South African gaming YouTubers need to up their game

Video gaming is one of the smallest YouTube content categories in South Africa.

This is according to the latest social media landscape report released by World Wide Worx, which shows that gaming is 10th in the top 10 list of content categories among South Africans.

Globally, gaming ranks in the top 5, along with comedy, music, entertainment or pop culture, and “how to” videos.

The reason gaming videos on YouTube are smaller in South Africa is that there are few creators capable of making high-quality videos locally, said World Wide Worx MD Arthur Goldstuck.

“The problem is they are up against the best in the world. They have to up their game,” he said.

There is nothing differentiating a South African video about games from one by an international content creator, which makes it difficult for local gamers to achieve success.

Goldstuck said that while there is a local gaming industry a YouTuber could focus on, it is a drop in the ocean.

The report’s findings then raise the question: must South African creators on YouTube appeal to an international audience to be successful?

“You don’t have to actively appeal outside South Africa, but you have to be world class,” said Goldstuck.

A global appeal will achieve the best traction for your videos, but it is the quality of the videos that is most important.

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A recent development which could aid local YouTubers is the launch of Telkom LIT.

LIT allows for zero-rated data usage on certain video and music streaming platforms – including YouTube.

Providing unlimited YouTube streaming gives many South Africans access to local and international content on the platform, which will help local creators receive more views.

It gives creators a much larger potential South African audience to make videos for, which should help develop the local scene – and potentially make it more lucrative.

The graph below shows the top 10 content categories on YouTube in South Africa.

Content Categories

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  • Cameron Goosen

    Almost impossible to make gaming content people want to watch without amazing internet. I would love to stream and make youtube videos but only have a 4mb line because fiber hasn’t reached me and 4mb line often is at dial up speeds and unusable.

  • Boresight Gaming

    Where there is a will, there is a way 🙂 I seem to manage just fine with my 2MB ADSL line. Although until I get fibre, like you so eloquently say, we wont be able to stream. What screws us over the most is the lack of local servers. eg: PUBG, Escape from Tarkov and Rainbow Six Siege to name but a few.

  • Corné Cornoster Bergakker

    I do have fiber and I have streamed before. The setup is a bit tricky – you have to get a stream key (twitch or youtube) and you’ll lose a little performance while streaming but it is doable. You can also use additional apps like Streamlabs to add elements to your stream.
    The advantage for me is that I can do graphic design so I can make my own overlays.

    I am now looking to upgrade my microphone setup to a XLR microphone, mounted on an arm, with a shockproof mount and pop filter, through a USB audio interface that gives the required 48v phantom power.

    Actually I think the biggest thing I’m missing is the environment. I want to create a space around me that looks appealing over a webcam (instead of my living room table behind me) or get a green screen setup so I can exclude my environment.

    The other thing that I’m thinking of is what games people want to see me play. Sometimes I just want to spend 2 hours farming for materials, 30 minutes improving a skill, 3 hours grinding the same map over and over for a RNG drop. I’m not for instance playing PUBG right now like all the cool kids.

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