole lot more while I was playing. If you guys didn’t know,
I really got my start on Twitch TV rather than YouTube. And I used Twitch TV to
grow my YouTube audience. I had a really big
breakthrough whenever I signed with Machinima in November of 2011. They made me a Machinima Respawn Director on their YouTube channel
allowing me to post a video a week on the channel and then I started a series
on my channel called Moab with every gun in Modern warfare 3 and that’s a really helped
accelerate the growth of my YouTube channel. As well as the bags under my eyes, ’cause it take me about 12 hours
to get each gameplay video. However my real breakthrough on YouTube came when I moved to Minecraft. I’m not even kidding. When I created my second channel PrestonPlayz my new found
success wasn’t necessarily from the change in video game, but the way I changed my
approached to making videos. My TBNRFrags videos were more focused on being good at the game. Like I said, sometimes
videos would take me up to 12 hours sometimes even longer. At other times I could get
it done within 30 minutes to an hour due to the
nature of Call of Duty and trying to get 24 kills
in a row with a weapon that was not necessarily made
for getting 24 kills at a row. For example a silenced pistol, it’s very difficult to do and sometimes it would
take multiple days just to get one of these game play videos. It was mind numbing. Don’t get me wrong, it was really cool to have people watched me for
my game play and my skill, and they still liked my channel, but they weren’t really watching for me. When I made that transition to
become PrestonPlayz I focused on what I was saying as a commentator and how entertaining and engaging I was at least trying to be. It wasn’t about who was
the best at Minecraft, it was way more fun trying
to be an entertainer. In 2016, one of the hardest times that I’d overcome was when
my dedicated recording group of friends, but you all know as The Pack stopped recording
Minecraft content. Felt like I had lost my place in YouTube. But I continued recording videos by myself and eventually found new
people in the community. Smaller YouTubers that
were funny, wholesome and had a whole lot of good stow and just wanted to pursue this full-time. By giving these smaller
YouTubers a chance I was able to connect with new viewers
and continue to move forward. We as humans want to progress in life. Correct me if I’m wrong. Creating content is like playing a game with YouTube’s platform. What are the secrets? What’s the next big trend? How can you make your own trend? How can we combine element X
with element Z and element Q, to create this awesome
new type of content? Moving forward is always
important but having a balance in your life is
also extremely important. I would say the big struggle throughout YouTube would definitely be
not taking enough creative time for myself, I tend to like to stay inside and record videos for about a 100 hours a week I’m not kidding. But at certain point I realized
that if I don’t go outside, go to the gym, get some fresh air or even read my bible, my
commentary will start to drop off and I’ll start to lose my edge. Hard work is what helped
my channels takeoff and grow and of course I credit
a lot of that to my faith and all the family and
friends I have around me, but there still has to be a balance even if it’s not always 50-50 or even 90-10. I’ve now learned that the more
I’ve intertwined my family into business the more
fun I’ve honestly had. My siblings and my amazing
wife we’re always having a blast filming content with me. I think that family has
really made me successful because I want to work hard for them. I came from a humble beginning, we all lived a in motor home
together for many many years and had just each other
and that’s all we needed. My parents had a traveling music ministry and so we got very close in
that tiny motor home together. So the fact now that I have a nice car, and a nice house it really
doesn’t mean much to me, at least not as much as getting
to hang out with my family. And of course the amount of
sweet messages I’ve received from my audience has just
been so overwhelming. I have a fan art wall at the office and I don’t even like to call
my viewers fans I feel bad but this viewer wall of mail and art in the office if
I ever need inspiration or I need to remember why
I’m doing what I’m doing because maybe I’ve had a hard week or something has happened, I just go to that and I just look at it. I mean it’s just, it’s
overwhelming to see the support and to see that somehow
I’ve changed peoples lives for the better by just playing video games and uploading it to YouTube. My longterm goal is to stay
within the video game industry and to grow as many companies as I can. We have the blessed
opportunity to use YouTube as a vehicle to move forward
with all of our companies. And don’t get me wrong,
YouTube is still so much fun but I wanna gain experience
and knowledge in other areas and keep growing companies
within the video game industry. We’ve recently started a fourth channel for the newer version of Minecraft. It’s called Bed Rock
Edition Windows 10 edition, Pocket Edition whatever
you guys wanna call it, but do a lot of cool branding
content on PrestonPlayz now, it’s fun to kind of expand,
play new video games but eventually I think I’d be more fun if it was mainly real life content. Vlogs, videos of my siblings,
challenge videos with my wife, just having fun with
my family and friends, and trying to entertain viewers. In fact, we’ve already
started doing that in 2019. The audience that we have is
the coolest audience ever. And making videos for them
is literally just pleasure at this point. You ever go to Chick-fil-A and
they’re like, “My pleasure.” That’s how I feel when I finish a video. My pleasure. Whenever we put out a
brand new video people are like this is awesome,
Preston is making money and working with the cool
brand and we like it. I feel like nowhere else
on YouTube can you find that kinda support from an audience. It’s so easy to keep coming
back and filming videos and stay motivated when you
have the most amazing audience in the world. If you wanna be a creator
follow your dreams. I don’t think it gets any
more simple than that. A lot of us see things
through a specific lens that we were forced to see things through, something that tells us
our dreams don’t matter. Or that they’re too far fetched. But you have to find your own
lens to look at the world. Find the way to believe in your dreams and pursue your passions. – Hey folks is the animated
version of Rob here at vidIQ. Who’s video creator journey do
you want us to animate next? Suggestions welcome in the comments below. If you’re thirsty for more already, checkout this video creators
animated journey over here, and watch our full series down here.

Only registered users can comment.

  1. ?????????
    We hope you enjoyed this creator journey. If you want more advice on starting and building a gaming channel, check out our guide here:

  2. Quick question VId IQ, if I play a game and grow a lot from it , can I still transition to other games without losing much viewers ?

  3. My biggest inspiration is Preston he makes me more engaged in youtube and thanks to him and VidIQ tips i reached 500 subs and im trying to reach the limits of what i can do

  4. im to do gaming vid but im in arabic country no one care her about gaming ? I edinting a vid in about 3 days and get 80 v ?

  5. I need help with playing I play fortnite and I need subscribers I donate to charity 21 subscribers please help live now

  6. These tips helped me to grow my gaming channel to 50+ subscribers fast! And climbing, come see how I move the needle!?

  7. I’m trying to grow on YouTube But For some reason no one is watching my videos I spend hours editing and making the videos

    I hope I’ll get some subs soon
    ???? ? ????? ???????? ???? ??? ??????———-

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *